Author Archives: Jerry Jennings


“You as a leader” . . . Questions to ask yourself . . .

“You as a leader” . . . Questions to ask yourself . . .

This is not a complete list. Hopefully it has questions that will get you thinking about your current or future potential leadership service.   What are your dispositions as a leader? Do you see yourself as someone who can think interdependently? Do you see a need for and/or a value in – intentionally growing and


The ‘culture’ of conflict must be changed!

When I think about conflict that tends to festers in disagreement I also think about the possibility.  I think about the potential opportunity of working together and finding a way to discover an agreed upon common good.  I know that that many might find my thinking “soft” and “wishful thinking”.  I know that the whole

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Tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert

I really believe that tomorrow belongs to those that can collaborate and create in concert.  Given the fact that the federal government is likely to shut down tomorrow – I really believe that tomorrow literally and figuratively belongs to those that are will to to think interdependently. I don’t believe that for an effective collaboration



Engaging teachers and principals in regular and frequent meetings demands that time become worthwhile.   We suggest the following steps to change how time is spent and to keep the focus on learning with school staff members: 1.   Have regularly scheduled and facilitated PLC meetings, with the staff setting agendas    and understanding the purpose of


An Alternative to ‘Polishing the Status Quo’

The existing state of affairs in the environment, education, healthcare, workers rights, nutrition, transportation, energy or in many other areas leads people to look for change. Focusing on the preferred future rather than just steps away from the current situation has the potential to lead to transformative change.   Further, when a community of people focus


How does important, complicated, and serious work get done?

Think putting a man on the moon. Think bring Apollo 13 home. Through collaboration!   Our times require us all to be willing, able and effective in our collaborations within and across networks.  We need to be explores of the power and potential of ‘interdependence’ because we and others are investors, owners, caretakers and creators


Design Thinking: Where our thinking starts will effect where our thinking goes

There is a big difference between the probe “What’s wrong?” and the probe “What works?” Below you will find a graphic based on the thinking of a successful architect.  Peter Saurcerman,  an architect for 35 years in Northern California.  He believes that groups thinking together in response to the “What works?” probe will be more


So many definitions of leadership – here are a few . . .

Multidimensional Qualities of Leadership, A Sampling Definitions of Leadership Leadership – mobilizing people to tackle tough problems.  ~  Leadership Without Easy Answers, Ronald Heifetz, 1994, page 15 That the job of school leaders is ‘primarily about enhancing the skills of knowledge of people in the organization, creating common culture of expectations around the use of


Gaining the Skills, Knowledge and Dispositions of Thinking Together: Essential Educational Goals as We Help Our Students Meet Their Futures

I believe that getting good at thinking together is an important goal to strive for.   As teachers we need to help our students to develop the skills, dispositions and attitudes helpful to engage in thoughtful, productive conversation. The complexity of the world can lead adults to respond to problems in ways that are almost devoid