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Complexity, chaos, and ambiguity are aspects of leadership and learning. Without those we cannot innovate and create.
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Leadership Skill #2: Do You Have A Dream?

Leadership Skill #2: Do You Have A Dream? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Great leaders inspire us, creating passion and belief through exciting shared dreams and causes about which they have strong convictions.Do you have an exciting shared dream and a strong cause for (Leadership Skill #2: Do You Have A Dream?

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Dreams and visions are essential.

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John Michel's curator insight, August 20, 2013 6:21 PM

Great leaders inspire us, creating passion and belief through exciting shared dreams and causes about which they have strong convictions.

Don Cloud's curator insight, August 21, 2013 3:46 AM

Rescooping ... what a hidden gem of an article (thanks to John Michel for scooping)... lot's a great questions that every leader should ask and answer.

 

Bottom line:  If you don't have a dream ... then where exactly are you trying to lead your folks?

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Four Pillars Of Leadership

Four Pillars Of Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Listening to CEOs and other senior leaders talk about building businesses is always a privilege.

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Not everything should be considered strategic.

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Frank J. Papotto, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 27, 2013 2:34 PM

I don't find it that surprising the leaders described in this article converged on what I would call the four components of organizational effectiveness: Adaptation, Engagement, Alignment and Execution.  Good leaders understand that they and their enterprise must be proactive and adaptive, engage their workforce and other stakeholders, clarify and focus organization activity, and insure excellent execution. 

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What Makes a Teacher Effective?

What Makes a Teacher Effective? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What Makes a Teacher Effective?

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A quick overview

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Are you a thought leader?

Are you a thought leader? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Ask.com says that a thought leader is an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded.

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I am not sure that I am or not.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s comment, August 20, 2013 12:09 PM
I think I am on certain subjects.
Paul Grout's curator insight, August 22, 2013 11:51 PM

This is an excellent article which I am sure many people can connect to. I totally agree with the concept with what you focus on is what you become. Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing. We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. I am certainly going to share this article with my community. Thank you http://creativeflowevolution.com

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How to Avoid Two Dangerous Traps in Leadership - Listen and Engage

How to Avoid Two Dangerous Traps in Leadership - Listen and Engage | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We often read or hear in the media about leaders whose lack of courage reaped painful consequences. But these “spectacular” failures are just the tip of the iceberg. Doubts and fears of a much smal...

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We need to listen deeply. This is an attribute of servant and mindful leadership.

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The Soul-Freeing Art of Exploration

The Soul-Freeing Art of Exploration | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

I have news for you: nobody that has ever changed the world knew exactly how they would do it when they started. Every step in the plan wasn’t set in stone at the beginning. The path was created as they went along.


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Increasingly, we need to add back the soul we lost in our work. Soul offers us voice.

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Jenny Ebermann's comment, August 17, 2013 8:47 AM
...and true being!
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Situational Leadership in the Recruiting Process - WorkPuzzle

Situational Leadership in the Recruiting Process - WorkPuzzle | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Occasionally, a book is written that sums up something so obvious it clarifies much of what we know and already do well. At the same time, it inspires us to strive to perfect those very same things. Ken Blanchard's classic...

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Situational leadership is something that happens all the time.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, August 16, 2013 4:37 PM

Situational leadership is simply the most powerful tool to equip your leaders with...used properly it opens doors to communication with your followers that you likely have never known existed. As a practioner of SLII, I can vouch for the incredible power and utlity this model promotes.

Miklos Szilagyi's comment, August 17, 2013 1:32 AM
Hmmm... I like very much the SL but I'm just thinking about the denomination of the 2. stage: "Coaching"... actually it's rather guiding, mentoring, supporting what would be more appropriate a name for this and Coaching would be better (IMHO...) to name the 3rd stage (instead of "Supporting")... Coaching is not "directing"...
Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, August 17, 2013 8:27 AM

I adore the SL from Mr. Blanchard... it's a good application...

 

Let me just put here a side note (I have made a comment in the morning to the original scoop of Mr. Hain, it's the copy of that...). I just like to add that when I first met this small system, I did not know anything about coaching, I was a "normal" manager, a CFO... at that time this tiny thing I mention here has not made any tick in me but now that I work as a coach, I am more sensible to the use of this word... So, my morning comment: 

 

"Hmmm... I like very much the SL but I'm just thinking about the denomination of the 2. stage: "Coaching"... actually it's rather guiding, mentoring, supporting what would be more appropriate a name for this and Coaching would be better (IMHO...) to name the 3rd stage (instead of "Supporting")... Coaching is not "directing"..."

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What Leads to Success?

What Leads to Success? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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A very good infographic is presented.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 16, 2013 3:29 AM

This infographic is a destillation of Richard St. John's book: "8 to be Great."


See also Richard's TED Talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_st_john_s_8_secrets_of_success.html + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOl0v54DaXo&feature=player_embedded



1. Passion
-> Get out there and explore many paths
-> Pursue your passion, not money and fame


2. Work
-> Success does not come easy
-> We overvalue talent and undervalue hard work


3. Focus
-> Spend an intense amount of time focused on the one activity you really love
-> Worry about your interest, not your ability


4. Push
-> If you have self-doubt, you are not alone
-> Don't get too comfortable


5. Ideas
-> Make mental connection between diverse things
-> The best way to have a great idea is to have a lot of ideas


6. Improve
-> Practice to constantly improve yourself and what you do
-> Meet the minimum standards on your weaknesses and move on


7. Serve
-> Ask, "Who do you serve?" and "What value do you serve them?"
-> Listen to others and serve them something they appreciate


8. Persist
-> To succeed a lot, it helps to fail a lot
-> Being criticized is a sign you are on your way to success


Read also Adam Grants book: Give and Take. Adam talks about why  success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. In other words: your reciprocity style matters.


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Via iPamba

John Michel's curator insight, August 16, 2013 5:20 PM

Simple, powerful, spoon on advice! 

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5 Things Students Expect From Their Teachers

5 Things Students Expect From Their Teachers | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Is there "a difference between a 'student' and a 'learner,' between a 'teacher' and an 'educator.'
Teachers want their students to be responsible and curious. They expect their students to follow class rules and do their homework. But what about the reverse? What do students want from their teachers?"

 


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They want to see we are human at times, perhaps all the time.

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Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 17, 2013 7:51 AM

Some wonderful questions that I look forward to answering.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 18, 2013 10:36 PM

I consider points two and three absolutely necessary! Points one, four and five are more difficult to maintain for six hours per day each day of the school year for all students.

Beatriz Montesinos's curator insight, August 20, 2013 9:42 AM

¿Hay diferencia entre "alumno" y "aprendiz" y entre "profesor" y "educador"?

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Why We Shouldn’t Be Surprised That Managers Don’t Embrace Complexity

Why We Shouldn’t Be Surprised That Managers Don’t Embrace Complexity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Before we can manage complexity, we first need to understand it and much of the literature on the subject obscures more than it reveals.


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Managers deal with complications and problems rather than the paradox of chaos and complexity.

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Don Cloud's curator insight, August 16, 2013 4:36 AM

Leaders see complexity, problems, threats, and challenges as opportunities and run towards them ... managers see these as a threat to themselves and cower.  Which are you?

AnnC's curator insight, September 1, 2013 4:52 PM

How do you react to complexity?

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Crush Your Top Collaboration Killers! A Brain-Based Approach

Crush Your Top Collaboration Killers! A Brain-Based Approach | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Learn 3 powerful neuroscience techniques to restore and foster collaboration and teamwork. A fine blog post by Christine Comaford. 


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A neuroscience approach is interesting.

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To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks!

To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks! | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Second-grade teacher Erin Klein wanted a classroom where students could move around freely, sit comfortably, and work together. So she got rid of her desks.
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I have not had desks in classrooms for 15 years. Students collaborated and shared in their learning at tables.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:24 PM

Never understood why school furniture had to be uncomfortable and ugly. What signal does that send? Simple changes can bring big rewards sometimes!

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, August 19, 2013 6:01 AM
One of the most powerful classes I ever took was in a room with no desks and the professors sat among us throughout the learning process. I don't know why we are still clinging to the "factory model" of instructional delivery...
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Is your student 'competent'? A new education yardstick takes the measure.

Is your student 'competent'? A new education yardstick takes the measure. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
A new learning regimen requires pupils to show proficiency in 'core competencies' for each subject – with no exceptions. It's called competency-based education. Here's who's trying it and what it entails.

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This is interesting

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Chris Carter's curator insight, August 15, 2013 5:43 PM

I give this concept an "A" ...

Chris Carter's comment, August 16, 2013 12:07 AM
Thank you, Ivon!
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Blended Learning Resources, Guides, and Whitepapers from The Learning Accelerator

Blended Learning Resources, Guides, and Whitepapers from The Learning Accelerator | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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A broad range of topics is presented

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, August 21, 2013 9:37 AM

Thank you for sharing.

Lisa Duty's curator insight, August 21, 2013 1:48 PM

Many thanks to Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) for sharing my organization's resources.  We’re fairly new – so stay tuned-- there's more to come!

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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

You know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic?

 

No.

 

Just no.

 

Stop it.

 

Please.


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Another great article bringing the neuroscience aspect into the picture.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 20, 2013 11:01 AM

The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain. 


Creativity does not involve a single brain region or single side of the brain.

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It's Not That Complicated - 7 Simple Truths For Leadership Success

It's Not That Complicated - 7 Simple Truths For Leadership Success | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

We tend to over-complicate things in life, and when it comes to defining what successful leadership looks like, we really,really, over-complicate it. Much of what constitutes leadership success comes down to common sense, but unfortunately it’s not common practice.


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Being present and mindful would be helpful.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, August 20, 2013 11:21 AM

#Leadership isn't complicated. There is no mystery neither any hidden secrets. Just do it.

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Defining Critical Thinking


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These are the people who help a gret deal with critical thinking.

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The Death of Workplace Hierarchy

The Death of Workplace Hierarchy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The ubiquitous organizational hierarchy is a relic. It’s heaving from over use and exhaustion. It slows communication. It slows decision-making. It slows input. It discriminates against new talent and advocates for the familiar. Productivity slides backwards.


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Organizational hierarchy might be a relic, however it is proving to a difficult relic to move aside. Many organizations are culturally addicted to hierarchies and, in education, the followers are part of the issue.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:29 AM

Flatter organisation structures is the utopia for 21st century business thinking, but it is naive to think that hierarchies will disappear, or don't fulfill some purpose. Google and Apple have fairly deep hiearchies, and they're not doing too badly!

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How to Create a Corporate Culture of Innovation

How to Create a Corporate Culture of Innovation | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
If you want your company to be innovative, you need a support system for innovation. Seems a little obvious, right? Maybe not.

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There are six excellent points made.

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leading and learning: Educational Readings - ideas to think about

leading and learning: Educational Readings - ideas to think about | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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There are worthwhile reads at the ends of the links.

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But I Thought We Were Friends - How to Lead Peers - Trailblaze

But I Thought We Were Friends - How to Lead Peers - Trailblaze | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
How Could You? He was angry. His tight words and finger stabbing the air made it clear: he felt betrayed. “How could you let this happen?” He had just been fired…by the President of the Company. “Me??

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Be consistent with your friends who work with you.

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Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:The Case for Curiosity

Educational Leadership:Creativity Now!:The Case for Curiosity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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This is interesting. The study found that Kindergarten students asked few questions. I spent two days in a Kindergarten classroom when I began teaching and found it was like 15 different versions of 20 questions. Each student grilled me with questions on a regular basis throughout the two days. I learned that I was not cut out to be a kindergarten teacher.

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David Hain on the benefits of Appreciative Inquiry | aboutleaders.com

David Hain on the benefits of Appreciative Inquiry | aboutleaders.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Have you ever heard the phrase: People join organizations, but leave managers. What would your employees say about you?


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It is about knowing what works well for everyone involved.

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, August 19, 2013 8:28 PM

Muy interesante.

Kevin Watson's curator insight, August 21, 2013 4:58 AM

Great article!

Karen Dietz's comment, August 29, 2013 6:48 PM
Many thanks for your comments Anjela, Vilma, and kjcoach! I think AI has many benefits to bring to all of us.
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Why It's Time To Start Teaching Students How To Do Critical Thinking

Why It's Time To Start Teaching Students How To Do Critical Thinking | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Children today want quick answers and do not take the time to think things through. This is probably the result of living in today’s age of technological instant gratification. It is becoming increasingly challenging for teachers to successfully grab and hold students’ attention long enough for them to process the information they receive using critical thinking skills.


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Yes, we should have begun this years, if not decadess, ago.

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Audrey's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:14 PM

This is why homeschooling is so crucial. If children are given the tools: educational games, toys, books and resources at home, from they get up in the morning they are interacting with a variety of learning resources which develop their brain. Games such as: *Mathlink Cubes an interactive and visual way to get to grips with mathematics - a hands-on manipulative kit can be used to teach a range of maths concepts to all ages;

 

*Homeschoolsource's classic game of charades is designed especially for children to help them play and learn. This educational game will help children express themselves by acting out a charade.

 

*Help develop their creativity with geological material such as crystals and gemstones. Or what about the ecology of the solar system or Uncle Milton’s Star Theatre for creating light like Halley’s Comet? 

 

*As they get older you provide word games, lateral thinking puzzles, dictionaries and thesaurus's to develop their verbal thinking and expression and challenge existing views (critical thinking).

 

*Microscopes and Binoculars illustrate different views of the world. They encourage lateral thinking, leading children to question: “What if?”  

 

With these home resources children will learn to get their own answers and develop critical thinking through interaction with learning tools. At school the teachers will be the ones rushing out to find these homeschoolsources!!!!

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Why do we follow? 5 Important Leadership Traits

Why do we follow? 5 Important Leadership Traits | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What makes us latch on to a leader? Why do we follow their ideas, presentations, tweets, and/or conversations? I always enjoy learning about a variety of topics related to educational technology, p...

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Trust is at the top of the list.

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