I had a calendar a few years ago that was organized around quotes from famous leaders. The one that always comes to mind (particularly when I am in a meeting) was one of the many well-loved Abraham Lincoln Quotes:
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
For some people, sharing ideas or opinions in a group comes easy. For others, it doesn't. And there are a number of reasons why that may be.
But here, we are going to focus on the few things that all Leadership Teams can do to see that they are getting the best thinking from all members, even (and especially) if it is different from their own thinking.
1. Run A Great Meeting
Running a great meeting elicits great thinking and it demonstrates great leadership. It says: I respect your time, your contributions and opinions, and I have confidence in the work that you will do as a result of what we decide together, in here. But let's be realistic. When there is so much to do and so little time to do it, meeting preparation and follow-up can get short shrift.
Here is a quick and compelling video that will have you running a better meeting in eight minutes. And while you might think this video was made for Indistar users specifically (it talks about things like reviewing priorities and creating tasks), we have to admit that it wasn't.
2. Make It Okay to Speak Up, Speak Out, Speak Against
I found this really interesting article about the dissenting opinion a couple of years ago and I revisit it every now and again. It does a couple of things: 1) it encourages me to speak up when I have something to say, even when it's uncomfortable for me to do so; and 2) it reminds of just how much I have learned + improved from listening to the different opinions and expertise of others. The best ideas I've ever had were only made better by those who helped me to see them from different perspectives.
And besides, it might be the day when your turn of phrase, or tag along idea sparks the inspiration or action that someone else has been waiting for. Read the article here: http://bit.ly/1wDHcVZ
3. Create Your Own, Private, After-Hours Group Right Here in IndistarConnect
IndistarConnect provides us with the opportunity to really get at the human element of school and improvement and the actions and behaviors that we all engage in to improve teaching and learning. We are excited (and hope you are too) about the ability to share and connect with educators and Leadership Teams from across the country.
Over the next several months, we will explore some of the features more deeply, but we don't want to wait to point out one feature that your Leadership Team may want to access today: CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL GROUP PAGE.
Within this group page, you can start a discussion board, share documents and communications, engage in a book club, start a blog. You can use it as your own personal, professional networking space. Heck, you can even extend it to your entire school.
Interested? We are HAPPY to help you set it up. Send me an email directly, or leave a comment below.