Why are so many people afraid of Math?
There are several reasons why students are afraid of studying Math, but I believe the most likely and most concerning is that they have had a poor teacher. Many times the teacher himself is afraid or uncertain in the subject, or they simply don't excel at teaching it or making it interesting or relevant. I excelled in math in high school, then nearly failed my first calculus class my first semester in college. The second semester, I repeated the course and was fortunate to get a professor who had taught in junior and senior high before moving to the college level. She was a professional teacher, in other words, rather than an "expert." She made the class interesting and made sure to actually TEACH each student. I got an A in the class, and soon after chose Math as my major. Secondly, I believe students underestimate their abilities, or have the false notion that math is only for the "smart" students. Later in life, they often find themselves at a disadvantage in their chosen professions, such as Business, due to their hesitancy to study Math, or their misfortune in having a poor teacher.
Why is the study of literature important in our modern, tech-centered world?
Great literature - like other arts such as music and painting - requires the combination of creative thought and skillful execution. It demands both imagination and rigor, which is a combination that has impact in less artistic endeavors such as politics, management, and even intelligent user-friendly web design, for example. The study of literature demands critical, comparative thinking; citing evidence for interpretations and beliefs; and empathy for other people.
What is the most important factor for a manager/leader to create and sustain a high-performing team?
This is a case where the answers that seem most obvious are usually incorrect. It is easy to say "hire great people," "expect excellence," or "create a great strategy." While all these are important, by far the most objective is to create a winning culture. Management guru and author Peter Drucker is quoted as saying "culture eats strategy for breakfast." A winning culture can overcome a sub-standard strategy, raise your people to greater heights, draw the best people to your team, and even act as a second leader, as new members of your team are immediately raised up just by being part of a winning culture.