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Guess which country does the most good for the planet?

Guess which country does the most good for the planet? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
The Good Country Index measures how much each of 125 countries contributes to the planet. Announced today, the Index features some unexpected winners — and even more surprising losers. (Sorry, USA....
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4 Things No One Tells You About Business Partnerships

4 Things No One Tells You About Business Partnerships | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
With the right combination of people, a business partnership can help a startup create a well-rounded leadership team. Here are some tips for making it work.
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The Truth about Exit Interviews

The Truth about Exit Interviews | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

I'm leaving my job mostly because of the crippling politics that have taken over since our division was spun off a year ago. I'm not the first person to leave, but my departure is a big enough deal that the VP of HR at our headquarters called our local HR person to tell her "Do a thorough exit interview with Joan. She's a high-visibility departure."

 

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Great discussion topic here!!!!! A must read!

Also, great advice.

Extended excerpt: 

Here are ten of the millions of ways we can hear what our teammates have to tell us:

Start every staff meeting with the agenda item "How are we doing?"Make every training session a community-building and feedback session, too.Let the newcomers at New Employee Orientation meetings know that we value their input, and let them know all the ways to report an issue, inquire about something confusing, make a suggestion or just share an observation.Start every manager-employee one-on-one meeting with the question "Anything we should talk about job-satisfaction-wise? How's your workload?"Empower employees who are interested to get together at lunchtime and devise improvements in processes, ideas for creating Team Mojo in the group, and general environmental upgrades. Tell everybody else how to get a suggestion into that pipeline.Schedule small-group lunches with executives or large-group Town Hall Meetings where top leaders can share their plans and listen to ideas and questions from the team.Establish a telephone, email and text hotline where employees can confidentially share concerns about unsafe, unlawful or unethical situations.Station an HR person in the lunchroom once a week so that employees can get concerns or questions addressed and also share their feedback.Launch an internal communications forum where people can help one another with work-related and home-related questions. The more trust and community we build, the more likely we are to hear about it when something is broken.Send your senior leaders on a tour of the organization's department meetings, so that they can sit with each department and hear (and avidly ask for!) issues and questions from the employees.

It is easy to keep an ear to the ground -- we just have to care enough to do it. Your employer missed its chance to get your valuable counsel, and now it's buried deep in the vault.

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Leadership Turns On the Lights

Leadership Turns On the Lights | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
I have worked with people who seemed to think their authority came from keeping the rest of us in the dark. They told us only what they thought we needed to know. They withheld information that would have helped us do a better job.

Via Ryan Hines
Sharrock's insight:

Transparency is more complex than people tend to believe. It applies to how information/data is chosen, why it is relevant to the problem solving and decision making. Transparency also applies to the processes of problem solving, related concerns, laws/regulations/policies restricting certain actions, and can include domain specific conventions and strategies that may not be easily grasped in a sentence or two. Charts and graphs are only a small piece to the facilitation of transparency.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 29, 1:53 PM

It is a great metaphor. It is not just leaving people in the dark it is about surprising them as well. With the lights on we have a chance to see where the next step might land.

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30 Positive Reframes: How to Start Changing Your Perspective on Life

Learn 30 positive reframes when it comes to thinking about yourself and others.
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How do you train teachers and school staff in describing student behaviors? Exhaustion and stress can make descriptions of people negative. This list helps make better word choices.


excerpt: "Try to think of this list as a resource to help you think more positively. It won’t make you a master of positive reframes, but it is a great starting point to get you thinking in a different direction."

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What Is Charisma and Charismatic Leadership?

What Is Charisma and Charismatic Leadership? | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Is charisma born or made? What makes leaders charismatic?

 

Charismatic leaders are essentially very skilled communicators – individuals who are both verbally eloquent, but also able to communicate to followers on a deep, emotional level. They are able to articulate a compelling or captivating vision, and are able to arouse strong emotions in followers.

 
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“But You Speak So Well”: How Latinos Experience Subtle Racism

“But You Speak So Well”: How Latinos Experience Subtle Racism | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
By Silvia L. Mazzula, PhD (Asst. Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY). Dr. Mazzula is also the President-Elect of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jerse...

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The ABCs of Reaching Agreement

The ABCs of Reaching Agreement | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
I'm the team leader of an increasingly dysfunctional team. Our tasks require a high degree of coordination and we often have to figure out what to do as we go. But we're stuck in a pattern of argui...
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Seven Deadly Tricks, Seven Ways to Storytelling

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Sharrock's curator insight, July 12, 2013 11:11 AM

Attention, engagement, communication! these are 21st century goals to make an experience valuable.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, July 12, 2013 5:23 PM

This is well laid out.  Each story type is described and includes 2 supporting slides:  1) story outline and an example.

