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The Empathy Test

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This seemingly innocent parlour trick is actually a method social scientists have used for more than a decade to measure perspective-taking – the ability to step outside one’s own experience and see the world from someone else’s viewpoint. People who write the E so that it’s backward to themselves but legible to their partner have taken the other’s perspective. Those who draw the E so that it’s readable to themselves but backward to others haven’t bothered to consider the other person’s point of view. 
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David Hain's curator insight, January 18, 2013 11:29 AM

Dan Pink - "The key is to strike a delicate balance between action-orientation and perspective-taking. It’s not a matter of deciding between hitting your numbers or drawing the E. It’s a matter of hitting your numbers by drawing the E."


Great advice!

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Quinnsights: Skipping the Hierarchies

Quinnsights: Skipping the Hierarchies | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
For learning leaders, skipping the hierarchies and embracing diversity is key to innovative thinking and leads to business success.

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We’ve been structuring brainstorm sessions all wrong

We’ve been structuring brainstorm sessions all wrong | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
The traditional framework for brainstorms involves identifying a problem, listing solutions within a set of parameters, and then choosing the best.

But research on creativity and innovation suggests that truly innovative solutions result not from searching for a “correct answer,” but from the collision of different ideas, perspectives and life experiences.

Rather than encouraging convergent thinking, as traditional brainstorm sessions do, the goal should be to encourage divergent thinking: the practice of finding new ways to look at a problem and generating multiple solutions. In divergent thinking, the emphasis isn’t to agree on the best idea—it’s to get as far away as possible from the most obvious answer.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 8, 6:12 AM

Kids do better than adults at creativity. We need to actively encourage and read divergent thinking, yet most organisations do the opposite!

Matthew Farmer's curator insight, January 9, 1:58 AM

This is an interesting take on a management stalwart - the brainstorm.  I'm involved in quite a few brainstorming sessions with different organizations and I'm often interested to see how groups norm around this kind of activity.  I was always taught that 'any idea is a good idea' and no evaluation should be made until the 'storming' session is over but not everyone thinks that way.

 

What I like about this approach, is the acknowledgement of the power of colliding perspectives.  Not only do they help us to see and think differently but they also help us learn as well!

 

Matthew Farmer

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Why You Shouldn't Always Suggest a Solution

Why You Shouldn't Always Suggest a Solution | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

It's a natural reaction. Everyone does it. You hear a problem and you immediately want to prescribe a solution--the perfect antidote--a master plan that will solve everything. But all too often, you give into the temptation to define a solution well before the full problem is articulated and explored. You're not the only one. Leaders at all levels are guilty of doing this. They hear a problem--the outlines of danger--and they rush to offer their agenda. In their desire to be helpful, they end up setting others on a path that may be costly--not only in resources but also in time. There are a number of reasons why presenting a solution right away has downsides. 


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6 reasons why presenting a solution right away has downsides and 6 tips to fight that instinct.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 9, 3:10 PM
In a classroom, exploring is an essential piece of teaching and learning.
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Using video for self reflection: Micro-Teaching Improves Learning

Using video for self reflection: Micro-Teaching Improves Learning | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

Video lets us see what actually happens in our classroom—what we say, what we do and how we interact with the students. It's genuine. It shows our strengths and our weaknesses. Maybe we did not see that student put their pencil down and give up; maybe we call on another student too much; or maybe there needs to be more student to student interaction. In the middle of a lesson, this may be difficult to see because we are preoccupied with delivering the information dictated to us by the standards. However, allowing ourselves the opportunity to look at it again and reflect using a different lens is transformational.
Make the right changes. After we reflect, we consider translating or moving some things around in our lesson. In an inductive lesson, could we have sequenced the sharing of their work, could we make better connections between student understandings or could we have noticed a place in our lesson where we could build on what the students already know? Being able to watch ourselves lets us see where we can improve delivery.


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How Conflict Escalates & Strategies to Prevent Disaster via ACHIEVE - Blog

How Conflict Escalates & Strategies to Prevent Disaster via ACHIEVE - Blog | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Share this article:   Conflict is so predictable, and I believe that is what scares us most about it. We have seen conflict quickly develop into an ugly mess. We ... Read More

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18 Cognitive Biases You Can Use for Conversion Optimization

18 Cognitive Biases You Can Use for Conversion Optimization | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Cognitive biases impact how we buy, think, convert, etc. Once you’re aware of them, you can begin to limit their impact on your visitors (and yourself).
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Coaching the Novice Teacher

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Some dos and don’ts for instructional coaches striving to help new teachers make a successful start.
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Betsy DeVos: Principals Should Be Able to Focus on People, Not Paperwork

Betsy DeVos: Principals Should Be Able to Focus on People, Not Paperwork | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
In a speech, the education secretary said she's working to slash federal regulations that, in her view, are tying school leaders' hands.
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7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers

7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
That’s a rigorous standard by which to measure effective teaching and requires a mindset switch about what education is for and how it will remain relevant to students growing up in a world that is more connected and less stable than ever before.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 12, 2017 4:19 AM

Love these questions.

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Once You Understand Emotion, Motivation is Easy

Once You Understand Emotion, Motivation is Easy | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
One of the most powerful theories on how to motivate people on the work-floor is Deci and Ryan's Self-Determination Theory.

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Once You Understand Emotion, Motivation is Easy
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Principals Build Trust

Principals Build Trust | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Trust and leadership matter whether in business or education. Here, from Emil Sadloch at Rutgers Business School:

Leadership is first about integrity and honesty.  It is important that the team leader model trusting behaviors that establish credibility and trust.  Open communication, authentic concern for each person, fairness, respect, and inclusion go a long way in building trust, particularly for diverse individuals.  Effective team leadership uses trust as a lever to lead teams to high performance.

