Collaborating … when it is difficult

A Review: Collaborating with the Enemy By Adam Kahane Discernment suggests that we work with others to define the problem and work together on a solution. Complexity and polarization, however, often make this difficult. Adam Kahane has been at the center of many of the world’s toughest challenges, seeking to end conflict in Columbia and…

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One District’s Equity Journey

Puyallup’s Equity Journey  An interview with Dr. John Polm, Superintendent of Puyallup (WA) Schools. The Journey Begins Over the last decade Puyallup’s demographic has shifted.  From 18% Free and Reduced Lunch to 40%.  From 20% diversity to 47%.  Equity work began in 2017, mostly in curriculum and professional development. Professional Learning Timeline Looking back, Puyallup’s…

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More books on discernment and equity

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More Books … I’ll start with a list of books that fit our theme of discernment … and adaptive leadership (last month’s theme) … here are several titles that resonate: Leadership … discernment Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don’t Agree with or Like or Trust by Adam Kahane  | Jun 5, 2017 This…

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Leading well in turbulent times

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The Neutral Zone  According to William Bridges in his book, Transitions: The neutral zone is when the critical psychological realignments and re-patternings take place.  It is the very core of the transition process.  This is the time between the old reality and sense of identity and the new one.  People are creating new processes and…

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Advancing Equity in Times of COVID

Doing the Right Thing The time is always right to do what is right. – MLK Jr Just too crazy Yes, we are over the top with COVID right now and racial equity is a hot topic.  AND those two together remind us that our students of color have lost the most over our two…

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Transforming culture in uncertain times

Transformational Leadership When in doubt, reach out! Positional power is dead.  Fear, lack of trust, and chaos call for new leadership: collaborative, adaptive, transformational. Guard, Guide, and Grow Borrowing heavily from Bridges (Transitions), Deal (Corporate Cultures), and Heifetz (Leadership on the Line), three words seem to embody the need for transformative leadership in our times:…

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Creating a Strong Governance Team

Transformative Board Development Start with the end in mind.  – Stephen Covey A shift in thinking I started out to write about the details of onboarding new members – transactional – how to impose lots of new learning in a short period of time.  But if our goal is to grow a strong governance team…

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Grow a Strong Team … A Review of … Impact Players

Review:  Impact Players How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply your Impact by Liz Wiseman Lead with impact in uncertain times Liz Wiseman, author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, has a new book out.  Here she writes for the vast majority of us in middle management about how to have…

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More Books …

More From My Bookshelf Adaptive Leadership in a Global Economy … Application and Scholarship by Mohammed Raei (Editor), Harriette Thurber Rasmussen (Editor) | December 31, 2021 Incredible book about implementing adaptive leadership – world wide – in the midst of the pandemic and other disruptions.  Great tools and ideas for teams that want to become more adaptive in our…

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How do you grow student resiliency?

Equity = Safety > Belonging > Achievement The new year started with hope and enthusiasm.  Then, from day one transportation was a challenge.  Lunch was a challenge.  Classroom behavior was a challenge.  No, it wasn’t COVID. Unknowingly, we had tripped trauma triggers for dozens of students. For years, we planned to combine two schools.  An…

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