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What is a PLN? Or, PLE vs. PLN? Where the Magic Happens – A Metaphor for Leadership. These days, we seem to be questioning almost every aspect of our public education system.

Where the Magic Happens – A Metaphor for Leadership

Change is coming, there is no doubt about it. Why? Because public education still resembles too closely what it was when it was first invented. The world has changed and as the British Columbia Education Plan suggests, the way we teach our children should change too. So why is change taking so long? I don’t hold the belief that everything about public education needs to change, we do good work with kids, but we do need to leave behind the 19th century and move on with the 21st century. Leadership Teams: Why Two Are Better Than One. Leadership Is About Leading. By Mike Myatt, Chief Executive Officer, N2growth Leadership is about leading.

Leadership Is About Leading

Leadership is a 24-7-365 endeavor. In fact, I’d go so far as to say the best leaders view what they do as a calling and not just a job. If you’re a leader, what you do in public or private, in silence or in word, and in thought or in deed will be observed, evaluated and critiqued – count on it. There are simply no free passes for leaders. Leadership – It’s About The People. By Mike Myatt, Chief Executive Officer, N2growth If you think leadership is about you, your ego has led you astray.

Leadership – It’s About The People

Leadership has little to do with you and everything to do with those you lead. If you think leadership is about the bottom line, think again; it’s about the people. Without the people there is no bottom line. Six Secrets of Inspirational Leadership. Image source The real test of leadership isn’t what you doit’s what you inspire others to do.

Six Secrets of Inspirational Leadership

Great leaders inspire others to contribute greatly. The shift from individual contributor to inspiring others may be your greatest leadership challenge. They – not you - become central. Leadership In Teamwork. 12 Most Inescapable Leadership Teachings. Leadership character: A six-part series by West Point’s Col. Eric Kail - Guest Insights. Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 06/10/2011 Jun 10, 2011 08:34 PM EDT TheWashingtonPost By Col.

Leadership character: A six-part series by West Point’s Col. Eric Kail - Guest Insights

5 for Leadership. The Source of Integrity. The Next Generation of Leadership. Thought Leadership – Thought Leadership e book – 12 Experts on the Thought Leadership Challenges of 2012. 9 Timeless Leadership Lessons. Social Media as a Leadership Tool. @ - Leadership – The biggest mistake a leader can make. The Heart of Innovation: 34 Awesome Quotes on Leadership. Social Media and Two-Way Communication. Recently, I was invited to participate in a webinar titled, Using social media to enhance school-community relations.

Social Media and Two-Way Communication

The webinar was spearheaded by Dr. Scott McLeod, professor at the University of Kentucky and the author of the phenomenal blog Dangerously Irrelevant, and his colleague Dr. Wayne Lewis. The primary audience consisted of 18 preservice administrator students at the University of Kentucky. Contributing to the discussion was Dan Cox, principal of Hoover Middle School in Waterloo, Iowa and doctoral student at Iowa State University as well as the renown Burlington High School principal of Burlington, Massachusetts and 2012 NASSP National Digital Principal Award Winner, Patrick Larkin. Dan Cox began the discussion by sharing his dissertation results from a study centered around how school principals and superintendents use social media to communicate with parents, students, staff, and community members. Mr. What a 2-Legged Dog taught me about Leadership Resilience. How to Build Your Leadership Brand. People who aren’t known for something haven’t done anything.

How to Build Your Leadership Brand

“How to Build a Brand,” was the title we settled on for a recent presentation. It included social media content and making money using your online presence. Leadership brand building: On the negative side of brand building, I know leaders who are “save the day” leaders. The 10 Best Leadership Blogs I Read The Week Of April 16th. Leadership is actually team work. Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership. TED: Ideas worth spreading. 12 Most Inescapable Leadership Teachings. 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers. A silent leadership killer. Busting the Mehrabian Myth. Action Learning for Leadership Development. Introduction When devising any leadership programme, it is important to ensure that as participants students are not only ‘taught’ or trained, but that they have the opportunity to put learning into action.

Action Learning for Leadership Development

Experience has shown us that unless we practice new skills and ideas soon after a programme we tend to forget the lessons learnt. In practice many of us tend to short circuit this cycle and often ship the reviewing phase as it is often difficult to do ‘out of context. Action learning will help ‘close the loop’ and ensure our learning is as effective as possible (more about learning cycles in module one). Action Learning Sets are primarily focused on the individual’s learning. An Action Learning programme involves the following key elements: A Slice of Leadership: A Leadership Blog, One Slice at a Time. 2011 Lesson #3 - “Do then think”: take risks. A “TO-BE” List for Aspiring Leaders by Angela Maiers. ”Being’ and ‘doing’ are inseparable aspects of your presence and influence.

A “TO-BE” List for Aspiring Leaders by Angela Maiers

-author unknown I have the privilege each year of speaking to auditoriums full of aspiring young leaders, anxious to go out into the world and make their mark. They are looking for the “book”, the “roadmap” , the “words or wisdom” that will guide them to the things they need “TO-DO” next. As we know, success in leadership and in the world is not only attributed to what you do; it is dependent on who you are and why you do.

Who you are comes across more strongly than what you sell or say. In supporting the kind of leader they must be, we enable and elevate their ability to influence, catalyze, and transform the future in a way we have not yet seen. This Week’s Fav Five Leadership Posts » Leadership Done Right. Each week I have a hard time finding the top five posts because their are so many good leadership blogs. I feel I am only just beginning to see the number of good blogs out there. Here are the top five leadership blog posts I found this week. Lessons From a Failure in Leadership by Gwyn Teatro Burton Winters was a typical fourteen-year-old living with his parents in Makkovik, Labrador.

