How might we forge connections and collaborative mindsets in our leadership team to set the stage for change in our school?
In mid-July, 2016, the Nightingale-Bamford leadership team came together for two days at the IBM Center for Learning in Armonk, NY, to engage in connective work with one another in order to get to know one another better and explore their collective approach to leadership of the school. The group included school leaders from many levels within the school, offering an opportunity for senior and mid-level administrators to collaborate in new ways. Over the course of the two-day experience, the group articulated and explored their group norms, clarified and shared their individual values as leaders and saw where there were differences and places of overlap, and engaged in some question-storming to identify the key challenges facing the school in the coming year. The group also learned the habits and mindsets of designers as they undertook a design challenge geared toward imagining solutions to the thorny problems they anticipated they might face moving forward. Administrators emerged with both a deeper knowledge of their own superpowers as individual leaders and a greater understanding of one another, as they learned and practiced new problem-solving skills that prepared them for their work together as a leadership team.
Experience Designer: Carla Silver