LEADING YOUR TEAM
TO GREATNESS
Illinois Statewide Charter Schools Conference

PRESENTED BY
DR. JAMES N. GOENNER | PRESIDEN...
RELATIONSHIPS

“People don’t care how much
you know, until they know
how much you care.”

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Goals for Today
1

Share a Framework for Greatness

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Discuss Principles of Leadership

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Inspire Hearts & Minds

4

Ans...
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What Does a Great Team Do?
Delivers Superior Performance

Makes a Distinctive Impact
Achieves Lasting Endurance

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“Greatness…is largely a matter
of conscious choice and
discipline.”
- Jim Collins

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“Good is the Enemy of Great”
- Jim Collins

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The Most Consistently Admired
Characteristics of a Leader

Honest
Forward-Looking

Competent
Inspiring

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5 Practices of Exemplary Leaders
1

Model the Way

2

Inspire a Shared Vision

3

Challenge the Process

4

Enable Others ...
Foundation of Leadership = Credibility

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“Leaders practice what they preach.”
“They walk the talk.”
“Their actio...
The First Person You Lead is You

Are you worth
following? Why?

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“Know
Thyself”

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What Level of Leader Are
You?

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Collins’ Level 5 Leader

Builds enduring greatness
through a paradoxical blend of
personal humility and professional will....
Collins’ Level 3 Leader

Organizes people and resources
toward the effective and efficient pursuit
of predetermined object...
The Five
Temptations
of a CEO
Accountability
Ensures Results

Clarity Allows
Accountability

Conflict Leads
to Clarity

Tr...
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
1

Be Proactive

2

Begin with the End in Mind

3

Put First Things First

4

...
Covey: Begin with the End in Mind
The Vision

What are you really trying to accomplish? Is it
compelling? Will it make a s...
“Doing everything keeps us so
busy, we don’t have time to
think about what is really
important to us.”

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Where do you spend your time?

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First Things First

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CORE PURPOSE

Preparing all students
for success in college,
work and life.

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The Power of Clarifying Values
Teamwork
• We recognize that no one of us is as good as all of us.
• We will put the team g...
The Power of Values
Forward-Looking
• We dare to be different.
• We are willing to take risks.
• We are not limited by oth...
The Power of Clarifying Values
Integrity
• We will tell the truth.
• We will be open to feedback.
• We trust each other to...
The Hedgehog Principle

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The Flywheel

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STAGE 1: DISCIPLINED PEOPLE
Level 5 Leadership. Level 5 leaders are ambitious first
and foremost for the cause, the organi...
STAGE 2: DISCIPLINED THOUGHT
Confront the Brutal Facts—the Stockdale Paradox. Retain
unwavering faith that you can and wil...
STAGE 3: DISCIPLINED ACTION
Culture of Discipline. Disciplined people who engage in
disciplined thought and who take disci...
STAGE 4: BUILDING GREATNESS TO LAST
Clock Building, Not Time Telling. Build an organization that
can adapt through multipl...
“Set the standards higher for
yourself than others would set
them for you.”
- John Maxwell

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Four Disciplines of a
Healthy Organization

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The Advantage

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1: Build a Cohesive Leadership Team
Cohesive teams build trust, eliminate
politics, and increase efficiency by…
• Knowing ...
2: Create Clarity
Healthy organizations minimize the potential
for confusion by clarifying…
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Why do we exist?
...
3: Over-Communicate Clarity
Healthy organizations align their employees around
organizational clarity by communicating key...
4: Reinforce Clarity
Organizations sustain their health by
ensuring consistency in…
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Hiring
Managing performance
R...
Success is…
Knowing your purpose in life,
growing to reach your maximum
potential, and
sowing seeds that benefit others.
-...
THANK YOU!
View this slide deck online at:

