In his earlier book Collaborative Wisdom, Greg Park focused on the impact on business of changes in philosophical, political, economic, and social perspectives and priorities and their impact on the cognitive processes of organisational leadership. In Realigning Operational Leadership, Park acknowledges that the principles, perspectives and priorities highlighted in his first book and the dominant logic that he advocates, must be translated into practical and operational guidelines. These have to align with how operational leaders view their roles and responsibilities and assist them with resolution of real issues. The first part of this new volume briefly revisits the theory and concepts introduced in a "Collaborative Wisdoma (TM) and brings to centre stage an alternative organisational framework and culture which has for long operated on the side lines in many business sectors, largely ignored by business scholars, analysts and commentators. The substantive content of this volume, however, is dedicated, by way of case studies and exercises, to offering insights that encourage and facilitate effective day to day decision making. This book creates a logical and robust chain from the hidden, often forgotten, subconscious and intuitive element of the leadership cognitive process, to the daily issues, decisions, practices and actions of leaders within the operational environment. It demonstrates how the existence of a collaborative wisdom can influence the implementers, as well as the policy makers within the organisational leadership cadre. It is about issues of responsibility, engagement, collaboration, cooperation and the creation of an organisational community that is better geared towards sustained, optimal performance within the twenty first century business context.
This book is a longitudinal life history of the lives and work of primary school principals in Ireland. It provides a unique opportunity to peer inside the realities of leading schools in changing times. In a system that until recently did not prepare principals for the onerous roles and responsibilities, a small system with limited mobility, inter-personal relationships emerge as critical, frequently privileged over professional relationships. Consequently, principals struggle to bring about change, to build trust in order to cultivate a transformative leadership agenda, while several aspects of systemic structures and processes emerge as constraints on leadership capacity building. In the absence of comprehensive leadership portfolio development, classroom teachers, catapulted into the principal's office, tend to be cautious and careful in ways that tend to perpetuate the status quo while putting a premium on the exercise of soft power and an over-reliance on the good will of colleagues. Several of the 'leadership lessons' that emerge from this in-depth analysis concur with an increasing international consensus that due to complexity and increasingly performative policy demands, learning about leadership for all is an absolute necessity. However, care must be taken to avoid overly scripted programmes. Critical to the cultivation of a professionally responsible leadership disposition, rather than capitulation to 'technologies of control,' is professional renewal cultivated through adequate attention to the Zone of Proximal Distance.
In an era of standards-based education, this book helps school leaders who are looking for fresh ideas to engage students in the classroom and to educate students as citizens and stewards. Recharging Your School Leadership covers four tenants of leadership to maximize engagement-giving students choice in showcasing their learning, helping amplify students' voices through their work, providing an authentic audience for projects beyond the classroom, and showing students that their work can change their school and community. This book provides best practices for building schools of deep learning and will help school leaders through an inevitable part of their career-the moment when leaders feel weighed-down by the increasingly standards-based environment. Special Features include: * Designed for the busy schedule of the school leader, this book provides quick take-always for use in one day, one week, and one year. * Voices from 16 leaders explore real dilemmas and struggles that today's administrators must tackle. * Tips and best practices for engaging teachers and students. * Grounded in research surrounding the importance of student engagement in maximizing learning *"End-of-chapter questions" for reflection and "discussion items" that promote further exploration and unpacks concepts.