2016 Native Innovation Education Technology Conference

Last weekend, I was invited by Native Innovation Inc. to speak and present at their annual conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. During my "Clean you Dishes" workshops I worked with attendees (educators) to brainstorm the actions a positive and productive leader should display. Below is the list of ideas we came produced.

#1 Show Genuine Interest

  • When you are leading and working with people you need to find out about them.

  • See how they can contribute to the organization

  • Know more than their first and last name

  • Warm Greeting

  • Compliments

  • Get to know them

  • Make conversations about them and not you

  • Converse and talk with people

  • Ask about the clans

  • Ask questions

  • Listen with your eyes while talking to people (don’t be distracted/focus on them)

  • Share and break down barriers.

  • Engage people by learning about their interests

  • Acknowledge people everyday

  • Say hello first thing in the morning

  • Give away Free Stuff. Example school spirit items

  • Introduce new people at meetings and to co-workers

  • Make time to understand people. Be patient and listen

  • Learn and experience their culture and traditions


#2 Be Visible

  • Leaders need to be visible

  • Bring visible helps people gain respect for leaders

  • Greeting people - build connections

  • Positive Feedback

  • Have daily interaction with staff and students

  • Acknowledgement that is positive. Both verbal and nonverbal

  • Be visible outside of normal duties. Lend a helping hand.

  • Need to connect and engage people before getting down to the “nitty gritty”

  • Be a role model and show up to the activities you request people show up to.

  • People have to know who you are

  • Participate in work activities

  • Be open to questions (Have a day where employees can ask you questions about anything...personal questions and work questions)

  • Be willing to learn


#3 Be a Teacher

  • You teach through body language and actions, not just your words

  • Leaders should be helpful and make learning experiences for their staff

  • Teach teachers about classroom management

  • Give teachers opportunities to practice

  • Offer encouragement during tough times

  • Teach paperwork and procedures

  • Teach software and technology

  • Be a teacher not a Boss

  • Teach proper student discipline

  • Ask people if they need any help

  • Talk with them not at them. Work to bring people together

  • Be open minded

  • Learn to change up your role

  • Learn to apologize and reteach if necessary

  • Teach goal setting and expectations. Get everyone oriented.


#4 Delegate

  • Good Leaders know the strengths of their staff

  • Don’t delegate everything. Coach and Empower.

  • Delegate with guidance

  • Be meaningful with your delegation

  • Don’t blame if delegation doesn’t work and take credit if it does

  • Identify a person’s strengths before delegating

  • Know and trust their people. This makes a person delegated to know their worth.

  • Leaders want their people to grow during the delegation process

  • They’s plenty of help all around. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or volunteers


#5 Do the Sugar Honey Ice Tea Jobs!

  • Leaders have to be willing to do the dirty work to gain respect of the people they lead.

  • Officiate school sports events

  • Substitute in the classroom

  • Lunch Duty

  • Morning Duty

  • Make everyone accountable

  • Schedule Sugar Honey Ice Tea time into their daily schedule

  • Cafeteria Duty

  • Recess Duty

  • Making Bulletin Boards

  • Work with Custodians

  • Drive a bus

  • Work with the staff side by side to “see” what’s really going on


#6 Be Honest

  • Good Leaders don’t beat around the bush

  • Be honest about the budget and decision making

  • Honesty goes with communication. The more you hide, the less respect you get from the people you lead

  • Honest leads to trust

  • Share openly

  • Be honest with evaluations

  • Be honest with the school board. Tell the truth and don’t sugar coat things

  • Be transparent

  • Express your goals and expectations


#7 Reward

  • Good Leaders are sincere

  • Rewards need to be given in a timely manner

  • Don’t be quick to citiize and slow to acknowledge/reward

  • Since Acknowledgment throughout the day and year

  • Give credit where it is due

  • Acknowledgment reinforces intrinsic (internal) value

  • Special/Personal thank yous from PTA

  • Lunch for the staff. Appreciation meal

  • Stickers

  • Thank you cards

  • Food

  • Birthday Cards

  • “You’re doing a nice job”

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