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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 Series: Vulnerability and Inspired Leadership

Leadership Series: Vulnerability and Inspired Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
After spending the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness, I’ve come to believe that leadership has nothing to do with position, salary, or number of direct reports.

Via John Lasschuit ®™
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A great point is made that we are looking for authentic leadership including in our schools.

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John Lasschuit ®™'s curator insight, May 13, 2014 2:42 PM

Brené Brown about being #vulnerable and how this leads to inspired #leadership

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Imagination: The Forgotten 21st Century Skill? | Scholastic.com

Imagination: The Forgotten 21st Century Skill? | Scholastic.com | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Creating time during the day to allow students to use their imaginations is important and easier than you think.

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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We are making education into something that is unimaginative. A key is teachers who use their imaginations and make that a visible demonstration for students.

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Walk and learn in Norfolk schools

Walk and learn in Norfolk schools | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Spot-checks by division officials and principals ensure that educators make the grade.
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This is something similar to what has been done for about 20 years and called managing by wandering. We continue to measure inputs and outputs rather than the in-between experiences of people in the classrooms as if the only experts are those outside the classroom.

 

I wonder if we have ever considered asking teachers to describe what they do and talk about it in meaningful ways?

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These 12 Habits Are Killing Your Productivity.. Fix Them Today

These 12 Habits Are Killing Your Productivity.. Fix Them Today | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Everyday comes with new challenges you are expected to overcome and tasks you are supposed to accomplish by the end of the working day. 

 

And guess what, it never ends.There is always something to do. And the more you take on, the more there is to do. Your productivity may be suffering in the process and you may not even know it.


Via Ivo Nový, John van den Brink, donhornsby
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It is interesting that having hierarchies was not included. The points about to-do lists and constantly meeting is School writ large. Consider the use of curricula as a large scale to-do list.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:23 AM

Is is possible that these habits are killing your ability to be productive?

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Six Key Servant Leadership Attributes

Six Key Servant Leadership Attributes | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

The 21st century has brought much in the way of turmoil and change to the world of business. As a consequence, ways of doing business that were once universally accepted now seem outdated and inflexible in an age where knowledge drives economies and socially responsible corporate attitudes influence stakeholders and shareholders alike.

 

With such changes have come new priorities and responsibilities and it is in this environment that the theory of servant leadership has flourished as a management style for the redefined business world of today, one that can serve as a cornerstone for organisations wishing to build corporate structures based on stewardship, empowerment and trust. 
Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Servant leadership is one model that is can make a difference in organizations. I often wondered why we did not see more servant leadership in schools. It would seem to be the ideal place to create new servant leaders, but we do not do it.

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donhornsby's curator insight, May 14, 2014 10:35 AM

(From the article) Servant leadership will benefit organisations dependent on knowledge workers and in environments where high levels of creativity and innovation are the norm. Knowledge workers in particular require a sense of autonomy in order to function at their best and it is the responsibility of the servant leader to create this workplace freedom for them.

Empowerment's curator insight, May 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Ce qui est frappant, c'est la résurgence de ce modèle de management déjà pratiqué dans l'histoire puis oublié 

David Hain's curator insight, May 21, 2014 9:44 AM

Where there is not community, trust, respect, ethical behaviour are difficult for the young to learn and for the old to maintain.” ~ Robert Greenleaf

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Can Schooling contribute to a more Just Society?

Can Schooling contribute to a more Just Society? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
This article combines discussions of the politics of education with personal storytelling to remind us why the continuing struggle over schooling – over what is and is not taught, over how it is ta...
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Only if the classroom and school relationships are just.

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for the love of learning: Alberta Education’s Task Force on Teacher Excellence Report: There’s Some Serious Cherry-Picking Going On Here

for the love of learning: Alberta Education’s Task Force on Teacher Excellence Report: There’s Some Serious Cherry-Picking Going On Here | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The idea that without considering the complex relationships involved in teaching and learning a task force can suggest there is a teaching problem is troubling. The task force report is about 200 pages, written by 16 people, and had about 2500 online responses. This is hardly representative of a significant population sampling. Laura Servage's comment in the article about a need for reams of data and research is only the tip of the iceberg in this complex conversation.

