The Shape of the Vessel - How Teams Work Determine the Results

The Shape of the Vessel - How Teams Work Determine the Results

“We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost,” says the CEO of Nokia, while crying during a press conference. A similar version of this comes up in many of the schools across the country when we talk about improving outcomes or transforming schools. “We didn’t do anything wrong (we did everything as planned), but somehow, we lost (we still didn’t improve achievement like we planned even with endless nights and weekends)”.

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Are You Being Honest About the Goals and Work on the Right Problems?

Are You Being Honest About the Goals and Work on the Right Problems?

A lot of things around us today may not seem honest. In fact, during a dinner I recently attended, someone said “everything is a lie.” In some ways, with the amount of informational noise and ongoing commingling of fact versus opinion through social media, many of us struggle with getting to the truth. The first thing I think about when I try to initiate any change is asking the question, “Am I being honest with myself?” It’s February now and many of us made a resolution to lose weight just one month ago. We started by thinking about going to the gym more and hiring a personal trainer to force exercise. Yet, if we honestly look at the issue it’s probably better to focus on nutrition and diet. The fastest way to lose weight is not through exercise. You can’t out-exercise poor diet.

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Achieve Positive Teamwork with Just One Book

Achieve Positive Teamwork with Just One Book

As I was thinking about big mindset shifts, these advertisements caught my eye. The first one says “more scientists and educators smoke Kent”. The point here is that educated and smart people smoke this brand. The other advertisement says that there is “scientific evidence” that people who smoke Chesterfields saw “no adverse effects on the nose, throat and sinuses”. Yes, scientific evidence that this brand is safe.

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