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The Coaching Letter

The Coaching Letter is written by Partners’ staff member Isobel Stevenson, who has extensive experience as both a leader and a coach. The Coaching Letter’s perspective is that leaders could be a bit more successful if they thought and acted more like coaches, and coaches could be a bit more successful if they thought and acted more like leaders.

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302, 2022

Coaching Letter #158

February 3, 2022|

Hi, how are you, thank you for reading the Coaching Letter, and thank you to those of you who responded to the last CL, on street data. This letter is about psychological safety, which is the condition of knowing that your thoughts and ideas are welcome, won't be judged or dismissed, and that you will be given the benefit of the doubt and assumed to have positive intent. I talk to a lot of educators who do not believe that
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2101, 2022

Coaching Letter #157

January 21, 2022|

Friends, I hope this finds you well – for many of you, today was a snow day, so I hope you were able to make good use of it. I am sorry that circumstances continue to be really challenging for educators of all stripes, and I am grateful to all the people who wrote in response to the last Coaching Letter, about learning from the science of happiness. I’m glad it was useful. At the same time, I made reference
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401, 2022

Coaching Letter #156

January 4, 2022|

Happy New Year! I very much hope that you were able to take a break over the holidays, and that you and yours are happy and healthy. New Year was always a big deal when I was growing up – I wrote this description of Hogmanay and The New Year a few years ago, and updated it this morning, in case you’re interested—it’s all about my family tradition and nothing about coaching or leading. I told a bunch of people that this
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1911, 2021

Coaching Letter #155

November 19, 2021|

Hello, I hope you are well. I was in Columbus, Ohio, last week, for the annual conference of the University Council for Educational Administration, which is a consortium of college of educations’ departments of educational leadership. I went because Jennie and I were presenting on the conceptual framework underlying our book on strategy: equity, logic, capacity and coherence. But even if I hadn’t been presenting, I would have tried to go, because it’s a small conference and I get to
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811, 2021

Coaching Letter #154

November 8, 2021|

Hello, I hope this finds you well. This is the weekend in the US when, for most states, the clocks go back an hour. It is, therefore, my favorite weekend of the year. Plus, I get to indulge my favorite delusion, that I will take advantage of the change in the time to start getting up earlier. It’s not going to happen, but it’s a nice idea. I have had a very busy, very stressful, but quite wonderful couple of
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2610, 2021

Coaching Letter #153

October 26, 2021|

I hope you are doing well. Here in Connecticut, fall seems to have started later than usual—but today is a lot cooler, and the trees outside my window have all changed their colors, and so have we. As you probably know by now, the Center has changed its name to Partners for Educational Leadership. We have a new website, and if you want to learn more about the shift, you can read my colleague Richard’s letter explaining the background. And I have a
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