I am sure this would work with students too!!! Once again, a lesson education can learn from business... from a DIFFERENT kind of business. Unfortunately, education is busy chasing bad business models instead, the dehumanizing kind, alas..
quote Frustrated with poor results, he decided to go off script. He started spending one-on-one meetings talking to his reports about their lives, instead of their tasks, and productivity shot through the roof. “When you sit across a table from someone, ask them ‘What’s going on in your life?’ That will always remove more hurdles than asking them ‘What’s blocking you at work?’” he said.
“Whenever problems popped up, I’d totally ignore them and pay attention to the people who had them. Suddenly all these issues were just dissolving. I swear it was like a Jedi mind trick.” 

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