Sonja Blignaut's curator insight, August 6, 2013 5:25 AM

Great presentation on Booker's 7 Basic Plots

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Create Engaging Presentations with Free iPad Apps

Create Engaging Presentations with Free iPad Apps | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
If you are tired of PowerPoint and Keynote, it's easy to change up your normal routine. As much as I love these presentation tools, it's important to keep my audience engaged, and often a quick devia

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10 Ways to Make the Most of your Relationship with your Guidance Counselor

10 Ways to Make the Most of your Relationship with your Guidance Counselor | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
10 ways for students to turn their school's guidance counselor into one of their biggest advocates throughout the college guidance process
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Media richness theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Media richness theory, sometimes referred to as information richness theory, is a framework to describe a communications medium by its ability to reproduce the information sent over it. It was developed by Richard L. Daft and Robert H. Lengel, and is used to rank and evaluate the richness of certain communication mediums, such as phone calls, video conferencing, and email. For example, a phone call can not reproduce visual social cues such as gestures, so it is a less rich communication medium than video conferencing, which allows users to communicate gestures to some extent. Specifically, media richness theory states that the more ambiguous and uncertain a task is, the richer the format of media that suits it. Based on contingency theory and information processing theory, it explains that richer, personal communication means are generally more effective for communication of equivocal issues than leaner, less rich media.

Media richness theory was introduced in 1984 by Richard L. Daft and Robert H. Lengel. It was originally developed primarily to describe and evaluate communication mediums within organizations. It is based on information processing theory and how managers and organizations exchange information.[1] The goal of media richness theory is to cope with communication challenges facing organizations, such as unclear or confusing messages, or conflicting interpretations of messages.[2] Since it was first introduced, media richness theory has been a widely studied communication theory, and the original authors have written several additional articles on the topic, including a study in which they describe media richness and the ability to select appropriate media as an executive skill.[3]

Other communication scholars have tested the theory in order to improve it, and more recently media richness theory has been retroactively adapted to include new media communication mediums, such as improved video and online conferencing. Although media richness theory relates to media use, rather than media choice, empirical studies of the theory have often studied what medium a manager would chose to communicate over, and not the effects of media use.[4]

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The media richness theory can help administrators relect on and choose media when there is a need to communicate to employees, parents, or other stakeholders. 

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A Definitive Guide to Teacher Checklists

A Definitive Guide to Teacher Checklists | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande writes about the importance of list making as a process of working through critical decisions, and list reviewing as a critical element to support aspirations
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Getting Parents Involved in Schools

Getting Parents Involved in Schools | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Parent involvement continues to challenge practitioners engaged in school reform despite being a required component of many school improvement initiatives-from Title I Schoolwide Programs to federally mandated school improvement plans. The benefits of parent involvement are clear: A growing body of research shows that successful parent involvement improves not only student behavior and attendance but also positively affects student achievement.
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excerpt: "Of course, the use of any strategy must be tailored to the school's population. If families don't have reliable access to the Internet, e-mail won't work. A phone message in English won't communicate much to parents who speak only Spanish. The bottom line for schools is to communicate using strategies that convey what is important in a way that can be heard by parents and families and invites them to respond."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 4, 6:25 PM

This is a great article. I would add do not let the bureaucrats and technocrats get involved.

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business - The Importance of Diversity in Networking

business - The Importance of Diversity in Networking | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
business - The Importance of Diversity in Networking - Entrepreneur.com
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 Do you really pursue diversity in your friendships and work relationships? What have you discovered when you really listed your friends and work relationships? Differences include class, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, age, political beliefs, nationality, intellectual, education (and even more). Do people really have "nothing" in common? When is "having nothing in common" a good thing? Stories of happy surprises are welcome.

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Educational Leadership - Expecting Excellence: Rigor Redefined

Educational Leadership - Expecting Excellence: Rigor Redefined | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | 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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John R. Walkup's curator insight, January 27, 12:40 PM

A short article on rigor, with input from industrial managers.  The role of questioning in rigor is raised, as well as collaboration, leadership, agility, adaptibility, initiative, entrepreneurialism, oral/written communication, accessing/analyzing information, and curiousity/imagination.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 29, 8:29 PM

I like the word vigour. It fits with life. I agree we need new education and that is not a new package with technology as the add-on. It is a whole new way of thinking i.e. a Kuhnian paradigm shift.

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MIT researchers create world's trickiest tongue twister

MIT researchers create world's trickiest tongue twister | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
According to speech communication scientists from MIT, 'pad kid poured curd pulled cod' is the most difficult phrase to spit out. Give it a try. Read this article by Michelle Starr on CNET.
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This could be fun for kids to practice. 

