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5 Reasons to Calm Down Your Analytical Mind

5 Reasons to Calm Down Your Analytical Mind | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Your analytical mind comes with both advantages and disadvantages. There are certain situations where it's better to calm down too much thinking and rationality.
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This is part of a useful cycle. You race the analytical mind to absorb knowledge and to explore information. Then you run the creative, associative mind to find connections between personal experiences, observations, and information. But too much of anything can be bad.

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“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog)

“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource - GeekDad (blog) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
“Teaching Kids to Code” Guide: A Fantastic Resource GeekDad (blog) As GeekDads we are probably more aware than others of the increasing interest from parents, schools and businesses of teaching kids to code.
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The Introvert/Extrovert Spectrum

The Introvert/Extrovert Spectrum | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
If there is any one concept attached to the present revolution, it is the acceptance that artists exist wherever knowledge is created and where understanding is pursued and achieved. Scientists are artists. Teachers are artists. Intellectuals and philosophers are artists. Knowledge workers are artists. They are the superheroes among us.
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Why so many people are worried about teacher diversity, in two charts

Why so many people are worried about teacher diversity, in two charts | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
some teachers of color are driven away by what King called an “invisible tax” — the burden of being the teacher who is always asked to handle diversity concerns at a school, or is always asked to handle the children who are difficult to manage.
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Shade the Changing Man: the American Scream

Shade the Changing Man: the American Scream | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
By Peter Milligan, Chris Bachalo, Mark Pennington (Vertigo) ISBN: 978-1-84023-716-0 (1990)      978-1401200466 (2009 edition) Even before DC hived off its “Mature Readers” sophisticated horror/hero…
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Who Rules America: Basics of Studying Power

Who Rules America: Basics of Studying Power | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
All four of these power indicators have proven to be useful in a wide range of studies, but each of them has its strengths and weaknesses, as would be expected with any indicators in the social sciences. Not only do studies of who wins and loses on specific issues have risks, as pointed out just a minute ago, but the value distributions that determine "who benefits" may be in part determined by unintended consequences or by actions of the powerful to extend some benefits downward. In the case of the "who governs" indicator, people in leadership positions may sometimes have only formal authority and no "real power." As for the reputational method, bias might be introduced by the way in which the original cross-section of informants is chosen, by the wording of the questions asked in the interviews, by unwarranted newspaper publicity for some people, or by the strong leadership role that a person or group played on only one issue.
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The Manager's Diary - The musings, advice and inspiration of a mid-level manager just trying to do a great job and the right thing.

The Manager's Diary - The musings, advice and inspiration of a mid-level manager just trying to do a great job and the right thing. | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
What Makes a Truly Great Business Leader? The difference between a mediocre leader and an outstanding one can be attributed to a string of common denominators frequently exhibited by successful leaders, particularly when it comes to leadership within the workplace. Ownership of Mistakes Successful leaders are still mere humans and are no more perfect that you or I. One of the differentiating factors between an average leader and an outstanding one, however, can be the competence and ability to take ownership of mistakes. A strong leader won’t brush his or her mistakes aside, nor will they shift blame under any circumstance. Vision Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO of General Electric, once said “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” A leader without a vision is about as useful as a Team Leader without a team. Successful leaders can clearly articulate their vision and demonstrate fearless commitment to their goals and strategy. This in turn inspires others to envision a positive future and become engaged because they can picture themselves being part of this successful future state. Authenticity and Loyal Followers According to Margaret Beaton of Beaton Executive Coaching “Being authentic means leading in a genuinely self-expressed way”. Strong leaders exhibit a heightened level of self-awareness as well as a genuine understanding of their abilities and limitations. They possess strong self-belief as well as a belief of truth that what they’re aiming for is achievable. People are attracted to people with strong conviction, who know what they want and genuinely know what it takes to get there. Ms Beaton also said “Authentic leadership is the most powerful form of leadership, the most influential. It is the source of a high performing culture and a sustainable organization”.
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5 Myths Working Against Character Education in Our Schools

5 Myths Working Against Character Education in Our Schools | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Because character education and SEL are misunderstood, they are often ignored as an integral part of the learning for which our schools are responsible.
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The Breathtaking, Life-Altering Power of Being a Dork

