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ThoughtWorks University: Retrospective Coherence at Mark Needham. I recently came across Joseph Pelrine’s blog post where he describes the way that you might go about organising a great party. He describes a party that a friend of his hosted and all the things which contributed to it being great, such as the people you invite, the music that is played, the food and drink that are served and the conversations that are had.

If you then wanted to replicate a ‘great party’ you might think that you could just replay his friend’s party, with the same guests, same music, a script of the conversations had and so on. Pelrine points out this sounds ridiculous and suggests retrospective coherence can help us understand why: One thing that makes complex systems complex is their causality…in a complex system, though, the causality emerges as the system emerges. As the party goes on, the reasons for its success become established. In our case it’s more clear that just copying what we did probably isn’t going to work because some key factors are going to be different.

Education Reform – A Wicked Problem « Iterations. Why is it so difficult to change the way we educate our children? We recognized thirty years ago that the existing industrial model of education won’t produce workers able to think critically and apply knowledge to solve today’s and tomorrow’s problems. We have defined and measured achievement gaps between many populations with great specificity, yet we cannot close them. I’ve spent the last two decades of my life working on several STEM education reforms because I believe that engaging children in a conversation with nature can transform their lives and their relationships to our planet. I still believe that. But here’s another thing I’ve come to realize. Engineers recognize that how one defines a problem determines the course of its solution. Neuroscience, behavioral and cognitive research, and systems thinking research has revealed much about how we operate as individuals and in social groups.

“Attunement: the ability to enter other minds and learn what they have to offer. COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING. From the President... Welcome to the website of the Australian Association for Research in Education. AARE is a large, national, member-run organisation for educational researchers and educators, and our association plays a critical role in supporting and strengthening major research partnerships and networks for the Australian educational research community. More... AARE-NZARE Joint Conference 2014 The website for the joint AARE-NZARE Conference, to be held in Brisbane from the 30th of November 2014, is now live. Details will be uploaded to the site as they become available over the lead up to the conference. Please click the image above to visit the website.

We look forward to seeing you in Brisbane in 2014. 2013 Conference Papers now Available Details of all papers presented at the 2013 conference have now been entered into the conference paper archive. Click the link to the left to access and search the database. AER Open Access 'Highlight Articles' New Grant Funding for SIGs Read our Blog. Education in Singapore : special needs. Feedback on article Education for children (of typical school-going ages) with disabilities is managed by voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs). The National Council for Social Services (NCSS) is the primary overseer with its Programme Evaluation System, while the Ministry of Education provides support.

Singapore takes the “many helping hands” approach, with families, communities and the government all playing a role. Special Needs SchoolsAs of January 2009, there are 20 Special Education (SPED) schools run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) receiving government funding, with a total of 4,619 students and 737 teaching staff. Of these schools, three cater to those with sensory impairment (e.g. visual, aural) and offer curriculum similar to those of mainstream primary schools. Students take the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) at the end of their education and proceed to secondary schools. Government SupportPolitically, the 1950s were turbulent times in Singapore.

Leadership and emotional intelligence: A decade of discovery and key questions for HR directors. Martyn Newman , 27 Jan 2012 When Paul Ekman, a prominent emotions researcher, first travelled to the highlands of Papua New Guinea a few decades ago to study emotions in tribes people he could not have imagined the revolution in psychology – and the impact on the workplace - that this would spark. The burning question for Ekman was: 'are basic human emotions biologically universal to all humans? ' Advances in psychology since then, including developments in the area of emotional intelligence (EI), have made it clear the extent to which emotions impact all human behaviour.

Everyone from neuroscientists to psychologists, and in particular HR professionals, are interested in understanding how emotions drive human behaviour - and for good reason. According to Ekman, emotions determine the quality of our lives and enable us to reach our potential. So, when it comes to developments in emotional intelligence and leadership, what do we know, how are we doing and where are we going? Leadership and the Emotional Edge. By Pat Schally Leaders possessing a high degree of Emotional Intelligence (EI) lead the way to greater influence in relationships, adaption to change, management of conflict, effective negotiation and cultural sensitivity.