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Six Leadership Styles by Daniel Goleman - MBA Knowledge Base

Six Leadership Styles by Daniel Goleman - MBA Knowledge Base | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Six leadership styles by Daniel Goleman - Coercive, Authoritative, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting and Coaching styles.

Via Pavel Barta
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Coercive probably does not fit under any circumstances and command wears out pretty quickly. The others would be situational. I experienced coercive and command more in schools than the other four.

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Pavel Barta's curator insight, May 10, 2014 4:47 PM

“Leadership That Gets Results” - apply the right approach at the right time. 

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The Teacher Satisfaction Infographic

The Teacher Satisfaction Infographic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that teachers are under more stress these days. Frustrations with non-teaching, administrative routines and paperwork, as well as longer working hours and a lack of collaboration time are all common factors that contribute to teacher dissatisfaction. Furthermore, studies suggest t... http://elearninginfographics.com/teacher-satisfaction-infographic/


Via elearninginfographic, Dean J. Fusto
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This makes the whole process of education ever more challening.

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To Be a Better Leader, Learn How to Learn

To Be a Better Leader, Learn How to Learn | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Here’s the problem: More than ever before, change is the rule, not the exception, in business. Globalization means more competition. The technology that makes you better than your competition today is obsolete tomorrow. Any knowledge you already possess is depreciating at an accelerating rate. How do you cope with the instability of it all? 

 


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Dean J. Fusto
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When we gather in community, good things can happen. What I found in schools was that we were told what we would discuss, we were not allowed to step outside the box, and it ended up being what those not in classrooms wanted. That is not a study group that focuses on diversity, but, at best, a team dedicated to preserving the status quo.

 

A way around the team-focused route that is largely used is to allow open honest dialogue i.e. David Bohm, Bill Isaacs, Juanita Brown, etc. where there are rules and diverse thinking and views are welcomed.

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Cruise Line Class's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:46 AM

Excellent tips!

 

I would like to offer one key philosophy that we at our company have been offering to our leaders.....Learning is not enough, we as leaders need to be constantly learning, unlearning, and re-learning.  The game has changed and the rules are evolving by the minute. 

 

Keep your running shoes on, the ride is exciting as long as you remain open, flexible, and adaptable to change.  Remember, if it is difficult...you are about to grow and learn something new. 

 

Hope you enjoy the article and my humble nuggets:)

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

 

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:50 AM

I would like to offer one key philosophy that we at our company have been offering to our leaders.....Learning is not enough, we as leaders need to be constantly learning, unlearning, and re-learning.  The game has changed and the rules are evolving by the minute. 

 

Keep your running shoes on, the ride is exciting as long as you remain open, flexible, and adaptable to change.  Remember, if it is difficult...you are about to grow and learn something new. 

 

Hope you enjoy the article and my humble nuggets:)

 

Until next time...PS - Live on Purpose!

 

Christopher Janney's curator insight, May 28, 2014 8:23 AM

The way we understand leadership today needs to evolve. Understanding that what you once knew that got you where you are is not enough to keep going is important. Understanding the new responsibilities and expectations of leaders is important. For instance, being a good leader sometimes means being a good follower. And as this article points out, a good leader is a consummate learner. Without that, the things you are leading people to have already passed and others are already on to the next thing. 

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The Flow Model in Learning

The Flow Model in Learning | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.Positive psychologist, Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi, first introduced this Flow Model and wrote about it in his book “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.”

 

A flow state can be entered while performing any activity, although most likely when wholeheartedly performing a task or activity for intrinsic purposes. Flow theory suggests three conditions to be met in order to achieve a flow state:

 

One must be involved in an activity with a clear set of goals and progress.The task at hand must have clear and immediate feedback.One must have a good balance between the perceived challenges of the task at hand and his/her own perceived skills.