Winter weather makes snow mobile driving a necessity there and, like most of the boys in his community, Burton was an experienced driver. 5 Things Great Bosses Never Do. I recently described what remarkable bosses do.

5 Things Great Bosses Never Do

A number of people emailed and asked, "That's a great list, but flip it around: What things should I not do? " Glad you asked. As a leader what you don't do can sometimes make as much or even more impact than what you do. Here are five things remarkable bosses never do: Building Effective Teams Isn't Rocket Science, But It's Just as Hard - Douglas R. Conant. By Douglas R. Conant | 9:20 AM April 4, 2012 Over my 35 years of experience in the corporate and non-profit worlds, I’ve been part of hundreds, if not thousands, of teams of all shapes and sizes: large, small, formal, informal, “real”, “virtual” — and the list goes on. A kind word changes everything—especially when you’re learning something new. My wife is six months into a new job. She has been through a lot of training since she started and just recently completed a four-week class to qualify for an advanced role. She’s been struggling to learn all of the different components of the new role and she hit a low point this past Wednesday.

With the training coming to an end, she felt she had only mastered 40% of the required skills. As a result, she was thinking of turning down the advancement and asking to remain in her previous role. Even worse, she was reconsidering her decision to take the job in the first place. Radically Change Your Leadership, Today. The way you make people feel may be the most important thing about your leadership. It’s frequently the most neglected. Relentlessly looking ahead to noble destinations is never enough. Efficient systems don’t work apart from people.

Values must find expression in behaviors. Feelings follow us everywhere. What I Learned About Leadership from a Low Ropes Course. This past weekend, I took the eight young men in my mentoring group on a retreat. It was the kickoff to our 2012 season. We went to Deer Run, a beautiful retreat center in the hills of middle Tennessee. The weather was absolutely gorgeous—mid-40s and plenty of sunshine. We focused on the topic of life planning. Most of the guys had written a life plan, but we used the time to review the basics and update our work. The most memorable part of the retreat for me was the low ropes course. 4 choice leadership acts for 2012. Shawn Murphy is president of Achieved Strategies and a learning and organizational development consultant. Why is it Important to be a Connected Educator? Classroom Teachers as Catalysts for PD - Houston, TX. Engaging Employees to Increase Engagement. Leaders everywhere these days are talking about how to create more engaged employees.

Consultants, authors, and speakers are consulting, writing, and speaking about the importance of increased employee engagement. Want Credibility? Be Consistent. Aside Ah, the beginning of a new year! As the celebrations and parties come to an end, don’t let complacency take over in the office. How to Move Through Uncertainty to Opportunity. Image source Ineffective leaders require certainty before they act, I am certain. On the other hand, successful leaders make decisions where outcomes are uncertain. Delta School District Vision. The Weekly “Round-Up” Of Good School Reform Posts & Articles. The 3 Step Triple Threat: The courage to say it out loud. Step #2 of The 3 Step Triple Threat… Ask, Announce, Act (Repeat) Best Leadership Books of 2011. WE HAVE more recorded information about leadership now than at any other time in history. Most of it deals with the surface turbulence, which is important but not complete. In all of this information there is the sense too, that perhaps we have lost the wisdom we need and that maybe some new thing will help us to avoid what we already know and don’t want to do.

12 Reasons You Will Be a Better Leader this Year. 1. Because you are generous with information. You know it enables and values others. 7 Reasons Leaders Can't Transfer their Success to Other Organizations. Six Steps to Master Teaching: Becoming a Reflective Practitioner. Becoming a master teacher takes continuous effort. To avoid the loss of enthusiasm or static practice, teachers need to focus on their own professional development. Notably, the single most significant indicator of student success is an excellent teacher; nevertheless, no one can be professionally developed without his or her consent.

To remain vitalized, teachers need to spend time outside the classroom with other dedicated individuals. 5 Not-Quite-Rocket-Science Ways to Build Leadership Trust. This statistic stopped me cold: 60% of the participants in a 2009 international study trusted a stranger more than they trusted their boss. Yikes, how sad. The Joy of Leadership. Five Lessons from World Changers - John Coleman. Five Characteristics of Effective School Leadership. Leadership Lessons: Ten Ideas to Take into 2012. Five Gifts Received. Developing Mindful Leaders - Polly LaBarre. Share a link. So Here’s What I’d Do. First Look: Leadership Books for January 2012. Leading Blog: A Leadership Blog.

Delegation Requires Training, Timing, and Trusting. Leadership501 — Examining the Gears of Leadership. Leadership Brief: Resources that Help You Show Appreciation. How John Maxwell Navigates Leadership. The Vision All Leaders Always Need. Four Ways to Build Trust in Employee Performance Reviews – Do You “Meet Expectations?” 5 Leadership Lessons: What if You Could Take Control of Your Life with One Decision? Smarter Workplaces: Why High Achievers Flounder. Thoughts from the Office: Principle-based Decision Making. Applying Brain Science For Leadership Development.

Five Techniques That Make You Matter Most. The Vice Of Ingratitude. Everyday Leadership Through Everyday Actions — Random Acts Of Leadership. Education May Be for Later, but Learning is Right Now. Time to Think.