Here’s what subject experts are saying about the role that emotional intelligence plays in leadership. According to the Institute of Sales and Marketing, "EI is being hailed as one of the greatest breakthroughs in management and leadership theory of all time. Ninety percent of leadership effectiveness is directly attributable to a person’s emotional intelligence.” In The EQ Edge, Drs. These are intriguing questions that we may ponder as we make observations about ourselves as leaders, our associates, and others in leadership roles.

The Leadership Challenge® facilitators and executive coaches, Holly Seaton and Gil Jardine, bring fresh perspectives to the topic of EI and share their thoughts and observations in this issue. Page 2 | Page 3. 4 Steps to Building an Emotionally Intelligent Culture. In an article last week, I discussed Five Reasons Why Emotional Intelligence (EI) Workshops Fail. In that article, I described research on efforts to enhance Emotional Intelligence in the workplace and why it is often unsuccessful. I appreciated the wide-ranging comments, which added new perspectives and new dimensions to this topic. In my article this week, I will discuss recommendations Cherniss, Goleman, Emmerling, Cowan, & Adler (1998) made after their research. They focus on the elements that must be in place to develop a culture that fosters and supports an emotionally satisfying and productive workplace — one in which individuals can thrive.

Transfer and maintenance- After training takes place, leaders and trainers must encourage participants to use new EI skills on the job. Evaluation - All effective professional develop requires evaluation and ongoing research. The authors published this report in 1998, and I believe the information is still pertinent. Emotional intelligence at work - culture at work.

Welcome Welcome to this resource centre about emotional intelligence in the workplace. It is work in progress and we add to it often. It contains material we have created, links to interesting and useful stuff on other people’s websites, and some entertaining diversions. Jeremy also writes a personal blog. Use the blue menu bar to locate guide articles, opinion pieces, case studies and stories. How we help Please click on How we help (black menu bar) to find out more about how emotional intelligence at work helps people, businesses and other organisations to change, grow and become more successful through the use of emotional intelligence in the workplace. 24 April 2014, Newbury . If any of this interests, or you have any queries or comments, please do contact us. Tweets by @jeremymarchant Jeremy Marchant discusses the importance of emotional intelligence in the workplace. If one knows only what one is told, one does not know enough to be able to arrive at a well-balanced decision.

Emotional Intelligence and Cultural Competency: Inclusion Leadership « leonormccallrodriguez. GlobalLeadership%2011206. Intellectual Leaders. First described by Burns in 1978, intellectual leaders were one of the four types of transformational leaders documented. The intellectual leader attempts to transform society by creating a clear vision of the future. They do this by showing the followers how their ideas and values can change the social environment, and create a better future for everyone. Explanation The intellectual leader helps the followers to understand they are an important part of society, and they should not be satisfied with the status quo. The clarity of vision allows followers to understand their place in this future state or society, and accept the vision of the leader. In addition to intellectual leaders, transformational leadership styles include reform leaders, revolutionary leaders, and charismatic leaders. Related Terms transformational leaders, transactional leaders, reform leaders, revolutionary leaders, charismatic leaders.

Are Teachers Really Leaders in Disguise? Research has clearly told us the leadership qualities and behaviors that are most effective. We know very well what distinguishes good leaders from mediocre and bad leaders . But a question that often arises is whether or not teachers (from elementary school through college) are actually "leaders. " I'm going to stop short of saying "yes," because we tend to use the term "leader" too broadly already. What I can say definitively, however, is that the very best teachers behave very much like the very best leaders. Transformational leadership is the most popular theory today. Successful leaders are positive role models for followers. . . . So, the theory of transformational leadership seems to apply very well to teachers.

