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Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on

Leadership Means Facing Challenges Head-on | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Many would say if you’re in the leadership business, you’re also in the business of dealing with adversity. Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. In today’s post I will take a brief look at the beliefs that cause some to succeed where others fail.


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(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

 

Just as a diamond cannot be polished without friction, neither can you fully develop your skills without them being tested by adversity. Use obstacles and failures as an opportunity to polish your skills. I think Winston Churchill said it best when he noted, “The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

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David Hain's curator insight, January 9, 2013 2:55 AM

(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

ThinDifference's curator insight, January 9, 2013 6:50 AM

(From the article): Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

John Michel's curator insight, January 17, 2013 11:54 PM

Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, and it’s certain to challenge even the best of leaders. You will face physical, mental, financial, relational, and resource challenges among others. Instead of beating yourself up or giving in, it is critical you develop the ability to learn from setbacks. In a nutshell, dealing with barriers, obstacles, and setbacks requires both attitude and aptitude. So, do you have the skills and perspective to thrive under pressure and to succeed, or will you implode when faced with a challenge?

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John E. Michel is a widely recognized expert in culture, strategy & individual and organizational change. An accomplished unconventional leader and proven status quo buster, he has successfully led several multi-billion dollar transformation efforts and his award-winning work has been featured in a wide variety of articles and journals, including the Harvard Business Review. You are encouraged to learn more about John at his website, www.MedicoreMe.com

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7 Reasons Good Moms Make Amazing Leaders

7 Reasons Good Moms Make Amazing Leaders | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, May 19, 8:42 AM

This post brought me to tears because my biggest inspiration was/is my mom.  I could not agree with Karin more on this post, especially reason #2, taking the long term view.  


Above is a long term result of my mother's life of leadership as she craddles my first born.   She lead me from chaos to happiness.  


Miss you Mami!


Thanks Karin!!!


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#2. They Take The Long View – Moms invest deeply for the long run. They know that every move won’t be perfect, but they’re going for the long-term impact. Good moms and amazing leaders see mistakes as an opportunity to grow.


http://letsgrowleaders.com/authenticity-transparency-trust/7-reasons-good-moms-make-amazing-leaders/#sthash.wX1n3GNQ.dpuf

Amy Melendez's curator insight, May 19, 8:59 AM

Thank you for Sharing this Al. Seeing this picture here in our "work" world brought tears to my eyes.

 

I miss you Mami!

 

I agree totally with Karin. Great Post!

 

 

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11 Quotes Digital Leaders Must Live By

In today’s digitally empowered, technology connected, social world that we live in the one thing we know best is change. We communicate, shop and even work has…

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B Goburn Smith's curator insight, August 28, 9:42 AM

Very thought-provoking quotes! We all need reminders from time to time.

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Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
“Together.”

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John Michel's curator insight, August 16, 7:00 AM

The word “together” is a powerful social cue to the brain.  In and of itself, it seems to serve as a kind of relatedness reward, signaling that you belong, that you are connected, and that there are people you can trust working with you toward the same goal.

Yves CINOTTI's curator insight, August 17, 5:56 AM

Ce mot est "ensemble"

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Introverts No Longer the Quiet Followers of Extroverts - Forbes

Introverts No Longer the Quiet Followers of Extroverts - Forbes | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
It has long been believed that the natural leaders of our society were the extroverted types, those that were– outspoken, sociable, and decisive.

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Why I Don't Want My Kids to Succeed

Why I Don't Want My Kids to Succeed | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

"We need to redefine success beyond money and power to include well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving back." Arianna Huffington, the namesake of The Huffington Post, spoke these words at a recent stop to talk about her new book,Thrive.

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Despite all that we know about the toxic effects of stress, we continue to mount massive pressure on our families and especially our kids. We jockey to get our toddlers into feeder schools. High schoolers overload their calendars hoping to beef up their resumes with admissions bait. We scramble to shuttle our kids between extracurricular activities, tutoring and social events to help them "succeed." In the wake of this madness, we cut every corner to save time nourishing our families. Who has time to cook? So we outsource. We buy "all-natural" prepared meals, we grab quick on-the-go snacks and we eat in our cars. We have been lulled into thinking these are healthy choices. But they are not. Like the frog in boiling water, we've slowly let industrial food companies take over the nourishment of our families. And we're paying for it in skyrocketing rates of obesity and illness. A steep toll to pay on the road to "success."

