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5 Things Remarkable Leaders Do to Succeed - PM Hut

5 Things Remarkable Leaders Do to Succeed - PM Hut | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
5 Things Remarkable Leaders Do to Succeed By Michael Stanleigh Remarkable leaders have a vision and are able to use strong critical thinking skills to influence and bring about positive change. The...

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Denis Thuillier's comment, May 19, 2013 5:54 AM
I like the Lao Tzu citation, very accurate
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Finding Your Passion - Don't Die With Your Music Still Inside Of You!

Finding Your Passion - Don't Die With Your Music Still Inside Of You! | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
What are you passionate about? Living life without passion is playing small. Be passionate about living your purpose and you will be "living the dream".

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David Hain's curator insight, April 19, 2013 9:51 AM

A really thoughtful and timely artcle from Barry Smith @BLDWhatMatters.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 19, 2013 7:37 PM

But be compassionate while being passionate. This reminded me of Jon Kabat-Zinns' line: "Find a Job with a capital J and stop doing someone else's work."

Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 21, 2013 1:57 AM

What are you passionate about? Living life without passion is playing small. Be passionate about living your purpose and you will be "living the dream".

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Connect or Die

Connect or Die | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
No wonder your office feels like a morgue. You connect with vendors and clients but not with your receptionist, employees, or colleagues. It’s all business with coworkers but you send notes, make c...

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Maya Mathias's curator insight, April 17, 2013 1:48 PM
The people in your organization are your most important asset. Start treating them that way.
John Michel's curator insight, April 17, 2013 6:23 PM

Leaders nod with knowing smiles when you say leading is about relationships.  But, faces go blank and heads stop nodding when you ask, “What are you doing to connect with people inside your organization?” It gets worse when you ask, “What are you doing to help people connect with each other?”

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 7, 2013 12:24 PM

Some excellent advice for Leaders in big or small organizations.

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Coach Students Rather Than Teach Students

Coach Students Rather Than Teach Students | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
David Ginsburg helps schools improve teaching and learning. Learn more about David's work, and connect with him through email and LinkedIn. Also, follow him on Twitter.

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Michaela Ware's curator insight, April 1, 2013 11:06 AM

several short articles that can help teachers improve practice right away

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How Will You Measure Your Life? Clay Christensen at TEDxBoston

"It's actually really important that you succeed at what you're succeeding at, but that isn't going to be the measure of your life." Too often, we measure su...

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Humanizing the Workplace

Humanizing the Workplace | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
People who work in corporations seem to be crankier than ever. Harried. Hassled. And in many ways, behaving more like human doings than human beings.

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, March 22, 2013 6:05 AM

Productivity needs to be humanely managed. This is a starter kit for humanizing the workplace: simple things we all can do to improve the quality of the workplace environment.

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Just Trust Me

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Trust in the work environment seems like it would be a no-brainer. But somehow, building trust is one of the biggest challenges faced by leaders, managers, and individual contributors.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 22, 2013 7:58 AM

So as a leader in the business, how do you build trust in your organization? There are four key ways:

 

~Create Safe Havens – make it safe for people to say what’s really going on in the business

 

~Share Vulnerability – address key truth statements and establish new behavior ground rules to address those truth statements in a positive way

 

~Find Swim Buddies – create “partners” to hold each other accountable for behavior changes

 

~Develop Behavior Scorecards – build behaviors into a business scorecard and develop an ongoing process for measurement and improvement

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Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest

Rediscovering Leadership: Service Versus Self-Interest | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

 

Whatever happened to leadership? Have all the great leaders gone from the world scene? Are leaders born, or do they emerge in appropriate circumstances?

 

A few years ago the London Sunday Times ran an article with the title “Whatever Happened to Real Leaders?” It read in part: “The foreign secretary was a stuffed shirt. But the prime minister was not even that: ‘he was just a hole in the air.’ The words are George Orwell’s, applied to Lord Halifax and Stanley Baldwin, in the late 1930s. What resonance they have today! . . . What the country needs is leadership, and this is true of the Western world as a whole.”

 

The article continued, “The gap between the desirable and the real has never been as great in this respect. As you open the newspapers or watch the television news, is there a single political leader in the West whose words you would expect to remember? Would you expect to learn anything from them? Do you expect them to do anything inspiring or creative, or even just the right thing? We have reached a real low point in leadership, lower than at any other time in recent history. . . . ‘I sowed dragons, and I reaped fleas,’ said Nietzsche.” It’s a powerful plea for the kind of leadership that can deliver humanity from the grip of its many problems and evils.


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, March 19, 2013 5:35 PM

At some point each of us has the opportunity to lead. What are the principles that enable us to lead with the interests of others foremost in mind?

Rim Riahi's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:59 AM

Whatever happened to leadership? Have all the great leaders gone from the world scene? Are leaders born, or do they emerge in appropriate circumstances?

John Michel's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:17 PM

True leadership is and always has been a selfless action. It involves taking yourself out of the picture and considering the needs of others. It is a way of thinking that takes other people into account even when your own needs are pressing.

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Trust is...

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Trust is...

 

What is trust to you?


