Learning Chaos
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 47
  • Last: 16 Feb 2018
The intersection of Leadership, Learning and Language from a recovering English teacher, leadership coach, and lifelong learner.

Episodes (47)

  • Present tense, present relaxed
    Present tense, present relaxed
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    Published: 16 Feb 2018 Duration: 09:24
    Maybe being tense is an addiction. Like alcoholism. What if we could learn to replace what I call present tense with present relaxed? Listen for a few minutes, just listen without trying to do anything else. Inducing tension is a habit; we ... Read more →
    Maybe being tense is an addiction. Like alcoholism. What if we could learn to replace what I call present tense with present relaxed? Listen for a few minutes, just listen without trying to do anything else. Inducing tension is a habit; we ... Read more →

  • Renee Sandell and Visual Fitness
    Renee Sandell and Visual Fitness
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    Published: 27 Dec 2017 Duration: 16:48
    Renee Sandell has found a life in art. An accomplished artist herself, she is passionate about art’s central power in life and in living. She brings that passion to a focus on art education. We can all understand art’s form, theme and conte... Read more →
    Renee Sandell has found a life in art. An accomplished artist herself, she is passionate about art’s central power in life and in living. She brings that passion to a focus on art education. We can all understand art’s form, theme and conte... Read more →

  • Why Share Leadership?
    Why Share Leadership?
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    Published: 20 Dec 2017 Duration: 11:50
    What if the more power we share, the more power there is? The answer to Why Share Leadership? is “because it works.” Schools, businesses and agencies can establish a more powerful, transparent and productive community when they see leadersh... Read more →
    What if the more power we share, the more power there is? The answer to Why Share Leadership? is “because it works.” Schools, businesses and agencies can establish a more powerful, transparent and productive community when they see leadersh... Read more →

  • Charles Sosnik and a Passion for Learning
    Charles Sosnik and a Passion for Learning
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    Published: 20 Nov 2017 Duration: 33:09
    Charles Sosnik is the Editor in Chief at edCircuit, a popular online magazine dedicated to education and learning. He and I share a devotion to improving the classroom, each of us hoping to make a difference in the opportunities for teacher... Read more →
    Charles Sosnik is the Editor in Chief at edCircuit, a popular online magazine dedicated to education and learning. He and I share a devotion to improving the classroom, each of us hoping to make a difference in the opportunities for teacher... Read more →

  • Teaching Beyond Knowledge
    Teaching Beyond Knowledge
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    Published: 7 Nov 2017 Duration: 16:17
    When I started teaching, I thought that my job was to know everything. After all, that’s how I thought of my teachers. We teachers can’t compete with the Internet. We must re-define our necessity by helping our learners to become managers o... Read more →
    When I started teaching, I thought that my job was to know everything. After all, that’s how I thought of my teachers. We teachers can’t compete with the Internet. We must re-define our necessity by helping our learners to become managers o... Read more →

  • Ambiguity Drives Leadership
    Ambiguity Drives Leadership
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    Published: 20 Oct 2017 Duration: 10:34
    The world is increasingly rife with ambiguity, has been for decades, and will continue. Rapid cultural, social, and organizational change can be intimidating and lead to nostalgia for what seemed like a simpler time. As Thomas Wolfe said, “... Read more →
    The world is increasingly rife with ambiguity, has been for decades, and will continue. Rapid cultural, social, and organizational change can be intimidating and lead to nostalgia for what seemed like a simpler time. As Thomas Wolfe said, “... Read more →

  • Bridging the Generational Divide through Lateral Listening
    Bridging the Generational Divide through Lateral Listening
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    Published: 31 Aug 2017 Duration: 13:04
    We’re all faced with what may seem like unbridgeable differences. Between the generations, between employees and supervisors, conservatives and liberals, teachers and administrators. Lateral Listening is a practice that bridges these divide... Read more →
    We’re all faced with what may seem like unbridgeable differences. Between the generations, between employees and supervisors, conservatives and liberals, teachers and administrators. Lateral Listening is a practice that bridges these divide... Read more →

  • Harnessing the Power of Cadence, from the Class Room to the Board Room
    Harnessing the Power of Cadence, from the Class Room to the Board Room
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    Published: 13 Jul 2017 Duration: 13:56
    Cadence is a powerful tool to help us improve our leadership. Cadence can serve as a frame to make us more effective in how we lead, teach, and even speak to one another. The podcast serves up some simple tips that can transform our interac... Read more →
    Cadence is a powerful tool to help us improve our leadership. Cadence can serve as a frame to make us more effective in how we lead, teach, and even speak to one another. The podcast serves up some simple tips that can transform our interac... Read more →

  • Fingerspitzengefühl
    Fingerspitzengefühl
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    Published: 4 Jul 2017 Duration: 15:12
    Fingerspitzengefühl is a spectacular word, both to say and practice. The best translation I can find is "finger-tip feeling." Equal doses of instinct, intuition, and a gestalt approach to information can produce powerful thinking and decisi... Read more →
    Fingerspitzengefühl is a spectacular word, both to say and practice. The best translation I can find is "finger-tip feeling." Equal doses of instinct, intuition, and a gestalt approach to information can produce powerful thinking and decisi... Read more →

  • The Swing Shift Leadership Triad
    The Swing Shift Leadership Triad
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    Published: 23 Jun 2017 Duration: 11:13
    One of the pleasures of my life is the people I work with. In this case, a room full of warehouse workers kicked me out for an hour while they figured out leadership simply and clearly. What they came up with is amazing! See what you think ... Read more →
    One of the pleasures of my life is the people I work with. In this case, a room full of warehouse workers kicked me out for an hour while they figured out leadership simply and clearly. What they came up with is amazing! See what you think ... Read more →