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Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors

Teachers as Leaders, Coaches & Lifelong Mentors | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Do you remember your 5th grade teachers?  Would you say that any of your 5th grade teachers made a lifelong impression on your life?
Today’s guest is doing just that! 


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Jerry Busone's curator insight, August 24, 9:02 AM

Find yourself a mentor, teacher or coach ...

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Los Profesores de Como Líderes, mentores y Entrenadores.

Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, August 27, 4:03 AM

Magnífica reflexión para iniciar el nuevo curso.

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Leadership Is About Enabling The Full Potential In Others

Leadership Is About Enabling The Full Potential In Others | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

The 21st century leader must have the ability to make the most out of every situation. They are courageous and not afraid to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries to make things better. Because of these qualities and many others, the best leaders know how to get the most out of people; they enable the full potential in others.


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donhornsby's curator insight, August 5, 8:24 AM

(From the article): No matter how much potential an employee has, it can remain dormant if not managed rightly and properly nourished with the right ingredients. A great leader will never allow an employee’s potential to go unnoticed or to lose its momentum .Realizing potential to its fullest often requires breaking through barriers and creating new paradigms. As such, the 21st century employee must see what others don’t, do what others won’t and keep pushing when prudence says quit. Today’s leaders are not just looking for people to do their jobs better, but to recreate their jobs in their own image – discovering new standards along the way to increase productivity, sustainability and opportunities to impact the bottom line.

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5 Things To Do When Life Is Going Wrong - Empower the Leader in You

5 Things To Do When Life Is Going Wrong - Empower the Leader in You | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

What does it mean to rebuild the walls of your life? What’s something positive you try to keep in mind when everything seems to be going wrong?


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An excellent post by LaRae Quy, author of Secrets of a Strong Mind. 

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Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development

Lolly Daskal | Leadership and Personal Development | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Can we lead by fear? Can we motivate when we are fearful? Strictly speaking, fear isn’t a motivator its a reaction to feeling threatened. Fear takes over when we act in order to prevent something negative from happening. The best motivators are positive. We can rally around them. They connect to us and our sense …

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donhornsby's curator insight, August 21, 10:37 AM

(From the article): Fear is misguiding. When we’re simply trying to avoid something negative, our achievement lacks any greater meaning.


Instead of doing things because they’re right, we do them because of consequences. It robs experience of its meaning and weakens the value of our journey—which is just as important as our destination.

 

Don’t allow fear to govern your decisions.

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Integrity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Integrity

Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. Barbara Killinger offers a traditional definition: Integrity is a personal choice, an uncompromising and predictably consistent commitment to honour moral, ethical, spiritual and artistic values and principles.

About time to THINK about that AGAIN ;)

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Integrity

 


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Maya Angelou on Courage and Facing Evil

Maya Angelou on Courage and Facing Evil | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
"There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 19, 8:20 PM

We need the courage to create ourselves daily. That is a wonderful quote which speaks to the roots of the word courage. Courage comes from coeur which means heart. We are on a daily journey and journey comes from the word journee which is not a measure of time but connotes the idea of journey in a timeless way.

 

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On Leadership, Fear and The Under Use of Power

On Leadership, Fear and The Under Use of Power | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

When we think of the misuse of power, our thoughts inevitably fly to the headline grabbers: the tyrants and bullies, schemers and scammers, or our first boss or sixth grade teacher.  Yet surprisingly, some of the biggest power problems stem from under use, not overuse of power.


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Amy Melendez's curator insight, August 13, 1:47 PM

As John Adams said:

“It is weakness, rather than wickedness, which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power.”

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Leadership By Virtue: Leadership dilemma

Leadership By Virtue: Leadership dilemma | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
We have to understand the level of our mind set to be able to use a leadership style that ‘fits’ us.
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Zenger, Folkman and Edinger conducted a four-year study of over 200,000 respondents describing 20,000 leaders to determine what makes an outstanding leader. The ability to ‘inspire and motivate to high performance’ was the single most powerful predictor of being perceived as an extraordinary leader.

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The #1 Rule of Leadership - "It's not about you"

The #1 Rule of Leadership - "It's not about you" | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Perform a search of “leadership” on Google and you will find dozens of listed leadership “rules” and “qualities” (most of which are very accurate).


