Some people have it. Others want it. Still others want to know the recipe or secret of it. It's influence, and I'm learning more and more about parts of how people use influence in an ethical manner. Each time we exert leadership, we exert influence. All too frequently, however, people revert to the command authority model of influence. Think of a variation of "Because I said so," or "Because I'm the boss." There may be instances where you need to use this tool, but I'll suggest that there are issues with using a variation of that phrase with with any ...


[Warning: this is a long post.] I’ve been playing around with digital document annotation on various portable computing devices. Here is an overview of where I am right now… The old way! First of all, just as a reminder, the image below is the way that we’ve traditionally annotated ink on paper. Some of you like to use pencils or pens to underline, write notes in the margins, etc. In my life I’ve spent a small fortune on yellow highlighters. Kindle App for the iPad Will Richardson got me thinking with his post on using the...


The end of this school year is more difficult than most because over the last 4 weeks I have decided to leave my current position as principal and accept a principal position in another school. As part of the process, I have been busy sorting through both digital and physical files accumulated over the last 11 years. I am excited about my new job but I also want to make sure I take the lesson I have learned and build on those in my new setting. This means identifying the principles and foundations of leadership that I have come to ...


In the field of educational leadership, we often talk about innovative models of education. Invisible Learning will be hosting a webinar intended to focus on creative, entrepreneurial schools. Should be interesting.... Next Monday, June 7, the Invisible Learning project invites you to participate in an open webinar with our invited guests: Knowmads (Amsterdam, Netherlands), a creative, entrepreneurial school for developing entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in this world. This is not a conference, but an opportunity to converse, exchange ideas and viewpoints among cyber-participants. Participation is open to all. If you have questions and ideas in the upcoming ...


Homework is, in many cases, a taboo topic to discuss. What should it look like? How should it be graded? Should it be graded at all? What is the purpose? Why is it being assigned in the first place? What can administrators do to ensure that teachers are assigning quality homework that is being used to assess student learning and inform instruction?


This entry is cross posted to Sentiments on Common Sense. Lately I have been asked more than once the million dollar question: What is your leadership style? I find the question a bit loaded. It is loaded with possibilities, opportunities and HUGE potholes. The answer can be simple or complex. My advice to those who are asked the question is to stage your answer carefully and place it in the context of your passion for learning and for leading. For me, leadership is about connecting at a human level to the people that you are leading. Being seen as available, ...


I've had the chance to see some incredibly effective leaders at work. One of the emerging themes that I'm seeing is that these incredibly effective leaders focus on leading through influence. It's relatively rare that these leaders will simply say "this is what we need to do and this is how we are going to do it." Instead, these leaders implement some fairly specific behaviors in how they positively exercise their influence with peers, bosses, and their teams. Here's what I've observed-I'm hesitant to call them "rules" (my very small sample size would never stand up to a highly statistical ...


There is no question that social media has changed the way we communicate - both as organizations and as individuals. Social media tools and platforms give us the opportunity  to engage in ongoing "conversations" and extend our community far beyond anything we could have ever imagined. To embrace this incredible opportunity and take advantage of all that it possible for our students, faculty, staff, and community, we must first understand how significant these changes happening around us are. Compelling tidbits like: Over half the world's population is under 30 years old 96% of  Millennials have joined a social network ...


I recently accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. What excited me about the position is that the University of Kentucky is in the middle of some big changes. It recently invested $1.5 million over three years on the P20 Innovation Lab. The goal? Figure out ways to incorporate new technology in teaching; help bridge gaps between what students know when they graduate from high school and what universities and employers expect them to know; and shake up conventional teaching and classroom formats (read more here). The ...


Cover of Anyway: the Paradoxical Commandments Sometimes work gets tough. We have tough days, tough hours, tough meetings and tough conversations. It ain't fun. Nobody likes conflict and sometimes things happen that make you wonder if it is really worth getting up and putting on that nice Dolche and Gabana tie and pretty pinstripe suit to get insulted, slammed and put down. Yes... sometimes that is exactly what happens and we all hate it. A few years back I stumbled upon a book in an airport that caught my eye. The book titled "Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments, Finding Personal Meaning ...


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