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Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’ – It’s Your Turn. Are you good at your job?

Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’ – It’s Your Turn

Different, easier question: Was Ty Cobb good at baseball? It’s generally understood that Ty Cobb was a jerk. How To Manage Your Team Like a (Good) Boss – NewCo Shift. Get Shift Done: Management Now that you’ve read Line Management 101 and have the basics down, how can you up your game?

How To Manage Your Team Like a (Good) Boss – NewCo Shift

We Need Leaders AND Managers – George Couros – Medium. 7 Leadership Superpowers You Might Not Know You Have. Leading Millennial Educators – Medium. (This blog post is part of an ongoing series of the Millennial Educator)

Leading Millennial Educators – Medium

E leading 27 final. Who is Responsible for Teacher Engagement​? – Sanée Bell. “EdTech” is a Leadership Position. Spending a lot of time at technology conferences, one thing is evident; there are a ton of sessions on “stuff”.

“EdTech” is a Leadership Position

As I write this post, people are scurrying around to find ways to connect “Pokemon Go” to the classroom. Sessions like “100 tech tools in 60 minutes”, often dominate these conferences. So many choices, yet so little time to implement. We quickly move from one thing to the next, waiting for the next big thing. Yet many of the participants in these same conferences have positions that are purposely meant to extend past the classroom. Embracing Meaningful Change at All Levels – The Principal of Change. Leadership for a Global Future. 10 steps technology directors can take to stay relevant SmartBlogs.

The role of the typical school district technology director has become obsolete.

10 steps technology directors can take to stay relevant SmartBlogs

Speak with your average teacher in many school districts in the U.S., and you’ll find the technology department is better known for getting in the way than for serving the educational needs of both staff and students. Many technology departments, led by obsolete tech directors, are inadvertently inhibiting learning. The mantra of “lock it and block it” no longer works in a 21st century digital learning environment. Do how can technology directors avoid becoming obsolete? 1. Collaborative Innovation. Collaborative Innovation Is “Leading from Behind” the new black?

Collaborative Innovation

Widely credited to Linda Hill, a professor from Harvard Business School, “leading from behind” describes a technique in the leadership toolkit that fosters innovation by encouraging greater collaboration. Hill uses a quote from Nelson Mandela as the hook for this style of leadership where he compared leadership to shepherding where a skilful shepherd directs from behind. Well, to be honest, I’m not entirely convinced by the metaphor which at first glance seems to view human resources as sheep but I like the ideas that Hill manages to extract from it. The Biggest Mistake in Leadership (You’re Probably Going to Make) — Bad Words.

The Biggest Mistake in Leadership (You’re Probably Going to Make) Power corrupts.

The Biggest Mistake in Leadership (You’re Probably Going to Make) — Bad Words

But so does purpose. A Manager's Manifesto — The Year of the Looking Glass. 10) Always get the full story before making a decision. 9) It's incredibly easy to 'flip the switch' and start writing people off after a few bad experiences.

A Manager's Manifesto — The Year of the Looking Glass

Resist at all costs. You were bumbling once too. You made poor decisions. You learn and grow, and so does everybody else. The 7 Practices of Curious Leaders. The 7 Practices of Curious Leaders Lack of curiosity is deadly in changing times.

The 7 Practices of Curious Leaders

Vision, courage, and energy, without curiosity, turn to exhaustion and irrelevance. Curiosity indicates potential. Leaders who ask questions go further than those who don’t. The 7 practices of curious leaders: Fearlessly step into the fog. Reality check: You can’t run an organization and be curious about everything all the time. Be the Leader you Wish you had — IDEO Stories. I work in a place that is fabulously fun every day.

Be the Leader you Wish you had — IDEO Stories

This was not always so. A More Holistic Approach To Technology Planning. When I was a Director of Instructional Technology I was deeply involved in the technology planning process from one end to the other. Regularly I had to sit through presentations of new products, listening with a skeptical ear while instructional promises were made. I'd also council administrators who felt that the next flashy thing they saw walk through their door, their school had to have. And often I would evaluate our programs and purchases to ensure we were headed on the desired course or if we needed to make a u-turn. Typically the technology planning process can go wry in many ways: Lack of True Planning: Sometimes a rush to make things happen can cause the entire planning process to come off the rails. No Measurable Outcomes of Goals: When spending the amount of money that normal technology initiatives take it is critical to the success that there are MEASURABLE goals and outcomes. Focus On The Stuff: Stuff is fun.

What is needed is a plan and a more holistic approach. 7 Habits Of People Who Have Achieved Work-Life Balance. According to a recent study published by the American Sociological Review, 70% of American workers struggle with finding a work-life system that works for them. For many in the workforce, achieving any type of work-life balance, can seem like a myth, especially when technology has made us accessible around the clock. Time free from workplace obligations seems to becoming ever more elusive.

Despite these realities, there are those that have managed to have carved out satisfying and meaningful lives outside of their work. Here are some of the tools they practice: 5 Ways to Empower Educators. 5 Ways to Empower Educators Ever feel totally empowered? Leadership Transitions. Earlier this week I co presented a workshop for aspiring leaders within my school and local school network. The workshop was the first of three for the year, and was designed to get participants to actively and honestly engage in self-reflection, as a foundation for leadership development.