But there is one primary axiom of leadership that trumps all others:


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donhornsby's curator insight, August 27, 5:25 PM

(From the article) The most effective leaders follow Leadership Rule #1, and return to it during those leadership challenges that require the very best of their leadership abilities. They understand that you cannot change expectations, alter perceptions, and motivate others unless you maintain the ability to influence them in a positive manner. When followers sense that your leadership decisions are made with other priorities, they will not trust you. Without trust, you will lose the ability maintain the positive influence necessary to motivate and inspire others, and you will have limited the value of your leadership investment.

 

Whether you are a brand new leader, or someone with years of experience, the next time you find yourself faced with a leadership decision, pause and remind yourself of this:

 

“It’s not about you.”

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Great Leadership Isn’t About You

Great Leadership Isn’t About You | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The best leaders are supportive.

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The lesson Washington’s profoundly positive example teaches is that leading people well isn’t about driving them, directing them, or coercing them; it is about compelling them to join you in pushing into new territory. It is motivating them to share your enthusiasm for pursuing a shared ideal, objective, cause, or mission. In essence, it is to always conduct yourself in ways that communicates to others that you believe people are always more important than things.

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John Michel's curator insight, August 22, 11:30 PM

The most effective form of leadership is supportive. It is collaborative. It is never assigning a task, role or function to another that we ourselves would not be willing to perform. For all practical purposes, leading well is as simple as remembering to remain others-centered instead of self-centered. To do this, I try to keep these four imperatives in mind:

David Hain's curator insight, August 23, 3:06 AM

"When the best leaders work is done, the people say - we did it ourselves" - LaoTzu

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How To Master The Art Of Giving Negative Feedback

How To Master The Art Of Giving Negative Feedback | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

When you’re a leader, giving feedback, both positive and negative, comes with the territory. But not everyone is comfortable giving it. Sarah Green, a senior associate editor with the Harvard Business Review, recently scoured HBR’s blog for the site’s best advice for how to give negative feedback. Here are her five tips:

 

 


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Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's curator insight, August 26, 8:29 PM

Step away from the feedback "sandwich," stick to the facts, and three other tips to giving good feedback.

John Michel's curator insight, August 27, 9:49 AM

Five excellent tips to maximize the positive impact of negative feedback .

Elizabeth Alfaro's curator insight, August 27, 3:11 PM

"Lo cortés no quita lo valiente", pero demasiada diplomacia elude el tema principal y no ayuda a que la persona identifique el error. 

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Home - Empower the Leader in You

Home - Empower the Leader in You | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
LaRae Quy was an undercover and counterintelligence FBI agent for 24 years. She exposed foreign spies and recruited them to work for the U.S. Government. As an FBI agent, she developed the mental toughness to survive in environments of risk, uncertainty, and deception. Faced with stressful and fast-moving situations, she needed to move through barriers if she was to succeed.…
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Managing Change: Transforming a Hard Day into a Great One « Robin Sharma's Blog

Managing Change: Transforming a Hard Day into a Great One « Robin Sharma's Blog | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

Last week, some smart soul on Twitter asked me to share my thoughts and strategies on turning a so-called “bad day” into a positive one. So he could show leadership versus victimhood. And focus on opportunities versus stay stuck on problems.

 

Excellent request. Ready to reply. Thank you for asking.

 

The first idea I’ll suggest is that there’s really no such thing as a “bad day”. (I still adore Nietzsche’s genius line: “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”)

 
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When faced with a challenging day, many people play the victim. They crumble into retreat, blame conditions and other people and believe they are powerless. But giving away your power is excusing yourself. And no victim ever changed the world.

 
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The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education

The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The Most Dangerous Phrase In Education

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, August 17, 5:40 PM

I think it's one of the most dangerous phrases in any industry. It stops conversation immediately. It closes the door on possibilities. It states quite clearly that creativity is forbidden and that even thoughtful consideration of the status quo is treading on dangerous ground. It indicates that mindless obedience to What Is is far more important than even the tiniest step in the direction of change.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 17, 7:20 PM

There is a corollary phrase which is equally as dangerous. We have to change. Both suggest binaries which need to be dissolved. Change is always happening. The key is that we need to ask, "Is this the change we want?" This question suggests a conversation rather than heavy-handed, top-down measures. The latter is about doing it the same way we always have and pretending a handful of people hold the key to successful change. Do they?

