Great leaders bring out the best in others. They create an environment in which people do their best thinking and contribute at their fullest — whether it is in the workplace, the classroom, or with our children in our homes.
On Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hillview Performing Arts Center (PAC), come engage with Liz Wiseman on this topic. Her interactive talk will offer a way of leading and parenting that enables others to think and act with reason, solve complex problems, and embrace new challenges. You’ll leave with practical tips you can apply that night at home or the next day at work.
As a fellow Menlo Park parent, Liz is interested in the leadership of our school district. Last summer, Superintendent Maurice Ghysels organized a retreat for the administrators of our four schools with her as the keynote facilitator. The retreat brought a common language to the leadership styles and professional intentions already in place with the principals of our schools.
Dr. Ghysels believes Liz’s new book Rookie Smarts offers great insight in how to collaborate with intention and with a new perspective. Rookie Smarts addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: “Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? How can I keep up?” The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning, and know when to think like a rookie. The author proposes that “for today’s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.”
Come be a rookie again, be part of the discussion to see how not being the expert can enhance your relationship with your kids and help show them how curiosity and vulnerability are essential skills for a flexible mindset. Join the Menlo Park District teachers and leaders in an evening in embracing your youthful mind again and celebrating being new, being flexible, being Rookie Smart.
Liz Wiseman is a best-selling leadership author of Multipliers, The Multiplier Effect along with her new book Rookie Smarts. She is President of The Wiseman Group, a company that teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders.
All MPCSD families and community members are encouraged to attend, however space is limited. Please register here. There is no fee to attend and light refreshments will be served.
Additionally, we are offering free childcare for potty-trained children during the event. Childcare must be reserved in advance and will be provided by Hillview Staff members Becky Galvez and Sia Langi. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and for additional details.
March 2, 2015 at 1:52 p.m.
Dear MPCSD Community Members,
I write to share that the School Board met this morning and appointed Erik Burmeister to serve as Temporary Superintendent during Maurice Ghysels short-term medical leave. Erik immediately assumes the role of administrative designee for District operations and will serve as the District's liaison to the School Board. In line with our current practice, inquiries to the Superintendent's office should be addressed to Lanita Villasenor, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, at email@example.com. Once again, we all wish Superintendent Ghysels well.
February 28, 2015 at 11:50 a.m.
Dear MPCSD Community Members,
I am writing to share with the community that Superintendent Maurice Ghysels is on a short term medical leave. I know that the Board, staff and community all wish him a speedy recovery. The Board will meet Monday, March 2nd at 8:00 a.m. in the District Office to discuss how the functions of the Superintendent will be performed during his absence. We plan to send out a communication to the community following that meeting.
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