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What are learning skills?

The 21st century learning skills are often called the 4 C’s: critical thinking, creative thinking, communicating, and collaborating. These skills help students learn, and so they are vital to success
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This is useful breakdown of the "4 C's". Maybe some might call this an "unpacking" of terms. It goes beyond my usual understanding of critical thinking skills. this resource might open up some valuable discussions and may lead to new understanding of the Common Core and ideas about "college and career readiness" in addition to the concept of being a "life long learner".

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Using Humor in Business: Some Practical Advice

Using Humor in Business: Some Practical Advice | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Is business the right place to be funny? Surely business is a serious place and humor doesn’t have a place in it? I disagree, I think humour is greatly underused in business today and can
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Humor is a valuable asset. Colin Shaw makes some good points about humor as a way to become likeable when used appropriately. One thing about humor I think is that it is both smart and creative. You can't be funny about chemistry or physics without a knowledge about chemistry or physics. The same thing about accounting, politics, religion, or any other domain. Comedy is serious though, and can be perceived as a weapon. Colin is right to warn against directing the humor at others. Sometiems, it uncovers truths, explores customs, challenges authority and relationships of "sacred" ideas/concepts to "profane" ideas/concepts. I see some of the funniest comedians challenging the way we see ourselves in ways that are almost painful. They teach us to be more self-aware in a more global framework (how does this look to others? for example). The goal to accomplish such "awareness of self" as criticism might not go over well on a one to one basis or in small, intimate groups. There's something about "the Stage" that allows for such...approaches to hard truths and judgments. We need to be aware that stand-up routines have a different context. Directing humorous critiques at yourself rather than at others is a way to be likeable while also communicating that you have a sharp mind and you know how to use it. 

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Craig Rogers's curator insight, February 7, 6:12 PM

If you can't have fun working, don't work

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27 magical phrases for public speakers

27 magical phrases people should remember when doing their public speach!

 

Eric Van Camp's curator insight,July 23, 9:42 AM

You can’t have an effect if they don’t reflect  When you lift yourself up, you let your audience down  Tease them before you tell them  Turn their pain into your promise  Speak like you talk, not like you write  If you take us through the problem, take us through the payoff  It’s the look before and after that line that makes the line  What’s loose is lost (always tie each message to an anchor)  Speak to one but look to all  Too many speakers try to get across too much information in too little time  Don’t add humor; uncover it  What gets recorded gets rewarded  It’s not about perfection, it’s about connection  Put the process, not the person, on a pedestal.  Never sell a product, always sell the results  Don’t speak for standing ovations; speak for standing invitations  No phrase, no stage  If you are always dynamic, you are no longer dynamic  Don’t make it up, dig it up (your story is in you and waiting to be told)  Let me forget myself, remember my speech, and touch my audience  You can’t create a message without first creating a mess. After all, a message is just a “mess” with “age”  The phrase determines what stays   A confused mind says no but a clear mind says go  Put the result before the resource  The harder your journey, the higher their conversion  Sell the belief before the relief  Let your long road lead to their shortcut 
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Jacci Lewis's curator insight, September 9, 2013 2:25 PM

Aphorisms often offer good advice...

Anita Vance's curator insight, September 14, 2013 9:54 AM

 a good checklist before we begin...

Marc Woltering's curator insight, October 19, 2013 3:11 AM

Nuttig, vooral als je het ook doorleest.

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We Need to Talk: 6 Conversations to Have with “Difficult” Students

We Need to Talk: 6 Conversations to Have with “Difficult” Students | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Most of us hate those dreaded conversations. Mainly though, the trouble is the beginning. These are simple ways to begin a difficult conversation with a student who is having difficulties.
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Good Leaders Encourage Knowledge Sharing

Good Leaders Encourage Knowledge Sharing | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 22, 2013 2:01 PM

Communication is vital in all organisations.  Good leaders encourage an open learning commons.

Monica Berra's curator insight, February 22, 2013 6:14 PM

Reflective practice of change

 

Supports the ideas in "Mulitipliers"

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Media Richness Theory — Time Barrow

Media Richness Theory — Time Barrow | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
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More information but more focused exploration of options for the sharing of information (but somewhat more limited than the wikipedia images and exploration). Looking at the sharing of information less as communication and focusing on the sharing of information AS education, learning platforms/approaches can be added to the chart. One to one personalized instruction could be at the top of the chart while infographics might be placed at the bottom but next to the poster. 

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Sharrock's comment, February 8, 2013 6:23 PM
Both websites addressed this regarding education.
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For Educators, the Importance of Making Meaningful Connections

For Educators, the Importance of Making Meaningful Connections | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

By Matt Levinson It's connected educator month.

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