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Bring Out the BEST in Your Staff

Slides from 2017 presentations for both Palliser Teachers and Greater Edmonton Teachers' Conventions.
How do we build a culture that helps staff members to thrive? Strengths-based leadership provides the lens and mindset that brings out the best in staff members and creates the conditions for increased trust, more collaboration and sharing, and a resulting climate in which people want to innovate and excel. Chris will use powerful stories, along with supporting research, to encourage formal leaders to embrace a strengths-based lens to create a positive school culture.

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Bring Out the BEST in Your Staff

  1. 1. Bring Out the BEST in Your Staff March 3, 2017 Palliser District Teachers’ Convention Chris Wejr @chriswejr
  2. 2. Where I come from
  3. 3. "I come to you humbly not to tell you what to do on your journey but to share with you what I have learned on mine” Wab Kinew cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Thompson Rivers University:
  4. 4. What is organizational culture?
  5. 5. CCimagefromwilgengebroed
  6. 6. A Positive Organizational Culture Strengths- based Collaborative Innovative Focused Trust ~ Happiness ~ Curiosity ~ Care
  7. 7. Kent Elementary A strengths-based, collaborative, innovative, and focused culture.
  8. 8. Moving to a new school with a new culture
  9. 9. By changing behaviours… we can change culture
  10. 10. 1. The topics will be relevant to what we do (and what we want to do) at James Hill. 2. We will be flexible and willing to try new things and ideas. 3. We will share the successes happening at our school. 4. We will create strategies to provide equitable opportunities for each of us to share our voice (and not be dominated by a few). 5. We acknowledge that a sense of humour is important and will embrace opportunities for light-hearted dialogue. 6. We will stay on topic and stick to the agenda. 7. We will have a clear timeline for implementation of ideas. 8. There will be a clear purpose to the discussion and agenda items. 9. We will encourage others for their ideas and ask others for clarification, comments, ideas, and suggestions. 10. We will provide time for grade level collaboration. 11. We will always make time for getting together and having small group discussions. 12. We will respect that some may prefer to listen and reflect. Our Commitments James Hill Elementary School - Staff Meetings
  11. 11. A light-hearted culture… with an intense purpose. Suzanne Hoffman, former Superintendent
  12. 12. Discuss: What is the culture YOU want in your school?
  13. 13. Strengths-Based Culture
  14. 14. STRENGT H S d e f i c i t s
  15. 15. What we see… Depends on what we look CCImagebyRyanHaddad
  16. 16. “But the other side is unbaked. The side of strengths, the side of what we are good at, the side…of what makes life worth living.” Dr. Martin Seligman “Psychology is half-baked, literally half-baked. We have baked the part about mental illness. We have baked the part about repair and damage…” Image from Pixgood
  17. 17. Positive Psychology We should be building on the best things in life AND repairing the worst… Dr. Martin Seligman CCImagefromCamdiluv
  18. 18. “When an organization’s leadership fails to focus on individuals’ strengths, the odds of an employee being engaged are a dismal 1 in 11 (9%)… When an organization’s leadership focuses on the strengths of its employees, the odds soar to almost 3 in 4 (73%)” -- Tom Rath CC Image from Midiman
  19. 19. Gallup - StrengthsFinder From Dallas Marks
  20. 20. By focusing on weaknesses, we create competence. By focusing on strengths, we create EXCELLENCE. Emma Seppala
  21. 21. -30 -20 -10 0 10 20 30 40 . Research from the Corporate Leadership Council, 2002 Strengths +36.4% Weakness es -26.8%
  22. 22. Are We Asking the Right Questions? CC Image from Raymond Bryson
  23. 23. What’s broken? How do we fix it? What’s working? How can we do MORE of it? Chip and Dan Heath
  24. 24. Focus on the BRIGHT Spots CC Image by C. Singleton
  25. 25. WWW
  26. 26. Capture and Share the Positives
  27. 27. Turning it Around The Story of Kari CC Image from Prime Education:
  28. 28. Recognition and Acknowledgement
  29. 29. By celebrating what’s right . . . we find the energy to fix what’s wrong. Dewitt Jones
  30. 30. Discuss: How do you/will you bring out the strengths in a staff member(s)?
  31. 31. Collaborative Culture
  32. 32. Not everyone likes to collaborate…
  33. 33. Building Trust CC Image from T. Vogel
  34. 34. Always be there…
  35. 35. Follow through… Do what you say you are going to do.
  36. 36. The motive that inspires the greatest trust is genuine caring. Stephen M.R. Covey
  37. 37. Communication and Transparency
  38. 38. Be Vulnerable Image: Being rather than knowing requires showing up and letting ourselves be seen. It requires us to dare greatly, to be vulnerable. Brene Brown
  39. 39. Image: Just Listen
  40. 40. Focus more on being INTERESTED and less on being interesting. CC image from M. Kuram
  41. 41. It’s not always about solving problems…
  42. 42. Building Trust Through a Meet ‘n Greet
  43. 43. Create a safe enough environment that the parking lot conversations start to happen in staff meetings.
  44. 44. Make time for what matters cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Xava du:
  45. 45. Living Systems Learning Communities
  46. 46. The Start of a Collaborative Journey
  47. 47. The Importance of Happiness and Joy
  48. 48. Discuss: How do you/will you build a more collaborative culture in your school?
  49. 49. Innovative Culture
  50. 50. Moving from “Can we…?” …to “HOW can we…?”
  51. 51. Give good teachers the tools to become great teachers. Chris Kennedy
  52. 52. “We cannot motivate others… we can only work to create the conditions for people to motivate themselves.” -- Edward Deci and Richard RyanImage:
  53. 53. Supportive Autonomy
  54. 54. Time for… Strengths Curiosity Innovation cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo by Toni Verdú Carbó:
  55. 55. Leader-Leader Culture
  56. 56. Shifting Mindset Through The Strength of an Education Assistant
  57. 57. Expand and Connect the Pockets cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Esther Simpson:
  58. 58. Be a Connector. Image:
  59. 59. The importance of rest
  60. 60. Discuss: How do you/will you build a more innovative culture in your school?
  61. 61. Focused Culture
  62. 62. What are your priorities as a school?
  63. 63. Mission, Vision, Values Co-Create
  64. 64. Be a filter for staff. Focus on priorities.
  65. 65. Discuss: How do you/will you create a more focused culture in your school?
  66. 66. How are we modeling this?
  67. 67. Shifting the Culture By Sharing The Positives
  68. 68. Open the Doors Share the Stories Shift the Culture
  69. 69. We need to make the positive so LOUD that the negative becomes almost impossible to hear. George Couros
  70. 70. Sharing: From me to us
  71. 71. What is ordinary to you… Might be extraordinary to someone else cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by akshay moon:
  72. 72. How will you being here today change what you do next week? What will you DO to bring out the BEST in your staff?
  73. 73. Take a risk. Try something new.
  74. 74. Connect With Me @chriswejr