Reclaim your profession…Reclaim your POWER! The Oklahoma Education Association
Session One Connecting Self-Interest to Levels of Power
The Levels of Power • CORPORATE
The Levels of Power • BUREAUCRACY
The Levels of Power • GOVERNMENT, • POLITICS, & • POLITICIANS
The Levels of Power • LAWYERS • AND • EXPERTS
The Levels of Power • The Media
The Levels of Power • UNIONS, • CONGREGATIONS • & • SCHOOLS
The Levels of Power • CITIZENS, • FAMILIES • AND • COMMUNITIES
The Levels of Power • POWER • RECOGNIZES • POWER!
Minimum requirements for power… • Must have at least 2 participants • Must have a PLAN!
However… Power without Love is Brutality…. And Love without Power is Sentimentality.
FOLLOW THE $$...THE STORY OF SANDI KRESS • The Godfather of High-stakes Testing
Self-interest: Latin for “interesse”—the interests among, between • The continuum of self-interest: • Selfish……….…Self-Interest………….….Selfless • All self, Balance No self, • no others all others
The continuum of consent: • The continuum of consent:
If we don’t know our own self-interests, we will be MANIPULATED!
Session Two Relational Power and the Power of One on One Conversations
Two types of power… Unilateral: • Top down • Rugged individual • Others exist to carry out their will • Delegating • Power is a zero-sum game…there’s only so much power to go around Relational: • Power with • Others seen as potential leaders • Belief in mentoring • Exponential power…power grows through others
Relational Best Practices The One to One Relational Meeting: • Always face to face • Intentional • 30 minutes • Purpose? To explore the possibility of a relationship…to determine if you want a second meeting with this person!
THE IRON RULE… NEVER EVER DO ANYTHING FOR ANYONE THAT HE OR SHE CAN DO FOR HIM OR HERSELF! AGITATION VS. IRRITATION
How do you spot an organizer?Qualities to look for… • Anger To the Greeks, “meekness” meant appropriate anger at the appropriate time. They positioned meekness between two other emotions on a continuum: Rage--------meekness--------apathy
Other qualities to look for… • Humor • Imagination • Curiosity • The “Integrated Schizoid” • Acceptance of terminality • Ego
What does organizing look like? General Organizing Actions Association Actions • Develop association leaders • Move an agenda • Membership engagement • Improving teaching and learning conditions • Building membership • Develop leaders • Move an agenda • Deepen member involvement • Raise $$
Time management 1) Be clear about the mission…whatis most important? What are we trying to make happen? 2) Be strategic! • What can I do now that positions me for the future? This draws on imagination, creativity • Avoid one size fits all thinking…local context matters • Refusal to accept a changing world • Seeing life as one-dimensional…all things are good or everything is bad 3) Reflection
The cycle of reflection: “We run around as a ball of undigested happenings.” Saul Alinsky
There’s power in reflection! What gets in the way? What helps? • Reading—specific and targeted • Writing • Tension • Training • Mentoring • Quiet time • Sleep • Time • Fear • Lack of humor • Arrogance • Lack of ego • Technology • Fatigue
Make a budget… Are we filling our calendars with tasks, operations, or opportunities? Most of us work 90% operations, 10% opportunities! Strive for 50/50!
So now we know… • There’s no shame in self interest • There’s unselfishness in self-interest • We are currently at the BOTTOM of the levels of power • Power depends upon relationships • Power depends upon consent • Reflection is vital