 


Via Edumorfosis, juandoming, Aki Puustinen, Suvi Salo, Bobby Dillard
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This is a bit of an oversimplification which can lead to creating the ext educational fad. The book it is based on, Flow, is an easy read and fills in many blanks. Teachers, who choose to read the book, will recognize flow activities as they read. We have experienced them and experienced students experiencing them, as well as the alternatives.

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Paul Karrer: When bad teachers are good

Paul Karrer: When bad teachers are good | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What constitutes bad teaching? A teacher bright and safe enough to resist the newest of new education reforms?
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Paul Karrer is writing from an American perspective, but the same fascination exists in Alberta. The opening paragraph is made up of very important questions.

 

Gert Biesta and Bill Pinar write about school discourse being about inputs and outputs rather than the relational nature of teaching. When we focus on the former, we end up with data that is not about human relationships, but about taken-for-granted ways of teaching and learning outcomes.

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If You’re Afraid Of Taking The Wrong Path In Life, You Need To Read This.

If You’re Afraid Of Taking The Wrong Path In Life, You Need To Read This. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Everyone needs to decide for their path in life. Read this inspiring comic if you're afraid of making the wrong choices.

Via Blue Sky Change, Bobby Dillard
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An insightful way to understand Robert Frost's poem.

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The Key to Preparing Difficult Students for the Real World

The Key to Preparing Difficult Students for the Real World | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Some of the best and most effective practices to motivate difficult students and improve their behavior at school are met with skepticism and even dismay from more than a handful of educators. These

Via Suvi Salo
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John Dewey suggested classrooms were simplified communities which mirrored (were fractals) the larger community.

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10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Want to ruin a presentation in seconds? Just drop in one of these sentences.


Via Vilma Bonilla
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The bonus one is interesting. There are people using Power Point who have over 100 slides in a presentation and claim to be tech gurus. I stay under 30.

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Ha! These are some god ones. ~ V.B.
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How Can Principals Support Effective Literacy Instruction?

How Can Principals Support Effective Literacy Instruction? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When walking through our school’s classrooms, I often see students independently engaged in reading and writing. Yet I am still surprised when a teacher says, “Gosh, sorry you came at this time. We...

Via J. Mark Schwanz
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Time, text, and teaching are keys to any teaching activity. They are all complex and relational. I found principals saw themselves as experts and instead of asking questions told teachers what they to do.

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, May 12, 2014 8:57 AM

Simple: Time, Text, Teach. The question I have is how do we create the time in our busy day for independent reading practice?

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How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples

How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples”


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Lynda Hastings
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The second one is interesting. Does making data beautiful make it valid and reliable? It makes it beautiful. A task force just handed down a report on excellence in teaching in Alberta. There graphs are pretty, but 200 pages does not do legitimacy to such a complex subject.

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What We Can Learn from a Bad Day of Teaching

What We Can Learn from a Bad Day of Teaching | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
We’ve all been in the classroom when our lessons flop, our students get restless, and we feel like captains of a sinking ship. I claim that all teachers have bad days, but the best teachers are the ones who can learn from their mistakes.

Via Blaine Morrow
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Classes where things do not go well are teachable and learnable opportunities for teachers.

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for the love of learning: A teaching mantra: less us, more them

for the love of learning: A teaching mantra: less us, more them | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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Teachers are a vital part in the learning that students undertake. We represent potentially healthy and real role models of what learning looks like that many children do not otherwise encounter. I think we narrow the conversation quickly when we talk about learner centred and teacher centred classrooms.

