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Getting Creative Things Done: How To Fit Hard Thinking Into a Busy Schedule

Getting Creative Things Done: How To Fit Hard Thinking Into a Busy Schedule | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Is your creativity at war with your to-do list? Meet GCTD, a simple system for balancing meaningful creative work with mundane logistical work (e.g. email, meetings, etc).

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Coaching for high performance – a key tool for leaders and managers

Coaching for high performance – a key tool for leaders and managers | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Are your leaders tellers or coaches?   Do they question or advise staff?  Do they listen well or wait in anticipation …Continue reading »

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In my long career I have again and again faced the fact the many leaders forget "why" when communicating with their teams/organization. Remember to articulate and communicate the bigger picture by understanding the ‘why’ as well as ‘what’ and ‘how’. This articles points out 9 other insights on what coaching leaders do.

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Intuition as a Personal Development Tool – Part 1 | Warrior Mind ...

Intuition as a Personal Development Tool – Part 1 | Warrior Mind ... | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Creating a personal development plan that includes intuition training will help your brain and your unconsciousness mind work for you and your success.

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Connected Coaching: Lani Ritter Hall talks about her upcoming eCourse

Connected Coaching: Lani Ritter Hall talks about her upcoming eCourse | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Leran about PLP's Connected Coaching eCourse.
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The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms | Conner Partners

The Four Kinds of Burning Platforms | Conner Partners | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
I promised to curate the next article by Daryl Conner on the four types of burning platforms stories and how they are used in org change work. Well, here it is -- and it is really good.

Any leader, business, or consultant needs to know the particulars in this article. Here is a sneak preview -- the burning platforms stories are NOT really about creating urgency for change.

I appreciate Daryl for clearing up these misconceptions about this story. And don't forget to read his first blog post about the burning platform that I curated below.

This review is written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it
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Billy R Bennett's curator insight, December 11, 2012 9:01 PM

Karen Dietz curated this article by Daryl Conner on four types of burning platforms.  A burning platform is a concept leaders use to define the reason for change.  As Daryl points out this may be based on a negative problem  based appeal or a positive, future opportunity.


Which is better?


Research on personal change has reported greater long term success with positive images.    In most serious change projects, we usually use both. 


You cannot and should not hide business challenges from employees.  


However, once they understand the challenge they will then want to hear your reasoning about why they should consider giving more of themselves to the organization.   I would make it good.


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Warning: Believing These 10 Famous Myths Might Be Making You Dumb

Warning: Believing These 10 Famous Myths Might Be Making You Dumb | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Sometimes it's easy to get stuck believing ideas that are mythical. Check yourself against these 10 beliefs to make sure they're not making you dumb.
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What do you consider the three most essential practices for successful #Appreciative Coaching?

Here’s a nice thread launched by Diana Whitney: Wondering, what do you consider the three most essential practices for successful Appreciative Coaching? | LinkedIn. I proposed a PACT: Trust t...

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PD followed by Teacher Coaching Boosts Achievement

PD followed by Teacher Coaching Boosts Achievement | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Teacher-coaching linked to a well-known teaching framework paid dividends for student achievement in the secondary grades, according to a study published today in Science magazine.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, December 5, 2012 3:54 PM

In all, the study found a 0.22 standard deviation increase in the scores of students taught by teachers who received a special form of teacher-coaching—roughly the equivalent of an increase from the 50th to the 59th percentile—relative to the students taught by teachers in a control group.


"This study shows dramatically, clearly, when you implement a [teacher] measure rigorously and couple it closely to a PD system, you get dramatic improvements in student achievement," said Robert C. Pianta, a professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 11, 2013 7:34 AM

Coaching after PL works!

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7 Ways to ReWire Your Brain and Become a Better Leader

7 Ways to ReWire Your Brain and Become a Better Leader | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
These 7 practices create incremental changes in the neural structure of your brain and can improve the effectiveness of your leadership and the quality of your life.

