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Why Teachers Want Technology [Infographic]

Why Teachers Want Technology [Infographic] | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Survey says educators view ed tech as a motivational tool.

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My thoughts: I agree that teachers need to use technology more in class. But the teachers need to be trained in the use of the technology so they can teacher the class and how to use the technology. Because most teachers these days can’t use the computers and the other technology they have and that’s because they haven’t been trained or taught in how to use the technology. Also having technology and things that are more fun for the students will help them learn and make them want to come to school each day to learn. Right now school and classes are boring so having something different would help a bunch and it would make us want to learn and want to come to school. Also I think that if each kid was given a laptop for their entire school career that would help kids learn and it would also help them get their homework done and projects done on time. Some kids once they leave school they don’t have access to a computer so they can’t do their homework at home. But if they had a laptop they could start the homework and school and then when they get home they already have the worked start and they can work at it at home. Also sometimes if you start a project at school you can’t always get it home but if you had a laptop you could have it at home and be able to work on it and get it done for class the next day.

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It's Not The CEO, It's The Leadership Strategy That Matters. - Forbes

It's Not The CEO, It's The Leadership Strategy That Matters. - Forbes | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Let's face it.  CEOs come and go. But leadership, if developed in a comprehensive way, endures.


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Stress Is Not Your Enemy

Stress Is Not Your Enemy | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
How often do you intentionally push yourself to discomfort? I know that sounds a little nutty, but here's why I ask: Subjecting yourself to stress is the only way to systematically get stronger — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

 

How often do you intentionally push yourself to discomfort?

 

I know that sounds a little nutty, but here's why I ask: Subjecting yourself to stress is the only way to systematically get stronger — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. And you'll get weaker if you don't.

 

We live by the myth that stress is the enemy in our lives. The real enemy is our failure to balance stress with intermittent rest. Push the body too hard for too long — chronic stress — and the result will indeed be burnout and breakdown. But subject the body to insufficient stress, and it will weaken and atrophy.

 

Few of us push ourselves nearly hard enough to realize our potential, nor do we rest, sleep, and renew nearly as deeply or for as long as we should.


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4 Ways To Make Meetings Suck Less | Fast Company

4 Ways To Make Meetings Suck Less | Fast Company | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Forget boring board rooms. Progressive companies are blurring the lines between personal and professional to boost productivity, save time, and reduce groans.

 

It's 5 p.m. on Friday, and none of my co-workers have left. No one is watching the clock hoping to kick off their weekend. Instead, my team members are prepping the big projector, getting comfy on the couch, and preparing for the weekly office show-and-tell. Most of us are excited to show off the projects we put together, give each other feedback, and peruse a few weird YouTube videos together. And we do this every Friday.

 

Read more here: http://www.fastcompany.com/3000103/4-ways-make-meetings-suck-less

 

 


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Leaders Go First...

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Leaders go first...Lessons Learned Along the Path of Leadership

 

By Roy Sheneman, PhD

 

           Recently, I had the opportunity to complete a 4-year odyssey into the depths of leadership development. Along the way, I found many key insights that I thought you might find interesting. The following insights were gleaned from a major research project involving several hundred North American Workers representing numerous industries.

 

Among the key findings were the following:

 

          During difficult economic times, followers and leaders alike emphasize the importance of production-oriented leadership behaviors. Both groups tend to focus on the nature of the job, rather than the niceties that come with it. In other words, stability is the focus, not so much the pat on the back (although such pats on the back are still appreciated).

       

         The nature of the modern workplace is complicated. It requires leadership that is readily able to adapt to rapidly changing atmospheres and expectations. Leaders would do well to develop a set of skills that would meet such challenges. Reliance on skills developed many years ago without augmenting them with newer approaches to leadership reflecting the changing times may lead to increased levels of frustration and decreased production in the long term.

        

          Workers representing different generations are motivated in different ways. Leaders need to understand this and adjust. Far too many leaders focus on one source of motivation. Research shows that there are several major motivations that must be considered at the individual, team and organizational levels.

