... and why you need something more powerful anyway. One word I have been struggling with lately (although I have used it often) is permission. I do believe we need to let people know that it is OK to take risks and try new things, but "permission" just has an air of power and authority … Continue reading Permission is not a royal decree …
"If you attempt disruptive innovation in any large organization, it's immune system will come and attack you."
If it isn't already, the Black Mirror Effect will come to be known as the phenomenon of people taking an amazing technology and screwing it up. If you haven't seen Black Mirror yet, check it out (just don't start with season 1 episode 1 The National Anthem - try Nosedive, San Junipero, Whitebear or White Christmas, … Continue reading The Black Mirror Effect – Human problems not technology problems
Often, when we are deep in the thinking and doing of making change, we focus on embedding the change in a defined area or process, or with a specific group. Usually, the hope* is that it will then percolate into other areas and processes over time. Sometimes though, we aim higher - to have the … Continue reading Permeate and Transcend
Measuring influence is tricky business. Influence differs from impact in that impact usually comes with a set of predetermined and measurable criteria. Influence is more nebulous as it is often about changing behaviours and mindsets over time. The prevailing preference for those looking to show stakeholders how well a group, initiative or strategy is working … Continue reading The Nebulous Nature of Influence
A recent post by Max Drummy on the NPDL Connects blog made me think about how well our schools and classrooms are set up for (and foster) diversity of thinking. In the post, there is a video (Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson) that talks about how the coffee houses and salons of the past … Continue reading Promoting Collisions
The second Blog Hop in the Innovator's Mindset series asks... If you were to start a school from scratch, what would it look like? I think if we could build a new school from scratch, with no constraints, no barriers, no no's, it would look very different from what we have now. It would also feel and … Continue reading Starting From Scratch
The Innovator's Mindset is the catalyst for an interactive, collaborative and differentiated thinkfest. Through the power of OSSEMOOC, educators from all over the world are participating in a series of Google Hangouts as a springboard to a larger conversation about innovation. The first section deals with innovation in education: ‘What it is, what defines it, and what it … Continue reading Innovator’s Mindset. It’s liberating!
I recently heard (both first and second hand) a couple comments which made me think about a post I wrote earlier this year called Learning or Achievement. It was originally written as part of a #TTOG inquiry but the opening paragraph was more about the questions "What are we about?" and "Why are we here?". My … Continue reading Distance measured in roles
School leaders have superpowers. Not the old standards like invisibility, flight or x-ray vision, but something with more impact and longevity. Empowerment! And as Uncle Ben says, "With great empowerment comes great responsibility." Having a staff who are (and know they are) empowered to be creative, to innovate and to have meaningful input into directing their professional … Continue reading Staff Empowerment and other Superpowers