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Teachers Quit Principals, Not Schools — Indy / Ed. The Tough Work of Improving School Culture. My school, Bagnall Elementary School in Groveland, Massachusetts, has moved away from principal-driven (top-down) initiatives, and has worked to strengthen teacher collaboration, through which teachers have both increased autonomy and responsibility for achieving intended outcomes.

The Tough Work of Improving School Culture

Like many schools that have made this shift, we have experienced growing pains and unexpected bumps in the road. Collaboration Complications Collaboration is hard work, and there is often not a clearly defined path for how we can best communicate with one another. Even if you start a meeting with an idea about how it should go, a colleague can derail that idea. There are unexpected challenges when people come together, a situation not unique to schools. As principal, I am a member of the school’s instructional leadership team, which includes teachers, parents, and community members. The power of leadership vulnerability. When you think of the most effective leaders you’ve worked with, how would you describe them?

The power of leadership vulnerability

Perhaps you said “charismatic,” “energetic” or “visionary.”

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To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle. A global pharmaceutical company was about to lose the strategic advantage of several blockbuster drugs coming off patent.

To Seize the Future, Create a Leadership Circle

In five years, the revenue shortfall would be significant. The senior commercial and scientific directors formed a “circle of leaders” comprised of 23 senior managers who had no meaningful history of collaboration on strategic initiatives. A Step-by-Step Guide to Structuring Better Meetings. From The New York Public Library I am frequently flummoxed by the complete misalignment between a team’s mandate and the agenda for their meetings.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Structuring Better Meetings

My favorite example was a Corporate Affairs team that had an ambitious agenda to work collaboratively to transform the perception of the organization among members of the public, the regulator, and three levels of government. Yet they had only allocated 30 minutes per week to the task! Embracing Agile. Agile innovation methods have revolutionized information technology.

Embracing Agile

Over the past 25 to 30 years they have greatly increased success rates in software development, improved quality and speed to market, and boosted the motivation and productivity of IT teams. Now agile methodologies—which involve new values, principles, practices, and benefits and are a radical alternative to command-and-control-style management—are spreading across a broad range of industries and functions and even into the C-suite. National Public Radio employs agile methods to create new programming. Great Leaders Embrace Office Politics. A rising young executive found herself strategically ousted in an internal power play.

Great Leaders Embrace Office Politics

Jill had all the chops to rise to the corner office: consistent top 10% performer, hardworking, intelligent, personable, driven, multilingual, an MBA from a top-tier school. Handwritten thank-you notes from the CEO proudly adorned her wall. More Insiders Are Becoming CEOs, and That’s a Good Thing. Last week, Joann Lublin reported in The Wall Street Journal that more CEO jobs are going to internal candidates.

More Insiders Are Becoming CEOs, and That’s a Good Thing

According to her story, a survey by executive-search firm Spencer Stuart found that about four out of five S&P 500 companies that chose a new CEO last year promoted insiders. That’s the highest proportion since the firm began conducting the survey in 2004, and a big increase since 2012. That is good news for the companies involved. The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World. Dave wheeler FOR HBR What makes an effective leader?

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations. Participants were asked to choose the 15 most important leadership competencies from a list of 74. I’ve grouped the top ones into five major themes that suggest a set of priorities for leaders and leadership development programs. Demonstrates strong ethics and provides a sense of safety. Untitled. Why 1-1 meetings are crucial to your team’s success. 3 Steps for Answering "Why Do You Want This Job?" Like the dreaded “Tell me about yourself,” the question, “Why are you interested in this position?”

3 Steps for Answering "Why Do You Want This Job?"

Are You a Leader, or Just Pretending to Be One? We’ve rarely needed leaders more — but wanted the leaders we have less.

Are You a Leader, or Just Pretending to Be One?

4 Things Successful Change Leaders Do Well. We know that two-thirds of large scale transformation efforts fail. But that’s not a terribly helpful piece of information―unless we’re looking for confirmation that this is hard, really hard. What is useful is to understand what leaders can do to substantially increase the odds that their companies won’t be among the two-thirds of those that fail. A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do. Despite the huge impact executives can have on their organizations, failure rates remain high. Prescriptions for what to do continue to fall short. Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive. Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, there was a salesman who traveled the countryside, peddling his wares. Everyone loved his product except the evil king, who wanted to do away with it. One day the king said, "This product is ruining my kingdom and I want to destroy it.

If anyone has a reason for why this product should live, let him come hither and speak now. "  This is What I Tell All My Execs on their First Day. Edutopia.


Are You a Leader or a Follower? 10 Phrases Successful People Avoid (But Losers Use) 12 Habits of Exceptional Leaders. Please STOP Saying These Ridiculous Phrases At Work. Learning leaders matter. This article is based on extracts from the report Literature review: learning leaders matter, prepared for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) by Dr Philip Riley of Monash University. © Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, used with permission. The Australian Professional Standard for Principals sets out what principals are expected to know, understand and do in their role. One of the key expectations of principals under the Standard is the professional practice of developing self and others.

As well as helping their staff to learn, principals are called upon to model effective leadership. 6 ways to succeed as a new leader. Recognising Good Performance. Tough Conversations. 10 tips on getting your first headship. The eight qualities of successful school leaders. How does a CEO or founder go about improving. Eric Berne's Transactional Analysis parent adult child model, theory and history article.

Getting people to take ownership of their jobs. Job ownership is a simple business concept that many managers and employees misconstrue. Meetings as relationship-building opportunities. Building a culture of trust. Questions to guide you in understanding your organizational culture SmartBlogs. Leadership IQ - Leadership Test - Get Your Personal Leadership Score. Why Your Company's Worst Performers Are Happy As Clams. Policy Priorities:Quantifying Teacher Effectiveness:Quantifying Teacher Effectiveness.

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