The Breathtaking, Life-Altering Power of Being a Dork | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
When you spend all your energy in the service of looking cool, what you ultimately do is erase yourself.
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Schools regroup for success

Schools regroup for success | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
School leaders nationwide are exploring innovative group-level groupings and thinking beyond the typical K5 elementary school, grades 6 through 8 middle school and grades 9 through 12 high school model to figure out how to continue to deliver appropriate education with fewer funds.
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Stop brainstorming and start sprinting 

Stop brainstorming and start sprinting  | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The big idea of the sprint is to take a small team, clear the schedule for a week, and rapidly progress from problem to tested solution. On Monday, you make a map of the problem. On Tuesday, each individual sketches solutions. On Wednesday, you decide which sketches are strongest. On Thursday, you build realistic a prototype. And on Friday, you test that prototype with five target customers. It’s like fast-forwarding into the future to see your finished product in the market. 
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How to Develop a Psychology of Resilience

How to Develop a Psychology of Resilience | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
What happens to the pessimists?
They are ten times more accurate. But here’s what he found out. What he found out is, because the people who are accurate, never push themselves because they know it’s never going to work anyway, whereas the optimist sees it better than it is, so they keep doing it, because they have the illusion they did well, well I’ll do even better next time. And because of that optimism they did it more often, and so optimists succeed at a four to five-fold, depending upon the task, result ultimately beyond anything that a pessimist will do and they’re not as accurate.
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Why narcissistic leaders are like chocolate cake

Why narcissistic leaders are like chocolate cake | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Supporting their chocolate cake model, the researchers recruited 142 unacquainted students to take part in weekly group tasks. Through the course of the study, the students rated each others' leadership skills. High scorers in narcissism attracted positive leadership ratings from their peers early on, but this positive impression faded. The deteriorating perception of narcissists over time was partly explained by their lack of so-called "transformational leadership skills" becoming apparent – that is, their inability to motivate and inspire others. A second study was similar but involved students who already knew each other. In this case, the narcissists did not receive positive leadership ratings from the outset – there was no honeymoon period for them – and as the study went on, they received more negative ratings from their peers.
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9 Communication Habits That All Successful Leaders Have

9 Communication Habits That All Successful Leaders Have | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The way you communicate as a leader is important. The right tone, the right voice, the right body language--these elements are as important as the words you say, sometimes more.

Having a leader who understands the principles of great communication can make the difference between a collaborative team and one that goes in circles.

If we can get our communication right, we can build strong teams, be persuasive with clients and generally accelerate our business.

Here are some principles to remember.
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How to Get Along with People You Don’t Like Very Much

How to Get Along with People You Don’t Like Very Much | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The Dutch researchers distinguish between two types of focus when you’re putting your energies into an activity. In the “promotion focus,” you seek to realize your goals and desires, achieving an idealized outcome. In the “prevention focus,” conversely, you try to do what you “ought” to do and stay away from anything that will keep you from allowing that to happen. You’ll experience regulatory fit when things feel right to you, and the focus of what you’re being asked to do fits the focus of what you wish to do.
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How the Tech Behind Bitcoin Will Change Your Life

How the Tech Behind Bitcoin Will Change Your Life | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

(excerpt) "Why should you care? Maybe you’re ... a social media user who thinks the data you generate might be worth something—to you. Even as we write, innovators are building blockchain-based applications that serve these ends. And they are just the beginning. "...How about these billions of connected smart things that will be sensing, responding, sharing data, generating and trading their own electricity, protecting our environment, managing our homes and our health? And this Internet of Everything will need a Ledger of Everything."

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I have said something similar here about value generation and knowledge-creation attribution (blockchain copyrighting?): 

"Imagining a Future, Educational Ecosystem" by @DuaneSharrock on @LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/imagining-future-educational-ecosystem-duane-sharrock
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Myths Of Companies With No Management

There are a lot of creative benefits to alternative management structures, but there are some downsides too.
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Beware Of Simple Rules And Slogans—They Can Kill Your Business | Digital Tonto

Beware Of Simple Rules And Slogans—They Can Kill Your Business | Digital Tonto | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

as the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein pointed out, “no course of action can be determined by a rule, because any course of action can be made out to accord with the rule.” 


