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Leadership Development - Human Resources. Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking. Executive Summary Nine out of ten people admit to daydreaming in meetings. Seventy-three percent do other work. That’s because most meetings are poorly designed. How do you improve the situation? By applying design thinking principles. “Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. Do these sentiments — expressed by an applicant to the course on meeting facilitation we teach at Georgetown University — sound familiar to you? Organizations hold more than 3 billion meetings each year. At the same time, the right kind of meetings can be key to advancing a team or organization’s agenda. By applying design thinking, a concept popularized by IDEO founder David Kelly and Stanford’s, which was first applied to the design of physical objects, then other products, such as technological tools, and now to more complex challenges across a wide variety of industries.

Next, set a frame for the meeting. 7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers.


Ways To Set Up Others for Success. As leaders, it is important to ensure that help is provided to people to become their “best self” through the process. I love the idea of sometimes “super-sizing” their job, meaning that we put them in situations that are “above” what they usually do, to push them to become better. Yet when people are put into these situations, the likelihood something can go wrong is greater. How do we ensure that people are put into the best possible situations to succeed? Here are a few ideas below: Trust them. Have you ever seen a basketball coach say to a player about to shoot a free throw, “Don’t miss.” These steps are more ideas than a formula, as each person we serve is different, but hopefully they will help others to think about how leadership is crucial to setting up others to become successful.

What have the best leaders you had done to support you to become successful? 5 ways to be a leader who gets it | @thehrgoddess SmartBlogs. To some, being a leader is just a job. But to others, it’s a choice, a calling even, to inspire others to engage, perform, and achieve. The women and men who make this choice are skilled in a number of areas that bring out the best in everyone and everything.

They’re leaders who get it. Their secret sauce? They’ve chosen to: 1. Be well-mannered mavericks who know when to go with the flow and when to go against it. 2. 3. 4. 5. Ready to be a leader who gets it? Processes, outcomes and measuring what we value. I produced this diagram as part of a paper ‘Measuring Success and Securing Accountability’ for my governors and SLT. One reason for writing it is that, along with everyone else, we face a very turbulent period in our examination system.

Over the next few years, there are so many changes to the measures we’ve been using to gauge success, phased in gradually, that year-on-year comparisons will be difficult to make; predictions will be based on unreliable assumptions of linearity in the baseline-to-outcome trajectory and targets will be hard to set. I want my governors to have some tools to use that go beyond the data so that we can have realistic and meaningful discussions about success and improvement.

A second reason for writing the paper is to fuel a wider discussion about ‘measuring what we value’ – rather than ‘valuing what can be measured’. However, the main reason for making this diagram is to consider the process of improvement and the nature and value of feedback. Like this: Redesigning the School’s Curriculum: Find Your Compass.

The world of education is changing again and like many changes it is bringing us almost full circle. If you are a teacher of about fifty years or older you may just about be able to remember a time before the National Curriculum and when levels weren’t part of your life (even if like me you are struggling to remember what you had for lunch or where your car keys are). This is not quite taking us back full circle to pre-1988 as the sharp edge of accountability means you aren’t likely to tell a new Science teacher that you “can teach them (less able Year 10 group) anything you like as long as you keep them in the classroom.” The latter part of this instruction proved more difficult than I at first thought.

Much has changed in education with respect to the level of informed professional practice of teachers and the degree of accountability we all experience. Dylan’s classic one liner was “don’t implement things you don’t believe in.” Like this: Like Loading... Can WE Be Trusted To Lead the Learning? Schools flourish when they embed trust, distribute leadership of learning and live out democratic values. In this blog I explain why I think these are important and how schools can start putting them in place. Swift trust It’s quite amazing and life affirming, that in a crisis people suspend whatever is happening around them and rally to support a person(s) or to overcome a challenge. We often see the kinds of behaviours that amplify the best of us; creative problem-solving, selflessness, compassion and empathy. Time is a commodity which is usually limited but incredibly valuable.

Swift trust is constructed and sustained by heightened activity and responsiveness which is combined with a strong and positive expectation that the work of the group will benefit all involved (Coppola, Hiltz and Rotter, 2004, pp 95-104). Schools are exceedingly good at bringing groups of people together; students, staff and community. What difference does leadership presence make? Expand, refine and change. Connectedness and Transparency in Leadership | My Island View. I am planning on attending an Edcamp for leadership next week, which has caused me to reflect upon my administrator/teacher experiences of the past. There was once a time in education, not too long ago, that all discussions about education were led and controlled by those who led and controlled the very schools in which education took place.

Building, or district administrators could pretty much control the flow of education information based on their personal education philosophies, as well as their exposure to the latest education ideas and methodology available to them. What was relevant and what was status quo? What was progressive education philosophy, and what was fad or trend?

We counted on administrators to lead the way in informing us. That was in fact part of why they were hired and held their positions, to direct the educators below them. That was all part of the system. In my career I served under both types of administrators. Social Media today has changed this dynamic. What the best education systems are doing right. In South Korea and Finland, it’s not about finding the “right” school. Fifty years ago, both South Korea and Finland had terrible education systems. Finland was at risk of becoming the economic stepchild of Europe. South Korea was ravaged by civil war. Yet over the past half century, both South Korea and Finland have turned their schools around — and now both countries are hailed internationally for their extremely high educational outcomes.

What can other countries learn from these two successful, but diametrically opposed, educational models? The Korean model: Grit and hard, hard, hard work. For millennia, in some parts of Asia, the only way to climb the socioeconomic ladder and find secure work was to take an examination — in which the proctor was a proxy for the emperor, says Marc Tucker, president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy. The Koreans have achieved a remarkable feat: the country is 100 percent literate. “A key to that is education. Indeed. Principal's Role in Encouraging Family Involvement. Improvement guides - What is excellence? 27 Tips For Mentoring New Teachers. How does a teacher go from just a teacher to a great teacher? Some say that some people are just naturally great teachers.

