1. It’s an easy trap to fall into. We all like to hear people agree with us. I think the most important thing is that we surround ourselves with people who have a growth mindset. People that are prepared to keep learning and acting on the new ideas and information that they have. I think that we have a lot of leaders and teachers that THINK they have this, but don’t. Without the right headset it doesn’t matter who you hire. Nothing will change. We need to be willing to actually hear the differing ideas of our colleagues and be willing to shift our own thinking.

  2. The Diwali

    When I was young my grandma always told me a bedtime story. I remember something like this: when the country is in jeopardy the King would know who is loyal!

    Without a night time day time would become meaningless.

    By the way let’s relax a little here :-). Don’t forget the Global Teacher Award Nomination for 2016 is open as we are speaking. Don’t forget to do our parts.

  3. Kim

    This reminds me of a point made by Steve jobs that has stuck with me and has never led me astray about surrounding yourself with people smarter than you, think in different ways than you do and together you may just change the world and at best you with grow from the experience. (paraphrased into my own words). Totally agree with you George and hope you enjoyed BrisVegas. Sad I missed EduTech this year.

  4. I really enjoyed reading your reflections on building a leadership team with growth in mind! It reminds me of a short video I watched about “confirmation bias” a few months ago by Steven Katz from Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, O.I.S.E./UT. Watch the second video clip under his section. http://www.curriculum.org/LSA/october2012.shtml He uses the example of how people typically highlight articles. We highlight what we agree with, what validates what we already think, know and do. We do not highlight what we disagree with. We avoid the “disconfirming evidence”. He asks people to use two highlighters, one for what we agree with and one for what we disagree with and afterwards explore both. The issue is that without being explicitly asked to do this, who would? I hope that when administrators are placed, this is taken into consideration. I also hope that administrators who work with a growth mindset make this approach clear to their staff members. What you did in your interview, argue with the potential employer, is quite a risk and I imagine many teachers wouldn’t jump to this. However, if it is made clear from the start that there is a shared vision for student improvement and well-being and that there is not just one path, the principal’s path, to achieving this, teachers may be more willing to challenge the status quo, leading to growth.

  5. Yes, those with the closest influence on the thinking of the principal is critical. But I like to call it positive defiance and principals need to promote this concept with the entire faculty not just leaders. Challenging any idea is fine as long as an alternative idea is offered. The growth of the school needs to be everyone’s responsibility.

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