 

These sources include:

         

         1. Money: Many simply want the money. Key lesson for the leader, what you reinforce with money or other recognition tends to be repeated. It worked in kindergarten; it works in the workplace as well.

         

         2. Fun: Where there is enjoyment in the job to be done, motivation increases. Interestingly enough; the more education a person has, the less this motivation shows up. Lesson to the leader; it is good for your followers to laugh once in a while, the social support is vital to your organization’s strength.

        

        3. Personal Reputation: This is powerful across all generations, especially the older generations including the Veterans and Baby Boomers. Lesson to the leader; find ways to recognize your people for the good work they do. Also make work personal, finding ways to connect the workplace to the person through selective branding and other means will pay large dividends. Remember, people need to find purpose in the work itself…their personal reputation depends on this.

       

        4. Personal Challenge: Many people respond to setting and pursuing personal goals. Lesson to the leader; the less educated the follower, the more he or she will respond to setting goals. The wise leader will incorporate this into the workday.

       

        5. Organizational Mission and Vision: Particularly among the lower levels of the organizational structure, the more followers hear about the vision of the organization from their leaders, the more they will buy into it and adjust work behaviors accordingly.

       

        6. Organizational Support: Simply put, the more an organization supports a follower, the more motivated the follower tends to be. Such support may take on many forms including financial, emotional, technological, or physical resource-based support.

         

         Leaders must learn to adapt their leadership style and approaches. Failure to do so may be catastrophic at both the personal and organizational levels.

 

        Leaders need to keep the channels of communication open across the workplace. Talking to everyone in the organization is important. Too often leaders only talk to other leaders at the top of the organizational hierarchy. This is a mistake. In doing so, the leader is unnecessarily distancing himself from his followers creating room for an "us against them" mentality to develop. The antidote, walk around periodically and talk to the people, keeping in touch with them will help motivate and encourage them to continue to do a good job.

 

        As a leader, the move is yours. You must go first and set the tone for how people are to interact. Failure to do so, is simply a failure of leadership.

 

        Now that you know, what are you going to do?


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Leaders: 6 Magic Moments Employees Want with The Boss

Leaders: 6 Magic Moments Employees Want with The Boss | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
There are a multitude of things on your list and it looks like most, “spend time with team members” is likely not recorded. The team members you have the privilege of leading are craving time with ...
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How to Stay Energized

How to Stay Energized | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

An interesting discovery from working with people on their leadership skills is that they tend to work against their motivational needs.

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On Leadership, Success and Emotional Awareness

On Leadership, Success and Emotional Awareness | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Our brains harbor seven major negative emotions:

Anger Fear Jealousy Hatred Revenge Greed Superstition

 

Certain things leaders do – specifically, exhibit empathy and become attuned to other’s moods – literally affect both brain chemistry and that of their followers” ~Harvard Business Review

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How to Say “Thanks!”

How to Say “Thanks!” | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

But grand gestures are not always necessary to let your team members know that you’ve noticed their outstanding work. Sometimes, it is just a simple handshake and a “congratulations” that make a difference.

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The Power of Community - The Energy Project

The Power of Community - The Energy Project | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Discover A Better Way of Working with this blog, by Tony Schwartz and The Energy Project, which provides ideas, tips, strategies and more.

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How to Influence Without Authority | Jesse Lyn Stoner >>> Seapoint Center

How to Influence Without Authority | Jesse Lyn Stoner >>> Seapoint Center | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Your own character is your greatest source of influence. Do you lead by example and follow through on your commitments? Are you respectful, authentic and trustworthy? People will believe you are motivated by the common good and not personal gain.