  • Wicked Learning for Wicked Problems
    Wicked Learning for Wicked Problems
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    Published: 20 Jun 2017 Duration: 12:23
    "Wicked Problem" describes any situation that can't be solved in the traditional sense with a single answer. 2 + 2 = 4 is a "tame problem" with a single solution. Learning and education are wicked problems - they need lots of different pers... Read more →
    "Wicked Problem" describes any situation that can't be solved in the traditional sense with a single answer. 2 + 2 = 4 is a "tame problem" with a single solution. Learning and education are wicked problems - they need lots of different pers... Read more →

  • Enlisted Relationships
    Enlisted Relationships
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    Published: 11 May 2017 Duration: 11:30
    Among the myriad buzzwords in OD (itself the king of buzzwords) are two that raise my hackles: "unintended consequences" and "empowerment." I'd like to suggest we reframe both, as they imply a kind of control we need to abandon.
    Among the myriad buzzwords in OD (itself the king of buzzwords) are two that raise my hackles: "unintended consequences" and "empowerment." I'd like to suggest we reframe both, as they imply a kind of control we need to abandon.

  • Laughtership
    Laughtership
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    Published: 11 May 2017 Duration: 11:22
    One of the qualities of every effective leader (regardless of her/his title) I have met is a willingness to laugh, especially in self-deprecation. Laughter releases endorphins, boosts our immune system, activities the deep learning part of ... Read more →
    One of the qualities of every effective leader (regardless of her/his title) I have met is a willingness to laugh, especially in self-deprecation. Laughter releases endorphins, boosts our immune system, activities the deep learning part of ... Read more →

  • Cluelessness
    Cluelessness
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    Published: 20 Jan 2017 Duration: 11:14
    How often do we confuse intent and impact, thinking that how others' behavior or words affected us is what they intended? When we react instead of considering the possibility of cluelessness as the cause, we remove the possibility of learni... Read more →
    How often do we confuse intent and impact, thinking that how others' behavior or words affected us is what they intended? When we react instead of considering the possibility of cluelessness as the cause, we remove the possibility of learni... Read more →

  • Bass Ackwards Planning
    Bass Ackwards Planning
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    Published: 22 Nov 2016 Duration: 12:08
    There's nothing inherently good or bad about structure. We trainers, facilitators, teachers and leaders can make space for more excited and effective learners. An important key to improving our class rooms and retreats is to embrace bass a... Read more →
    There's nothing inherently good or bad about structure. We trainers, facilitators, teachers and leaders can make space for more excited and effective learners. An important key to improving our class rooms and retreats is to embrace bass a... Read more →

  • Richard King and a Drummer's Lot
    Richard King and a Drummer's Lot
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    Published: 6 Oct 2016 Duration: 26:22
    Richard and I go way back. He's a consummate drummer, and he knows vinatge hardware like no one else, which is why the Rolling Stones called him when Charlie Watts had a drum emergency. Without the beat, the music doesn't move. Richard IS t... Read more →
    Richard and I go way back. He's a consummate drummer, and he knows vinatge hardware like no one else, which is why the Rolling Stones called him when Charlie Watts had a drum emergency. Without the beat, the music doesn't move. Richard IS t... Read more →

  • Maslow's Basement
    Maslow's Basement
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    Published: 4 Sep 2016 Duration: 11:17
    Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” has been around a long time. We know that when people are fearful, their ability to think and perform at higher levels is compromised, so why is anxiety still so much a part of our schools and businesse... Read more →
    Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” has been around a long time. We know that when people are fearful, their ability to think and perform at higher levels is compromised, so why is anxiety still so much a part of our schools and businesse... Read more →

  • Appendix, Wisdom Teeth, and Tests 816
    Appendix, Wisdom Teeth, and Tests 816
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    Published: 8 Aug 2016 Duration: 10:44
    Though there are data to suggest a connection between grades and achievement, there are no compelling data to suggest a link between grades and lifelong learning. Grades and performance appraisals link learning to anxiety, a very non-produc... Read more →
    Though there are data to suggest a connection between grades and achievement, there are no compelling data to suggest a link between grades and lifelong learning. Grades and performance appraisals link learning to anxiety, a very non-produc... Read more →

  • The Tepidity of Tolerance
    The Tepidity of Tolerance
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    Published: 2 Jul 2016 Duration: 09:45
    I recently worked with a group where the word "tolerance" caused a wonderful, chaotic conflict. We finally reached agreement that tolerance (which comes from a word meaning 'to bear pain') is a tepid way to see others' differences. We agree... Read more →
    I recently worked with a group where the word "tolerance" caused a wonderful, chaotic conflict. We finally reached agreement that tolerance (which comes from a word meaning 'to bear pain') is a tepid way to see others' differences. We agree... Read more →

  • Imposing and Exposing Leadership
    Imposing and Exposing Leadership
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    Published: 13 Jun 2016 Duration: 10:40
    Leaders, including teachers as well as supervisors, either rely on imposing leadership - making others compliant, or exposing leadership - giving people a place for commitment, space to show up with their own unique leadership voice.
    Leaders, including teachers as well as supervisors, either rely on imposing leadership - making others compliant, or exposing leadership - giving people a place for commitment, space to show up with their own unique leadership voice.

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