In other words, rules may seem to make sense, but when we try to apply them in the real world we find that things are far more complicated and simple rules aren’t much help.

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It's Not Me; It's You

It's Not Me; It's You | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Donna Hicks is an evangelist for dignity. In her article, "What is the Real Meaning of Dignity?" she notes that dignity is a word that few people can define: "The most common response people offer is that dignity is about respect. To the contrary, dignity is not the same as respect. Dignity is our inherent value and worth as human beings; everyone is born with it. Respect, on the other hand, is earned through one’s actions." She reports that the recognition of dignity builds relationships and helps people resolve conflicts.  

However, when Julie Clark, PhD, researched dignity for its place in health and social care models, she discovered that dignity is complex. What she found was surprising. Dignity is subjective and it is also objective.
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How Successful People Network with Each Other

How Successful People Network with Each Other | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Graduate beyond random coffee meetings.
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excerpt: "Ask your friends to identify the most fascinating elements of your biography, your interests, or your experiences — then do the same for them."
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Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic)

Ten Teaching Trends from the Innovating Pedagogy Report (Infographic) | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Chris Carter
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Josi Sierra's curator insight, March 1, 1:57 AM
¿Como implican al alumnado los profes innovadores? Con 10 estrategias pedagogicas innovadoras ;-)
uTOP Inria's curator insight, March 7, 3:14 AM
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/


Melissa Vee Rentchler 's curator insight, March 7, 1:25 PM
How are today's most innovative educators engaging with their students? The 2015 Innovating Pedagogy report proposes ten innovations to engage students.


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/


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Why Your Employees’ Suggestions Aren’t Going Anywhere

Why Your Employees’ Suggestions Aren’t Going Anywhere | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

A lot of companies use an ever-more-sophisticated array of online social tools in an attempt to connect their people, get a flow of ideas going, and spur innovation. But after an initial flurry of activity, the initiatives often fizzle and the new tools get tucked away somewhere. What goes wrong? Why is the goal of a more collaborative and innovative organization so elusive?
Consider a real example: Not long after a company created an online suggestion box on its new intranet, with all the bells and whistles of the latest social-media technologies, an executive lamented: “All we get are a bunch of complaints and impossibly wild ideas that we couldn’t follow up on in a million years.”
And there lies the problem. The span of ideas and suggestions on internal social platforms is often so extensive that follow-up is impossible. When ideas are ignored, or at least appear to be, people quickly get discouraged and stop contributing.


Via Alexander Crépin
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Research: Teacher Prep Reform Gets It Way Wrong -- Campus Technology

Research: Teacher Prep Reform Gets It Way Wrong -- Campus Technology | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
"The irony here is that while these policies call for teacher education programs and institutions to make decisions based on evidence, the policies themselves are not evidence-based," the authors wrote.
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Jobs That Are Harder Than They Look

Jobs That Are Harder Than They Look | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Everyone's Plan B is going to be different, of course. Some people might think truck driving looks like a pretty cushy career—driving all day with the music up—while others might see their fallback position as writing that best-selling novel.

But some of these "easy" jobs aren't exactly easy to do, or easy to get. Here's a look at a handful of careers that have this reputation, and a rundown of what career searchers are actually in for if they give these jobs a try.
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How to Develop Confidence as a Leader

We sometimes find ourselves in uncomfortable situations. As leaders, that’s pretty much constant. Here are 3 truths to develop confidence in any situation.
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Explore – So great, so necessary – Joe Hanson of It’s Okay...

Explore – So great, so necessary – Joe Hanson of It’s Okay... | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A discovery engine for meaningful knowledge, fueled by cross-disciplinary curiosity.
Edited by Maria Popova
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excerpt: (So great, so necessary – Joe Hanson of It’s Okay To Be Smart offers some invaluable tips on how to read science news. Pair with The Baloney Detection Kit , these 11 essential rules for critical thinking, and Carl Sagan on mastering the vital balance between skepticism and openness.)

 
 
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12 Easy Phrases to Massively Improve Your Leadership

12 Easy Phrases to Massively Improve Your Leadership | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
At the heart of great leadership is a desire to serve others, to empower them and foster their success. Here are 12 phrases that every leader should be saying--a lot.
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