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Leadership Basics – 5 Keys to Success | N2Growth Blog

Leadership Basics – 5 Keys to Success | N2Growth Blog | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

There are many different types of leaders, and you will likely encounter all of them over the course of time.

 

Some individuals openly seek out positions of leadership, while leadership is thrust upon others. Whether leaders are elected, appointed, anointed, or self-proclaimed, and regardless of whether it is by design or default, they nonetheless carry the burden and responsibilities associated with being a leader.

 

While individual leadership approaches will be as different as night and day, and some will clearly be more effective than others, there is something to be learned from them all.


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Harnessing Your Genius: Moving Beyond a Strengths-Based Approach « JD Strategist

Harnessing Your Genius: Moving Beyond a Strengths-Based Approach « JD Strategist | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Not only do you need to consider your strengths, but also your values and style.  


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Good for children and adults ~Trains of Thought

Good for children and adults ~Trains of Thought | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

The more you can train yourself and condition yourself to think more positively, the more you'll see reflected back to you and the better you'll feel.

 

So, here's a little experiment I invite you to try this week:

 

1. This week, make a note of your thought patterns

 

2. On a scale of 1 - 10 (where 1 is extremely negative and 10 is extremely positive), notice where they tend to hover. (Try to avoid sitting on the fence and going for 5! Do a proper analysis).

 

3. If you discover your thoughts are around the 7 + mark - GREAT! What can you do to keep thinking this way? What needs to happen for you to stay consciously plugged into the positive?

 

4. If you discover more of your thoughts tend to be towards the lower end of the scale, ask yourself: "What needs to happen for me to move my thoughts just one step further up the scale?" This isn't about pretending everything is great and pretending you're on a "10" - it's about being aware of how and what you think and trying to look for the positive - however small - when you notice your trains of thought taking you down a negative track.


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Leadership and Vision

Google Tech Talk September 11, 2009 

 

What are the core values that define me? Which values do I hold dearly and would not violate under any circumstances, no matter what the outcome might be? Furthermore how do these core values push me to work (or build) an organization that aligns with who I am?


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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Why sitting still and listening to your own thoughts for a few minutes a day may be the best business move you can make.


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donhornsby's curator insight, January 10, 2013 9:06 AM

(from the article): Too often as leaders we tend to hold on, hold in, and hold back. Whether it's "holding onto" our jobs, our prestige, our paychecks; "holding back" our views, concerns and suggestions; or "holding in" our frustrations, inspirations and ideas--at work our bias toward "holding" can have a singularly blinding effect on how we skillfully engage challenges. Letting go, on the other hand, of our fixed mindsets, discursiveness, opinions, emotional habits and much more, can provide vital perspective in effectively leading a team, an enterprise, or a life.

 

And what happens when we exercise this muscle of "letting go" in conducting daily business? We become agile.

ThinDifference's curator insight, January 10, 2013 9:10 AM

Insightful article. Great thought here:

 

"This gesture of "letting go" of our internal gossip, while simple, is also a highly concentrated gesture of leadership agility. Like ballet dancers rehearsing a demi-plié or an acrobat practicing a handstand pirouette over and over again, here in mindfulness awareness meditation we, too, are exercising core muscles of basic human wisdom and agility."

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10 Things Really Effective Leaders Do

10 Things Really Effective Leaders Do | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
When you’re constantly fighting fires, endlessly bombarded with emails, and double-booked in meetings for 60 or 70 hours a week, it’s hard to get ahead and easy to lose perspective on what really matters.

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Randi Thompson's curator insight, January 11, 2013 10:22 AM

What can you learn from effective leaders?  What do they do?