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High-performing teams: A timeless leadership topic | McKinsey & Company

High-performing teams: A timeless leadership topic | McKinsey & Company | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
CEOs and senior executives can employ proven techniques to create top-team performance.
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Article has many insights into what makes a team great as opposed to a team of great individuals
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The three stages of leadership | London Business School

The three stages of leadership | London Business School | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
How do we promote our leaders? How do we decide that a person is ready to take on a role with a brand new remit and unfamiliar responsibilities? We do it trusting that a person will succeed, based on often nothing more than a hunch. “But wait!” I hear you cry. “People are promoted based on their success in their current role. It’s how it works everywhere.” This is true. People are promoted to the next level based on their previous performance. But does this make sense?

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Leadership transitions are notoriously difficult and often unsupported - hence, many failures and much potential lost. This insightful framework could help...

Ian Berry's curator insight, January 8, 11:18 PM
I think there are 3 more foundational stages that everything else flows from self-leadership, leading for others and leading for leaders
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The science of setting goals

The science of setting goals | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
How to make New Year's resolutions that actually work out this time.

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Smart Leaders Focus on Execution First and Strategy Second

Smart Leaders Focus on Execution First and Strategy Second | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Four things to focus on.

 


We found the perfect strategy” ranks with “And they lived happily ever after” as a perpetual myth. A strategy is never excellent in and of itself; it is shaped, enhanced, or limited by implementation. Top leaders can provide the framework and tools for a team, but the game is won on the playing field. When a strategy looks brilliant, it’s because of the quality of execution. A dumb idea is the one you fumble in the field by missing critical details, like how customers would react or what competitors might change while you’re still picking up the ball.


In decades of teaching executives at Harvard Business School and interviewing CEOs for my research, I’ve observed that savvy leaders whose strategies succeed tend to focus on four implementation imperatives:


Question everything. When Apple launched the iPhone in 2007 with AT&T as exclusive service provider, telecom giant Verizon decided to launch its own smartphone. It knew it had to act fast, so top leaders began by challenging major assumptions about how they operated. Instead of do-it-ourselves, they worked with Google and Motorola. Instead of we-know-better, they used their partners’ capabilities and shared data. Instead of waiting for every step to be finished before proceeding to the next, they worked on many fronts simultaneously. They created an excellent product in record time, in time for launch in the 2009 holiday season. In the two months post-launch, Droid sales even outpaced the iPhone’s launch numbers. Verizon would not have been able to so quickly and successfully change its strategy without being willing to question and overhaul traditional organizational structures.


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5 Common Mental Errors That Sway Your Decision Making

5 Common Mental Errors That Sway Your Decision Making | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
For a long time, researchers and economists believed that humans made logical, well-considered decisions. In recent decades, however, researchers have uncovered a wide range of mental errors that derail our thinking. Sometimes we make logical decisions, but there are many times when we make emotional, irrational, and confusing choices.

Psychologists and behavioral researchers love to geek out about these different mental mistakes. There are dozens of them and they all have fancy names like “mere exposure effect” or “narrative fallacy.” But I don’t want to get bogged down in the scientific jargon today. Instead, let’s talk about the mental errors that show up most frequently in our lives and break them down in easy-to-understand language.

Here are five common mental errors that sway you from making good decisions.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 30, 2017 4:42 AM

Confirmation bias and other regular mental traps - enemies of good decisions!

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Leadership From The Inside Out: The Essential Role Of Story Mastery

Leadership From The Inside Out: The Essential Role Of Story Mastery | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Leadership is so much more than a hierarchical role. It is how we courageously and authentically show up to serve all those we touch. Real leadership involves inspiring people at all levels to serve something much bigger than themselves.

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Leadership From The Inside Out: The Essential Role Of Story Mastery
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Leadership From The Inside Out: The Essential Role Of Story Mastery
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Story telling is most effective when it is truthful, authentic and compassionate about the affect on others as well as the company. Too many times story telling is taught as a form of manipulation and that is the furthest from what it is all about.

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How to stay positive with negative people

How to stay positive with negative people | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Don't let your mean or apathetic coworkers get you down.
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Confirmation bias: Why you make terrible life choices

Confirmation bias: Why you make terrible life choices | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
You walk into your first yoga class. You’re a little insecure about your weight and how your yoga clothes cling to your body revealing every flaw. You’re nervous about making a fool of yourself. Your…
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Developing Professional Relationships That Work

Developing Professional Relationships That Work | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Teachers should proactively cultivate effective relationships with colleagues and supervisors. Carl Draeger shares four guiding principles to foster a healthy professional climate.
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Coaching Questions: Ask What, Not Why | Box of Crayons

Coaching Questions: Ask What, Not Why | Box of Crayons | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
You can’t get answers if you don’t ask questions. And, more importantly, you can’t get the right answers if you don’t ask the right questions.

Mastering the art of asking a powerful question is the key to freeing up your time and empowering your team. The more questions you ask, the less advice you give, and the more your employees learn and develop.

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Coaching is more than asking questions – Aspire-CS

Coaching is more than asking questions – Aspire-CS | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it
Asking, not telling, is an admirable way to lead others, and is an important skill for coaching. Yet as someone who teaches leaders to coach others, just asking questions isn’t enough to really coach people. You want them to set a goal and take ownership of their actions and results; simply asking questions isn’t enough for that. What else is there? Start here:

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Getting the Best Results from Those Difficult Conversations | A+ Alabama Best Practices Center

Getting the Best Results from Those Difficult Conversations | A+ Alabama Best Practices Center | Coaching in Education for learning and leadership | Scoop.it

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