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Resources for the Busy Instructor: Apps, Internet Sites, and other Resources for Education, Training, and Professional Development

The positions or viewpoints in the resources collected here reflect their authors and source organizations. They do not represent the Resource Center for CareerTech Advancement, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, or any employee of the state agency. No endorsement of organizations or viewpoints is implied by inclusion in this collection or on this web page.

Tools for Leadership and Learning
From the National Managers’ Community of Canada, this resource presents tools and practices often used by managers, including tools for shared vision and values, personal mastery, systems thinking, mental models, team learning, the art of conversation, and more.

Get Real: The Art and Power of Storytelling in Workplace Communities
From the National Managers’ Community of Canada, this 67-page guide defines storytelling, the power of storytelling, and storytelling in the workplace.

Quotations for Leaders and Thinkers
A free booklet of 100 quotes, from the Curriculum and Instructional Materials Center, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

Tom Peters Re-Imagine Manifesto!
A series of “They say... I say...” thoughts from Tom Peters.

Developing Ethical Leadership
From the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, this paper aims to put the best thinking of academic and business leaders into the hands of practicing managers.

The Performance-Based Management Handbook
This free, six-volume handbook series from the U.S. Department of Energy is a primer on all aspects of performance-based management.

Golden Flash Handbook of Leadership
From Kent State University, this handbook provides resources to enhance your personal and organizational leadership skills, as well as tools to assess your personal leadership development.

Leadership Proficiency Levels for Competencies
This handy guide provides rubrics for proficiency levels relating to core leadership qualifications, such as leading change, leading people, results driven, business acumen, building coalitions, and fundamental competencies.

LEADS Curriculum Notebook
LEADS stands for Leadership Excellence and Dynamic Solutions. This 357-page curriculum from Kansas State University was designed to assist Extension educators as they implement leadership programs within their counties. Its units and modules offer a wealth of leadership training resources.

Coaching Practices for Managers
From the National Managers’ Community of Canada, this resource seeks to “evoke excellence in others” by developing and applying these eight practices: Working with Complaints, Listening for Commitment in Complaints,  Challenging Generalizations, Working with Assessments, What’s Missing, Working with Moods, Three Types of Conversation, and Working with Recurrent Problems.

Compendium of Knowledge Solutions
This compendium from the Asian Development Bank profiles dozens of tools to build competencies in strategy development, management techniques, collaboration, knowledge sharing and learning, and knowledge capture and storage.

Next Generation Organizations: 9 Key Traits
In this concise guide, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services offers a list of characteristics of a next generation organization and draws on specific examples from two nonprofits to demonstrate how certain traits are

Performance Accountability: The Five Building Blocks and Six Essential Practices
In this report from the IBM Center for The Business of Government, the author puts forward five building blocks of performance accountability that will allow public organizations and their managers to achieve accountability and performance gains.

100 Women Leaders in STEM
A free guide (click on the book cover image) that profiles 100 women leaders in STEM.

Strategic Planning Toolkit
The Strategic Planning Toolkit is designed to function as a guide throughout the strategic planning process. The Toolkit offers guidelines you can follow and tools and resources for you to draw on at every step. It is organized to help you both learn about the planning process and use the process. The six sections of the Toolkit correspond to a six-step strategic planning process.

77 Ways to Motivate Your Workers
From the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, this guide offers practical suggestions for motivating others based on five sources of motivation: fun, rewards, reputation, challenge, and purpose.

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow Series
A leadership curriculum from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences (click on the “Community Affairs, Local Government, and Taxation” subject area) designed to help individuals develop and strengthen their personal leadership skills:

Engaging a Multi-Generational Workforce: Practical Advice for Government Managers
This report from the IBM Center for The Business of Government explains six trends affecting the multi-generational workforce and offers practical advice, in the form of tips, for managing such a workforce.

Managing Cultural Differences
A handy, 28-page guide from the Government of Ontario (Canada) that discusses what culture is, cross-cultural communication, and cultural values in the workplace; offers plenty of guidance about what you can do in specific settings

How to Succeed in Engineering
This presentation by Dr. Robert Colwell draws upon the speaker’s three decades of design and management experience to explain how to succeed in engineering and as a leader. It is easy to see how his advice relates to careers in any field.

Oklahoma CareerTech Delivers blog
OK CareerTech Delivers is devoted to excellence in education, instruction, and in the development of a world-class workforce

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