By on January 27th, 2015 | Comment on this post

Two leading education publishers have joined forces to bring timely, relevant, and thought-provoking stories to K-12 and higher-education leaders and decision-makers. SmartBrief and eSchool Media will feature stories in their respective publications: SmartBrief on EdTech and eSchool News and SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader and eCampus News. The content, which is written by industry experts, will cover a variety of topics in the K-12 ed tech and higher-education spaces.

“Our work with eSchool Media will help ensure K-12 and higher education leaders have access to the latest information and insight to help make more informed decisions for their schools, districts, careers, and institutions,” says Melissa Greenwood, senior education editor for SmartBrief.

Later this year the publications will co-publish original content written by educators, for educators from some of the most well-respected and forward-thinking K-12 and higher ed leaders.

“We are thrilled and honored to be working with such an important news source for the education industry.…

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For many organizations, as the new year begins, performance-management processes kick in.

When people think about performance management, they’re rarely enthused! The response to performance planning is typically neutral, at best.

My experience with clients is that their current performance-management systems are not as relevant to real work and real opportunities as they could be. Performance management today is typically not about developing new skills and greater contribution. Performance management is a “have to do,” so it’s done without enthusiasm.

In one job I had years ago, performance planning consisted of the boss giving each one of his six team members a photocopied list of the goals we were to put into our performance plan for the year. Our roles and responsibilities widely varied, but our boss wanted us to put in the exact same five goals. We put in what he told us to put in, and his bosses blessed our “thorough” performance plans.…

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How involved are you with “more senior” conversations?

  • Very — I always have a seat at the table: 25.73%
  • Somewhat — they include me when I’m the expert: 51.19%
  • Rarely — I have to fight to be included in those discussions: 14.06%
  • Never — I’m always kept at the “kids table:” 9.02%

Earn your seat at the table. To be invited to the table and involved in senior level conversations, let people know what you’re bringing. If you expect to sit in on those discussions based on your title or role alone, prepare to be left out of the important discussions. If, however, you bring a perspective that drives someone else’s agenda or objective function, you’re much more likely to be invited.…

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By on January 26th, 2015 | Comment on this post

P2WContent series: SmartBrief Education brings you coverage of Path to Workforce. Find out what workforce, K-12 and higher-education leaders say about collaboration between education institutions and industry. Also learn about experts’ Path to Workforce predictions for 2015.

Collaboration between education institutions and industry is an important component of workforce development, according to a recent survey in ACTE STEM SmartBrief and SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader.

A majority of STEM educators — 45.45% — who responded said K-12 should connect with industry and community to design stronger pathways to workforce. About 23% of higher education respondents echoed this call.

So how can stakeholders strengthen such partnerships? We posed that question to our SmartBrief on Workforce readers.

Developing internship programs is the most effective way for employers to collaborate with education institutions, according to 58.26% of respondents.

Partnerships with vocational schools and community colleges came in second, with 28.7% of the vote.…

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By Naphtali Hoff on January 26th, 2015 | Comment on this post

Now more than ever great leaders are great storytellers. Storytelling helps executives weave rich narratives that inspire their organizations, set a vision, teach important lessons, and define the culture and values. Perhaps most importantly, stories explain who you are, how you got here, and what you believe most deeply about your work and about each other.

According to branding expert Dan Schwabel, storytelling is useful when leading change or making recommendations. It’s also good for approaching delicate issues like diversity and inclusion, or giving people feedback in a way that will be better received.

One leader who told a compelling story was Hubertus von Grünberg, a former CEO and chairman at Continental AG. In the mid-1990s, Continental, the world’s fourth-largest tire company, was a powerhouse in its native Germany but held a small relative share in the global market. Continental’s executives understood that for Continental to survive, it would have to build new core capabilities and grow its international business.…

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