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North, South, East & West Compass Points Collaboration: It’s all about people!
What is collaboration? A systematic process in which we work together, interdependently, to analyze and impact professional practices in order to improve our individual and collective results. - DuFour, Eaker & DuFour
What is a team? A number of persons associated with some joint action.
Collaboration No one individual is ever able to develop the right vision, communicate it to large numbers of people, eliminate all obstacles, generate short-term wins, lead and manage dozens of change projects and anchor new approaches deep in an organization’s culture. A strong guiding coalition is always needed---one with a high level of trust and shared objectives that appeal to both head and heart. Building such a team is always an essential part of the early stages of any effort to restructure a set of strategies. - John Kotter
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Phil Jackson
What are some of the advantages of teachers working in collaborative teams? 1. Higher quality solutions to problems 2.Increased confidence among all staff 3.Teachers ability to support one another’s strengths and accommodate weaknesses 4.Expand pool of ideas, materials and methods 5.Ability to test new ideas 6.Gains in student achievement
Teams & Personality Diversity
Compass Points WE S What direction are you in terms of team personality?
Compass Point: North Acting – Let’s do it Likes to act, try things, plunge in
Compass Point: East Speculating – Likes to look at the big picture, the possibilities, before acting
Compass Point: West Paying attention to detail – likes to know the who, what, when, why, where, before acting
Compass Point: South Caring Likes to know that everyone’s feelings have been taken into consideration, that their voices have been heard, before acting
Compass Points Acting – Let’s do it Likes to act, try things, plunge in Speculating – Likes to look at the big picture, the possibilities, before acting Paying attention to detail – likes to know the who, what, when, why, where, before acting Caring Likes to know that everyone’s feelings have been taken into consideration, that their voices have been heard, before acting
Which direction most closely describes your personality style? What are the strengths of your style? What are the limitations of your style? What style do you find most difficult to work with and why? What do people from the other “directions” or styles need to know about you so you can work together effectively?
Final Questions What do you value about the other three styles? & What is the value of having the other three styles on a team?
Everything we know about motivation tells us that deep excitement comes from doing something worthwhile, doing it well and getting results. - Michael Fullan, Motion Leadership