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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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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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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Resiliency, culture and belonging for hard times

Resiliency Books What have you learned since we last met? –Ralph Waldo Emerson Five years from now you will be the same as today but for the people you meet and the books you read.  –Stanley “Tremendous” Jones Lately, my reading keeps coming back to the themes of resiliency, culture, and belonging.  Here are a…

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Adapting for Equity: Chicago’s Story

Adapting for Equity: Chicago’s Story Districts that Succeed: Karen Chenoweth’s new book, Districts that Succeed: breaking the correlation between race, poverty and achievement, is a great book.  Chenoweth tells how five districts, large and small, have created student achievement success. She used the research by Sean Reardon (Stanford) showing district outliers that outperformed districts with…

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Review: Improvement in Action

Review:  Improvement in Action: by Anthony S. Bryk What a gift! This book captures 30 years of school DISTRICT improvement and provides six case studies. Anthony S. Bryk shares insights from the forefront of the improvement field: Chicago: For many years, Anthony Bryk, headed the University of Chicago Consortium for School Research.  They identified 100…

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MORE … from my bookshelf

MORE Books of interest in Leadership, Equity, World Travel … and Best Sellers Hope Finding Muchness: How to Add More Life to Life by Kobi Yamada and Charles Santoso | Jun 29, 2021 Another winner.  Kobi Yamada writes kids books … for grown ups.  Blub says, Recommended for ages 99 and younger.  Wonderful pictures.  Whimsical.  Filled with messages of hope,…

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Strategic Voice

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Strategic Voice – A Review of … Strategic Planning: An Interactive Process for Leaders By Dan R Ebener, and Frederick L Smith, 2015, Paulist Press Strategic Voice   Looking ahead builds forward momentum.  Post-pandemic we need fresh voices for the future.  This short book offers great ideas for engaging staff and community in strategic thinking and…

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From My Bookshelf: The Art and Science of Getting Better

Deliberate Practice … key to getting better Three new books this month on getting better.  Each of these mini-reviews adds meaning to our theme of deliberate practice and communities of practice. Communities of Practice work.  A community of practice is a group of people who share an interest in getting better.  The concept, from Lave…

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