 

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Design Your Business Around Your Life--Not the Other Way Around

You can live the life you want by engineering your business around your life.
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14 Ways To Live A Life Of Truth - Empower the Leader in You

14 Ways To Live A Life Of Truth - Empower the Leader in You | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Finding your own truth will lead to both your heart and your true nature, not the illusion that the ego represents.
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Word of the Week "Moral Compass": Meditate on this Phrase

Word of the Week "Moral Compass": Meditate on this Phrase | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

These two words used together are important – very important.  In the legal profession, we must use a moral compass because we meet people who have lost their way.  We have to make sure, at all time, that we do not head in the wrong direction also.

 

Take time to meditate about the meaning of the word “moral compass” to you.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Moral

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Values


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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 24, 9:42 AM

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Ethics

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Moral

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Values


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 20, 6:04 PM

I am unsure that moral compass is a device. A compass is, but thinking of morals in an instrumental way, even metaphorically, misses the point. Having said this, the article makes good points. We communicate morals through our words, actions, thoughts, etc. It is communicating that is important.

 

Teachers communicate all the time. We should consider what that means to the learning of others.

 

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Teacher leadership

Teacher leadership | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
Teachers are leaders. There's no doubt that when we stand in front of a group of kids, regardless of their age, we are on the verge of making an impact, influencing them and guiding them through, sometimes, unexplored trails.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 19, 8:10 PM

I love the neo-liberal vocabulary i.e. you can bring it down to the education industry. It is important to note that education is not the same as School and is not an industry. The words which form education, educare and educere, are two forms of leading. Pedagogy is leading. It makes sense that teaching is leading. It is not managing which is what people outside classrooms think it is sometimes.

 

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Another Greatest Generation Is On The Way

Another Greatest Generation Is On The Way | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
A historic collapse creates a unique environment in which to forge leaders.
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Over the past six decades, I have witnessed every conceivable approach to leadership education. The leadership vacuums of recent decades reveal that even the best business schools have not done their finest at teaching some core aspects of leadership.

The first of those core aspects is the capacity for good judgment–the ability to make right decisions while flying blind, based on knowledge, wisdom and an ability to stay wedded to an overriding goal. As Democrats and Republicans bicker today about prescriptions for economic renewal, let us not even pretend to act as though we can be any more certain than a first-time parent. Certainly we have heard considerable advice from those who came before us, yet we must work in a constantly evolving context, improvising without a net.

Second is the ability to engage others and move them alongside you, toward a shared purpose or meaning. This flows from what the psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman calls “emotional intelligence,” the capacity to understand and connect with the hopes and fears of those around you. Too many brilliant and skilled people have failed, to their own shock, because they lacked this.

However, the things that have not been taught well in the B-school classroom or the corporate university can still be caught by the Crucible Generation. Lacking our comforts and facing uncertain threats, they will have a heightened receptivity to lessons from the world around them. Smart educators will seek to build on this serendipity in traditional classrooms and learning communities.

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Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant

Poor technology leadership is usually just poor leadership | Dangerously Irrelevant | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it

When a school leader neglects to allocate sufficient professional development time for newly-purchased classroom technologies, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.

 

When a school leader doesn’t provide adequate technical support personnel for a new 1:1 laptop initiative, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.

 

When a school leader purchases system-wide learning software with little thought given to long-term financial and instructional sustainability, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.

 

When a school leader fails to ensure adequate parent education and support before initiating expensive, organization-wide technology programs, that’s not poor technology leadership, that’s just poor leadership.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 21, 4:15 AM

Scott McCleod lays it all out with refreshing candor and insight.

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, August 5, 7:01 PM

Challenging leaders to follow up on their ideas and vision.

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Do You Have These 21st Century Skills? [Infographic]

Do You Have These 21st Century Skills? [Infographic] | Communication & Leadership | Scoop.it
The quest to be a modern teacher or student is in full swing. First though, figure out if you have these important 21st century skills.

 

- Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology;

 

- Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought;

 

- Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes;

 

- Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information;

 

- Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts;

 

- Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.

 


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