“These might sound like soft responses, but they yield hard results, because these are three ingredients that determine whether people give discretionary effort–choosing to go above and beyond to help meet your team’s goals. Your door might be open, but for your team members to feel like you are open, try these trust-building actions the next time a team member needs to talk“ http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/lBb2Ll-BOjc/story01.htm
“Here are some of the tips I’ve been using over the last decade to gather more feedback and to build a culture of feedback within my teams.” via How to Build a Culture That Embraces Feedback | Inc.com.
“The most important thing in your business is not what you’re going to sell but what you value. That’s according to Bill Kanarick, chief marketing officer of global services company Sapient, who helped steered this former startup through the ups and downs of the digital age. Culture was so integral that when the company finally reached 49 employees, Sapient dedicated two of them to keeping it intact. Today, Sapient has a global workforce of more than 11,500 people and culture remains, as ever, an integral part of the business. Here are six values Sapient… Read more Culture Comes First. The Rest Is Noise. | Inc.com →
“The [10 minute preview of a forthcoming documentary] provides a glimpse of middle-class black life and how race reflects the lives of even the most privileged African-American students. It’s a story of the boys and their parents, as families confront the difficult task of raising confident young men in America.” It also contains a couple suggestions for how not to build partnerships with parents. http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/09/an-education-in-equality-following-middle-class-african-american-boys/
Working with a school at the moment on hiring staff and culture building has given me cause to pull together some ideas on features of effective induction: Model the organisation’s values: if you believe in lifelong learning, have people learn things; if you value collaboration, have people learn something together; if you value choice, let people have options. At the very least this gives you a chance to talk about what your values are; at most it allows people to see that practising what we preach is the way things… Read more Building culture/New staff induction →
Given how important parents are, we perhaps shouldn’t be surprised by this headline: “Parenting More Important Than School: The Effect of Parental Involvement In Academic Achievement” but what I do find surprising is the conclusion that ‘the evidence is clear: parenting is more important than schooling for academic achievement.’ That flies in the face of too much evidence on the importance of the teacher in academic achievement. What I DO take from this infographic is a reminder that it’s the school’s responsibility to ensure the home/school partnership is a meaningful… Read more The power of the home/school partnership →