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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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Someone Calculated How Many Adjunct Professors Are on Public Assistance, and the Number Is Startling

Once in a while, someone publishes an article about adjunct professors who resort to food stamps in order to survive on the rock-bottom pay that so many college instructors are expected to live on. But until today, I had never seen a statistic summing up how many academics are actually...
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This extends to K-12 where many teachers are increasingly working part-time and having to take a second job.

 

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Problem Solving Versus Empathy

Problem Solving Versus Empathy | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

A classical relationship problem is the dichotomy between solving a problem and providing empathy. If you really want to understand this, spend two minutes and watch the awesome "It's Not About The Nail" video below...

 

If you are an entrepreneur, CEO, or VC take a moment and think. Do you ever focus on “empathy” rather than “problem solving.” If you want to see an example of this in action, watch Jerry Colonna’s brilliant interview with Jason Calacanis. There’s a lot of incredible things on display in this interview, including plenty of empathy.


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The title reminded me of David Bohm, Richard Rohr, and Parker Palmer. Quite often, we treat paradox like problems and try to solve them rather than holding the tension paradox offers. Empathy calls for dialogue rather than assumptions.

 

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John Michel's curator insight, July 3, 2013 10:35 PM

 If you are an entrepreneur, CEO, or VC take a moment and think. Do you ever focus on “empathy” rather than “problem solving.” If you want to see an example of this in action, watch Jerry Colonna’s brilliant interview with Jason Calacanis. There’s a lot of incredible things on display in this interview, including plenty of empathy.

Empaticus's curator insight, July 4, 2013 3:13 AM

A lesson worth remembering for all you guys out there. It´s not about the nail. Hahahaha Funny and full of wisdom...

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Corporate Culture in a Venn Diagram

Corporate Culture in a Venn Diagram | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
There is a diagram floating around LinkedIn and Twitter that attempts to illustrate an individual's true 'purpose'. It's amusing to me, because it's short-sighted. It may even be delivering a disse...
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When I think of vocation, I think of it as a calling to take action through words and deeds. That calling engages me.

 

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Your College Professor Could Be On Public Assistance

Your College Professor Could Be On Public Assistance | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The professor at the head of your college classroom may be on food stamps.In search of cuts to their bottom line, American colleges and universities are usin...

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I wonder if this is not happening somewhat at K-12. In Alberta, a number of teachers are teaching part-time and work second jobs.

 

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Bicycling and Education: More on the Burden of the Impossible

Bicycling and Education: More on the Burden of the Impossible | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
I have been both a serious educator and cyclist for around 30 years, and I am often struck how competitive group cycling offers us important lessons about how we tend to fail the promise of univers...
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This is an interesting analogy about cooperation and education.

 

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51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“"At the still point, there the dance is." —T. S. Eliot”


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There are some great quotes involved from classic literature.

 

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Educational Leadership:Communications Skills for Leaders:Four Essential Practices for Building Trust

Educational Leadership:Communications Skills for Leaders:Four Essential Practices for Building Trust | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | 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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Trust is an important aspect of leading people. The word monitor is a poor choice, but I get what they mean. I found many people who cast themselves in the role of leadership were managers rather than leaders.

 

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Education Readings April 10th

Education Readings April 10th | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
By Allan Alach I welcome suggested articles, so if you come across a gem, email it to me at allanalach@inspire.net.nz This week’s homework!   Sir Ken Robinson: ‘Creative’ with the truth? This ...
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What does creativity mean? Is it a phenomenon with many definitions, characteristics, and qualities?

 

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Stop Trying to Find Your True Self at Work

Stop Trying to Find Your True Self at Work | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Self-awareness has become a synonym of conformity, another word for being mindful of what others think of us. Authenticity has become a synonym of consistency, a term understood to mean acting uniformly in different domains. And we have come to regard the true self less like a seed and more like a diamond.

 


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There are good points made in the article. I found teaching was something that could help make me fuller and give me more a sense of who I was.

 

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, April 7, 2015 1:55 AM

Work that gives us joy, or that others applaud, may well be an expression of our true selves. But that work is not our true self. The moment we think it is we become captive by, rather than makers of, it.


