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Leading With Focus

Author : Mike Schmoker
ISBN : 9781416621362
Genre : Education
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In his 2011 ASCD best-seller Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, author Mike Schmoker described a fresh pproach to K-12 teaching built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum; clear, prioritized lessons; and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy. Now, in Leading with Focus, he shows administrators, principals, and other education leaders how to apply his model to the work of running schools and districts. In this companion to his previous book, Schmoker offers * An overview of the case for simple, focused school and district leadership--demonstrating its power for vastly improving the work of teachers and leaders. * Examples of real schools and districts that have embraced focused leadership--and the incredible results for student learning. * A practical, flexible, and easy-to-follow implementation guide for ensuring focused leadership in schools and districts. All students deserve to learn in schools where educators eschew distractions and superfluous activities to concentrate on what’s most important. To that end, this book is an essential resource for leaders ready to streamline their practice and focus their efforts on radically improving student learning.

Leading With Focus

Author : Mike Schmoker
ISBN : 9781416621393
Genre : Education
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In his 2011 ASCD best-seller Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, author Mike Schmoker described a fresh pproach to K-12 teaching built on three core elements: a focused and coherent curriculum; clear, prioritized lessons; and purposeful reading and writing, or authentic literacy. Now, in Leading with Focus, he shows administrators, principals, and other education leaders how to apply his model to the work of running schools and districts. In this companion to his previous book, Schmoker offers * An overview of the case for simple, focused school and district leadership--demonstrating its power for vastly improving the work of teachers and leaders. * Examples of real schools and districts that have embraced focused leadership--and the incredible results for student learning. * A practical, flexible, and easy-to-follow implementation guide for ensuring focused leadership in schools and districts. All students deserve to learn in schools where educators eschew distractions and superfluous activities to concentrate on what’s most important. To that end, this book is an essential resource for leaders ready to streamline their practice and focus their efforts on radically improving student learning.

Focus 2nd Edition

Author : Mike Schmoker
ISBN : 9781416626343
Genre : Education
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In this 2nd edition of Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning, Mike Schmoker extends and updates the case that our schools could be on the cusp of swift, unparalleled improvements. But we are stymied by a systemwide failure to simplify and prioritize; we have yet to focus our limited time and energy on the most essential, widely acknowledged, evidence-based practices that could have more impact than all other initiatives combined. They are: simple, coherent curricula; straightforward, traditional literacy practices; and lessons built around just a few hugely effective elements of good teaching. As Schmoker demonstrates, the case for these practices--and the need for them--has grown prodigiously. In every chapter, you'll find late-breaking discoveries and practical advice on how to simplify the implementation of new state standards in the subject areas; on the hidden pitfalls of our most popular, but unproven instructional fads and programs; and on simple, versatile strategies for building curriculum, planning lessons, and integrating literacy into every discipline. All of these strategies and findings are supported with exciting new evidence from actual schools. Their success confirms, as Michael Fullan writes, that a focus on the best "high-leverage practices" won’t only improve student performance; they will produce "stunningly powerful consequences" in our schools.

Change Leader

Author : Michael Fullan
ISBN : 1118106571
Genre : Business & Economics
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We live in a challenging, complex, inter-connected and unpredictable world beset by a range of seemingly insoluble problems. But, says Michael Fullan—an internationally acclaimed authority on organizational change—we have an increasing understanding of how to tackle complex change. This involves developing a new kind of leader: one who recognizes what is needed to bring about deep and lasting changes in living systems at all levels. These leaders need a deep understanding of what motivates us as human beings and how we tap into and influence other people's self-motivation. In his previous best-selling books The Six Secrets of Change, Leading in a Culture of Change, and Turnaround Leadership, Michael Fullan examined the concepts and processes of change. In Change Leader he turns his focus to the core practices of leadership that are so vital for leading in today's complex world. He reveals seven core practices for today's leaders, all of which appear to be deceptively simple but actually get to the essence of what differentiates a powerful leader from one who is merely competent: Practice Drives Theory Be Resolute Motivate the Masses Collaborate to Compete Learn Confidently Know Your Impact Sustain Simplexity Throughout the book Fullan argues that powerful leaders have built bedrocks of credibility, have learned how to identify the few things that matter most, and know how to leverage their skills in ways that benefit their entire organization. The author shows leaders how to avoid policies and strategies that focus on shallow and short-term goals and develop leadership skills for long-term success. With a wealth of illustrative examples from business, education, nonprofit, and government sectors Change Leader provides a much-needed leadership guide for today's turbulent climate.

