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Reclaim your profession… Reclaim your POWER!. The Oklahoma Education Association. Session One. Connecting Self-Interest to Levels of Power. The pressures on families. The Levels of Power. CORPORATE. The Levels of Power. BUREAUCRACY. The Levels of Power. GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, &

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Reclaim your profession…Reclaim your POWER!

The Oklahoma Education Association


Session One

Connecting Self-Interest to Levels of Power


The pressures on families


The Levels of Power

  • CORPORATE


The Levels of Power

  • BUREAUCRACY


The Levels of Power

  • GOVERNMENT,

  • POLITICS, &

  • POLITICIANS


The Levels of Power

  • LAWYERS

  • AND

  • EXPERTS


The Levels of Power

  • The Media


The Levels of Power

  • UNIONS,

  • CONGREGATIONS

  • &

  • SCHOOLS


The Levels of Power

  • CITIZENS,

  • FAMILIES

  • AND

  • COMMUNITIES


The Levels of Power

  • POWER

  • RECOGNIZES

  • POWER!


Minimum requirements for power…

  • Must have at least 2 participants

  • Must have a PLAN!


However…

Power without Love is Brutality….

And Love without Power is Sentimentality.


FOLLOW THE $$...THE STORY OF SANDI KRESS

  • The Godfather of High-stakes Testing


Self-interest: Latin for “interesse”—the interests among, between

  • The continuum of self-interest:

  • Selfish……….…Self-Interest………….….Selfless

  • All self, BalanceNo self,

  • no others all others


The continuum of consent:

  • The continuum of consent:


If we don’t know our own self-interests, we will be MANIPULATED!


Session Two

Relational Power and the Power of One on One Conversations


RELATIONSHIPS: Private vs. Public


Two types of power…

Unilateral:

  • Top down

  • Rugged individual

  • Others exist to carry out their will

  • Delegating

  • Power is a zero-sum game…there’s only so much power to go around

Relational:

  • Power with

  • Others seen as potential leaders

  • Belief in mentoring

  • Exponential power…power grows through others


Relational Best Practices

The One to One

Relational Meeting:

  • Always face to face

  • Intentional

  • 30 minutes

  • Purpose? To explore the possibility of a relationship…to determine if you want a second meeting with this person!


One to One Relational Meetings


THE IRON RULE…

NEVER

EVER

DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE

THAT HE OR SHE CAN DO

FOR HIM OR HERSELF!

AGITATION

VS.

IRRITATION


How do you spot an organizer?Qualities to look for…

  • Anger

    To the Greeks, “meekness” meant appropriate anger at the appropriate time. They positioned meekness between two other emotions on a continuum:

    Rage--------meekness--------apathy


Other qualities to look for…

  • Humor

  • Imagination

  • Curiosity

  • The “Integrated Schizoid”

  • Acceptance of terminality

  • Ego


What does organizing look like?

General Organizing Actions

Association Actions

  • Develop association leaders

  • Move an agenda

  • Membership engagement

  • Improving teaching and learning conditions

  • Building membership

  • Develop leaders

  • Move an agenda

  • Deepen member involvement

  • Raise $$


Time management

1) Be clear about the mission…whatis most important? What are we trying to make happen?

2) Be strategic!

  • What can I do now that positions me for the future? This draws on imagination, creativity

  • Avoid one size fits all thinking…local context matters

  • Refusal to accept a changing world

  • Seeing life as one-dimensional…all things are good or everything is bad

    3) Reflection


The cycle of reflection:

“We run around as a ball of undigested happenings.”

Saul Alinsky


There’s power in reflection!

What gets in the way?

What helps?

  • Reading—specific and targeted

  • Writing

  • Tension

  • Training

  • Mentoring

  • Quiet time

  • Sleep

  • Time

  • Fear

  • Lack of humor

  • Arrogance

  • Lack of ego

  • Technology

  • Fatigue


Make a budget…

Are we filling our calendars with tasks, operations, or opportunities? Most of us work 90% operations, 10% opportunities! Strive for 50/50!


So now we know…

  • There’s no shame in self interest

  • There’s unselfishness in self-interest

  • We are currently at the BOTTOM of the levels of power

  • Power depends upon relationships

  • Power depends upon consent

  • Reflection is vital


Thank you for your time and attention!


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