Quick Message for Blog Readers

If you’re following the Mafost blog, first let me say a quick thank you. You literally are the reason that this blog exists! Quick Message: This week, I’m shifting to a higher quality email server so you might see a small change in the emails. Nothing to worry about. Email Safety: To ensure that we […]

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Research on Empowerment

In a very thorough study, researchers (see link below) outlined the benefits of empowerment in the workplace. What I found interesting in the study was how the leadership strategy of empowerment was broken down into 5 concrete and operational terms. They are: Increased choice in work. Making the impact of the work visible. Working in […]

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Passion Talks

This is a great strategy when you have new hires or when your teams are new to each other. It also works great in a back-to-school setting. Passion talks invite team members, or requires team members, to give a 60-second talk about anything in the world are passionate about. Why? Creates connections among educators within […]

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Engineering Hope

In yesterday’s post, we examined the effect of making impact visible. Let’s make a connection to another concept that you know about. Small wins. We know the path to large gains and big goals is comprised of small steps. Bit-sized wins along the way accumulate into great improvements. All of the goal-setting books and coaches […]

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When You Know The Impact…

You might just try a little harder. In 2007, researchers published a study of the work patterns of hotel maids. They were interested in seeing the amount of exercise involved in their jobs. When asked, “Do you exercise?” most maids responded, “No.” Hotel maids do not typically consider their job to be a form of […]

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Two Sides of Appreciation

It seems as if there are two sides of appreciation: Respect Empathy A quick search in the dictionary and we find: Appreciation 1. recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.synonyms: valuing, respect, prizing, cherishing, treasuring, admiration, regard, esteem, high opinion2. a full understanding of a situation.“the bank’s lack of appreciation of […]

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Teacher Appreciation, 6 Ways of Being

A few years back, I wrote an article Teacher Appreciation is Not One Week of the Year. The premise was simple: Teachers can take control of being undervalued and unappreciated. I offered six ways to do this: Appreciate Another Teacher Call Parents with Good News Gather Your Own Student Growth Data Help Out Another Teacher […]

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Education, Teachers, Skinner

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. – BF Skinner Sometimes it’s a great way to show appreciation to teachers by highlighting the long-term value of their/our work. The process, the intangible, the unmeasurable aspects of education often far outweigh the concrete. It’s usually these things that attract teachers to […]

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Grandfather Clocks and Communication

My grandfather used to build, out of all things, grandfather clocks. I don’t know much about the craft, but I know the clocks he created were consistent. They ticked consistently, rang every hour, and at some consistent interval needed to be reset. Communication is a lot like a grandfather clock. Communication requires consistent intervals with […]

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What’s a Connection Worth?

We know that not all teams are the same. Some cooperate and others collaborate. We also know that cooperation is not the same thing as collaboration. However, there’s a third dimension not often discussed in PLC lingo. It’s connection. Collaboration is not the same thing as connection. My question is, what’s a connection worth to […]

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