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MASA Feature He paused for a second to reflect and then said confidently, “Jim Collins (Good to Great, 2001) discussed the importance of getting the right people on the bus; Daniel Pink (Drive, 2009) shared how to keep those people engaged and motivated; and Shawn Achor’s work is important because it not only keeps the wheels on the bus, but keeps them moving in the same direction. Culture matters!” Poe is so committed to the power of posi-tive psychology in schools that he requires all new leaders to develop a 21-day action plan on how they will develop their own mindsets and behaviors (one of Achor’s principles). He also clearly communicates to principals that they are responsible for their schools’ culture (and results). This conversation confirmed for me the importance of working with leaders and teachers and giving them the tools and resources to own their own happiness. Next, I had the opportunity to join Dr. Lisa Hagel, superintendent of Michigan’s Genesee Intermediate School District, and her staff as they engaged in the Orange BUDGET SAVINGS FEASIBILITY STUDY 26 MASA LEADER • Fall 2016 Frog Workshop™, a two-day, experiential workshop developed by the International Thought Leader Network (ITLN) and Achor, which is rooted in the core prin-ciples from The Happiness Advantage. To serve as a starting point for the workshop, Achor wrote The Orange Frog, a parable that illustrates the journey to creating a happier, more productive, more satisfying life and workplace. Witnessing firsthand how the workshop fostered collaboration, trust, and the ownership of important behaviors associated with a healthy school culture, I was excited to share the opportunity with the superintendents and principals that Battelle for Kids works with across the country. As Achor explains, most people think the science of happiness is useful for the people around them, but the person we have the greatest power to change is ourselves. We have all felt and observed the power of negative emotions in our schools. This negativity can infect a group of people almost instantly. Fortunately, positive emotions are also contagious, which makes them a powerful tool in our quest for high performance in the workplace. More importantly, the power to spark positive emotions multiplies if you’re in a leadership position. Battelle for Kids is excited to announce an exclusive partnership with ITLN to help bring The Orange Frog Workshop™ to K–12 education. Learn more at www.bfk. org/OrangeFrog. References Achor, S. (2010). The Happiness Advantage: The seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work. New York: Broadway Books. Collins, J.C. (2001). Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap...and others don’t. New York: HarperBusiness. Pederson, J. (September, 2016). Culture Is Contagious: How happiness saved our district. American Association of School Administrators School Administrators Journal. pp. 40–44. Pink, D.H. (2009). Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. New York: Riverhead Books. Bobby Moore is a Senior Director at Battelle for Kids. All views expressed in this article are his own. Contact him at bmoore@bfk.org or follow him on Twitter @DrBobbyMoore. NO-COST “The Severance Plan Experts” 800.747.1504 www.epcinternet.com EPC’s severance plans are a proactive approach for public school districts to achieve significant cost savings, reallocate resources, and reduce the need for layoffs and program cuts. No-Cost Feasibility Study • Offered to public school districts at no-cost or obligation • Provides foresight of plan performance based on data provided by your school district • Statistical model projects plan results using EPC’s experience from 400+ plans implemented • Optimize flexible plan components Our Complete Services Include • A full set of plan documents • All employee communications • Individual enrollment kits • One on one counseling for eligible employees • Full election period enrollment • Benefit administration and record keeping 818115_EPC.indd 1 2016-06-27 2:41 AM


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