Sheena Iyengar: Leading By Choice

Here are my notes from Sheena Iyengar’s talk at the 2011 NAIS Annual Conference:

Leading by Choice: Sheena Iyengar

Harnessing the Power of Choice:

1. Control – giving people a sense of control by offering a choice increases positive results

2. Culture – different cultures have different perspectives on the value of choice

3. Choice Overload – avoid ambiguity by offering limited choice

4. Informed Intuition – reason, gut, and knowledge of others all combine to make good choices.

“Choosing is an art.”


NAIS Annual Conference 2011

As I wrote in an earlier post, I attended the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Association of Independent Schools. On Day 1, I saw presentations by Sheena Iyengar, Sugata Mitra, Jim Tracy and Nancy Boyle of Cushing Academy, and Dan Heath. It was an excellent opportunity to hear top-notch writers and speakers on a variety of topics related to education.

My big takeaway lesson of the conference is this:

Decide what your educational philosophy is, stay true to it, and then find the tools that support that philosophy. Using tech tools just because they are the latest thing will not work. Your philosophy always comes first.

In my next several posts, I will be sharing my thoughts on what I learned from the sessions I attended.


Living It Up at National Harbor

Well, living it up only as much as a bunch of private-school teachers and administrators can, which isn’t much!

Anyway, I arrived in National Harbor, MD, this evening, and I am staying at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. It’s really spectacular. I took these pictures of the atrium with my pathetic cell phone:

Then I realized there’s a 360 viewer on their website!