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  1. 1. LEADING YOUR TEAM TO GREATNESS Illinois Statewide Charter Schools Conference PRESENTED BY DR. JAMES N. GOENNER | PRESIDENT & CEO NATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOLS INSTITUTE DECEMBER 2, 2013
  2. 2. RELATIONSHIPS “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” www.CharterInstitute.org 2
  3. 3. www.CharterInstitute.org
  4. 4. Goals for Today 1 Share a Framework for Greatness 2 Discuss Principles of Leadership 3 Inspire Hearts & Minds 4 Answer Questions 5 Have Fun! www.CharterInstitute.org 4
  5. 5. www.CharterInstitute.org 6
  6. 6. What Does a Great Team Do? Delivers Superior Performance Makes a Distinctive Impact Achieves Lasting Endurance www.CharterInstitute.org 8
  7. 7. “Greatness…is largely a matter of conscious choice and discipline.” - Jim Collins www.CharterInstitute.org 9
  8. 8. “Good is the Enemy of Great” - Jim Collins www.CharterInstitute.org 10
  9. 9. The Most Consistently Admired Characteristics of a Leader Honest Forward-Looking Competent Inspiring www.CharterInstitute.org The Leadership Challenge 11
  10. 10. 5 Practices of Exemplary Leaders 1 Model the Way 2 Inspire a Shared Vision 3 Challenge the Process 4 Enable Others to Act 5 Encourage the Heart www.CharterInstitute.org The Leadership Challenge 12
  11. 11. Foundation of Leadership = Credibility • • • • • “Leaders practice what they preach.” “They walk the talk.” “Their actions are consistent with their words.” “They put their money where their mouth is.” “They follow through on their promises.” • “They do what they say they will do.” www.CharterInstitute.org The Leadership Challenge 13
  12. 12. The First Person You Lead is You Are you worth following? Why? www.CharterInstitute.org “Know Thyself” 14
  13. 13. What Level of Leader Are You? www.CharterInstitute.org 15
  14. 14. Collins’ Level 5 Leader Builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will. www.CharterInstitute.org The Leadership Challenge 16
  15. 15. Collins’ Level 3 Leader Organizes people and resources toward the effective and efficient pursuit of predetermined objectives. www.CharterInstitute.org The Leadership Challenge 17
  16. 16. The Five Temptations of a CEO Accountability Ensures Results Clarity Allows Accountability Conflict Leads to Clarity Trust lets Healthy Conflict Occur www.CharterInstitute.org 18
  17. 17. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People 1 Be Proactive 2 Begin with the End in Mind 3 Put First Things First 4 Think Win-Win 5 Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood 6 Synergize 7 Sharpen the Saw www.CharterInstitute.org 19
  18. 18. Covey: Begin with the End in Mind The Vision What are you really trying to accomplish? Is it compelling? Will it make a significant difference? The Mission What are you and your team going to do to make this vision a reality? The Values What are the core things you and your team will use to guide and evaluate all of your actions and behaviors. www.CharterInstitute.org 20
  19. 19. “Doing everything keeps us so busy, we don’t have time to think about what is really important to us.” www.CharterInstitute.org 21
  20. 20. Where do you spend your time? www.CharterInstitute.org First Things First 22
  21. 21. CORE PURPOSE Preparing all students for success in college, work and life. www.CharterInstitute.org 23
  22. 22. The Power of Clarifying Values Teamwork • We recognize that no one of us is as good as all of us. • We will put the team goals before our own. • We will collaborate. • We can be relied upon to fulfill commitments. • We are accountable for ourselves and to each other. • We will celebrate our successes and have fun. www.CharterInstitute.org 24
  23. 23. The Power of Values Forward-Looking • We dare to be different. • We are willing to take risks. • We are not limited by others. • We strive to exceed expectations. • We inspire growth in ourselves and others. Commitment • We are persistent. • We lead with passion. www.CharterInstitute.org 25
  24. 24. The Power of Clarifying Values Integrity • We will tell the truth. • We will be open to feedback. • We trust each other to speak our minds. • We will always strive to do the right things for the right reasons. Respect • We communicate with candor and tact. • We will be tough on the issue, not on the person. • We value people for who they are and what they bring. www.CharterInstitute.org 26
  25. 25. The Hedgehog Principle www.CharterInstitute.org 27
  26. 26. The Flywheel www.CharterInstitute.org 28
  27. 27. www.CharterInstitute.org 29
