RESULTS Coaching Next Steps: Leading for Growth and Change
Publication Year: 2017
Grow yourself in order to grow your team. Do you spend your days managing others only to find you’re still putting out fire after fire? What if there was a better way to get things done? There is—leadership coaching is disrupting the scattered management era of education in all the right ways. Get the tools and strategies needed to transform how you think about school supervision that builds capacity, leadership, and learning. This book will help you: • Learn to use neuroscience research productively • Expand your use of communication skills • Understand examples of leaders implementing coach–like behaviors into everyday practice to produce results • Learn specific approaches to supervise and coach for growth • Approach difficult conversations that impact thinking and change with ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Leadership for Today: The Essentials of Coach Leadership
- Chapter 2: Leading With the Brain in Mind
- Chapter 3: The Leader as Coach: Mindset and Skills
- Chapter 4: Supervision vs. Coaching: It’s Time for Change
- Chapter 5: The Power of the Conversation
- Chapter 6: Creating a Coaching Culture
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Praise for RESULTS Coaching Next Steps
“RESULTS Coaching Next Steps invites leaders to function as coaches and clearly teaches them how to coach. It is truly transformational for those unfamiliar with coach leadership and for veteran coaches alike. This book transformed me as a school principal and continues to serve as a fundamental resource in training school leaders. It is without a doubt my top recommendation to anyone who asks how to learn coach-leader skills.”—Dr. Hank Staggs, ACC, DirectorGovernors Academy for School Leadership, Tennessee
“RESULTS Coaching Next Steps: Leading for Growth and Change clearly sets the path for transformational leadership that creates a culture of trust and communication in which the effectiveness of the organization flourishes when freedom to explore and collaborate are not just promoted but valued. The authors artfully articulate and demonstrate the leadership coaching behaviors and skills that help leaders shift organizational mindsets from negatives to positives and behaviors from isolation to collaboration resulting in new and innovative thinking and learning. The UAM School of Education faculty and staff have become fearless visionaries who work as a team to make yesterday’s challenges today’s successes.”—Dr. Peggy Doss, DeanSchool of Education, UAM
“Finally! Another must-have for my professional library! RESULTS Coaching Next Steps speaks to education leaders who continue to focus on being a coach leader, no matter what their title or position. The book drives novice and experienced coaches to reconnect to the essentials and renews your commitment to never interact the same way again.”—Kim Richardson, ACC, Teacher Development CoordinatorHampton City Schools
“Education is about change and growth in people. Results Coaching Global’s first book RESULTS Coaching: The New Essential for School Leaders completely reframed educational leadership landscape. Now RESULTS Coaching Next Steps: Leading for Growth and Change brings out the details in the picture of leading learning systems. This book provides specific examples related to the mindset of the Coach Leader and thoroughly examines supervision versus coaching. Everything you need to create a culture of coaching in your district is laid out beautifully. As a superintendent, I’ve seen firsthand the impact this work has had on principals, midlevel administrators, and cabinet-level leadership. The bottom line—the significant changes we are looking for come from changing educators from within. It is a journey and RESULTS Coaching Next Steps: Leading for Growth and Change is the guidebook.”—David Curry, SuperintendentUnion Hill School District, California
“RESULTS Coaching Next Steps: Leading for Growth and Change equips the 21st century leader to move past old paradigms of supervision and into the realm of influence. Next Steps continues the journey of transformation and challenges administrators to become coach leaders. The need for a coaching culture to support leaders makes this book a valued resource. To truly impact school environments, RESULTS Coaching Next Steps: Leading for Growth and Change is the first place to start!”—Lezley Lewis, Executive Director of Teacher LearningFt. Worth ISD, TX
“RESULTS Coaching: The New Essential for School Leaders has served as the launchpad for authentic communication and academic success in our school district. The authors have developed an educator-friendly book that offers a practical approach, coupled with a dose of theory, to provide a solid balance for the ever-busy school teacher and leader. RESULTS Coaching Next Steps offers a communication framework, a review of essential communication skills, and an especially helpful section for school leaders and supervisors. RESULTS Coaching Next Steps builds upon its predecessor, and continues to support and guide for real change and results. For all of us who know that academic success is dependent on building relationships and communicating effectively, this book is a must-read!”—Carl Dethloff, PhDSuperintendent, San Angelo ISD
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Come—Let’s go to a place of extraordinary results.