Graham Ward's curator insight, April 7, 2015 3:49 AM

Excellent article by one of INSEAD's top leadership professors. 

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Very True

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8 Characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset (Updated)

8 Characteristics of the Innovator's Mindset (Updated) | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
(This is an updated version of a previous post simply sharing the graphic created by Sylvia Duckworth.) Recently I explored the notion of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and have thought a lot about thi...

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I wonder about the empathy card. This is all of a sudden the new catch word. Do principal's put themselves in teachers' shoes? Or are they teachers who did not want to teach?

 

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10 "truths" about educating kids that are often ignored - Alfie Kohn - Washington Post

10 "truths" about educating kids that are often ignored - Alfie Kohn - Washington Post | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The field of education bubbles over with controversies. It’s not unusual for intelligent people of good will to disagree passionately about what should happen in schools. But there are certain precepts that aren’t debatable, that just about anyone would have to acknowledge are true.

While many such statements are banal, some are worth noticing because in our school practices and policies we tend to ignore the implications that follow from them. It’s both intellectually interesting and practically important to explore such contradictions: If we all agree that a given principle is true, then why in the world do our schools still function as if it weren’t?

Here are 10 examples.

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These are 10 good points made. We need to transform schools, take them beyond what they are, and stop moving deck chairs around.

 

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How To Leave Work At 5 P.M. And Still Get Everything Done

How To Leave Work At 5 P.M. And Still Get Everything Done | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
The hours stretch on, the to-do list grows,you have to work late again, otherwise you’ll never get it all done—right? Wrong.

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I watched teachers leave at 3:45 simply by using what they had done for years over and over. Technically, the work got done.

 

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Learning Through Tinkering - New York Times

Learning Through Tinkering - New York Times | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

“ If we want children to be independent thinkers, we should give them the tools — and the challenges — to figure stuff out for themselves.”


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Project-based is not curriculum. It is a way of engaging the curriculum and, when it work, it is a good way to engage students, teachers, and the subjects.

 

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 6, 2015 8:36 AM

I love project-based learning. I know it takes time to plan and time to execute, but so does any student-focused learning experience. And project-based learning touches on so many facets of learning and growth that students often don't realize how much they've learned and in what ways.

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Advice to young teachers: what I wish I had been told

Advice to young teachers: what I wish I had been told | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
#youngerteacherself Yesterday I saw at Joanna Malefaki’s blog the #youngerteacherself challenge. It is about, as you may suspect, advice to your younger you. I love these challenges. In fact, my ve...

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The article has great advice. Treat your body like a temple stands out. That means doing what is good for the body and soul.

 

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New Blogging Series: “New Leadership in the New Economy: Diversity Matters”

New Blogging Series: “New Leadership in the New Economy: Diversity Matters” | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Leadership is no longer defined by years spent in the industry, seniority with the company or the number of gray hairs on our heads. Innovation and social strategies play an increasing role in who wins – and who gets left behind. Often by necessity, leadership is getting younger, stronger and more diverse


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I suspect diversity has always mattered. Perhaps we are more aware of that need. What I find intriguing is how often diversity is shut down in the echo chambers we call organizations.

 

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Here's What These Inspirational Quotes Are Really Saying

Here's What These Inspirational Quotes Are Really Saying | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Like that one friend on Facebook who won't stop posting them, these inspirational quotes need a healthy dose of reality.

Listen, everyone could use a few words of encouragement from time to time and sometimes these quotes and their inspirational i...

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Nature is a great place to just be. It cannot be reached virtually.

 

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What You Can Learn From Albert Einstein on Creativity and Work Ethic

What You Can Learn From Albert Einstein on Creativity and Work Ethic | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
'Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.'

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We can learn from those who went before us. It is important to engage them in conversation.

 

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What Is A Personal Learning Network?

What Is A Personal Learning Network? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
What Is A Personal Learning Network?

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I wonder if there is such a thing as a personal teaching network? Or, are there non-personal networks?

 

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James J. Goldsmith's curator insight, March 10, 2015 6:11 PM

A nice introductin (through brief text and a short video) to Personal Learning Networks.  If you wondered what they are and if they are for you, here's a good place to start.

Ian Berry's curator insight, April 12, 2015 10:58 PM

I like this idea particularly for online. Seeing online groups as PLN's would take us away from a lot that's simply pontificating and self-obsessed boring.

