It's Your Ship
by Shawn Achor
The Happiness Advantage
Former Captain of the U.S.S. Benfold, Mike Abrashoff, was assigned to a ship with low morale, high turnover, and failing assessment scores. His experiences turning the ship around to become one of the highest-performing ships in the Persian Gulf that cultivated more togetherness, ownership and innovation among his crew are recounted in this book. This book offers tips and techniques applicable to all educators --whether you run a classroom, a department, a school, or more.
In this issue: Books Worth Exploring
At the age of 87, Michelangelo was quoted as saying that he was “still learning.” We educators certainly know the importance of keeping our thinking sharp so that we can better serve our colleagues, our students, and our society at large. Below are five book recommendations that don’t necessarily have to do with education specifically, but offer powerful lessons that will strengthen your practice as a leader, educator, and citizen.
(If you are strapped for time, consider the audiobook versions.)
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by Mike Abrashoff
Dec 4-8, 2017
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We first found this book as a part of a book study and it was introduced through author Shawn Achor's quick-witted TED Talk. In essence, this book shares over a decade's worth of research in Positive Psychology, including:
The Tetris Effect: how to train your brain to spot patterns of possibility and opportunty.
The Zorro Circle: leveraging small goals to create large gains
Social Investment: How to reap the rewards of our social networks.
by Carol Dweck
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This book's subtitle, "How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter," sums up its focus. In thisbook, Liz Wiseman also offers specific examples of times when poor leadership by those she calls "Dimishers" actually zap motivation and decrease the collective intelligence of the group. Sometimes, "Diminishers" work with the best of intentions with mixed, unsustainable results.
While it is another book on leadership, Multipliers offered us the opportunity to do some reflection on times where we had been leaders and team players in healthy and not-so-healthy environments.
The concepts of a "growth mindset" or a "fixed mindset" have become a regular fixture in many conversations in the educational field. While clear, these concepts can be misunderstood. Dweck outlines how you can be one that has a growth mindset in certain areas of life, but a fixed mindset in others. Neither mindset makes you a 'good" or "bad" person. Furthermore, a growth mindset can be learned and honed within others and this book offers many examples and techniques on how to do so.
by Liz Wiseman
Psychologist Angela Duckworth's studies of top performers at all intersections of life indicated that it's not just talent that determines success: it's grit. Defined as a blend of passion and long-term persistence, "grit" is something that can be learned or cultivated in others.
by Angela Duckworth