E-Colors in Education

Every School. Every Nation.

These schools have confirmed this week the invitation to return to conduct an onsite training. We welcome the request and look forward to expanding the dialogue within their respective teams.

Should you be interested in attending our workshops, institutes or hold an onsite session, feel free to contact us. Below is a framework for implementation.

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On Being a Leader...

1. Talk less, listen more. The leader’s job is to pay attention to what other people say, especially those who think their views don’t count.

2. Don’t step in with solutions too quickly. No-one learns anything new if you keep doing what you already know how to do, and don’t allow others to try.

3. Be authentic, passionate, even emotional, about what you believe in. Share your vision and live your values. The personal is more engaging, even inspiring, than the process.

4. Don’t ‘dis’ downwards. Once a decision is made by the Board, or the leadership team, it’s yours even if you argued against it during discussions.

5. I’m OK: You’re OK. Start from the position that everyone is doing the best they can, then look for ways to support and encourage them – which is so much more rewarding than finding fault.

6. Don’t be the smartest person in the room. Being a leader does not mean knowing more than anyone else. Recognise, encourage and promote others as experts. Give them the trust and autonomy to be creative and do excellent work, defined in their terms.

7. Sense of purpose. Your team know what they do and how to do it, but you can make a big difference by sharing a strong sense of why they’re doing it and where it’s heading.

8. Being right isn’t enough. A great idea is of no consequence unless you can convince others to believe it too, and then persuade them to help you make your idea a reality.

9. Focus on a few things that really matter and where you can make a difference. There may be a hundred different distractions and demands on your time and a hundred ways you could respond, but it’s the dozen carefully chosen actions that deliver the results.

10. Get out and about, and in the work. It’s hard to retain that sense of what the job’s really about when you are sitting in your office. You’ll see what people actually do, rather than what people tell you they do. You’ll see their commitment, effort and achievements first hand, and feel proud to be part of the same team.

11. Keep trying. Don’t beat yourself up when you don’t live up to your own expectations. Reflect and learn from those times when you stumble.

(This post first appeared on Kate Farley’s blog, Hearts and Minds.)

Spring Leadership Institute in Houston :: Feb. 23-24, 2016

Holmquist Elementary (Alief ISD, Houston, TX) is hosting our Leadership Institute. Online registration is open: http://www.ecolorsineducation.com/Training-Coaching.html
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Thank you to the following sponsors:

-Paul Grant*

-Dean Masters*

-Mike Ferns Ong

-Katie Martinez & Nate Salas (mother/son)

-Chameka Scott

-Lewis M. Senior

-John D. Sorrentino

-Maria Edith Treviño

*donated for more than one student

Mission & Vision

Mission: E-Colors in Education is a public charity that is dedicated to delivering valuable, authentic and mindful coaching, as well as personal and professional development to every school in every nation.

Vision: Positively influencing every student, parent, educator and collaborator to become effective communicators, intentional leaders and caring citizens