John Wade: pragmatic support for law firm leaders's comment, January 20, 2013 8:48 AM
It's easy to be overwhelmed by the noise of business management. Focusing on what is really important is more likely to get things done. What this article neatly does is give you some thoughts on how and why that focus can be attained and maintained. Read it, though - you'll be surprised at some of the suggestions...
Natalie Savage's curator insight, February 14, 2013 12:44 PM

Strategies to consider

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Leadership Traits: 5 Things Great Leaders Do

Leadership Traits: 5 Things Great Leaders Do | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Are you a great leader or an "at risk" failing leader? How do you know? What would your staffers say? What would your own supervisor say? "While there is a seemingly endless list of things to consider when asking yourself 'how am I doing?
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What Does It Take to Change the World? - Huffington Post

What Does It Take to Change the World? - Huffington Post | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
What Does It Take to Change the World?Huffington PostThe Dalai Lama has been quoted as saying that the "Western woman will change the world" and I believe there is some truth to that although I don't think we can do it alone and I definitely...
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5 Conflict Tips and a Powerful Conflict Model to Help You Through The Holiday Season! - The Launchpad - The Coaching Tools Company Blog

5 Conflict Tips and a Powerful Conflict Model to Help You Through The Holiday Season! - The Launchpad - The Coaching Tools Company Blog | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Conflict is a huge and fascinating topic and the Assumption Iceberg is a simple but powerful concept that you may find useful for both yourself and your clients. It comes from “The Joy Of Conflict Resolution: Transforming Victims, Villains And Heroes In The Workplace And At Home” by Gary Harper.

So, have you heard the old saying, “We judge ourselves by our intentions – and others by their actions”? It’s one of the best conflict tips there is – let’s explore.


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Rating Your Teacher Team: 5 Conditions for Effective Teams | Harvard Education Letter

Rating Your Teacher Team: 5 Conditions for Effective Teams | Harvard Education Letter | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Schools are now playing catch-up in the world of teaming, but just putting teachers into teams doesn’t always yield the hoped-for outcomes. While most teams are able to accomplish low-level tasks such as organizing field trips and planning bulletin board displays, they often fail to accomplish the higher-level goal of improving teaching and learning.

 

We have some ideas about why this is so. In over 15 years of studying teacher teams, we’ve identified major barriers to effective teaming, as well as five conditions for effective teams.


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What 10 things should you do every *week* to improve your life?

What 10 things should you do every *week* to improve your life? | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

"Previously I posted 10 things should you do every day to improve your life. There are a number of other things research says we can do to make life better but we don't need to do them every day..."


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Seven Productivity Myths, Debunked by Science (and Common Sense)

Seven Productivity Myths, Debunked by Science (and Common Sense) | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

The end goal of "productivity" is to spend less time doing the things you have to do so you have more time for the things you want to do.


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The Thing

The Thing | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
What’s “the thing” for you right now?
Caution:
Read this post when you’ve got some thinking time available to you. It is likely to be too distracting if you try to juggle it with everything else you’ve gotta do.

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Why aren’t you doing what really makes you happy?

Why aren’t you doing what really makes you happy? | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
The path to happiness and the path to being an expert overlap. Here’s the problem though: research shows that you don’t usually do what really brings you joy or makes you an expert — yo...

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Do Less, Achieve More: The Beauty Of Effective Delegation

Do Less, Achieve More: The Beauty Of Effective Delegation | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

"...you need to focus only on the items that add the most value to your organization. In general, these are the things that you, and only you, are capable of doing."

 

 

Five Steps to Effectively Delegate

 

1. Identify the Right Person for Delegation

2. Clearly Define the Project

3. Discuss the Plan of Action or How the Task Can Be Accomplished

4. Have Them Repeat Back the Plan

5. Monitor Progress and Provide Feedback (Longer-Term Tasks)

 

Great point:

 

"You must also accept that many delegated tasks may not get done as well as if you did them yourself. Although this isn’t acceptable for some areas of your business (e.g., providing a service to a customer), for others (e.g., reordering supplies, completing paperwork), good enough is good enough.

 

Effective delegation makes you replaceable, and although it sounds a bit strange, this is what you want. It allows you to spend time growing--rather than simply maintaining--your business. You can spend less time working and take real vacations. It also makes your business attractive to buyers, which is particularly important if your end vision is to sell your company."

 

Read more on this Fast Company article.

 


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