Tag: innovative leadership

Years ago, I remembered walking into this redesigned library that was seemingly the stuff of dreams in education.  It was more like a media center and had spaces that were created for collaborative learning as well as spaces to work your own. Flexible seating accommodated the learning needs of many different learners, and it was … [Read more…]

Read More Going Beyond the “Cool” Factor

  I often ask these questions of participants to get them to think about how we are using our time differently. The first question is the following: How many of you in this room go onto your personal social media while you are working? Many people look around, maybe toward their administrators, and very few … [Read more…]

Read More Customizing Learning to Innovate “Inside the Box”

In a workshop this past week, I discussed how it is essential to create conditions for students where students and adults find ways to learn for themselves.  I believe that we can get caught into the trap of “spoon-feeding” where learners think something is not necessary to learn unless it is explicitly taught in a … [Read more…]

Read More Providing Support Versus Enabling

I received an email from a teacher the other day that was quite frustrated. They had shared (paraphrasing), that although they were encouraged to be “innovative” in their practice and each had received a copy of my book to promote this from their administrators, they felt that the leadership practice in their organization was more … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Questions to Promote Innovative Leadership in Education

The notion of “embracing failure” has become one that has become very popular in education over the last few years.  To me, the semantics matter.  “Embracing” is not the right term and does say something to the public outside of education.  Learning and growing from failure is something very different.  We can hate failure AND be open … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Ways We Can Learn from Past Success

There was an interesting conversation between two participants in a workshop that I was facilitating that I have been thinking about a lot over the last 24 hours.  One participant asked the following question (paraphrased): “What do you do if you have someone in your organization that has great leadership skills, but they are leading … [Read more…]

Read More 3 Ways to Develop a Shared Path Toward One Vision

I was pleased to read this quote from a recent article, “Google spent years studying effective teams — and one trait stood out,” which stated what was most important to the success of teams: What mattered most: Trust. So what was the most important factor contributing to a team’s effectiveness? It was psychological safety. Simply put, … [Read more…]

Read More Relationships, Risk-Taking, and Innovation

If you are teacher reading this right now, here is a question for you… Do you like to be micromanaged? Of course, I know the answer which is why I asked the question. Nobody wants to feel that they aren’t trusted to do their job. But here is something to think about…Can micromanaging happen upward … [Read more…]

Read More Is there such thing as “over-collaboration”?

In Kim Scott’s book, “Radical Candor”, she states the following: In an effort to create a positive, stress-free environment, I sidestepped the difficult but necessary part of being a boss: telling people clearly and directly when their work wasn’t good enough. I failed to create a climate in which people who weren’t getting the job … [Read more…]

Read More It’s Okay To Be a “Boss”

Having a conversation with an administrator, I was asked the question, “Do you really believe that you can make this change happen with such a large district?”  My first thought was that this district wasn’t that large, yet it was relatively big for the area.  30,000 students might seem like a “large district” in some places, but … [Read more…]

Read More Even If You Are “Big”, Act Small

Having a conversation with an administrator, I was asked the question, “Do you really believe that you can make this change happen with such a large district?”  My first thought was that this district wasn’t that large, yet it was relatively big for the area.  30,000 students might seem like a “large district” in some places, but … [Read more…]

Read More Even If You Are “Big”, Act Small

AJ Juliani, is an educator I have worked closely with over the past few years, and I greatly admire his work.  Soon (April 2), he will be launching “The Innovative Teaching Academy“, which is an amazing opportunity to further your own learning with a cohort of innovative educators from around the world. If you are … [Read more…]

Read More 10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching

I am taking part in the #IMMOOC “3 Blog Challenge” this week.  3 blog posts under 200 words.  If you are interested in participating, details can be found here. I asked the following on Twitter: Wide open question…what are some ideas or practices we need to rethink in education? — George Couros (@gcouros) March 12, 2017 … [Read more…]

Read More Find problems, create solutions.

As an answer to the title of the post simply, “Is leadership an innovative endeavour?”, it is simply…”yes”. To answer the question honestly, is that it should be, but it is not always true. Jamie Notter shared this quote in a video, and it has always stuck with me: Some things in leadership that are true … [Read more…]

Read More Is leadership an innovative endeavour?

I was recently asked the following question: How do you respond to educators who say “the idea of being called upon to develop an innovator’s mindset and to innovative scares me . . . I have the opportunity to work with some wickedly smart, wildly creative, and truly innovative people and I can admit that … [Read more…]

Read More Innovation is a process, not a product.

In my opinion, Bruno Mars was one of the most memorable Super Bowl half time shows I have ever seen. I have seen him in concert, and he is an amazing entertainer. When I recently saw this video being shared on Facebook, I had to share it myself. A couple of things that stuck out … [Read more…]

Read More “A Blessed Unrest”

We talk often about the importance of “collaboration”,  but talking about the impact of an individual is often taboo.  Effective collaboration is made up of bringing unique talents of individuals to move a group ahead. It is not about all thinking the same thing, but the strengths of individuals coming together.  Collaboration is talked about … [Read more…]

Read More Being a Void that is Felt

  In my consulting work with Winnipeg School Division (#WinnipegSD), we have developed a program in which we develop “Innovative Teaching and Learning Leads” (ITLLs). The purpose of this program is to focus not only what innovative teaching and learning looks like, but also to develop teachers as leaders to support the process within their schools. When … [Read more…]

Read More “Telling will never be as effective as experiencing.”

In my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset“, I shared “The Mantra of an Innovative Educator”.  Here is what I wrote: I am an educator. I am an innovator. I am an innovative educator and I will continue to ask: “What is best for learners?” With this empathetic approach, I will create and design learning experiences with … [Read more…]

Read More The Mantra of An Innovative Educator (Video)