Leading With Focus

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Becoming Strategic

Author : Timi Gleason
ISBN : 1516879937
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Originally published as Coach As Strategic Partner, this book is updated with new information and techniques for today's business climate.It's time to stop feeling overwhelmed by the abundance of tactical thinking that is going on around you. Becoming Strategic: Leading with Focus and Inspiration is loaded with techniques and ideas for introducing solutions that will assure your brand as a valuable strategic thinker is noticed. "Many people talk about strategy. This book shows you how to live it! A MUST READ for anyone serious about turning strategy into profitable action." ~Michael Walsh, Business Strategist/CEO, Author of Thinking Big Is Not Enough"Developing a strategic approach to today's challenges has never been more important. This practical and welcome contribution really helps begin this vital process in daily business life." ~Bob Gorzynski, Author of The Strategic Mind "Great job showing us how strategic thinking and planning can be energized and humanized with systems thinking at its core! A valuable read!" ~ Sheridan L. Barker, Managing Partner, Haines Centre for Strategic Management "More than a book, this is a manual for leaders and followers, for those in transition and those who are lifers-this is a tour du force to assist the reader in truly impacting change by making a strategic difference." ~CB Bowman, MBA, CMC, MCEC, CEO: Association of Corporate Executive Coaches

The Mind Of The Leader

Author : Rasmus Hougaard
ISBN : 9781633693432
Genre : Psychology
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Join the global movement that's making corporations more people-centric to achieve great results. The world is facing a global leadership crisis. Seventy-seven percent of leaders think they do a good job of engaging their people, yet 88 percent of employees say their leaders don't engage enough. There is also a high level of suffering in the workplace: 35 percent of employees would forgo a pay raise to see their leaders fired. This is an enormous waste of human talent--despite the fact that $46 billion is spent each year on leadership development. Based on extensive research, including assessments of more than 35,000 leaders and interviews with 250 C-level executives, The Mind of the Leader concludes that organizations and leaders aren't meeting employees' basic human needs of finding meaning, purpose, connection, and genuine happiness in their work. But more than a description of the problem, The Mind of the Leader offers a radical, yet practical, solution. To solve the leadership crisis, organizations need to put people at the center of their strategy. They need to develop managers and executives who lead with three core mental qualities: mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion. Using real-world inspirational examples from Marriott, Accenture, McKinsey & Company, LinkedIn, and many more, The Mind of the Leader shows how this new kind of leadership turns conventional leadership thinking upside down. It represents a radical redefinition of what it takes to be an effective leader--and a practical, hard-nosed solution to every organization's engagement and execution problems.

Lead With A Story

Author : Paul Smith
ISBN : 9780814420300
Genre : Business & Economics
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"Features powerful stories for 21 of the toughest challenges businesspeople face"--Jacket.

Results Now

Author : Mike Schmoker
ISBN : 9781416603580
Genre : Education
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According to author Mike Schmoker, there is a yawning gap between the most well-known essential practices and the reality of most classrooms. This gap persists despite the hard, often heroic work done by many teachers and administrators. Schmoker believes that teachers and administrators may know what the best practices are, but they aren t using them or reinforcing them consistently. He asserts that our schools are protected by a buffer a protective barrier that prevents scrutiny of instruction by outsiders. The buffer exists within the school as well. Teachers often know only what is going on in their classrooms and they may be completely in the dark about what other teachers in the school are doing. Even principals, says Schmoker, don t have a clear view of the daily practices of teaching and learning in their schools. Schmoker suggests that we need to get beyond this buffer to confront the truth about what is happening in classrooms, and to allow teachers to learn from each other and to be supervised properly. He outlines a plan that focuses on the importance of consistent curriculum, authentic literacy education, and professional learning communities for teachers. What will students get out of this new approach? Learning for life. Schmoker argues passionately that students become learners for life when they have more opportunities to engage in strategic reading, writing with explicit guidance, and argument and discussion. Through strong teamwork, true leadership, and authentic learning, schools and their students can reach new heights. Results Now is a rally cry for educators to focus on what counts. If they do, Schmoker promises, the entire school community can count on unprecedented achievements.

Leading Mindfully

Author : Amanda Sinclair
ISBN : 9781952533327
Genre : Business & Economics
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Simple practices of mindfulness can enhance our effectiveness and enjoyment in leadership work. Leadership teacher and researcher Amanda Sinclair shows how mindfulness is helpful for all of us involved in the day-to-day of leadership, in those interactions in organisations, communities, schools and families where we are seeking to influence others towards positive outcomes. Incorporating user-friendly summaries of the latest neuro-scientific and leadership research, Amanda invites us to experiment with twenty mindful practices. None of these activities take extra time or require us to withdraw to a mountain cave. They do help us find time for the people and purposes that matter most to us. In a world where we regularly feel captured by a never ending 'To Do' list, expanding demands and depleted energies, Leading Mindfully provides a practical, simple and powerful path to leadership that is not only sustainable but full of delights and pleasures. 'A gift to all of those who seek to make a difference in the lives of others while keeping themselves well in the process' - Donna Ladkin, author of Authentic Leadership 'Sinclair takes us on a journey of leadership based on mindful principles which hold out great hope that leaders can live more purposeful, healthful and joyful lives along with those they lead.' - Alan Guskin, Antioch University 'For all people whose work involves influencing what people think or do - teachers, community leaders, health professionals, as well as ''bosses''.' - Diane Grady AM, Independent Director, Macquarie Group

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