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Oct 30, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Communicating Among Tribes

Characteristics of the key tribal stages.

If you're looking for some pointers on how to understand what type of a tribe you're dealing with—important if, say, you're a new principal to a building and have multiple tribes involved—you can look to the indicators in the image above. Stage 1 tribe members will say things such as, "The kids have no chance." They will be isolated, will have a Me vs. Them attitude, can see no way out, and don't understand why they should bother.

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Topics: Tribal Leadership

Oct 28, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Understand Your Tribes

If we want to create inquiry-based next generation classrooms in which students are free to use their creative, evaluative and analytical skills, we must first ensure that the leadership is in place to create those environments. It all comes down to our teams, first and foremost. To understand why this is so important and how it impacts education, it is first important to understand tribal leadership itself, and how we choose to organize ourselves in community.

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Topics: Tribal Leadership

Mar 9, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Are School Leaders Tribal Leaders?

As educational shocks occur, they are going to affect everyone. If everyone can collaborate, think of solutions, look at the accepted practices and think about the organizational threads of execution, you are going to fall into alignment and be best adapted to handle this change to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Topics: Tribal Leadership

Feb 2, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Communication in School Tribal Cultures

We've been talking about tribes (the five stages of tribes, and how this applies to your school) and David Logan's findings in researching what makes a good corporate environment work well.

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Topics: Tribal Leadership, School Climate and Culture, Leadership

Jan 31, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

An Introduction to Tribal Leadership, Part 2

Previously, we wrote on researcher David Logan's concept of tribal leadership. (If you missed the first post, click here.)

Here's how the five stages map into K-12 education, science and leadership.

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Topics: Tribal Leadership, School Climate and Culture, Leadership

Jan 31, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

An Introduction to Tribal Leadership, Part 1

When we think of a “tribe,” the image of indigenous peoples often comes to mind: a group of people who are distinctly different from the general society. Or, as anthropologist David Corry suggested, tribes are made of people who “have followed ways of life for many generations that are largely self-sufficient, and are clearly different from the mainstream and dominant society.”

However, as researcher and USC professor Dr. David Logan and his colleagues discovered, we are all members of tribes. In fact, we're each members of several tribes. We may belong to a political tribe that favors one party or another. We may be a member of another tribe defined by its religious belief, its preference for a particular sports team or one's chosen profession—soldier, factory worker, teacher or lawyer.

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Topics: Tribal Leadership, School Climate and Culture, Leadership

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