Leadership is leadership, venue aside

Soft diplomacy is far more effective--coach those in your charge to set and achieve their own goals.

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Despite the article's attention-grabbing title, 7 Hard-earned Lessons in Leading a Dysfunctional Team, the lessons apply to all teams.

Naturally, any team dynamic concept is applicable to the classroom.  Whether one is in school leadership or a classroom teacher, this article outlines more effective approaches to creating a classroom culture of innovation and academic excellence.

Fast Company is a great resource for exploring the beauty of our humanity, our dreams, and our ability to create--this article reminds us of how to organize and encourage individuals and teams to realize great things.  Most of it is common sense, but it is good to be reminded of what is important, especially when developing and/or evaluating team rituals and routines.


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Hey Gregg,

Love that you're finding inspiration from outside of education. This article was really neat.

Emma

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I also like number 4: Your aim should be to thoughtfully and incrementally build an individual’s confidence in her ability to succeed at tasks seemingly out of her reach. Her growing bank of confidence will give her a foundation upon which to tackle bigger feats. Also, yes, you need to design multiple career pathways for your team. Everyone won’t be able to, or want to, tread the same route.

I think that it applies well to creativity since many people feel like they are not creative. Slowly building educators' creative confidence (small step by small step) is a great way to change that perception.

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Number 6: carve out time to discuss wins and losses.

So true, leadership needs to find that delicate balance between celebrating achievements as well as failures. Then taking those failures and learning from them.

Great post Gregg!