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Leaders: Trust Can Change Everything

Leaders: Trust Can Change Everything | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Building trust is one of the most critical challenges facing our society today. It is what we as leaders should all be about. We are in a crisis of trust.  It affects us on all levels; societal, in...
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Eight Inspiring Career Lessons From The Life Of Sally Ride - Forbes

Eight Inspiring Career Lessons From The Life Of Sally Ride - Forbes | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Sally Ride.(Photo credit: Wikipedia) 8 lessons we can learn from Ride’s hurtle into the stratosphere

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The Best Social Media Monitoring Tools For Your Brand | Business 2 Community

The Best Social Media Monitoring Tools For Your Brand | Business 2 Community | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

By the end of this post, you’ll be ready to start setting up your social media monitoring posts. Within this post I’m going to go through some great social media monitoring tools, how they work and why you might choose to use them. I’ll also provide you with a list of additional social media monitoring tools, both free and paid, that you may want to look into.


The importance of your social media monitoring tools
Being set up with social media monitoring tools allows you to continuously monitor the discussions around your brand, while not having to spend every waking moment actually monitoring.
Of course if you have a mega brand that gets discussed hundreds or thousands of times each day, then you’ll want to combine these tools (and probably the more advanced paid ones as well) with an actual social media monitoring team. But I’ll be getting more into that in tomorrow’s post.

 

Read more at http://www.business2community.com/social-media/the-best-social-media-monitoring-tools-for-your-brand-0166690#0uhBbPFFarGSPsvY.99


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The Management Upside of Mistakes: Six Leadership Suggestions - Information Management Blogs Article

The Management Upside of Mistakes: Six Leadership Suggestions - Information Management Blogs Article | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

6 suggestions for leadership gains from errors (To Err is Just Fine: 6 Leadership Benefits Found in Mistakes from @artpetty -- http://t.co/36QRw1Ln #management...)...


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I Can’t Get No… (Employee) Satis-fac-tion…

I Can’t Get No… (Employee) Satis-fac-tion… | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

To engage employees in a manner that is meaningful and motivating, businesses need to understand what drives and motivates individuals, and then design a program to fit those needs

 

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TMBC | About Us - Why Strengths?

TMBC | About Us - Why Strengths? | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Teams whose members strongly agree that they have the chance to play to their strengths every day are:

50% more likely to have low employee turnover

38% more likely to be high-productivity teams

44% more likely to earn high customer satisfaction scores

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How would your direct reports rate you as a leader?

How would your direct reports rate you as a leader? | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Are you familiar with “secret shoppers?” Organizations ask people to secretly “shop” their establishment, pretending to be customers, and report back the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Wouldn’t that...
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What Do People Do All Day? - Employee Engagement

A fun animation about our daily reality at work and the need for engagement. by INVOLVE www.involve.co.uk.

 


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Social Innovation 2.0: Getting from 'If' to 'How'

Social Innovation 2.0: Getting from 'If' to 'How' | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
What is the future of innovation? How can we successfully integrate and justify investments in sustainability and social change?

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The Power of Conversational Leadership — HBS Working Knowledge

The Power of Conversational Leadership — HBS Working Knowledge | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

"In many cases you have an executive team that's so sure about company strategy, but then you go inside the organization and find that nobody else has a clue,"


A strategic conversation based on 4 elements:

Intimacy is about leadership. Interactivity is about channels. Inclusion is about content. Intentionality is about goals, vision, and the strategy of getting things done.


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Three Solid Reasons for Leadership Development

Three Solid Reasons for Leadership Development | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
Why is the process of finding a leader–whether to backfill someone or to fill a new role–often treated as an isolated event rather than an ongoing process? With the cost per hire only rising, why do so few organizations have a ...

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We need new leadership for sustainable business, society and the world

We need new leadership for sustainable business, society and the world | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
The challenge for business leaders is to justify their role in creating a living system of economy, society and nature to give us hope for the future (We need new leadership for sustainable business, society & the world | Guardian Sustainable ...

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Leadership Lessons — Inspiration from History

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Sovereignty requires great leaders who can lead in what is referred to as “transformational leadership”. Leadership skills and Leadership qualities..
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What 100 Years of Research Tells Us About Effective Leadership

What 100 Years of Research Tells Us About Effective Leadership | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

What do we actually know about effective leadership? 100 years of research tells us a few things...

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