For some strange reason this song from My Fair Lady came to my mind while writing this post… Knowing the words of the song I know exactly why: “With a little bit of luck someone else will do the blinkin’ work (With a little bit of luck you’ll never work)”. Without luck I just have to do also the thinking work!
This week I had to find my inner leader just to lead myself through this tough week with several different tasks.
This blog post is good example of what you shouldn’t do, add all kind of stuff into one single post, but necessity knows no law.
Leaders and leadership
If you find yourself a good leader it’s something you should hold onto. Everyone has met leaders that makes you wonder who has promoted them and why. They may be experts on their own field but they have no idea of how they should deal with their followers.
Good leader has a vision what the company is heading for and he’s the one showing the way to his followers. He understands the culture of the company and knows it’s strategy. He also knows how to engage his followers so they also do their best for the joint success.
It is possible to learn leadership skills and become a good leader. You can reach to that level by learning, being observant and obtaining the needed skills. Companies are full of leaders who have done their job well enough to get promoted. They know what they are talking about but they don’t necessarily know how they should lead and what leadership really means.
In Robert J. Allio’s article Leaders and Leadership – many theories, but what advice is reliable? he writes that some scholars have tried to differentiate leadership and management. As if managers had subordinates who they oblige and leaders have followers who they persuade.
I especially liked the following sentence that accumulates the idea of leadership: “The reality is that managers must lead, and leaders must manage.”
There isn’t philosopher’s stone to tell how to become good leader. You can assume certain skills and learn to be a good leader but to become a great leader you have to born with it. At least I think so. You have to have ideas and visions, but also lots of ambition and charisma. You have to have a certain passion that keeps you going!
“A wise manager surrounds himself with subordinates that are more clever than him.” one of my former superiors once told me. I think she was right. By saying that she showed me that she values what I know and what I can do for the company. She made me feel special. I didn’t think her as a manager, she was truly a leader. And after that I wasn’t subordinate, I became follower.
Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection
From leaders we jump into school world. The report “Students, Computers and Learning” was released 2015. It says: “In 2012, 96% of 15-year-old students in OECD countries reported that they have a computer at home, but only 72% reported that they use a desktop, laptop or tablet computer at school, and in some countries fewer than one in two students reported doing so.”
I was a bit surprised about this because I would have thought that computers are already in common everyday use in every school. I’ve also thought that all net natives would have excellent computing skills but that doesn’t seem to be the fact.
I read blog posts of Michael Trucano and Andreas Schleicher where they commented the report. Trucano’s summary of key findings is interesting to read. There is a lot technology in schools but it is not used effectively. I’ve seen the same thing in my work. The amount of apps doesn’t make your work any easier if you’re missing the point why you should use them.
Curriculum Design and Implementation
Now I step into a field I know absolutely nothing about.
What I found out is we in Metropolia have a curricula guide for planning the studies. The curricula contain descriptions of all studies. Curricula define the learning outcomes, content and the assessment criteria. It also contains course timing and extent. It has been planned so students can have flexible study paths. Students can choose at least 15 credits optional studies or 30 credits secondary subjects.
Metropolia’s curricula are competence-based and they are formulated by degree programs. Curricula work is made in cooperation with teachers, students and working life.
I have to dig deeper into this and find out all the steps. I’ll return to this subject later when I know what I’m writing about.
Miscellaneous blog post
What do these three things have in common and why are they all in same post? These were the things I read about this week and the common denominator is my studies. Because I had a mixed week I wanted to share it with you. Sometimes you have time to concentrate on one thing and sometimes you just have to multitask as much as you can.
And what comes to the song from My Fair Lady, it just popped up to my mind and made my day a bit better!