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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:15 AM

Excellent points...we've said it again and again, trust is the foundation of any great relationship both personal and professional! 

donhornsby's curator insight, March 19, 2013 2:08 PM

The article has some excellent points including the following:

 

Fragile—One careless act can instantaneously destroy trust that has taken years to develop, especially when the breach of trust involves a personal character failure.

Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, March 20, 2013 1:59 AM

From the article : "Leadership is about influencing others, and if people don’t trust you, you won’t be able to influence them. Leadership and trust go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other".

 
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Helping Education Leaders Grow - Education Week News

Helping Education Leaders Grow - Education Week News | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Helping Education Leaders Grow Education Week News It's time to dispel the perception that school principals have all the skills and capacity they need to be successful leaders as soon as they leave principal-preparation programs.


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How effective is the professional development undertaken by teachers? | David Weston - Guardian

How effective is the professional development undertaken by teachers? | David Weston - Guardian | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

A fair amount of teacher professional development (also known variously as teacher training, inset, CPD or professional learning) is really bad. I don't just mean that it's poor value for money or insufficiently effective - it's much worse than that. A large swathe of training has no effect whatsoever on pupil outcomes.


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catspyjamasnz's curator insight, March 18, 2013 8:32 AM

This article makes the case for networked staff development:

 

process of training must start with a clear identification of need. Pupils work better knowing the purpose of learning, and so do we!

 

Secondly, once the need is clearly identified, teachers need to access expertise both within school and from outside. Training that fails to take in to account local knowledge and context is likely to be irrelevant, less effective, and poorly received in the same way that teaching that ignores pupil's own knowledge is ineffective.

External expertise matters to avoid group think and false glass ceilings, and to make sure precious development time is focused on genuinely effective approaches.

 

training has to be sustained. Once they've tried it out they need to access the expertise again on several occasions to build their own confidence, correct misunderstandings, and overcome barriers.

 

 

Lastly, professional development has to be active and collaborative. Us teachers are just as prone to tuning out of a "lecture" and contemplating lunch instead as any pupil.

Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:47 AM

The essence is this: "... the good news is that great teacher learning is a remarkably similar beast to the great pupil learning". The article then explains how great teacher training starts with asking teachers for their needs and then designing your offer (rather than the other way around and starting with the courses you have). (@pbsloep)

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7 Questions You Will Ask at the End of Your Life | Sustainable Leadership

7 Questions You Will Ask at the End of Your Life | Sustainable Leadership | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Practical Tips for Productive Living (7 Questions You Will Ask at the End of Your Life | @scoopit via @JohnEMichel http://t.co/yfdBkcVayT)


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How to Set Goals and Motivate Yourself to Actually Achieve Them

How to Set Goals and Motivate Yourself to Actually Achieve Them | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

"If you plan to excel, you must plan to excel.

Conscious goal setting is the foundation of any successful venture. Whilst I am sure that you can find a few exceptions to the above statement, they prove the rule."


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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 18, 2013 1:23 PM

Good scoop Ariana, I like the artile AND the writer!

Ariana Amorim's comment, March 19, 2013 4:44 PM
Thanks, Al. Happy to make the connection.
Arjan Zuidhof's curator insight, March 21, 2013 8:07 AM

Hou het simpel, hak het in stukjes. Klinkt eenvoudig, in de praktijk komt er iets bij kijken.

Waarschuwing: lengte van het artikel benadert een compleet ebook!

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Four Traits of Collaborative Leaders

Four Traits of Collaborative Leaders | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Successful collaboration requires leadership. This excerpt from a book by Cisco executives Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese explains the key behaviors that leaders must exhibit to support and enhance collaboration.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 23, 2013 7:12 PM

I don't see much evidence in education that small groups are disrupting the status quo. It is more entrenched than ever.

 

Rim Riahi's curator insight, April 24, 2013 12:10 AM

Successful collaboration requires leadership. This excerpt from a book by Cisco executives Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese explains the key behaviors that leaders must exhibit to support and enhance collaboration.

ThinDifference's curator insight, April 24, 2013 8:38 AM

Great traits:

- Focus on authentic leadership and eschew passive aggressiveness

- Relentlessly pursue transparent decision making

- View resources as instruments of action, not as possessions

- Codify the relationship between decision rights, accountability and rewards

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Five Steps to Becoming an Authentic Leader | Metcalf & Associates

Five Steps to Becoming an Authentic Leader | Metcalf & Associates | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Let’s start with a definition of authentic leadership from a recent Forbes article: “Authenticity: Learning about yourself is perhaps the single most important outcome of a powerful educational experience.

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Transformational Leadership & The Way Of Individuation

Transformational Leadership & The Way Of Individuation | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership is the central concept in the study of management. Its centrality centers on the fact that it requires a leader to understand deeply the contingency issues involved in leading, which are...

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Mark Taylor's curator insight, April 18, 2013 11:52 AM

Love it!

Lou Salza's comment, April 18, 2013 8:28 PM
very cool! Thanks
Akinyi Ombaka's curator insight, April 19, 2013 6:46 AM

Understanding the transformational leadership is very important

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The Secret and Power of Listening

The Secret and Power of Listening | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Leaders often rise to leadership because they are great talkers. Now it’s in the way.