 

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Every Leader Must Be A Change Agent Or Face Extinction

Every Leader Must Be A Change Agent Or Face Extinction | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In a workplace infused with top down, hierarchical, departmental silos, change management is the new requirement for leadership success. With a market comprised of fickle consumers and workplaces brimming with employee identity crises, leadership success requires more patience, poise, and time-to-think – and the ability to seamlessly connect the dots of opportunity. The marketplace requirements to compete are evolving so quickly that leadership is struggling to stay ahead of the course; unsuccessful efforts to be proactive and sustain organizational readiness will come at an extremely high cost. As such, the demand for leadership that is willing and capable of tackling change management head-on – already in short supply – is at a premium. Leadership in the 21st century not only requires the ability to continuously manage crisis and change – but also the circular vision to see around, beneath and beyond the obvious in order to anticipate the unexpected before circumstances force your hand. As you embark upon your change management journey, here are ten things that will challenge your capabilities as a change agent and potentially become defining moments along your leadership success path.

Via Anne Leong
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I am not sure that change is difficult, but our mindsets and attitudes towards change represent barriers. Even when we think we embrace change, it is not always the case. Consider schools. A number of external experts promote change i.e. using digital technologies and condemn those who question the reforms. In reality, little changes. We are still using many features of scientific management, bureaucracy, and technocracy to run schools. On top of this unchanging structure, we add more fads du jour. It is a deforming process rather than transforming schools.

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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, May 11, 2014 12:40 PM

Well, I think, it's obvious and might even be frightening... the "only" somewhat plan-able part is the development of your team (meaning the smaller ones and the company-wide). By development I mean their involvement, their engagement and commitment, their alignment and also their carrier... because they will be with you and will follow you and be willing - if involved properly - to align with your/the company's plan if their needs are also taken into account - in the measure of possibility... if they handled as partners in the chaotic jungle of today's business world and who can count on you and who in turn you can count on...

Lansana Gagny Sakho's curator insight, May 11, 2014 2:47 PM

The marketplace requirements to compete are evolving so quickly that leadership is struggling to stay ahead of the course; unsuccessful efforts to be proactive and sustain organizational readiness will come at an extremely high cost.

Pamela Perry King's curator insight, May 27, 2014 1:34 PM

Does anyone have change for a "pair of dimes"?

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10 Words Every Book Lover Should Know

10 Words Every Book Lover Should Know | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Some people consider themselves highly educated and lettered literarians, but in fact they are often ULTRACREPIDARIAN -- a word which refers to someone who gives an opinion on things s/he knows nothing about....


Via Dan Kirsch, Suvi Salo
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These are pretty interesting words which might be challenging to include in daily conversation.

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Leonardo Da Vinci’s Lessons On Appointment Setting Innovations -

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Lessons On Appointment Setting Innovations - | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
When it comes to innovation, we all have heard a multitude of names who are the paragons of it, from Steve Jobs to Zig Ziglar. They have made a lot of contribution in the field of appointment setting and lead generation. But these people are way too modern, to be honest. They have been with [...]

Via Christine Steffensen, Emeric Nectoux
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What was most interesting about da Vinci was most of his work was done alone. He did not benefit from contemporary teamwork which often is not a benefit/

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75 Quotes about Creativity and Innovation

1. “There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.” — Edward de Bono

2. “There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.” — Martha Graham

3. “Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” — Theodore Levitt

4. “A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” — Charles Brower

5. “When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.” – Linda Naiman

6. “The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda


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There are good ones and not always mainstream names i.e. William James.

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Infographic: New Teachers and teacher preparation - competencies

Infographic: New Teachers and teacher preparation - competencies | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Infographic outlines how the role of teachers is changing amid broader shifts to personalized, blended, and deeper learning.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Fishtree Education
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The solution is not an external process, but one that grows out of relationships in classrooms, schools, communities, and beyond.

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Professionalizing Teaching: What Charters Teach Us, And What They Don't

This week, I've looked at what we can learn from the charter movement to scale up promising practices in urban school districts. Today, I'll conclude with the most important piece of the strategic school puzzle: the teacher.

Via Dan Kirsch
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Who gets to decide who should be rewarded and what the rewards should be in the early years of teaching? Treating teachers as professionals is important.

 

I once told colleagues I would teach for 1/2 what I was making. That was not the right thing to say to colleagues and my bosses. Teaching is not about money, but about being treated professionally, being given autonomy, and earning enough to be comfortable.

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