Others might believe that it is the education that they receive. And others yet, point to the mentors that these new teachers have when they start out teaching. The handy infographic below shows tips for new teachers, mentors, and administrators to help all parties involved get the most out of seasoned teachers mentoring new ones. So if you’re looking for some quick tips and tricks to mentoring new teachers, this is for you. For Mentors: Find the strengths of the new teacher. For New Teachers: Ask. For Administrators: Select mentors with care. 5 Leadership Questions To Finish (And Start) Th... Building school climate. Principals as Instructional Leaders. At some level, principals always have been instructional leaders—but never before has their role been more prominent. First, the accountability movement—No Child Left Behind in particular—thrust principals into the spotlight on academic achievement.

Then budget cuts peeled away capacity at both the district and school levels, thinning the ranks of assistant superintendents, curriculum specialists and assistant principals, who shouldered some or most of the load. For Beverly Jarrett, principal at Far West High School in the Oakland (Calif.) Unified School District, that has meant an upward creep from 10 hours per day, five days a week when she started five years ago, to 12 to 14 hours per day and one Saturday a month.

“You’re never in this place where you can relax. But now, he adds, if a school doesn’t make adequate yearly progress under NCLB, the principal is held responsible. “Traditionally, principals were really not instructional leaders,” she says. Training Helps Shift Managing Time. 10 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Communicate. August 1st, 2012 By: Alvina Lopez Even the most eloquent of public and private speakers could always stand to tweak their communication skills just a little bit. After all, the ability to convey feelings and facts stands as essential to keeping the human species rolling along. Both the Internet and bookshelves sport advice a-go-go on how to get points across as clearly as possible, and the venerable open source lecture series TED does not disappoint in this regard. Its best offerings regarding human connectivity encourage essentials not always discussed in manuals and textbooks, so give them some consideration and use them to launch more exploration into how to grow into an effective, evocative communicator.

Elizabeth Lesser: Take "the Other" to lunch: If communications with people on opposite sides of political, cultural, religious and other common divides so often proves extremely problematic, try Elizabeth Lesser’s simple-but-effective approach. Leading With No Regrets. 6 Leadership Styles, And When You Should Use Them.

Taking a team from ordinary to extraordinary means understanding and embracing the difference between management and leadership. According to writer and consultant Peter Drucker, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. " Manager and leader are two completely different roles, although we often use the terms interchangeably. Managers are facilitators of their team members’ success. They ensure that their people have everything they need to be productive and successful; that they’re well trained, happy and have minimal roadblocks in their path; that they’re being groomed for the next level; that they are recognized for great performance and coached through their challenges.

Conversely, a leader can be anyone on the team who has a particular talent, who is creatively thinking out of the box and has a great idea, who has experience in a certain aspect of the business or project that can prove useful to the manager and the team. Change leadership styles. #SLTchat forum. 3 investments good leaders make in creating other leaders SmartBlogs. I was extremely fortunate to be hired as a third-grade teacher fresh out of Penn State University in 2000 by principal Maureen Cheever at Hubbard Woods School in Winnetka, Ill. Before I met her, I had never envisioned myself as a school principal. From the moment I joined the Hubbard Woods team, her leadership both inspired and pushed me to demand more of myself and those around me. I knew she had high expectations for me from the moment I walked into my role as a new and inexperienced teacher.

Cheever continues to be my living definition of a servant leader. Every day and above everything else, she found ways to put me in a position to be the best teacher I could be. She was invested in me and groomed me as an educator and leader. I vividly recall her spending her days visiting classrooms, giving credit to students, staff and parents and encouraging the best progressive education for our children. When one of us had an idea, she found a way to say “yes.” 1. 2. 3. 4 Attributes of a Great Assistant Principal. Cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Big Mind Zen Center A good friend of mine has just become an Assistant Principal (Vice Principal), which was probably one of the best jobs that I have ever had.

Often you get to help guide the direction of the school but you still have many opportunities to be in the classroom and connect with kids, more so than a principal. That being said, I believe that a principal can still connect with kids in many ways , but in my experience, they have a lot more meetings and have to be out of school a lot more. I have been blessed to have worked with an amazing principal who had taught me a lot and even though we would argue (a lot), it was always about figuring out what was best for the school. To be honest, he encouraged the push-back because he cared more about ? What was right? As opposed to ? On the other side of the coin, as a school principal, I was blessed to work with amazing vice principals who pushed me to be better. ? They did not only do the ? ? 9 Lies Unproductive People Love to Tell. Email People all around the world are out doing productive things right now. You can be one of them if you choose to be.

The first step is to stop telling yourself these unproductive lies: Reminder: We just released our new ebook 1,000+ Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently. It makes a perfect starter kit for the new year. Click here to find out more. 1. Truth be told, the only person who can tell you “you can’t” is you. Your faith can move mountains and your doubt can create them. In the end, your doubts and your faith have something in common. 2. Doing nothing gets you nothing. An idea isn’t going to do anything for you until you do something with it. Progress is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. 3. Successful people have a habit of doing the things today that lazy people plan for tomorrow. The greatest enemy of productivity is the false belief that somehow tomorrow is a better day to get something done. 4.

So get comfortable with feeling a bit uneasy. 5. 5 ways to ruin employee morale. How to build a winning team - 10 top tips from outstanding school leaders | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional.