Making Dumb Groups Smarter

Authors Cass R. Sunstein and Reid Hastie describe common ways groups go astray and offer suggestions to avoid or address them. They argue that these four problems are most commonly to blame for poor or self-destructive decisions: Groups do not merely fail to correct the errors of their members; they amplify them. They fall victim…

5 Steps for Having Tough Conversations

The author suggests five ways to handle tough, necessary conversations: Set an intention for your behavior. Remain calm. Breathe in compassion. Consider the other person’s feelings. Let go of any assumptions or judgments about the other’s intent. Be direct. Speak in a direct but respectful manner. Listen. Allow the other person to respond. Author: Mary…

Leadership for Equity

Authors Rhonda Barton and Rob Larson stress the importance of quality leadership in achieving educational equity. They listed these strategies leaders can use to enhance equity in the realms of curriculum interpretation, instructional practices, assessment and evaluation, and community involvement: Curriculum Interpretation Encourage staff members to talk about issues of diversity, values, and social justice.…

Are You A Manager or a Leader?

The author argues that there are important differences between managers and leaders and offers these ways to build leadership:   Share your vision. Help your employees understand your vision and the part they play in it. Get out of the way. Provide guidance and feedback, but allow employees to find their own ways to perform…

Charlie Rose: Alan Mulally

Charlie Rose interviews Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford. Mulally shares how changing the culture of Ford helped to turn around the company. Questions Is there a culture of blame in your school? Do people feel comfortable sharing challenges and failures to learn from others, or do they fear they will be blamed? What barriers…