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We intend to change the conversation from one that focuses on admiring problems to one that finds the abundant opportunities that exist for the courageous leaders among us who are ready to break out of the status quo to create joyful, high achieving communities. We will tap the energy of leaders across all domains of this vast system to activate the potential that already exists.




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The Art of Struggle

Today’s leaders face a barrage of challenges, brought on by a weak economy and a fast moving, rapidly changing business environment.

Duration: 00:56:19

Working with Difficult People

Do you have resistant administrators, teachers or staff in your school or district? If you do, then you have experienced the impact of this resistance on the culture of your school or district, including, but not limited to, resentment, retaliation, lower morale, and lack of progress toward goals. In this conversation, Jerry will speak with us about how to work with those who may be creating resistance in your organization. He will highlight the invisible forces at work in every...

Duration: 00:55:28

Leadership and Self Deception

According to Arbinger the problems that typically prevent superior performance in organizations are the result of a little-known deeper problem called “self-deception”. Problems in communication, accountability, trust, leadership, productivity, motivation—and so on—can all be traced to this single root cause. So: What is self-deception? How does it undermine performance? Can it be “treated”? If so, how? And most importantly: What can life be like without it—both at work and elsewhere? For...

Duration: 00:58:11

Coach Centric Leadership for Education Professionals

The Coach Centric Leadership™ for Education Professionals program is founded on the guiding principles that the school leader is integral in creating an environment where cultures of engagement flourish and that through the use of a proven coaching methodology, these cultures result in higher levels of self and organizational efficacy which leads to increased student achievement. Join us as we learn about how leaders are transformed through this process and how they create a culture of...

Duration: 00:55:01

No More Business as Usual

Einstein reminded us that the problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them. But how do we start to think differently? Is it even possible to think differently in such deeply engrained systems? Join us for a conversation with guests Steve and Chutisa Bowman who will talk with us about their model of innovation based on their book, Now More Business as Usual. Discover how to break out of the old paradigm and create a new paradigm that...

Duration: 00:54:06

Making Hope Happen

Almost all fifth-through-twelfth-graders—95%—say it is likely they will have a better life than their parents. However, in a separate Gallup poll, half of U.S. adults aged 18 and older say they doubt today's youth will have a better life than their parents. Clearly, people are primed to be hopeful—but then something happens. How can we use hope to make our lives—and our children’s and neighbors’ lives—better now and in the future? Senior Scientist and University of Kansas Business...

Duration: 00:57:02

Humergy: The energy that comes from experiencing humor, joy and optimism.

Include some fun in your day! In this interview we will explore the benefits of humor with a focus on brain research. The relationship between learning, stress and memory are explored a healthy lifestyle, but to maximize the benefits of humor for healthy living. The goal is that participants will be able to identify positive wellness applications and focus on strategies that they can use to improve their humor practice. If you love laughter, this show is for you!

Duration: 00:54:48

Dare to Disagree

How do organizations think? In her book, Willful Blindness, Margaret Heffernan examines why businesses and the people who run them often ignore the obvious -- with consequences as dire as the global financial crisis and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. In our conversation, Margaret will share with us how good disagreement is central to progress. She will describe (sometimes counter intuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and...

Duration: 00:54:36

The Capacity for Brilliant Leadership

How it is that leaders with very different personality traits (e.g., extroversion vs. introversion; tough minded vs. open and flexible) can all demonstrate brilliant leadership? In this week’s conversation, Deborah Helsing, Ed.D will describe Adult Development Theory. A developmental perspective assumes that leadership can be learned; that the central demands and qualities necessary for leadership develop can be intentionally nurtured and developed over time. Efforts to accelerate leader...

Duration: 00:56:03

The Curious Leader

Susan will talk about the ways in which curiosity (or its absence) drives the educational enterprise. This is as true for the adults in a school as it is for the children. In fact, without curious adults, it's hard to encourage curiosity in children. Too often educators think that simply acknowledging the power of curiosity is enough. But it's not. Educators must experience curiosity on a regular basis. They must also understand what it takes to nurture it in teachers and children. Nor is...

Duration: 00:56:27

Seven Levels of Leadership

Conscious leaders understand that regardless of how their story is unfolding, they have an active role in creating the story. But these leaders may not understand exactly how they are impacting the way their story unfolds. One way to examine the story is through the seven levels of leadership, created by Bruce D. Schneider, founder of iPEC. Through an understanding of these levels, leaders can quickly identify the lens through which they interpret the events of their story. Understanding...

Duration: 00:55:34

Shifting School Culture with Choice Theory Psychology

External control, the present psychology of almost all people in the world, is destructive to relationships and engagement. When used, it will destroy the ability of one or both to find satisfaction in that relationship and will result in a disconnection from each other. Being disconnected is the source of almost all human problems such as what is called mental illness, violence, school failure. Choice Theory psychology, developed by William Glasser, replaces external control psychology....

Duration: 00:56:45