 

Nothing online should take the place of an in person master-mind group http://blog.ianberry.biz/2015/04/how-are-you-embracing-third-mind.html

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Bien...todos debemos estar dispuestos a crear nuestra propia red de aprendizaje, porque el aprendizaje es constante y para siempre...

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Great Reasons You Need to Trust Your Employees

Great Reasons You Need to Trust Your Employees | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Do you trust your employees? I mean really trust them. Are they able to make decisions on their own? Do they feel confident trying something new for the organization or proposing original ideas? Do they feel like they can tell you "NO" if "NO" is the best answer? You and I both know that there is a difference between leadership and micromanagement. While many leaders might be great at ‘letting go’ in some ways, it is taking that giant leap to fully trusting your employees that will bring you to the top.


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I found many leaders, who are really managers, did not trust teachers and set up systems rather than relationships.

 

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leading and learning: Education Readings Sir Ken /paradigm shifts/ art education/Robots /STEM or STEAM and Bruce's 'oldies'.

leading and learning: Education Readings Sir Ken /paradigm shifts/ art education/Robots /STEM or STEAM and Bruce's 'oldies'. | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
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The Neil Postman quote is interesting. He had some intriguing views on education and computers in School.

 

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Donald Clark Plan B: Sir Ken Robinson: ‘Creative’ with the truth?

Donald Clark Plan B: Sir Ken Robinson: ‘Creative’ with the truth? | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

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I have reservations about Robinson on some points i.e. the use of digital technology. What I agree with, and I think the article points out well, is what is creativity? It is a fluid thing and hard to define. We do not have to go back to Rousseau. Ranciere, in the Ignorant School Master, points out the teacher is responsible for creating conditions that are appropriate for learning to happen. The teacher is not responsible for the learning, the student is. Biesta wrote about this in the Beautiful Risk of Education and Pinar in Curriculum Theory (2014) echoed that thinking.

 

This is complex.

 

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Lead Smartly: 5 Dumb Denials Smart Leaders Reject | Kate Nasser

Lead Smartly: 5 Dumb Denials Smart Leaders Reject  | Kate Nasser | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Smart leaders with emotional intelligence lead smartly by rejecting mistaken beliefs & dumb denials. Leadership essentials from The People Skills Coach™.

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The first two are important.

 

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Report: Companies score better with bottom-up employee engagement

Report: Companies score better with bottom-up employee engagement | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it

Via Anne Leong, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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This makes sense. I got the impression when I was teaching that administrators and education executives did not want to hear from classroom teachers.

 

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Whole Child Development Is Undervalued

Whole Child Development Is Undervalued | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
Desire to learn and effective experimentation characterize the whole child approach, requiring a whole culture to extend these conditions into schooling and adult life.

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They appear to be missing spiritual. It is important and not in a specific religion sense.

 

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12 Signs Of Un-Leadership

12 Signs Of Un-Leadership | Leadership, Innovation, and Creativity | Scoop.it
In this post, the author looks at twelve demotivators. These 12 concepts are a what not to do for leadership. Readers are invited to add observations.

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#4 is bang-on.

 

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SENAME Interactive's comment, April 7, 2015 5:58 AM
I agree with most of the points. One more sign on unleadership is "Always be at office or online but never do any work". :)
Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, April 7, 2015 10:10 AM

Por esto, los líderes latinoamericanos (específicamente políticos), no concretan proyectos ni visiones, si observamos detenidamente sus estilos y ejecutorias, realizan por lo menos, el 60% de estas actitudes desmotivadoras

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 7, 2015 2:32 PM

This is a great twist on most leadership articles.  I, too, have been guilty of most of these at various times in my career.  I think that as leaders, we are always reflecting and learning.  So, I would add:

 

Does not continue to learn and grow - does not attend staff development with teachers, does not read, is not open to others' ideas.

 

Is unavailable emotionally, intellectually, and physically - in the office with the door closed or off campus.  Meetings are closed to all but a select few.  These meeting are often just a dissemination of the leader's ideas and attendees do not disagree out of fear of reprisal.

 

These are not just demotivators - they can undermine the entire school culture.