I really enjoy this week’s video in which…

I really enjoy this week’s video in which Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers.

The model is based on the three distinct and interdependent elements (Why, How, What) that makes any person or organization function at its highest ability. I feel that the approach gave me a stronger sense of my own purpose and my motivation increased. I look forward to start using this in practice, not just in my teaching but also my personal life.

3 thoughts on “I really enjoy this week’s video in which…

  1. I think it’s relevant whether the person cares about learning. We’d like to think that students come to our classes intrinsically motivated & interested in what we have to teach them. Unfortunately, reality differs. It’s even harder to gauge students’ attitude when teaching online. It’s impossible to get everyone on board no matter how hard we try. One approach that works for me to get buy-ins is to allow students some flexibility with their assignment topics such that they can take ownership of what they do. Through the process of selecting their topic, they receive personalized advice and gain insight on what works and why. Andrey

  2. I too found the video thought provoking and motivating. A lot of what we have been reading in this MOOC talks about the importance of taking a student-centric approach, and I’m all for that. But what this video reminded me was that our own passion and leadership – in just going ahead and doing what we do because we believe – is also a very important part of the puzzle. As Sinek states, focusing on the WHY, what you believe, and not the WHAT speaks to people’s affect and can inspire them to change for themselves. We educators need to be passionate about what we do and lead change by being the change. That sounds so airy fairy but I do believe there is something to this. It does, however, feel like going out on a limb.

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