MLI%20Impact%202012. Greenlee_0705. Teacher - Responsibilities of Elementary and Secondary School Teachers, Qualifications of Elementary and Secondary Teachers - Education, Students, National, and Public. The role and responsibilities of elementary and secondary school teachers have undergone a significant evolution since the publication of the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Education. Historically, teachers have been viewed as purveyors of content knowledge and academic skills, but teachers in the early twenty-first century have also become ambassadors to multicultural communities and promulgators of democracy. As expectations for teacher performance have increased, so too has the status of teaching–the term teaching profession has become commonplace. Conventionally viewed as dispensers of knowledge, teachers are increasingly perceived as facilitators or managers of knowledge. They are often thought to be colearners with their students.

Few modern teachers would try to claim intellectual hegemony in the classroom; such a claim would not stand the challenge of increasingly sophisticated students. Responsibilities of Elementary and Secondary School Teachers Demographics. Ncsm_april2011. Introduction - New Learning: A Charter for Change in Education. At worst, education is a low paying, low status profession. In Universities, Education is a fragmented discipline area, assuming a professional service role more often than it does a leading intellectual role. One simple metric for the overall social value placed upon education as a profession and an area of social development is the miniscule amounts spent on R&D—an estimated 0.25% of education budgets, compared to 5 to 15 percent for engineering and medicine.156 As a profession, education is in need of major transformation.

Some of the transformation is in employment conditions, including pay rates and greater opportunities for working flexible hours (more or less than the conventional working week). Action Items Action Item 3.1: Improve the Quality of Working Life of Teaching and Enhance the Rewards of Teaching Develop a Professional Pedagogue Program, to reconceive and redesign the job of teaching. Action Item 3.2: Build Educational R&D into Every School Supporting Evidence.

Strategic Leadership - Definition and Qualities of a Strategic Leader. Leadership: 4 Traits of Incredibly Effective Delegators. Before opening my business, I worked for a lot of companies--big and small, corporate and family run, traditional and innovative. I encountered many types of managers, and I learned that those who managed best were those who allowed staff members to think boldly, to move swiftly, and to do so with a game plan rather than a rulebook. When it came time to open Metal Mafia, I knew that I wanted my company to be a place that valued motivation and maverick thinking over micromanagement. The only way to make that happen was to be willing to delegate, and as a business owner, giving up control sometimes was scary. To beat back fear in favor of freedom, here's how to comfortably delegate: Establish checkpoints. Employees thrive when they feel they are not only entrusted with, but accountable for, the projects they work on.

That said, as business owners, we need to know how projects are advancing. Ask a lot of questions. Make yourself a resource. Own your mistakes. The New Psychology of Strategic Leadership. The Idea in Brief Firms typically cluster around a few strategic positions, leaving others unoccupied. The intense competition on those occupied mountaintops makes it hard for firms to gain attractive returns. Superior opportunities lie on the unoccupied mountaintops. Because they are “cognitively distant”—far from the status quo—they’re hard to recognize and act on, and therefore competition is weak. Strategists are trained to analyze economic forces when they want to identify superior opportunities. Recent research on human cognition suggests that leaders would do better to use associative thinking to spot, act on, and legitimize distant opportunities.

This article explores ways to jump-start associational thinking—and to bring stakeholders along on the journey. Michael Porter opened his classic “five forces” article with these sentences: “In essence, the job of the strategist is to understand and cope with competition. It would be difficult to imagine a more appropriate opening here. Why Flexible Interpretation is Key in Strategic Thinking. Uncertainty can be scary – but what is even scarier is how insidious the human mind can be in the face of uncertainty.

To make sense of the continuous stream of data being pelted at us from every direction, our mind creates filters so that we can survive and function. These filters are so effective that only about five percent of the stimuli trickle through. Your mind has become your worst enemy– it only lets through information that conforms to your current beliefs and expectations. When faced with new data and important decisions, that can be really bad, deadly even. Misinterpretation can lead to disaster. Consider a classic example of misinterpretation at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Such misinterpretation, due to looking at new data through old lenses, is quite common in business as well.

Be a better interpreter. Vigilant leaders must always be on guard for their evil twin who wants to interpret the world in terms of past realities rather than new ones. 1. 2. Three is the magic number. The Three Strengths Of A True Strategic Leader - 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers.