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Does Your Organization Ignore (and Maybe Reward) Bad Behavior at Work?

Does Your Organization Ignore (and Maybe Reward) Bad Behavior at Work? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Nice guys finish last. We've all heard that phrase before. Which probably means that there's something to it. Now why is that? Because we've seen it happen, haven't we? Again and again. In …

Via Anne Leong
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This article is about business. In education, I would double down on the rewarding of bad behaviour.

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John Michel's curator insight, October 6, 2013 11:28 AM

Do employees see you turn a blind eye to how results were achieved? Yes, they do notice.

Terence R. Egan's curator insight, January 20, 4:58 AM

 

This reminds me of a workmate from 25 years ago. Let's just call her Claire (because that was her name). She had the nation's highest sales figures by a country mile. No one could get near her figures. Naturally, everyone from the national sales manager down worshipped her (well, everyone down to, but excluding, her colleagues) and somehow managed to overlook her rather 'odd' personality.

 

You see, management was prepared to ignore the fact that Claire was always in dispute with other sales reps over business "allegedly" poached from their territories. They ignored the high bad debt ratio that went with her sales (and, incredibly, had no effect on her commissions). To be fair, they may not have even known that she was the most reviled person in the entire company for the way she treated the support staff.

 

Managers from all departments were constantly oiling the squeaky wheel, so Claire received the lion's share of every resource. If she didn't, she'd scream until the office walls came down. Claire had everything she needed -- plus some -- while other reps with an equal claim on resources always had to make do.

 

And then, there were the customers. They were beaten and bruised by Claire's strong-arm tactics on every visit. Reps who followed her were regaled with stories that she refused to leave premises until they bought exactly what she wanted them to buy. One client said he thretatened to call the police and have her removed.

 

While Claire's sales campaigns had the facade of great success, they were a total disaster to the company. In subsequent sales campaigns, a large proportion of her clients cancelled ... never to return.

 

But by the time the fall-out began to reign down upon our irresponsible and indolent managers, Claire was long gone. It happened like this. We were on a country campaign and several of us, including Claire, were staying at a local hotel. We woke one morning to find Claire's door half open and no Claire anywhere to be seen. The only evidence that she had even been in residence was 5 floors below where 200 of her contracts were scattered all over the carpark.

 

That was Calire ... the legendary sales rep ... the girl with the corner office. And management was totally complicit in her bad behavior.

 

We never heard what became of Claire. The managers probably knew but they remained schtum and never mentioned the 'C-name' again.

 

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7 Traits of True Leaders

7 Traits of True Leaders | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Control is a mirage. The most effective leaders right now--men and women--are those who embrace traits once considered feminine: Empathy. Vulnerability. Humility. Inclusiveness. Generosity. Balance. Patience.

Via Joe Boutte, Wise Leader™, george_reed
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It looks like a good article. A question that has begun to poke at me is: "Is engagement just another level of exploitation?"

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John Michel's curator insight, October 3, 2013 2:50 PM

Generosity is the ultimate silo destroyer. CEOs who model it inspire that most elusive of goals: a work force in which everyone develops everyone else.

carol k's curator insight, October 4, 2013 3:55 PM

Great piece! Studies show that empathetic organisations have a greater return on investment than those that are not.

 

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Fostering adult giftedness - High Ability / Gifted

Fostering adult giftedness - High Ability / Gifted | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

By Sharon Lind. Key areas for gifted adults include acknowledging gifts; identity development; permission to be growing; overexcitabilities; coping skills.


Via Douglas Eby, Lynnette Van Dyke
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I think it is hard to come to terms with giftedness. People have gifts and are gifted to varying degrees. It is all about being attentive.

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Life in the Matrix

Life in the Matrix | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

As companies evolve away from traditional hierarchies, a major cultural shift is required.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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I wonder what post-modernist ways of doing things look in modern organizations?

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 2, 2013 4:15 PM

Read also this related article I wrote with Jeppe Vilstrup Hansgaard for Emerald Strategic Direction: A Series of Tsunamis are Underway: Leaders Must Learn How to Surf the Waves.


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Educational Leadership Philosophy

Educational Leadership Philosophy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I wanted to think about my own "Educational Leadership Philosophy" and put it into words as I come into the new school year.  As I write this down, I love the picture below that reminds me it is no...

Via Andrew Hockley
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It is all well and fine in theory. What about in practice?

 

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Liberating Structures

Liberating Structures | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless put together their brilliant collection of participatory methodologies called “liberating structures” a few years ago.

Via F. Thunus, David Hain, Lynnette Van Dyke
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It is a good resource.

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David Hain's comment, October 1, 2013 6:36 AM
Fantastic resource with just one extra click for many ideas on how to create a better future - together!
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Washington Post: Four decades of failed school reform

Washington Post: Four decades of failed school reform | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Patrick Welsh retired in June after 43 years teaching English at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria.

"Catch-phrases didn’t make me a better teacher."


Via Lou Salza
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It goes beyond the bordes of the US and is a global issue. Education has become about the latest fad, including technology.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, September 30, 2013 2:36 PM

An effective critique of what Prof. C.M. Payne, University of Chicago calls 

So much reform, so little change: the persistance of failure in urban schools

I too, have been at it for 40 years--since 1973 in the Philadelphia public schools. I find the failure of our profession to employ research data and build effective professional learning communities of practice; catastrophic.  ---Lou 


Excerpt; "..In the four decades between when I started teaching English at T.C. in 1970 and my retirement this year, I saw countless reforms come and go; some even returned years later disguised in new education lingo. Some that were touted as “best practices” couldn’t work, given Alexandria’s demographics. Others were nothing but common-sense bromides hyped as revolutionary epiphanies. All of them failed to do what I believe to be key to teaching: to make students care about what they’re studying and understand how it’s relevant to their lives....

More than four decades of education reforms didn’t make me a better teacher and haven’t made T.C. Williams a better school. Rather, the quick fixes promulgated by headline-seeking politicians, school administrators and self-styled education gurus have in some cases done more harm than good.

I found that the most helpful professional-development experiences involved fellow English teachers sharing what worked in their classrooms — always with the caveat: “This works for me; it may not work for you.” Being with people who loved doing what I did and exchanging ideas without any professional jealously was always reinvigorating....


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8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them

8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Being aware of the mistakes we naturally have in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Unfortunately, most of these occur subconsciously, so it will also take time and effort to avoid them - if you even want to.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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It had cartoons; nuff said.

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Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, October 1, 2013 9:43 AM

Are you aware?

Helena Gonçalves's curator insight, October 15, 2013 7:22 AM

These mistakes are really surprising and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible decisions.

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Nine Principles for Using Measures of Effective Teaching

The data set, reports, analysis, practical insights and tools that were developed throughout the course of the project has been shared to research and practitioner community as well as policy makers. The easy access to data and practical insights provided through this project are helping to support teachers and students in classrooms today.


Via Nik Peachey, Alfredo Corell
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It will be interesting to see if these are picked up on and then how they are implemented.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 30, 2013 3:58 AM

It's a feedback for better teaching, and looks simple and useful for those of us involved in the lecturing skills

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, October 1, 2013 5:02 AM

amazing

Rose Garofano's curator insight, October 16, 2013 8:24 PM

a reflective teacher equals student improvement

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Leadership strategies that don’t work

Leadership strategies that don’t work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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We need to remember leadership is about people and that makes it a dynamic, non-linear, and somewhat messy process.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, September 30, 2013 11:56 AM

It's important to recongize that just using a strategy does not guarantee that it will work. This article expands on that idea.

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The 3 Deadly Sins Of Bad Bosses

The 3 Deadly Sins Of Bad Bosses | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
“As we look ahead into the next century,” Bill Gates says, “leaders will be those who empower others.” And research seems to prove him right.

Via george_reed
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I worked for people like that.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 28, 2013 11:01 PM

Withholding well-deserved praise is damaging to people's morale and their sense of worth. Everyone needs a pat in the back once in a while.

Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:43 PM

 “As we look ahead into the next century,” Bill Gates says, “leaders will be those who empower others.” And research seems to prove him right.


I say that great Leaders as always been those who empowered others! 

With no fear of loosing their power, giving force and motivating others! 

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Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success

Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Character is at least as important as intellect. Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggedness rather than “god”-given talent.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Bildung is a German concept about developing character and the attitudes that undergird it. Content is relevant in learning, but without character and strong pedagogy we drift.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:57 AM

The ever so brilliant Angela Duckworth: 


"Learning is hard. True, learning is fun, exhilarating and gratifying — but it is also often daunting, exhausting and sometimes discouraging. . . . To help chronically low-performing but intelligent students, educators and parents must first recognize that character is at least as important as intellect."

Judy Beemer's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:39 PM

Helping students to be persistent...

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What Colleges Will Teach in 2025 - TIME

What Colleges Will Teach in 2025 - TIME | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What Colleges Will Teach in 2025 TIME 20, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for more accountability in higher education through the development of a university ratings system—one that could include the earning power of an institution's...

Via Blaine Morrow
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What if we were more response-able? Should it be just about what we learn or the way it is presented? I don't think it is a an either/or situation.

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27 Easy Ways To Encourage Teamwork In School - Edudemic

27 Easy Ways To Encourage Teamwork In School - Edudemic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We're all in this together and figuring out how to encourage teamwork in school is something every administrator, teacher, and student should know how to do.

Via John Evans, Jane Sowter-Maranion
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Personally, I would rather have community than team. Someone is in charge on teams. Communities have an organic component which works so well in the world.

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Abby Warren's curator insight, October 5, 2013 8:56 AM

Useful for teacher team building!

Jane Sowter-Maranion's curator insight, October 5, 2013 8:51 PM

Cooperation and collaboration amongst educational professionals is absolutely essential for team harmony and cohesion.

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Leading with Command: The Craft of Presence over Pushiness

Remember when you were a little kid and you knew exactly how you wanted things to get done? Amidst all the chaos of childhood, your clarity and willingness to take the lead often allowed you to pic...

Via The e.MILE Community, Bobby Dillard
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Sometimes, being available rather than hovering is the key. I found many of the purported leaders in education were unavailable and non-responsive.

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10 Infographics to Help Your Productivity

10 Infographics to Help Your Productivity | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Productivity is a hot topic. Everyone wants to be more productive. Getting more done in less time is attractive, but how to do it isn't always obvious. Here are

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This is an interesting infographic.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:01 PM

Some great infographics to use in class as well, especially when teaching topics realted to Healthy Living. 

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Leading Learning- Making the Australia Curriculum work for us

Leading Learning- Making the Australia Curriculum work for us | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

http://www.acleadersresource.sa.edu.au/index.php?page=strategic_intent&_cldee=anVkeS5nYXVsZEBhY3NhLmVkdS5hdQ%3d%3d

 


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Might be helpful from a dissertation perspective.

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Leadership Wisdom From My Daughter — Break The Frame

Leadership Wisdom From My Daughter — Break The Frame | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Many leadership development experts would like us to believe that leadership is complex. Truth is, even a 10-year-old has leadership wisdom.

Via Chery Gegelman, David Hain, Ricard Lloria, juandoming
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Sometimes we need children to remind us.

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Chery Gegelman's curator insight, October 1, 2013 6:17 AM

One of the BEST leadership posts I've read this year!  Don't miss this!!!

David Hain's curator insight, October 1, 2013 6:34 AM

Great wisdom from the family Polin!

Gabriel Driver's curator insight, October 1, 2013 5:58 PM

I chose this article because often we, as adults, make leadership more complicated than it has to be. From the innocence of a 10 year old girl we have the summation of pure and authentic leadership.

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Teachers, Who Has Your Backs?

Teachers, Who Has Your Backs? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Empowering teacher self-assessment should become the modern benchmark in student learning and classroom inspiration. GUEST COLUMN | by Jim Lewis Across the nation, a teacher’s predominant measure o...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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This is a great question. What is the answer?

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Leading Differently—Showing the Way in a Diverse and Changing World

Leading Differently—Showing the Way in a Diverse and Changing World | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The world is in desperate need of a new leadership model.  That’s the message Ken Blanchard will be sharing as he brings together a diverse group of thought leaders for his company’s Leading Differently conference in San Diego next month.  Over 150 executives from around the world will join Blanchard to explore leading differently in a world that is more diverse, dispersed, and being asked to do more with less.

 

Executives from leading companies in the US, Canada, and Europe will be sharing stories of how they have successfully met these challenges through development programs that teach leaders how to co-create, co-design, and collaborate more effectively.


Via John Lasschuit ®™
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Are you ready to serve? Too often, Ken Blanchard's work is narrowed into a coercive tone by people who want to change things to suit themselves. This is good work that needs to be treated better than that.

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You Can’t Teach Understanding

You Can’t Teach Understanding | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You Can’t Teach Understanding by Grant Wiggins, Ph.D, Authentic Education A cardinal principle in aiming at understanding is that understanding requires different pedagogy than acquisition of knowledge and skill.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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You can, but we would have to teach radically differently and link learning to the learner's experience which school does not. Wiggins has the right idea with essential questions, but do we see that often enough?

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Willingness to Be Wrong Changes a Culture

Willingness to Be Wrong Changes a Culture | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Most of the time it's the stories we tell and the attachments we have to being right that keeps us from creating what really matters to us in our lives and in our workplaces.

Via Anne Leong
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Sometimes stepping out on the edge is the place to be.

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John Michel's curator insight, September 30, 2013 9:17 PM

Most of the time it’s the stories we tell and the attachments we have to being right that keeps us from creating what really matters to us in our lives and in our workplaces.  The need to be right feeds the ego, but the willingness to be wrong changes a culture.

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Why We're More Creative When We’re Tired..

Why We're More Creative When We’re Tired.. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don't worry there are ways to change how our brains work.

Via Anne Leong
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And many of us go to bed and take time away.

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Don’t Take the Wrong Paths to Power

Don’t Take the Wrong Paths to Power | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Forget the common good – it’s your own good that matters. Seek power, seize it, and hoard it. If you have to bruise egos along the way, so what? No one will care or even remember how you


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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We need leaders who do the right things.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, September 28, 2013 3:35 AM

Jeffrey Pfeffer warns students to avoid getting unduly slowed down by ethics, modesty or ideals. Getting to the C-Suite isn’t a journey for do-gooders, he says, and worse, an overactive conscience can be "dangerous to one’s organizational survival.


I disagree with Pfeffer's Old Bowler perspective on the world.


He sees the stuggle for power as a zero-sum game. Either you win or you lose. Research suggests that your reciprocity style towards others actually matters when it comes to success in life - and the influence you gain.  For more on this matter read Adam Grant's book: Give and Take. 


Gisele HELOU's curator insight, September 28, 2013 4:10 AM

Power is'nt grabbed. It's created and distributed.

donhornsby's curator insight, September 29, 2013 8:54 AM

(From the article): Pfeffer’s right about one thing: there are a thousand pathways to power and influence. If you are a lone wolf seeking power by any means, you may gain influence for a while at a cost of long-run success, and happiness. Success doesn’t come from stepping on toes and hustling behind backs, but from stepping up, and having peoples’ backs. Exploiting others on a “Paths to Power” quest may get you rolling fast, but it won’t be long before you notice that you’re heading downhill – and taking your team with you.

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Bill Gates: ‘It would be great if our education stuff worked but…’

Bill Gates: ‘It would be great if our education stuff worked but…’ | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What Bill Gates said about education -- his own and his efforts to change K-12 schools -- in a new interview at Harvard.

Via Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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I agree this education stuff is not working. We do not have a philosphical foundation to work from.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, September 30, 2013 10:27 AM

Interesting take on a very controversial subject...