RELATED ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION
A representative sample of “conscious” people-centric companies outperformed the market by 10:1 from 1996-2011.
The hierarchical leadership style of the 20th century is fading fast in favor of today’s empowering and collaborative leaders. In today’s organizations people want to make meaningful contributions to the world through their work. They seek opportunities to lead now, not to wait their turn as so many did in my generation. They yearn to see their leaders not as figureheads, but as real people, authentically struggling with challenges just as they do. – Bill George, Author of Authentic Leadership & Finding Your True North
Empowered organizations have tremendous competitive advantage because they have tapped into levels of energy and commitment which their competitors usually have difficulty matching. Empowerment unleashes creativity and innovation and rapidly accelerates the evolution of the organization. Nothing holds back empowerment more than the traditional leadership philosophy of command and control. C&C usually involves detailed rules and bureaucratic structures to enforce the rules. Such detailed rules almost always inhibit innovation and creativity. People get ahead in the organization not through being innovative, but by following the rules and playing it safe. – John Mackey, Founder of Conscious Capitalism
"Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first." - Simon Sinek, Rand Corporation & "Start with Why" Ted Talk
About twenty percent of US employees (Deloitte) love their job, thirty percent of teachers and thirty-five percent of managers, compared to rates of sixty-five percent and above "engagement" in organizations recognized as great or best places to work. (Gallup)
An "engaged employee" is one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and so takes positive action to further the organization's reputation and interests. Organizations with engaged employees outperform others by 47% to 202% (Watson-Wyatt).
RELATED INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO SCHOOLS
Gallup Education Division:
Out of 14 occupations, teachers are second in mission/purpose (positive emotions), second to last in stress, and last in in saying whether they feel their opinions at work count and whether their supervisor creates an "open and trusting environment.”
Engagement measures have a lot to do with relationships and feeling valued. So it’s not surprising that there’s an intimate connection between the schoolroom engagement of students, and the workplace engagement of teachers. As the saying goes, “Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions.”
Students who agreed with the following two statements: 1. “My school is committed to building the strengths of each student” and 2. “I have at least one teacher who makes me excited about the future” were 30 times more likely to be engaged (55% average). - A one percentage-point increase in a student’s score on the engagement index was associated with a six point increase in reading achievement and an eight point increase in math achievement scores.
Over the past two decades, our country's leaders have done a great job building a massive accountability system around schools. What they've failed to do during that time is build an engagement system within them.
The Hay Group School Culture Project (134 schools & 4000+ teachers):
In our own work with schools, we also discovered what we believed to be a number of vital ‘turning points’ associated with high performing schools including, among others, attitudes to innovation, the importance and style of hierarchy, willingness to make sacrifices, position on social justice and beliefs about what different groups of children can achieve….Rather, the successful schools in this study feel very dynamic and service-oriented – accountable, flexible, eager to collaborate and intrude on each other’s territory, customer – or stakeholder oriented. They have a hunger for improvement and a desire to be World class. They are ambitions for all students. –
LEADING FORWARD SCHOOL CULTURE, A PARTNERSHIP WITH PEOPLE INK
After over twenty years of top down policy and traditional structures synonymous with low trust, performance, well-being and dependent on charismatic leaders - an opportunity in alignment with our best schools and favorite brands. A people-centric, "conscious" culture high in energy and commitment based in sustainable processes, strategies, and structures that encourage higher levels of trust. - Teams, empowerment, transparency, authentic communication, fairness, love, and care rooted in a shared, higher purpose.
"Most leaders know that a winning, engaged culture is the key to attracting top talent and customers. BUT....they don't know HOW to create the ideal workplace." - Ann Rhoades, Creator of Built on Values and Founder of People Ink.
Building great schools from the inside out, starting with Why - a compelling purpose.
Helping committed schools to live their mission.