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Should we be rethinking our school leadership styles?

Educational Leadership
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Jeff sits down with Kathy Jourdain and Mike Ritzius to discuss how leadership styles can make or break your next project.  In this episode, we look at top-down leadership strategies as seen in large conferences, and community-based strategies as seen in the Edcamp model.

About Shape Shifting Strategies

Are you interested in sharpening your skills to engage your team, organization or community in collaborative change and innovation? Are you ready to grow your practice of leading together in the complex times we are experiencing?

Learn and practice proven patterns and methods for collaborative leadership and change.

Build stronger teams and partnerships by engaging others in meaningful conversations that promote resilience, belonging, innovation and collective impact.

Learn practices to engage skillfully with conflict and stuck patterns. Develop leadership confidence for facing challenges that don’t have apparent solutions.


This is for you if:

  • You are hungry for a better way to host collaborative conversations that lead to deeper engagement and wiser action

  • You need to bring together diverse voices with strong views to learn, grow and generate solutions together

  • You are tired of unproductive meetings and repetitive debates

  • You are looking for proven ways to fuel your courage to host change at work, at home or in your community – anywhere that matters to you

  • You are ready to learn new ways to step in, step up and practice hosting the possibility and potential that lives in collective wisdom

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About Our Guests

Kathy Jourdain – Strategist, Process Artist, Author

Kathy Jourdain’s diversity of experience in process design and co-creating adaptive strategy is called upon by a wide variety of clients and colleagues in addressing issues that matter. She is co-founder Worldview Intelligence, a rapidly evolving body of work that generates a deeper understanding of worldview, how worldviews are developed and why understanding them and growing the skill to work with them creates a fundamentally different environment for some of today's most challenging conversations.  For more information check out www.WorldviewIntelligence.com.

Kathy is internationally recognized as a steward and practitioner of the Art of Hosting (AoH) Conversations That Matter, which provides a set of patterns and practices to understand and work with complexity in increasingly unpredictable circumstances. For more information go to www.artofhosting.org

Her company, Shape Shift Strategies Inc., has expertise in co-creative, collaborative leadership and engagement strategies to effectively develop and implement strategic planning, change management, innovation processes, conflict resolution, team enhancement, and to deliver one-on-one and group coaching. For more information check out www.ShapeShiftstrategies.com

Kathy’s memoir, Embracing the Stranger in Me: A Journey to Openheartedness, has been hailed as a deeply authentic sharing of a personal journey that has shaped who Kathy Jourdain is today and an invitation for others to enter or stay in their own unfolding journey. For more information check out www.KathyJourdain.com

Mike Ritzius – Designer of Professional Development, Organizer, Unionist

Mike Ritzius serves as an Associate Director of Professional Development for the New Jersey Education Association where he designs learning experiences for the 200,000 educators that comprise NJEA’s membership. Formerly, he was a high school science teacher of 14 years. During his time as a teacher, Mike co-founded both the Edcamp movement and foundation.

Mike is currently engaged in exploring the practices of Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter in an effort to make schools into the inclusive and participatory communities he knows them to be.


Recorded in 2016

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Jeff Bradbury, creator of TeacherCast, and father of the famous @EduTriplets is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Westwood Regional School District. Thanks for checking out TeacherCast today. Please take a moment to find me on all of my Social Media channels!

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