These are my notes from Steven Covey‘s keynote address at the ISTE Conference in Philadelphia on June 28, 2011. Steven presented over a videoconference connection. MY THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS ARE IN ALL CAPS.
Leadership is a choice, not a position
– I define leadership differently than most people
Today I want to discuss leading your life, and being a leader for students
To be successful in today’s economy, you need a strong skill set, tool set, and mindset
– if you miss one of these, you feel pain
– without these we become obsolete and irrelevant
– not enough attention is being given today to MINDSET
Biggest changes in your life will come from changing your mindset, not your skill or tool sets
– who we are are is made up of many kinds of mindsets or paradigms
– these are temporary and change with our surroundings
I’ve spend almost my entire career identifying the mindsets we want to be long lasting
reactive people see themselves as products of their environment or genes
– blaming circumstances and outside factors, rather than taking responsibility for choices
people with proactive mindsets control the weather of their minds
– don’t let their past hold their future hostage
– realize the best ways to realize their future is create it
Story about a teacher in California who read the book, “The Leader in Me”
– stories of how teachers around the world are transforming their schools and school cultures
By focusing your mindset on things you CAN control, rather than things outside your control, you’ll make a bigger
you are the creative force of your own mind
habit 2: BEgin with the end in mind (Vision)
– especially applies to personal leadership
Personal model: Live life in crescendo
technology is a means, not an end
– some educators make technology an end, however (acquiring a SmartBoard, new software, new gadgets)
Technology is meant to bless, not to impress
remember relationships are much more important than things
habit 3: put first things first (discipline)
– stay focused on what matters most
Principles drive the consequences of behavior
2 suggestions for helping prepare students for new jobs not yet invented
1- empower students with effective mindsets / paradigms
– skill and tool set improvements will just result in incremental changes
– lasting changes go with mindset changes
Principles will remain constant into the 31st century
In our effort to leave no child behind, we have limited our vision of what teachers are and and do
– if we reduce education to a test score, we will never help students reach their potential
Reducing children to a test score is the worst form of identity theft we could commit in schools
Quotation and Mother
“This is what I want for my son. At home, he is so much more… [than a test score]”
I STOPPED TAKING NOTES AT THIS POINT IN THE KEYNOTE. THERE ARE GREAT IDEAS HERE TO BE SURE. THIS WASN’T THE KIND OF KEYNOTE I EXPECTED OR WANTED AT AN EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE, HOWEVER.
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I love what you say about the biggest changes in life occur when you change your mindset. I fiind this statement to be so true. The times in my life when I noticed the most changed occured when I changed how I thought about a situation.
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