  28. 28. STAGE 1: DISCIPLINED PEOPLE Level 5 Leadership. Level 5 leaders are ambitious first and foremost for the cause, the organization, the work— not themselves—and they have the fierce resolve to do whatever it takes to make good on that ambition. A Level 5 leader displays a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will. First Who … Then What. Those who build great organizations make sure they have the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the key seats before they figure out where to drive the bus. They always think first about ―who‖ and then about ―what.‖ www.CharterInstitute.org 30
  29. 29. STAGE 2: DISCIPLINED THOUGHT Confront the Brutal Facts—the Stockdale Paradox. Retain unwavering faith that you can and will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties, AND AT THE SAME TIME have the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be. The Hedgehog Concept. Greatness comes about by a series of good decisions consistent with a simple, coherent concept—a ―Hedgehog Concept.‖ The Hedgehog Concept is an operating model that reflects understanding of three intersecting circles: what you can be the best in the world at, what you are deeply passionate about, and what best drives your economic or resource engine. www.CharterInstitute.org 31
  30. 30. STAGE 3: DISCIPLINED ACTION Culture of Discipline. Disciplined people who engage in disciplined thought and who take disciplined action— operating with freedom within a framework of responsibilities—this is the cornerstone of a culture that creates greatness. In a culture of discipline, people do not have ―jobs;‖ they have responsibilities. The Flywheel. In building greatness, there is no single defining action, no grand program, no one killer innovation, no solitary lucky break, no miracle moment. Rather, the process resembles relentlessly pushing a giant, heavy flywheel in one direction, turn upon turn, building momentum until a point of breakthrough, and beyond. www.CharterInstitute.org 32
  31. 31. STAGE 4: BUILDING GREATNESS TO LAST Clock Building, Not Time Telling. Build an organization that can adapt through multiple generations of leaders; the exact opposite of being built around a single great leader, great idea, or specific program. Build catalytic mechanisms to stimulate progress, rather than acting as a charismatic force of personality to drive progress. Preserve the Core and Stimulate Progress. Adherence to core values combined with a willingness to challenge and change everything except those core values—keeping clear the distinction between ―what we stand for‖ (which should never change) and ―how we do things‖ (which should never stop changing). Great companies have a purpose—a reason for being—that goes far beyond just making money, and they translate this purpose into BHAGs (big hairy audacious goals) to stimulate progress. www.CharterInstitute.org 33
  32. 32. “Set the standards higher for yourself than others would set them for you.” - John Maxwell www.CharterInstitute.org 34
  33. 33. Four Disciplines of a Healthy Organization www.CharterInstitute.org The Advantage 35
  34. 34. 1: Build a Cohesive Leadership Team Cohesive teams build trust, eliminate politics, and increase efficiency by… • Knowing one another’s unique strengths and weaknesses. • Openly engaging in constructive, ideological conflict. • Holding one another accountable for behaviors and actions. • Committing to group decisions. www.CharterInstitute.org The Advantage 36
  35. 35. 2: Create Clarity Healthy organizations minimize the potential for confusion by clarifying… • • • • • • Why do we exist? How do we behave? What do we do? How will we succeed? What is most important – right now? Who must do what? www.CharterInstitute.org The Advantage 37
  36. 36. 3: Over-Communicate Clarity Healthy organizations align their employees around organizational clarity by communicating key messages through… • Repetition: Don’t be afraid to repeat the same message again and again. • Simplicity: The more complicated the message, the more potential for confusion and inconsistency. • Multiple Mediums: People react to information in many ways; use a variety of mediums. • Cascading Messages: Leaders communicate key messages to direct reports; the cycle repeats itself until the message is heard by all. www.CharterInstitute.org The Advantage 38
  37. 37. 4: Reinforce Clarity Organizations sustain their health by ensuring consistency in… • • • • Hiring Managing performance Rewards and recognition Employee dismissal www.CharterInstitute.org The Advantage 39
  38. 38. Success is… Knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others. -John C. Maxwell www.CharterInstitute.org 41
  39. 39. THANK YOU! View this slide deck online at: www.CharterInstitute.org National Charter Schools Institute | 711 W. Pickard Street | Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

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