Coaching in Education for learning and leadership
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Coaching in Education for learning and leadership
Focus on coaching for leadership and change in K-12 education
Curated by Les Howard
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Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool

Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership |
“What do you think?”

I ask this question a lot. My team knows that when they come to me with a question, this is likely the question I’ll come back with first. Sometimes I even preface it with, “I don’t know.” As leaders in our organizations, it’s up to us to coach colleagues and our employees through finding that answer. More often than not, when I ask this question, my team has a better answer than I do — or one that I hadn’t thought about before.

It can be a powerful technique, especially if there is no single right answer – a situation that will be familiar to anyone doing leading-edge work. But it only works in an organization that values listening.

Via David Hain, donhornsby
David Hain's curator insight, May 27, 7:09 AM

Listening matters - here's the why and some hows!

donhornsby's curator insight, May 27, 8:51 AM
So how can we listen more? 

Three suggestions to try this week: 

 Look people in the eye. Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT who studies the psychology of online connectivity, wisely wrote in her recent book Reclaiming Conversation, “We face a significant choice. It is not about giving up our phones but about using them with greater intention. Conversation is there for us to reclaim.” Put down your phone when you’re in meetings. Close your laptop. See if you’re more energized about work and the people with whom you work. 

 Create space in your day. Manage your calendar and stop booking yourself out the entire day. Can someone on your team be part of that meeting? Does it need to be an hour, or can 30 minutes suffice? Give yourself time for reflection and space throughout the day, so that when you are talking with someone, you can give them your full attention. 

 Ask more questions. Next time a colleague or employee asks for advice, make sure you’re listening and understand the situation. Then, before answering, ask a question. Clarify what they really need — usually it’s just validation that their thinking is on the right track.
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, May 28, 10:27 AM

Totally agree.

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10 Ways to Get People to Change

10 Ways to Get People to Change | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership |

How do you get leaders, employees, customers — and even yourself — to change behaviors? Executives can change strategy, products and processes until they're blue in the face, but real change doesn't take hold until people actually change what they do.

Here is a good list of 10 approaches that seem to work

Via Bob Corlett, David Hain, ThinDifference, Ariana Amorim
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5 Habits Of Great Leaders

5 Habits Of Great Leaders | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership |

The habits of the best leaders are well documented. They’re self-aware. They admit mistakes. They take care of, recognize, and communicate well with their teams.

But what do these inspirational people do on their own time? What goes on behind the scenes that helps them be so effective on a day-to-day basis?


"I’ve definitely noticed some things that great leaders tend to do," says Danielle Harlan, founder and CEO of The Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential, an organization that helps individuals and organizations maximize their impact. And the things they do behind the scenes make all the difference when it comes to their professional leadership ability, she says. Here are five such common habits.

Via The Learning Factor, Kevin Watson, donhornsby
Luciano Alibrandi's curator insight, May 10, 3:21 AM

What makes a great leader? Leaders have a purpose, they have a sharp focus, they inspire their teams. They show the way for others to follow. They genuinely push each individual to give his/her best. Great leaders share some common traits. Here's five of them. Well written article

donhornsby's curator insight, May 11, 8:33 AM
(From the Article): Harlan notes that the most effective leaders she works with have personal interests and commitments outside of work. They know what works for them to recharge their batteries, whether it’s hiking and spending time outdoors or reading a good book—and they take the time to do those things to keep themselves sharp, including getting enough sleep, she says. In addition to exercising to stay in shape, the benefits of which are well known, Novak takes time in the morning to write down three things for which he is grateful. This helps him manage his "mood elevator," he says. Novak says we make our worst decisions when we're angry and resentful, but make our best decisions when we're grateful. When he feels his mood elevator going to the wrong places, he knows it’s time to take better care of himself or address what’s bothering him.
Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, May 13, 9:05 AM