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How Can You Tell You're a Good Leader? You Motivate Others By Doing These 4 Things Daily

Thinking of motivation simply as, for example, "the energy a person has to act on something," doesn't take into account the nature of human motivation -- the very reasons we behave when we are "motivated."

In other words, it's not IF, but WHY people are motivated.

And when we think about our own motivation as leaders, and align that with the reasons others are motivated at their core as followers, we can understand how to provide the right kind of leadership.

Lets look at the leadership behaviors that consistently inspire and motivate people at the core of their human design.
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Genderswapping The Debates To Find Out If A Male Version Of Clinton Would Have Won

Genderswapping The Debates To Find Out If A Male Version Of Clinton Would Have Won | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
"When we see someone we immediately project an expectation given their gender, race, nationality and numerous other attributes," Guadalupe says. "That determines what we think of them even before having any real information on them and also creates a set of expectations on how the person should behave. Somewhat simplifying things: For Clinton, what is calm and in-command in a woman becomes weakness and submissiveness. For Trump, what is negatively seen as aggression in a man becomes passion and emotion, and that is maybe more appealing in a woman."
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A Look At The Invisible Forces Controlling Your Workplace

A Look At The Invisible Forces Controlling Your Workplace | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
When the team decided to look at social norms—those "rules" that define acceptable behavior in various settings—they initially weren’t going to look at workplaces. But, soon, it became apparent that these guidelines are a big part of workplace cultures, and can also influence everything from safety levels to how people interact and communicate on a day-to-day basis.

In the "New Norm" episode, they look take a look at how changing social and emotional norms can transform culture. They recount the experiences of a group of oil field workers on Shell Oil Company’s massive Ursa deep water oil rig. These are people who do dangerous work. Interviewees tell harrowing stories about getting just 15 minutes to grieve after watching co-workers die in grisly rig accidents, then being required to get back on the job.

But, to create a safer environment, it was important that workers communicate better, including being able to admit needing help or having concerns. Roughly 100 Shell workers participated in sessions that had them sharing details of their personal lives, admitting mistakes, receiving honest feedback, and feeling vulnerable—a far cry from the steely compartmentalization they had mastered to control their emotions. The effort and its effects contributed to an 84% decline in accidents company-wide and a rise in productivity.
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How to fire people with dignity

How to fire people with dignity | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from It Takes More than Casual Fridays and Free Coffee, Diane K. Adams shows you how to ease the pain of the firing process.
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Great movie that explores this issue: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_Life_of_Walter_Mitty_(2013_film).

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The Best Kept Secret to Phenomenal Productivity

The Best Kept Secret to Phenomenal Productivity | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Kim Cameron and his colleagues at the University of Michigan, however, have discovered a way to improve performance that has nothing to do with dishing out benefits or deploying new processes. In a research article published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Cameron and his coauthors found that a workplace characterized by positive and virtuous practices excels in a number of domains.
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Components of a Truly Effective Culture

Components of a Truly Effective Culture | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Forget the monolithic change management programs and focus on the elements of your culture that drive performance.

 

To sustain a true competitive edge, your culture should accelerate business performance. This is the ultimate goal of the critical few.

 

Four indicators can reveal that your culture is boosting the business.

 

1. Your culture taps into the waiting reserves of energy within lots of people. If you have a culture focused on a certain set of performance outcomes, and employees buy into it, people start reinforcing one another informally. Simply put, they increasingly help one another feel good about what they need to do. As a result, you gain a greater level of emotional commitment to the work that matters most.

 

2. Your culture guides down-the-line decision making. If you have a strong culture, you don’t need to have prescribed policies for every permutation of a situation. Employees can rely on cultural influences to help determine what they should do—they will act with speed, and they’ll take initiative. You simply do not need all those formal sign-offs when you have the right kind of cultural support. When nobody is there to give the approval, the culture guides the individual in how to act.

 

3. Your culture builds enduring execution capability. Over time, critical behaviors are repeated; as they turn into habits, people become faster and better at executing. You see evidence of greater customer loyalty, higher levels of the kinds of employee engagement that matter most for performance, higher degrees of emotional commitment to what the organization is focused on, a more rigorous pursuit of continuous improvement, and greater resilience in downturns.

 

4. Behaviors in normal times emulate positive behaviors during crisis situations. We often hear executives praise the collaborative, selfless, and energetic behaviors of their people during a crisis—and lament the fact that they don’t see more of those kinds of interactions normally. This difference is in large part explainable by the activation of cultural forces that occurs during a crisis. When you are focused on activating those forces all the time, you get that “special” level of performance all the time.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 3, 2014 7:53 PM
Critical informal leaders are important in culture change.
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The power of feedback mechanisms

The power of feedback mechanisms | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Appropriate feedback at the right moment keeps them motivated. They don’t worry about failure. Instead they learn, they learn how to master the controls, they learn how to solve puzzles quickly, they improve their hand eye coordination skills and in the end they learn what the game is all about. Most games are fictional and entertaining, that’s a choice. They can just as easy be educational, or both! Every game provides a player with constant feedback. There are roughly two kinds of feedback: conscious and subconscious feedback that more or less triggers our senses.

Sharrock's insight:

Feedback is central to PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and support). It is also central to the building of cultures and communities. It's part of the reason why students are more likely to succeed academically when they are involved in clubs or sports. We need to apply these gamification tools in schools. 

