“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” The Great Gatsby
The year’s cadence naturally increases in September as workers return from vacations and student return to school. Take advantage of the crispness of fall by injecting new energy into your teams and refocusing them on year-end goals.
Students benefit from the excitement of new classrooms, supplies, teachers and subjects so there’s no reason those of us in the working world can’t grab onto a nugget of that crack-open-the-new spiral freshness and use it to attain this year’s annual goals and provide clarity to plans for the year ahead.
The following are five tips leaders can use to focus themselves and their organizations:
- Review your personal “Why” and that of your department or company.” Do they make you excited? Are they relevant to your environment? To the marketplace? Are they aligned? If not, figure out what’s changed and if the Why needs to change as well.
It is more important than ever that educational leaders work with and fully support their teachers. Every teacher wants to improve their practice and be the best they can be for their students. We have the luxury of deciding how we accomplish that, so why wouldn’t we use the technology at our fingertips to drive instruction? To build confidence in our teachers AND our students?
Over the past few years, I have seen the power of next generation/online student assessment platforms and of putting student data to work to invigorate teachers, increase student interest and engagement and provide myriad opportunities for collaboration among staff.
Making the decision to move student assessment online was an easy decision for me; it was the implementation that gave me pause. Before diving in to the deep end with next generation student assessment, I knew I had to dip my toes in the shallow end, asking myself questions along the way to keep my head above water.…
Last week, we asked: How comfortable are you asking questions you don’t know the answers to?
- Very — I have no problem asking questions about any topic: 84.4%
- Somewhat — I don’t do it very often: 13.42%
- Not very — I tend to only ask questions I know the answer to: 1.34%
- Not at all — I avoid asking questions as much as possible: .84%
Questions lead to insight. Early in our careers, we’re trained to always have the answer. As we assume larger leadership roles, it is imperative that we lead the thinking rather than leading the work. Doing so effectively requires you to ask the questions you don’t know the answers to. In so doing, you can take the team beyond their current understanding of the world and lead them to explore new ideas, new opportunities, and new risks.…
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U.S. banks have successfully provided their existing clients with great online methods for managing their day-to-day money matters. But when it comes to shopping for a bank relationship, the industry is falling behind what consumers experience in other realms of their life. There are great opportunities to bring together the channel and marketing silos into an integrated approach to build brand awareness and provide multi-channel shopper support and smooth account opening.
A recent study sponsored by Oliver Wyman and AOL highlights several shifts in consumer mindset, shopping research patterns, influences on bank selection and triggers for account opening. The study combined survey response data from more than 1,700 participants who were either switchers, first time account applicants or abandoners, along with their actual online clickstream history during the 90 days prior to beginning their account opening applications.
Here are four areas where consumer behavior calls for a change in bankers’ thinking:
Your brand must be in the small consideration set, all of the time.…