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On September 23, I attended the Tandem Computers Reunion at Blackberry Farms in Cupertino. I estimate there were over 100 people there, quite a few that traveled significant distance to be there to see old friends and talk about the best place they’ve ever worked.   The Tandem Story was the last chapter of my […]

Educator as Leader-Coach

February 23rd, 2014

My exploration of the educator-student connection continues. I’m convinced that therein lays an opportunity to address downward trends in student success, especially for those of color.  What draws me to this topic goes beyond my immersion into the culture of public education. Coming from the perspective of my own life and work, the student experience […]

When citing the 1996 research of Kotter and Heskitt on the relationship between organizational culture and performance in an online classroom post, one of my students questioned the order of the assertion that strong, positive cultures contribute to strong bottom lines.  He wondered why it couldn’t be the other way around; that an organization that […]

As coaches, we ask questions and listen, and speaking for myself, this is where I often learn and grow along with my clients. Earlier this week I saw how this dynamic had a similar and very inspirational impact on a group of people who didn’t even realize what was happening to them until they began […]

Reading an article in the July/August HBR titled Are You a Collaborative Leader? (Ibarra & Hansen, 2011), there are four things that leaders of collaborative environments do well:   Make global connections that help them spot opportunities Engage diverse talent from everywhere to produce results Collaborate at the top to model expectations Show a strong […]

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