Leadership in organizations is going through unprecedented change. In the past compliance, conformity, and command and control were adequate for product-based world in education and business. As the world moves toward more knowledge work and a VUCA (volatile, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) society, building cultures of continual learning will be required.
The WHY of the book is to create and sustain organization that will deal effectively with many changes. Our life is being driven by technology, unintended consequences, and the unknown. To deal with these changes and others, organizations will need cultures that promote learning.
The HOW are the 7Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Coaching, Change, Conflict, Creativity, and Courage. Each of these are important elements of a more productive system.
The WHAT include results that include Cultural Competence, Coaching Tools, and building a Commonwealth of practices to sustain growth and adaptability.
If you want to save TIME, this book is for you. Enjoy the journey.
William A. Sommers, PhD is a practitioner with fifty years of experience in K-12, university, and business. Bill is a well-read learner who remains a site leader.
Jakub Gradzielski is an electrical engineer by training with the bulk of his experience in managing production teams. Being trilingual provides Jakub access to worldwide companies where coaching managers and executives are his main focus.
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Chapter 2. Some Basics of Leadership
Chapter 3. The How: The 7Cs of Learning Cultures
Chapter 4. Communication
Chapter 5. Facilitating Collaboration
Chapter 6. Coaching and Supervision
Chapter 7. Conflict
Chapter 8. Navigating Change
Chapter 9. Creativity
Chapter 10. Courage
Chapter 11. Cultural Competence
Chapter 12. Coaching Tools
Chapter 13. Commonwealth
About the Authors
If you combine compassion with wisdom you get Bill Sommers. Read this book and absorb his latest insights!
The power of leadership and becoming a leader is through the influence one has on another person's perspective, thinking, and direction. Sommers and Grzadzielski have provided guidance and exceptional resources to this end for aspiring and current leaders in schools and business and executive leadership coaches. As they state, "You can't rely on one way to do leading, coaching, supporting, or delegating. The more repertoire, the more influence." For those who are constantly seeking to learn more about being a leader, the content of this book will be one that you will refer to often as you reflect on the influence you desire to have with others.
Powerful! Compliance Cop to Culture Coach is the ultimate guide to leading, inspiring and empowering your team to create a positive culture that lasts. Read this book, put it into practice, and watch the way it radically changes your business!
Leveraging coaching, creativity, and collaboration are key to substantive improvements in one’s life. Bill Sommers and Jakub Grządzielski inspire us to take the next steps toward “daily learning and self improvement” as the path to a “beautiful career and life journey.” Packed full with stories and examples I couldn’t put it down.
It is rare when vast and significant experience speaks with authority on bleeding edge issues. Good news…this is such a book. This textbook for leading by learning offers strong context and a potent framework to explore our post COVID environment. By understanding organizational nuance and advocating for intentional action it sits at the top of the Cultural Competency field. Specifically, I found the attention given to conflict powerful and inspiring. As leaders we must move from conflict avoidance to a radical transparent embrace of conflict. Bravo!
I know no educator who has read more deeply about leadership and applied it so thoroughly in his own career. You will find a collection of wisdom from a consummate learner, leader and coach that will benefit all of us who want to move our profession forward, whether it's about collaboration, change management, conflict resolution, managing rapid change, or effective coaching. Specific vignettes from real events illustrate the points.
In his book, Compliance Cop to Culture Coach: Coaching Cultural Competency, co-author Bill Sommers has done it again. In everything Bill writes and every time he speaks, there is profound wisdom born of experience and voracious reading of books and messages from every corner. Bill readily shares this wisdom in an actionable way. Get ready because the teacher and principal will give you serious, life changing homework.