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“As a leader, it is essential to be clear about what you want. You must have a compelling answer to your why question. It is imperative to know what motivates, inspires and challenges you first. It is only then that you can lead and have the courage to demand high performance and dedication from your staff.”
Conflict & Change
"Good talk about good teaching can take many forms and involve many conversation partners – and it can transform teaching and learning. But it will happen only if leaders expect it, invite it, and provide hospitable space for the conversation to occur.”
"If you're leading well, you won't have just one leadership style. You'll mix and match to engage your team and meet your goals. Look over these eight style types to see what you're doing right—and what you might be missing."
What leadership style do you use the most in your school, and with your team?
As a leader, It is important to be reflective and know your team.
1. Based on your first impression of the characters in the story, plot them on the matrix using the Mindful Leadership for Transformation template.
2. Once you have read the story, reflect on the strategies used by Canoe to move the characters along the transformation continuum.
3. Using the template(s) provided, reflect on where your staff are now, and what strategies you will use to move them forward.
4. Discuss your strategies and timelines with your Performance Audit Partners.
Choose a character from the story and reflect upon their growth along the 4 As (Aware, Authentic, Aligned, and Attuned) continuum.
The characters in the story needed many different character traits along their journey.
1. What character traits helped them along this journey?
2. How are these traits exemplified in your school context?
What do the forest animals represent in your school environment? Why are they important for a 21st century school?
The six Rs of Leadership are: Revelation, Reaction, Reflection, Reframe, Respond, Results.
1. Give an example from the story where this process occurs.
2. From your own school experience, think of when this process occurred, or opportunities where it can occur.
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty? In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.
Give and Take by Adam M. Grant
Publication Date: 2013-04-09
For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.
Mindful Leadership by Maria Gonzalez
Publication Date: 2012-04-02
Become a true leader through Mindfulness If you thought leading a team or organization meant simply creating and implementing a financial plan, delegating responsibility, and watching the bottom line, well, you're only partly right. True leadership comes from within, a place of deep calm and focus, that allows you to respond to any situation as it arises. In Mindful Leadership, you'll learn how to draw on those inner reserves through Mindfulness Meditation, a tool you can use to achieve focus and clarity, reduce stress, and develop the presence of mind to meet any number of challenges.
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson; Kenneth Blanchard (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 1998-09-08
Who Moved My Cheese? takes the fear and anxiety out of managing the future and shows people a simple way to successfully deal with the changing times, providing them with a method for moving ahead with their work and lives safely and effectively.
Great by Choice by Jim Collins; Morten T. Hansen
Publication Date: 2011-10-11
The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
Publication Date: 2006
Decisive by Chip Heath; Dan Heath
Publication Date: 2013-03-26
Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We're overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn't. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn't fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better? In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases.
The Only Way to Win by Jim Loehr
Publication Date: 2012-05-08
In "The Only Way to Win," Jim Loehr powerfully demonstrates, success at work and fulfillment in life require a complete re-purposing of achievement, one where value is derived from growth in areas such as integrity, honesty, gratefulness, humility, optimism, and compassion. To help readers start this process, he provides them with the tools they need to develop these character traits, as well as the plan they need to use them effectively.
Mindsets in the Classroom by Mary Cay Ricci
Publication Date: 2013-09-01
When kids believe that dedication and hard work can change their performance in school, they grow to become resilient, successful students. Inspired by the popular mindset idea that hard work and effort can lead to success, Mindsets in the Classroom provides educators with ideas for ways to build a growth mindset school ulture, where students are challenged to change their thinking about their abilities and potential.
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Publication Date: 2007-12-26
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success;but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
Publication Date: 2011-04-05
Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money--the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink. In this provocative and persuasive new book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction-at work, at school, and at home--is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does--and how that affects every aspect of life. He examines the three elements of true motivation--autonomy, mastery, and purpose-and offers smart and surprising techniques for putting these into action in a unique book that will change how we think and transform how we live.
The Emotional Intelligence Quick Book by Travis Bradberry; Jean Greaves; Patrick Lencioni (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2005-06-07
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: THE #1 PREDICTOR OF PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS AND PERSONAL EXCELLENCE In today's fast-paced world of competitive workplaces and chaotic personal lives, each of us is searching for effective tools that can make our schedules, behaviors, and relationships more manageable. The Emotional Intelligence Quickbookshows us how understanding and utilizing emotional intelligence can be the key to exceeding our goals and achieving our fullest potential.