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Education

For all those interested in education reform, most will concede we have failed MANY our youth by giving up on them, left them with a system designed for the industrial revolution, instruction with limited to no relevancy for today’s world and often encourage youth to find a home outside of school outside when it gets rough.  Many have found ways to get behind an idea or an issue that lands in positive results for youth.  Some get behind intensive school days that land in year round schools.  Some get behind adapting instructional methods to meet learning styles.  Some get behind really high expectations as a guidepost through the flood. Some focus on quality evaluation and studying it to improve results.  Some get behind the art of teaching and a good mentor to boost that instructional level.  What all these methods hold in common is a laser focus on trying to do better for youth and families.  When things don’t work, it is our duty to investigate methods to improve the system and instruction.  We need to set the same high expectations for ourselves that we do for youth.  This is true in education reform and any element of our government or taxpayer funding when old methods aren’t working.

Facilitating Learning and Leadership

I taught at a statewide conference last week.  Or,  I facilitated learning for the 40 people in my section of the ballroom.  It was content I had taught a few times before, new format, new slides and a new audience.  About 3 minutes into facilitating this learning, I realized the head of this statewide organization was going to be in my room for two days.   Thud.        After finding my notes and looking at my slides I realized I would just have to turn those nerves into energy.  I had to find a way to include everyone in the room, statewide leader included.

These kinds of moments always make me think about anyone brave enough to lead, a young person, a new teacher, a college senior, a parent, the sales person trying to find the right mummy bag for a tent in Haiti (even when its 10 degrees f at the store).

It takes a special kind of depth to really lead.  It is hard to stay true to ourselves, to be ourselves, to speak our truth, articulate a vision.  When we see that leadership we can find a way to add to that vision and add.  We can lift it up. We can support.   We can add other thoughts.  We can invite others to add their frame.  Continue the learning.

The next day I ran across this leadership article: http://blogs.forbes.com/frederickallen/2011/03/13/google-figures-out-what-makes-a-great-boss/

Among other things, it lists out what makes a great boss, according to Google Employees, it lists:

1. Be a good coach.
2. Empower your team and don’t micromanage.
3. Express interest in team members’ success and personal well-being.
4. Don’t be a sissy: Be productive and results-oriented.
5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team.
6. Help your employees with career development.
7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
8. Have key technical skills so you can help advise the team.

Thoughts??