How can empathy improve leadership?
The ability to sense and feel what someone else is going through is key to objective leadership, Jan Birchfield, founder of Princeton Leadership Development, writes in this blog post. "With empathy serving as a gateway to understanding and compassion, I am able to address the reality of the situation as opposed to plowing through, imposing my agenda, and leaving people demoralized and angry," she writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog
Why ethics training is necessary for school leaders
Studying ethics is imperative for school leaders because of the types of decisions they make and who is affected by their actions, K-12 leadership experts Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers write in this blog post. "All educators have a responsibility to do the right thing; right not only regarding regulations, laws, policies, and procedures, but right as it touches the hearts, souls, and minds of the children they are charged with educating," they write. Education Week/Leadership 360
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Want that promotion? Step up your leadership game
Leadership advancement begins with wanting to advance, Jennifer Miller writes. Then, you need to cultivate advocates in senior management, be active in strategic meetings and be connected within the organization and not just within your silo, Miller says. "It’s not enough for you to be ready to take on a bigger role at work; you also must be seen as being ready," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership
The tactics of bad hiring managers
Many seasoned managers are overconfident in their hiring skills and don't prepare for interviews, experts say. As a result, they ask vague questions such as "why do you want to work here?" and "who was your favorite boss?" "They end up hiring someone who costs the company a lot," says Pamela Skillings of Skillful Communications in New York. CNNMoney/Fortune
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Oregon high school wins prestigious ASCD whole child award
Vision in Action: The Whole Child Award recognizes schools that move beyond a vision for educating the whole child to actions that result in learners who are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically active, artistically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond formal schooling. Learn more about the 2013 winner in our recent press release.
Our brains extended
"In the 21st century, technology is the key to thinking about and knowing about the world," writes Marc Prensky. In his Educational Leadership article, in the issue on technology-rich learning, he emphasizes that we must recognize that technology is an extension of our minds and a new way of thinking. Prensky explains how we can rethink the curriculum accordingly, "symbiotically combining human strengths with the most powerful technology strengths." Read on.
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