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"Leaders unwilling to seek mutually workable arrangements with systems external to their own are not serving the long-term institutional interests of their constituents.”
— John Gardner, On Leadership

Networking is a leadership skill and EPFP is a proving ground for the development of a broad national network of individual and organizational colleagues. EPFP increase the breadth and the density of the working relationships that are vital to the exchange of knowledge, experience and resources. Varied EPFP program venues promote group interaction which will facilitate the creation of two types of social capital—bonding social capital, both short-term and long-term, and bridging social capital. The intent: to help Fellows develop and refine their capacities to cross organizations, cultures, sectors, and issues, and to help them build broad networks of individuals and institutions.


June 2017: Networking Resources 

Five Essential Building Blocks for a Successful Networked Improvement Community

The  Networked Improvement Community (NIC) model  is a promising way to address complex educational problems. Over the years, the Carnegie Foundation has been investigating and analyzing the features that give rise to successful NICs. This article provides five areas NICs must target to develop an organizational structure that allows educators to accelerate learning from practice and building a professional knowledge base that enables the field to tackle complex educational problems.  

Your Career Needs Many Mentors Not Just One

Finding a mentor is valuable, but it’s increasingly rare that we actually have one. Harvard Business Review marketing strategist Dorie Clark discusses the importance of broadening your search when looking for a mentor. With a mentor “board of directors”, there is less pressure to find only one person who represents your ideal future self. You can diversify and learn from a variety of people. 

Leadership with Social Media: 7 Essential Tips for the New Leaders

Communication is key to being a good leader and social media is your tool for improving it. Patrik Dholakiya, co-founder of  E2M and Preceptist, gives seven tips on how to effectively use social media to take your leadership to the next level. One tip discussed includes steering clear of controversy–remember that when you’re on a public platform, your moves will be constantly monitored by your fans or critics.

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