 

You can’t connect, communicate or influence without listening. Bad bosses talk. Successful leaders listen.


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donhornsby's curator insight, March 21, 2013 7:48 AM

(From the article): Forget about advanced listening skills. Don’t jump to active, critical, or appreciative listening.

 

Open your ears by closing your mouth.

 

Look in their eyes and stop flapping your tongue. Leaders are listeners.

Jumping from no listening to advanced listening is like using a dragster for driving lessons. You’ll crash and burn. In addition, going from poor listening to active listening creates paranoia in those around you. “What’s going on?”

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Recognizing Patterns - Six Seconds

Recognizing Patterns - Six Seconds | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Recognizing Patterns helps you track and monitor your reactions – which is an essential step to managing them. Recognizing your own patterns will also help you see others’ – which will be invaluable in coaching others so they get off of autopilot as well.


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I wonder if this is the holy grail of learning, that we seek to add new information to existing patterns and modifying them when we challenge them.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 22, 2013 3:05 AM

Nice resource pack form Six Seconds on EQ.

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TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What Our Schools Have in Common--Technology and Teaching to the Common Core State Standards

TOOLS FOR LEARNING: What Our Schools Have in Common--Technology and Teaching to the Common Core State Standards | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
The Common Core offers a uniform, nationwide measure of where our students are and where they need to be, and Victor's Tools for Learning feature this month provides you with a descriptive list of companies that can help you get started.

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Every Moment Is A Chance To Practice

Every Moment Is A Chance To Practice | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

"Every moment is a moment to practice and cultivate your virtues. The point isn’t perfect execution but continual practice."

 

"If you’re not occasionally losing your balance, you’re not stretching yourself. The more powerful you become, the more each movement can take you off balance."


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Coaching in the Workplace


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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, March 20, 2013 7:29 AM

Coaching in the workplace works. It's as simple as that.

Gloria Inostroza De Celis's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:09 AM

 Práctico. ¡Buena idea!

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Critical Friends: The Benefits of Instructional Coaches

Critical Friends: The Benefits of Instructional Coaches | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

 

Instructional coaches seem to be a new phenomenon in schools. Their job is to help educators become better teachers. They observe teachers teaching, go over instructional data, and model good teaching practices. As much as this may be new for schools, the core of instructional coaching has been around for a long time.


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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 21, 2013 4:43 PM

"Knights says instructional coaches employ the following seven practices:
• Enrolls the teacher - they conduct one-to-one interviews with each teacher prior to the experience. 
• Engages in collaborative planning - The coach meets with the collaborating teacher to discuss how a new teaching practice can be implemented effectively. 
• Models the lesson- The coach must model the lesson in the collaborating teacher's classroom while the teacher observes. 
• Teacher-directed post conference - Both parties must meet to discuss what the teacher observed the coach doing while modeling the lesson. 
• Coach observes the lesson- It's the teacher's turn to teach the lesson. 
• Exploring data together - The coach and teacher discuss the data gathered during mutual observations. 
• Providing continued support - This is a continuous relationship that needs to be fostered over the year."


I am eager to keep practicing effective coaching.  Fidelity is an on-going issue.  

Rachelle Wooten's comment, March 23, 2013 6:10 PM
This was a great read! This is mostly what I do. These practices for Knight will help me more consistent in my quality of service. I plan to begin doing research of my own to assess the impact of ed tech coaching.
Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, March 23, 2013 6:11 PM

This was a great read! This is mostly what I do. These practices for Knight will help me more consistent in my quality of service. I plan to begin doing research of my own to assess the impact of ed tech coaching.

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Seth Godin Explains Why You Need a Tribe

Enjoyed this conversation with Seth Godin around tribes and why we all need one, how we should be the best in the world at what we do. Seth also answers why ...

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Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good

Hacking Habits: How To Make New Behaviors Last For Good | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Want to write everyday? Start exercising? Quit smoking? We look at how to hack our brains' hard-wired habit loops to change our lives for the better.


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John Michel's curator insight, March 18, 2013 2:22 PM

abits are the brain’s own internal productivity drivers. Constantly striving for more efficiency, the brain quickly transforms as many tasks and behaviors as possible into habits so that we can do them without thinking, thus freeing up more brainpower to tackle new challenges. In general, this modus operandi of our minds leads to incredible benefits. But, on occasion, it makes it seem nearly impossible to break bad habits—or integrate new ones—when we don’t know what’s happening inside the black box of the unconscious.

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Kimberly Togman's comment, March 18, 2013 5:06 PM
Duhigg's narrative on habits is a good one. He lays out a clear path to effecting personal and system wide change. And helps us understand why it is so hard. Also check out Chip and Dan Heath's "Switch," William Bridges "Transitions" and Rick Maurer's "Beyond the Wall of Resistance."
The BioSync Team's comment, March 18, 2013 8:04 PM
Thanks Kimberly for the book recommendations. I am familiar with William Bridges "Transitions". It is one of the books I recommend on my site (http://www.biosync.com/resources/recommended-reading/). I will look at the other two as well.