A place where every person feels a
deep sense of purpose and moral responsibility
to engage, invest, and achieve at high levels,
individually and as teams.
Come—Let’s go to where trust triumphs over distrust.
Where vulnerability, honesty, loyalty, respect, joy, and a sense of humor radiate.
Where people feel safe and willing to open up and engage
in thoughtful and honest conversations.
Where current realities are identified and examined.
Where successes, both large and small, are recognized, valued, and celebrated.
Here, people listen first and talk later.
They seek to understand what is said, felt, and desired by others.
And when they talk, they talk with others,
rather than at or over others.
Here, people speak using intentional language that aligns with
current research findings from neuroleadership and cognitive behaviors.
Here, thinking abounds and relationships flourish!
People value time for reflections.
They are willing to identify areas in need of
adjustments, improvements, revisions,
as solutions are determined, goals set, and actions planned.
This journey is not necessarily an easy one to take.
There will be obstacles along the way.
Naysayers and outdated hardwiring to name a few,
tugging at us, trying to lure us back
to old habits and status quo.
It will take strong determination and
deep resolve to last this journey.
This is why we carry our TARP and our SCARF with us,
remembering that change takes
Time, Attention, Repetition, and Positive Feedback.
Recognizing that we all want to feel a sense of
Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness
as we travel together.
Come—Let’s keep focused on where we are headed.
After all, we are well on our way.
And when we arrive,
we will know for sure
that this has been a journey well worth taking.By Vicky Dearing, PCCResults Coaching Global
You have picked up this book, Results Coaching Next Steps: Leading for Growth and Change, for a reason specific to you: Perhaps the title intrigued you and you wanted to know more, or maybe it spoke directly to your passion and personal desire to impact results where you lead and live. And possibly you are already familiar with our first book, Results Coaching: The New Essential for School Leaders, and were eager to find out what is next. Whatever the reason that brought you here, we are glad you did!
This book is the result of listening to the voices of leaders, like you, who continued to ask for more specifics and practical approaches on how to lead and coach others in ways that elevate results and strengthen relationships. While standing on its own merits, it best serves as a close companion to follow our first book, Results Coaching: The New Essential for School Leaders, and promises to provide multiple learning opportunities for you, whether new to the role of leader or well-seasoned. It is written to read on your own or with a group of dedicated colleagues.
On our behalf, the writing of this book has been like releasing a long and satisfying breath. It is full of new learnings and experiences with coaching after multiple years of inhaling research and practical examples from working with leaders from across the country. It is considered our gift to those who want more—are hungry for more—on best approaches, on practical ways to lead and coach for growth and deep change—for reaching meaningful results.
- Results that are inclusive of elevated thinking for everyone associated with the school.
- Results that represent advanced learning and behaviors for students, teachers, support staff, parents, and leaders.
- Results that reflect a culture of collaboration, respect, and personal regard for all.
- Results that last.
[Page xii]We wrote Results Coaching Next Steps because there is more to know, there is more to say, and oh, so much more to do to achieve the type of leadership environments that will produce results for students in schools as well as the teachers chosen to make it happen. We believe that leaders who have the skills and tools to coach thinking have the skills and tools to have powerful conversations that impact thoughtful reflection, self-monitoring, and self-assessment. Why did we write this book? We have so far to go. Thousands of leaders retire annually and younger less skilled hopefuls step into their shoes every year. The kids have changed, the teachers have changed, and the communities often have changed, and what is needed is the leader for all seasons: the coach leader.
