Gain new tools for education leadership that improve change processes and decrease resistance. How? From the “right” ways to teach reading and math to how we measure teacher effectiveness, we chase one “wisdom” and change practices, only to get less-than-satisfactory results. Rather than seeing conflicting forces, the tools of polarity thinking help us view them as equally important, even interdependent, concepts, approaches or models. Common goals, not entrenched differences, become the focus. The result? Buy-in for a solid plan built on diverse wisdom. In this workshop, based on Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences, school leaders will learn how to leverage the three basic steps of polarity thinking: 1. See it 2. Map it 3. Leverage it. Participants will gain an understanding of: ways to recognize polarities, map the positive and negative aspects, and channel energy wasted on disagreement toward greater common purposes the facilitation techniques to help groups create better change processes and buy-in for the changes a survey method that provides concrete data for creating plans best suited to a school or district’s unique situation techniques to use with students which will enable them to master balanced arguments and deep understanding of complex issues the polarities inherent in school leadership and how to leverage them to improve one’s leadership effectiveness at any level.
Helping leaders develop greater self-mastery and clearer focus so they can become the leaders others want to follow Only a few leadership development efforts produce better leaders. Why? They fail to account for context, are detached from the real work of leadership, underestimate key biases, or fail to measure results. This program provides a toolkit that helps you and your clients avoid all of these traps. Intentional Leadership features Proven tools for self-awareness to help leaders understand their strengths, how related blind spots might contribute to leadership derailment, and how their profile compares to other leaders Explore using the frameworks of psychological type (popularized through the MBTI®) and emotional intelligence for coaching conversations around roles and priorities. Those not certified in these instruments will gain experience with ethical ways to use the theories within the context of Intentional Leadership Coaching. A leadership framework that encompasses 12 key leadership concerns to help leaders understand which roles best fit their natural styles, which they tend to overlook, and which are most essential to reaching specific goals The 12 Lenses of Intentional Leadership were derived from research on essential leadership tasks and describe 12 key tensions leaders face. A focusing process leaders can use again and again to choose the right priorities given who they are, who they are leading, their current realities, and where they need to go Guide clients through the Intentional Leadership process as, with a specific goal in mind, they sift through priorities, the Leadership Lenses, and their own profile to develop a clear plan for action. “The Intentional Leadership Process helped me quickly clarify a messy and complicated issue and crystallize a plan to address it” – University Provost “Intentional Leadership is focused, relevant, efficient and effective. I highly recommend adding it to your leadership development tool kit.” – Executive Coach