Strategies for Leading Co-Owned Work

Strategies for Leading Co-Owned Work Co-owned work improves outcomes and ownership. Collaborative cultures unlock teams’ full potential and drive meaningful change. Consider these strategies for creating a collaborative co-owned culture. Listen – Get on the balcony … and the dance floor Read the context; measure the energy; consider what else is going on Listen between…

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More Books on Leadership, Equity, Innovation, Belonging

More Books November 2023 Two dozen books on Leadership, Innovation, Belonging, Equity, Fiction, and Faction. Leadership BE 2.0 (Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0): Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company by Jim Collins  | Dec 1, 2020 | 4.8 out of 5 stars 609 A roadmap for leaders of enduring greatness.  Recaps the lessons learned from 35 years of research on…

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Growing a culture of learning and love

An Interview with the 2023 Washington State Superintendent of the Year – Dr. Adam Swinyard, Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools (SPS). Congratulations, Adam, on being named Washington State 2023 Superintendent of the Year! WASA highlighted your work as a champion of equity in announcing your well-deserved recognition as superintendent of the year.   Q.  How do you…

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Vital Signs for Education

Vital Signs for Education 4-minute recap of this month’s blogs “Vital signs” measure our essential bodily functions like pulse rate, temperature, respiration, and blood pressure. Vital signs tell us when our body is distressed and needs medical attention.   Education in Distress Public discourse is contentious. Mental health is compromised for kids and adults. Education seems…

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Chief Equity Advocate

1-minute summary; 6-minute read Core Question:  How do we touch hearts and minds for good? “Everything hangs on one’s thinking …” – Seneca “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford Core Idea: What we aim at … we eventually achieve.   Words matter. Values matter. Start by defining our north star…

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District Goals – Key to Success

District Goals – Key to Success 4-minute read Four years + four goals = student success. Focused goals, well monitored, improve learning Reeves reports that:  Focus is a prerequisite for school improvement. Focus had the highest relationship with student achievement  Focus, with effective monitoring, and adult efficacy yielded strikingly positive results for all students and…

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Make a Movement. Leave a Legacy

Turn Moments into a Movement 5-minute read Leaving a legacy and leading for the future takes more than keeping the lights on – although there are days when that is a true accomplishment! Here are some thoughts about turning great Moments into Momentum and Movement.   13 Ways – and ONE CAVEAT – to Leave a…

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Making Equity Progress

Start anywhere but start now: An Equity Review Process: 10-minute read “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke Core Thesis:  Good Equity Work Can Be Done Over the last five years, I have read every book on district-wide equity, tracked equity success stories…

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Leadership • Equity • Culture

 More Books for January 2023 4-minute read Best Books in: Leadership:  6 Types of Working Genius and nine others Equity: The Third Reconstruction and three others Culture: The Burnout Epidemic and two others Bonus:  The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams … and others   Leadership:   The 6 Types of Working Genius: A Better Way to Understand…

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A Review of – Failure of Nerve

Review:  A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman 2-minute read Core Idea: A calm, steady, non-anxious leadership presence is key. Problem: Leadership is change. Change creates fear. Fear leads to sabotage.   A failure of nerve jeopardizes progress and encourages chaos.   Social and political anxieties paralyze our ability to think, dream, and move forward. Solution:   Leadership…

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