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The current issue of Harvard Business Review contains an article called Focused Leaders written by Daniel Goleman that is worth reading and reflecting upon.
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The conversation around must-have, 21st century leadership skills has been in full swing for years. From business to education; classroom to community...
Although it’s almost certain we will never all agree to a singular list of skills, strategies, and competencies leaders must embody for success now and in the future, we do know what effectively operating and leading in a fluid, dynamic and every changing 21st Century world requires:
Australia has the lowest representation of women in top executive roles. Roma Gaster, Director of The Leadership Circle Asia Pacific, explains how women can become more confident and effective lead...
Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age | See more about learning.
Employees were directed to write about three things that had gone well each day.
Bray and McClaskey provide the Top 10 Trends for Personalized Learning in 2014
This Glossary explains influences related to student achievement published in John Hattie’s Visible Learning for teachers (Hattie 2012; 251ff). 1. Student Self-Reported Grades Self reported grades comes out at the top of all influences. Children are the most accurate when predicting how…Read more ›
With limited time and money, free stock photos can be a life-saver for your online course. These are 10 free resources for stock photos.
The Robert Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies Infographic summarizes the 9 instructional strategies to improve students' learning.
For those that are lifelong learners and in the learning mode as opposed to the knowing mode. Let me count the ways to get a message across no matter what the age of the student is.
Marzano's famous "Nine" continue to be the topic of many professional development agendas, and continue to deliver research-based and improved student outcomes. A "must-know" for the teaching vocation.
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The hardest part of leadership is taking responsibility. You-are-to-blaming-leaders are common. I-am-responsible-leaders are rare. Magnificent leaders rise up, square their shoulders, and bear the ...
Most of us have worked for organizations where the communication is less than perfect. We may know what’s going on in our group or department, but when it comes to the company’s broader goals, we’re
Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that read, famously, “The Buck Stops Here.” What most people don't know is that the message continued on the back.The side facing the President read, “I'm From
When people think of their most rewarding professional achievements, what usually come to mind are their genuine accomplishments: the times when they faced challenges, beat the odds, or created
When it comes to workplace and team dynamics, most of us like to think that we have a pretty good understanding of the interpersonal relationships around us and how those interactions impact our perceptions, communications, and even decisions. And yet, what we perceive and what’s really there are not always the same, with the real …
What am I missing? This is an incredibly important question. I would take it further than interpersonal and to the intra-personal. Strong leaders spend quiet time without being tethered to a desk, the workplace, and find space to learn about them self so they can listen to others more deeply.
The elements of leadership style taught by Jim Collins deliver great value to aspiring leaders. These elements will enhance your leadership effectiveness.
There was a tipping point last year. It has implications for publishing and marketing. Here are some social media facts and statistics to kick off 2014
Not that this makes the slightest difference to the way I use social media, but I know that for some it's important to have the llatest data and trends on who's doing what, where and for how long. Plenty of statistics here to keep you happy :-)
I've been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I'm far from the player I wish I were. I've been thinking about this a lot the past couple of weeks, b...
The following interview nightmare comes from when I was sitting on the board of directors of a small nonprofit: We were interviewing finalists for the executive director position, and one director ...
They allow a healthy dose of delusion to inhabit their reality.
If you own a Mac, you love it. That's just how it works. While it's awesome right out of the box, you can add a lot to your Mac experience with some fun, creative, productivity-enhancing and unique...
Rubrics are generally something that makes the life of an educator easier. Rather than adding an arbitrary grade to an assignment, with rubrics educators are able to determine exactly where a students work excelled beyond expectations and exactly where it lacked quality. Although they are highly valuable tools, creating rubrics can be a difficult and time-consuming process. That is, it used to be a difficult and time consuming process until you found out about these 5 Best Free Rubric Making Tools for Teachers.
great practicle article
We've combed through thousands of resources to offer you our first official guide to flipped classrooms. It's a curated list just for you.