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Neal Stephenson )) Books

Neal Stephenson )) Books | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic The Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac.
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Motivation Matters: 40% Of High School Students Chronically Disengaged From School - Forbes

Motivation Matters: 40% Of High School Students Chronically Disengaged From School - Forbes | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Lack of motivation is a real and pressing problem. Upwards of 40 percent of high school students are chronically disengaged from school, according to a 2003 National Research Council report on motivation.
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from the article: "Studies suggest that students are more academically motivated when one of four conditions is present: when they feel competent enough to complete the task at hand; when they see a direct link between their actions and an outcome and have some control over whether or how to undertake a task; when the task has interest or value to them; and when completing the task brings social rewards, such as a sense of belonging to a group or approval from someone they care about."

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Women Are Losing Professional Ambition As Their Careers Progress

Women Are Losing Professional Ambition As Their Careers Progress | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
“Desire to advance to a top position declines at the senior manager level and above and drops from 72% to 57% as reality sets in about the challenges for advancement to senior leadership,” the report says.
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A reminder that we can "blame the victim" when we expect women to persevere despite the realities of the workplace and of the surrounding society of the organization that they work for. Then, when that is understood, you can expand that view to racial inequalities where a minority male may also discover and accept realities of the workplace and of the surrounding society of the organization that they work for. "Loss of ambition" can occur to anyone at any time when perspective limits ambition. Using Occam's Razor-type thinking, we can discard the gender, race, and ethnicity labels to simply blame the organizations culture and leadership for the lack of ambition in employees. The messages sent to employees can vary, but in the end, the perceptions and beliefs need to be understood and changed, requiring a more mindful approach to communicating expectations and rewarding employees consistently so that the messages are validated. Employees should not be expected to be crazy enough to ignore the limitations of their own experiences and observations in order to maintain their ambition and to persevered. 
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How Evolution Drives Culture and Technology | Digital Tonto

How Evolution Drives Culture and Technology | Digital Tonto | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
we survive not as individuals but as communities and that makes all the difference.  Starting from simple principles, they’ve been able to unlock many of the counter-intuitive secrets of how cultures emerge, adapt, spread ideas and produce technology.
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Four types of space that support creativity & innovation in business

Four types of space that support creativity & innovation in business | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
When I ask the question about the conditions or environment for inspiration, interestingly, no one says ‘the office’.
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"We expect our people to perform at their best; the future of work demands more creative thinking and problem solving, more social connectivity and agility, yet we still tend to force them into environments that do not support them. (Incidentally, all of the images shown here are workplaces)." (excerpt)
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Invented traditions

Invented traditions | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

In a now classic book containing a theoretical introduction by Eric Hobsbawm and a selection of case-studies, six historians and anthropologists argued that traditions which appear or claim to be ancient can be quite recent in origin and were sometimes literally invented in a single event or over a short time period (Hobsbawm and Ranger 1983). In his introduction, Eric Hobsbawm defined 'invented traditions' as follows (1983: 1f.):

 

"'Invented tradition' is taken to mean a set of practices, normally governed by overtly or tacitly accepted rules and of a ritual or symbolic nature, which seek to inculcate certain values and norms of behaviour by repetition, which automatically implies continuity with the past. In fact, where possible, they normally attempt to establish continuity with a suitable historic past.... However, insofar as there is such reference to a historic past, the peculiarity of 'invented' traditions is that the continuity with it is largely fictitious. In short, they are responses to novel situations which take the form of reference to old situations, or which establish their own past by quasi-obligatory repetition."

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How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process

How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process by Terry Heick Gamification is simply the application of “game” mechanics to non-game entities. The big idea…
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This is a powerful point about gamification and how it is misunderstood"

Misunderstanding Gamification

The current issue around the idea is less about definition, and more about tone. Reducing the process of “gamification” to something whimsical, silly, or juvenile represents a fundamental misunderstanding of gamification as a process. For years, classrooms have been gamified. Letter grades are indeed first subjective evaluations of knowledge proficiency, but once they are passed to the hands of the students, they become game components, passed around as proof of the completion of some task, or the achievement of some desired goal (mastering a standard, fulfilling the requirements of an assignment, etc. Here, rubrics become instructions to task completion."

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A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Free Classroom Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it

Via Anna Hu
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simple picture with many implications for health, security, safety, and education

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LiquidFeedback: What A Genuine Democratic Process Looks Like | David Bollier

LiquidFeedback: What A Genuine Democratic Process Looks Like | David Bollier | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
Sharrock's insight:

This comment makes an excellent point, similar to those comments about our 19th Century Education Model:

"No wonder there is such alienation from conventional politics!  We’re relying upon political structures invented in the 1700s when mail was delivered by horses, and public opinion had few vehicles to manifest itself, let alone do so rapidly and with granularity.  Now, we have myriad forms of instantaneous private and public communication, many accessible repositories of serious expertise, and many supple systems for forging and mobilizing public opinion – yet our government system remains resolutely stuck in a 18th Century frame of reference.  Constitutionalists may try to ignore this egregious mismatch, citing the sanctity of history and patriotic tradition, but the Internet generation, and the Pirate Party in particular, may have the last word.  LiquidFeedback may be the "first word" in this longer debate."


I wonder if LiquidFeedback could help school administrators overhaul our townhall meetings...

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Company Culture: 7 Tips On How You Can Plug In | CAREEREALISM

Company Culture: 7 Tips On How You Can Plug In | CAREEREALISM | School Leadership, Leadership, in General, Tools and Resources, Advice and humor | Scoop.it
A hot topic in the careers industry right now is company culture. As an outsider, how can you get 'in' at a company? Here are some tips.
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