This book is for all educators, leaders, teachers, or anyone who wants to make a difference: a difference in the results for kids and a difference in the environments and relationships found in most schools. This book is for anyone who engages in conversations desiring to influence the most positive outcome for any relationship.
In Results Coaching: The New Essential for School Leaders, we offered the focus on the leader’s mindset, the power of Intention, the concept of “coach leader,” and the language skills needed to influence and inspire REAL change. In the past 6 years, our work in schools and districts all over the country continues to return to the same issues and boomerang behaviors. This book shares the impact of what happens when leaders become a “coach leader” and walk in the mindset, intention, and language that changes results and people in ways that last—change that will impact student and adult learning and growth across the country. After all, isn’t this what we all want?
Our purpose is to draw upon the coach leader mindset, skills, and tools of the first book and drill down for pure gold: the impact, the difference, the collaborative cultures that can be created. In this book, we drill deeper into the research as to why the coach leader mindset can produce such results—the science that offers compelling information to change. While we all know smoking kills, some people still choose to smoke; while we might pull out a typewriter if we had to, almost no one will today. Why? Because there is a better way! That’s what we want to offer: work, life, relationships, collaborations; all can be improved with the mindset and skills of the coach leader. Four big reasons to buy and read this book:
- We tackle the role of supervision and answer the question that coaching is the broader supervising option. We provide a model and language and tools to support every supervisor and the varying conversations demanded of the role and situation.
- We present a deep review and expansion of the most essential communication skills expected of any leader and specifically how to use these skills more eloquently and purposefully.[Page xiii]
- We offer a conversation framework that will provide confidence and courage in holding thoughtful conversations, including those thought to be tough and difficult conversations.
- We provide evidence of how individuals have created a culture of coaching by working on themselves first to make adaptive changes in their lives and thereby impacting and influencing the overall culture of their organization.
We hope you will experience for yourself how the information contained in this book holds the possibility to not only change but also to transform lives and leadership, including your own.[Page xiv]
As in our first book, Results Coaching: The New Essential for School Leaders, our passion and desire to be the best students of coaching began with the life-changing work and teachings of Art Costa and Bob Garmston, to whom we will forever be indebted for “a way of being” that changed our careers and lives forever.
To Dennis Sparks, Stephanie Hirsh, and Dave Ellis for providing our rich exposure to the larger world of professional coaching.
To Francine Campone, MCC, who continues to be our mentor, teacher, and coach for more than a decade and who challenges us to be the best at our craft and pushes for ultimate possibilities in our mindset for coaching.
To John Crain, lifelong colleague, collaborator, and friend of Kathy and who shares the joy of our work and continual exploration of supervision and its power to transform with the “coach” mindset.
To David Rock, author of Quiet Leadership, who continues to inspire us to align our deep beliefs and core values to the life-changing NeuroLeadership research and its impact.
To our highly skilled instructors whose commitment to this work supports its life, energy, and dynamic impact: Reba Schumacher, Pam Smith, Dr. Lloyd Sain, and David Curry.
To all the people—authors and researchers—whose work motivates and energizes our work:
- Carl Glickman, our Supervision guru
- Susan Scott, Fierce Leadership and Fierce Conversations
- Daniel Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
- Daniel Goleman: Emotional Intelligence
- Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey: How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work and Immunity to Change
- Martin Seligman: Positive Psychology
- Barbara Fredrickson: Positive Psychology
[Page xvi]To our students and fellow educators who love what we have learned and shared in our seminars and have been transformed in their leadership approach to impact real change and results in schools.
To the hundreds of leaders we coach each day, month, and year, whose courage to make a difference and impact the results of schools is ever present.
To our families who stand by our side and cheer on our passion and our joyful work as “coach leaders.”
Thank you each and every one!Publisher’s Acknowledgments
Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following reviewers:
- David G. Daniels
- Susquehanna Valley Senior High School
- Conklin, NY
- Kathy Rhodes
- Hinton Elementary
- Hinton, IA
About the Authors
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