As a parent, I've felt the temptation many times to sit my kids down and drill them on life’s important lessons – especially the ones I had to learn the hard way. But this approach can be a fool’s
Whether it’s hockey players, curlers, or 4-man bobsledders, no Olympic team members could ever have made it to Sochi without trusting their teammates, coaches, and leaders.At the world-class level,
The recent passing of Nelson Mandela, one of the world’s most respected leaders, is a sound reminder of how one person with a worthwhile vision can make a huge difference. Nelson Mandela is an extraordinary example of a visionary leader. Madiba, as he was fondly referred to, faced the seemingly impossible – 27 years in prison, a price he paid to bring about the end of apartheid in South Africa. He was renowned for his endurance and his commitment to seeing his vision through. There are many lessons to be learnt from leaders, like Nelson Mandela, who hold a strong vision for the future and have the courage to act in accordance with that vision. In business, visionary leaders such as Richard Branson (Virgin) or Elon Musk (Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and previously PayPal) demonstrate some key capabilities as visionary leaders. For example, they have an excellent understanding of the big picture, are creative and innovative in the way they think and communicate, and are able to balance short-term needs with long-term objectives.These inspiring, creative and risk-taking leaders set the tone for the culture in an organisation; encouraging others to think big and to embrace creativity and innovation. They support people and teams to feel engaged with the organisational vision and engender a sense of ownership. While most leaders understand that enacting the organisational vision is important, in the rush to get things done and react to immediate challenges, defining and moving towards this vision can become a lesser priority. By reframing their perspective, which includes having the courage to challenge their inner beliefs and assumptions, and by continuously developing key leadership skills, all leaders can tap the potential of becoming visionary leaders. So, how can leaders achieve visionary leadership? Define the organisational vision A strong organisational vision provides a clear road map for an organisation’s future. Forward thinking and aspirational, an organisational vision defines where an organisation wants to be in the mid- to long-term. A sound vision will clearly establish what the organisation is looking to achieve and accomplish, and drive current and future action. A great vision not only defines the direction, it also includes an enduring purpose about why it matters and importantly aligns with shared organisational values. The role of a visionary leader is to define and articulate the organisational vision and purpose. While the process of formulating the vision is ideally a collaborative one, the leader plays a key role in guiding the journey and holding themselves and others to account. Unlock a visionary company culture Visionary leaders cultivate a company culture that strengthens the organisational vision. To unlock a vision-focused culture, the organisational vision must become a core part of the organisation’s identity. It needs to be meaningful and engaging, communicated widely and often, and built into KPIs and performance reviews. The vision must become part of the everyday conversations in teams at all levels – some of these conversations may be courageously robust. This story continues on page two. Please click below. It is important that the vision is not seen as a ‘motherhood statement’. Instead, the vision is embraced because it really matters for the organisation and everyone in it. A vision-focused culture provides everyone with the chance to buy in and to individually understand how their effort will make a difference along the way. In this environment a part of everyday conversations includes acknowledging small and big wins and successes. At the same time truthful (courageous and robust) conversations focus on calling people to account for going off track and for non-performance. It is the visionary leader’s role to awaken and sustain team engagement with the vision to set the wheels in motion for cultural transformation. Challenge reactive thinking One of the biggest barriers to visionary leadership is playing it small and safe, usually underpinned by a fear-based reactive response. Often leaders can feel trapped by proving their worth. They tend to do so by focusing on short-term priorities and immediate problems at the expense of focusing on long-term goals and innovation. To transcend reactive tendencies (which exist in all of us), leaders often need support to transform their way of thinking, being and leading. This can best be achieved through questioning assumptions, considering alternative perspectives and raising consciousness. Today, many leaders engage in this process through one-to-one mentoring or coaching. By shifting to a different mindset and adopting a new way of leading, leaders are able to maintain focus on the big picture while managing urgent priorities. They think more creatively, connect the dots more easily and generate more effective longer-term solutions to problems. Balance vision and action Developing and sharing an organisational vision is all well and good, however if it is not accompanied by action then the vision can easily become redundant. Visionary leaders embody the organisational vision and understand what it takes to achieve it. They keep teams and themselves on track to achieve the long-term vision while still accomplishing short-term goals. The most extraordinary leaders come across as real to people because they make themselves accessible. They have a sense of authenticity about them – they ‘walk their talk’ when it comes to the vision. They are acutely aware that if there is a gap between the organisational vision and the actual reality, then the ensuing tension can lead to fear, underperformance, discontentment and disengagement. Visionary leaders encourage visionary thinking in others. The process begins with a willingness to think bigger and keep focus on bringing the vision into reality over time, regardless of the context or circumstances.By making organisational vision a priority, broadening one’s point of view and embracing the big picture, visionary leadership will follow. With encouragement and support, it is possible for anyone to become a visionary leader – no matter how small or large our individual surroundings, we all have the potential to make a difference.