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Minds Unleashed: How Principals Can Lead the Right-Brained Way

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Book Summary

Principals: Educational leadership continues to be the most powerful key to ensuring the successful future of all other professions, and thus, the quality of lives for people around the world. This book, your weekly reader, will allow you to have the conversations to help faculty and staff, to help kids. More importantly, these readings invite your thinking to go to different places in your mind as you search for meaning. They are designed to cause new thinking about some familiar issues, and of course, creativity in their solutions. It is this book’s intent to offer solutions for leaders at all levels to do things right, and to do what’s right, or better said, to do things “right-brained.”

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How it all started

Years ago, we became principals for all the right reasons that existed at the time.

We found that after a while, we were pretty darn good at it.

When working with the challenges of the job, we would take a few moments each day to reflect on what was going on, as if performing a case study. We would then creatively apply what was learned to future situations.

And when we moved away from K-12 leadership into higher education, we wanted to share our ideas, some a bit “out there,” and to provide forums through which other leaders at all levels could share what they were learning.

What we noticed was that our approach differed from many of our friends and colleagues, who were more sequential and formulaic. They were more black & white. We began to realize that not only were we doing things “our own” right way, we were doing things a right-brained way. This made all the difference.

Our graduate students began asking us to write about these things and share.

So we did.

Some of our writings we shared in class. Others we kept to ourselves. We even began some online writings, in blog form, at the suggestion of friends on faculty. Our readership expanded, to many countries actually.

Co-authoring became a way we learned from each other.

Over the course of a few years and hundreds of articles shared [that we referred to as “short-reads”], we were encouraged to compile them into a book. That’s part of the way this project started. This compilation of our belief systems, and those from which we have learned, now appears in this book.

It’s a weekly reader for leaders and teams.