Tag: The Innovator’s Mindset

No matter your position in education, you can influence change.  If we are waiting for “someone else” to create meaningful change, it might not happen.  In this podcast, loosely based on the “5 Ways to Influence Change” blog post from May 2014, mixed with a story I discuss in “Innovate Inside the Box,” I will … [Read more…]

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  Sanée Bell shared the following quote from her book, “Be Excellent On Purpose,” and it has stuck with me: “Students should have rich, relevant, and authentic experiences at school, across the board. If every educator in every school pursued excellence instead of allowing excuses about what students can and cannot do, we would meet … [Read more…]

Read More Why innovation is Crucial in Education #Podcast

Just some thinking out loud…I have no idea where this is going, but I am “writing to learn” not only to share my learning. This excerpt from my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” was just reshared with me on Twitter, and it sparked some of my thinking. An artist had his easel set up on a … [Read more…]

Read More On the Path to “Purpose”

I was recently asked what some actionable steps to moving toward a “culture of innovation are.” In my first book, “The Innovator’s Mindset,” I discuss five areas that schools can focus on to help people embrace meaningful change.  They are the following: Strengths-Based Leadership (How do we focus on strengths of those that we serve?) Powerful … [Read more…]

Read More 5 Areas to Consider to Move Toward a Culture of Innovation

Here is a video I shared on Twitter last week: A couple of thoughts: 1. Traditional practice does not equal bad practice. We can’t use the terms interchangeably. 2. Innovation is ONLY innovation if it leads to something better. “New” is not enough.#InnovatorsMindset pic.twitter.com/2VcFbuFcVp — George Couros (@gcouros) February 13, 2019 I have been thinking … [Read more…]

Read More The Past Preparing Our Students for the Future

I have shared the “8 Characteristics of the Innovator’s Mindset” for several years, and the one characteristic that seems to get the least attention and is the least “flashy” for many people is the ability to be “observant.” The more I think about it; this ability is becoming more critical in our world than ever. … [Read more…]

Read More 4 Tips for Becoming More Observant in a World Full of Noise

If you look at schools and districts around the world, the term “innovation” is everywhere, with organizations and individuals clamoring to be deemed as such.  If you have read my book or this blog for any length of time, you would know that I believe innovation, as not only a process but a way of … [Read more…]

Read More Being Innovative or Being Perceived as Innovative?

A “traditional” practice in education is not necessarily bad. A “bad” practice is bad. There are some things that teachers have done year after year that have worked for students. There are some things that teachers have done year after year that have worked for the teachers, and not necessarily students. The point of “innovation” … [Read more…]

Read More Traditional Practice Versus Bad Practice

A “traditional” practice in education is not necessarily bad. A “bad” practice is bad. There are some things that teachers have done year after year that have worked for students. There are some things that teachers have done year after year that have worked for the teachers, and not necessarily students. The point of “innovation” … [Read more…]

Read More Traditional Practice Versus Bad Practice

Last year, I started off the year with the post, “20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2017,” and I wanted to start off 2018 with the same.  Hopefully, you will find something here that will help you start off 2018 in a great way, so I will start off with one of my favorite quotes … [Read more…]

Read More 20 Inspirational Quotes to Start off 2018

I try very hard to push myself to get into better shape, and I will have to admit, the struggle is real.  Getting older, slowing metabolism and a lack of routine in my life from being on the road has thrown me off a healthy regimen. Not excuses, but the reality I face and that … [Read more…]

Read More Small Change, Big Difference

When I first started putting this blog/portfolio together in 2010, I wanted to think of a name for it. To some, the title of their blog is something that has actually held them back from starting it in the first place. They have great ideas but they can’t find that “perfect” title.  It is kind … [Read more…]

Read More The Science Behind Stories and Anecdotes

When I first started putting this blog/portfolio together in 2010, I wanted to think of a name for it. To some, the title of their blog is something that has actually held them back from starting it in the first place. They have great ideas but they can’t find that “perfect” title.  It is kind … [Read more…]

Read More The Science Behind Stories and Anecdotes

The above quote from AJ Juliani, (from the amazing book  “Empower“, written by AJ and John Spencer) stuck out and resonated deeply with me because of my focus on innovation in education. In their book, they are not looking at creating a system that does this only for students, but the educators as well. Here’s why… … [Read more…]

Read More Preparing Learners For Anything #EmpowerBook

If you want a culture of creativity and innovation, where sensible risks are embraced on both a market and individual level, start by developing the ability of managers to cultivate an openness to vulnerability in their teams. And this, paradoxically perhaps, requires first that they are vulnerable themselves. This notion that the leader needs to … [Read more…]

Read More The Vulnerability of Learning

Just thinking… My daughter just turned 7 months old. Watching her grow up has been fascinating, and when I FaceTime her on the road, she reaches out now, trying to touch my face. It melts me every single time. As I was looking at her, I was overcome with the idea of how when I … [Read more…]

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