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The Four Disciplines of Execution

posted May 11, 2016, 3:05 PM by Jay Harnack   [ updated May 11, 2016, 3:05 PM ]

 The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) is a simple, repeatable, and proven formula for executing on your most important strategic priorities in the midst of the whirlwind. By following The 4 Disciplines:

• Focusing on the Wildly Important
• Acting on Lead Measures
• Keeping a Compelling Scoreboard
• Creating a Cadence of Accountability

Leaders can produce breakthrough results, even when executing the strategy requires a significant change in behavior from their teams.

4DX is not theory. It is a proven set of practices that have been tested and refined by hundreds of organizations and thousands of teams over many years. When a company or an individual adheres to these disciplines, they achieve superb results—regardless of the goal. 4DX represents a new way of thinking and working that is essential to thriving in today’s competitive climate. Simply put, this is one book that no business leader can afford to miss.

Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division

posted Apr 21, 2016, 9:05 AM by Jay Harnack

The goal of Transforming School Culture is to provide a framework for understanding how school cultures operate and how leaders can overcome staff division to improve relationships and transform toxic cultures into healthy ones with the ultimate goal of improved learning for all students.

Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement

posted Apr 21, 2016, 9:03 AM by Jay Harnack

This unique and ground-breaking book is the result of 15 years research and synthesises over 800 meta-analyses on the influences on achievement in school-aged students. It builds a story about the power of teachers, feedback, and a model of learning and understanding. The research involves many millions of students and represents the largest ever evidence based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning. Areas covered include the influence of the student, home, school, curricula, teacher, and teaching strategies. A model of teaching and learning is developed based on the notion of visible teaching and visible learning.


posted Apr 16, 2015, 7:37 AM by Jay Harnack   [ updated Dec 17, 2015, 6:27 AM ]

 Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?  Author Chip Heath.

Fake Work: Why People Are Working Harder than Ever but Accomplishing Less, and How to Fix the Problem

posted Jan 25, 2015, 8:35 AM by Jay Harnack   [ updated Apr 16, 2015, 7:38 AM ]

Internationally renowned business consultants Brent D. Peterson and Gaylan W. Nielson explain how to identify needlessly time-consuming and sometimes difficult tasks (which aren't always as easy to spot as they seem) and shift your focus toward rewarding work that will achieve results.

The Trust Edge

posted Dec 1, 2014, 9:42 AM by Jay Harnack

In The Trust Edge, David Horsager reveals the foundation of genuine success—trust. Based on research but made practical for today’s leader, The Trust Edge shows that trust is quantifiable and brings dramatic results to businesses and leaders. In this book, Horsager teaches readers how to build the 8 Pillars of Trust.

Schools Can't Do It Alone

posted Dec 1, 2014, 9:40 AM by Jay Harnack

Schools Cannot Do It Alone tells of Jamie Vollmer's extraordinary journey through the land of public education. His experiences lead him to two critical discoveries. First, we have a systems problem, not a people problem. We must change the system to get the graduates we need. Second, we cannot touch the system without touching the culture of the surrounding town; everything that goes on inside a school is tied to local attitudes, values, traditions, and beliefs. Drawing on his work in hundreds of districts, Jamie offers teachers, administrators, board members, and their allies a practical program to secure the understanding, trust, permission, and support they need to change the system and increase student success.

The Checklist Manifesto

posted Dec 1, 2014, 9:38 AM by Jay Harnack

Harvard Medical School prof and New Yorker scribe Atul Gawande notes that the high-pressure complexities of modern professional occupations overwhelm even their best-trained practitioners; he argues that a disciplined adherence to essential procedures—by ticking them off a list—can prevent potentially fatal mistakes and corner cutting. He examines checklists in aviation, construction, and investing, but focuses on medicine, where checklists mandating simple measures like hand washing have dramatically reduced hospital-caused infections and other complications.  

Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning

posted Sep 13, 2014, 10:27 AM by Jay Harnack

This book is intended to help education leaders and practitioners develop a shared understanding of what high-quality instruction looks like and what schools and districts need to do to support it. Inspired by the medical rounds model used by physicians, the authors have pioneered a new form of professional learning known as instructional rounds networks. Through this process, educators develop a shared practice of observing, discussing, and analyzing learning and teaching.

Crucial Conversations: Tips for Talking When the Stakes are High

posted Sep 13, 2014, 9:57 AM by Jay Harnack   [ updated Sep 13, 2014, 9:58 AM ]

When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: Avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation badly and suffer the consequences; or read Crucial Conversations and discover how to communicate best when it matters most. Crucial Conversations gives you the tools you need to step up to life's most difficult and important conversations, say what's on your mind, and achieve the positive resolutions you want. 

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