Handouts with quotes, participants were told to circle favorite quote. Then, move around room to share quotes.
I had to step out, but when I came back, this was on the screen. Look at this and think about where you might fit:
Watched a video and we had to determine if the people portrayed are too "pushy" or too "pully."
"Some teachers volunteered and some were 'voluntold'" - quote from video. Haha!
Teacher teams feel like they are constantly being support - continual, ongoing. Support is not just a one-off. Not told "do this. You are on your own. There is support all along the way."
- Push - use of the word "voluntold"
- Push - implementation of teams, expectations that teachers would take part
- Push - Gather and use the data to confront situation
- Push - High expectations, but provide support (pully)
- Pull - Multiple groups to handle different aspects.
- Pull - Teachers being drawn in
- Pull - Teachers decided what the roles within groups would be
- Push/Pull - Data was pushed on them, but then they wanted the data (pull)
Complex, but not complicated to implement.
Participants looked over various scenarios:
- Leader too eager to make a difference
- Undervalue the ideas of others
- Lack confidence
- Lack strategic skills to execute
- Trip on their own strengths
Skills for Leading Change:
- Challenges the status quo
- Builds trust through clear communication and expectations
- Creates a commonly owned plan for success (beware of fat plans)
- Focuses on team over self
- Has a sense of urgency for sustainable results
- Commits to continuous improvement for self
- Builds external networks and partnerships (Kirtman, The Principalship, p. 128 - according to Fullan's notes)
Dealing with resistance
- Give people respect before they earned it
- Practice impressive empathy - understand someone who is in your way
- Love your employees - create conditions in which they can be successful
- Deal firmly with what's left over
- The road to reducing resistance is to increase enthusiasm
Things to think about:
- What have I learned about my leadership? (or skills or processes etc)
- What should I work on?
- What is the overall takeaway from today?
I think every conference attendee should ask themselves the last three questions after attending ANY conference!