Teacher-powered schools report using Marcus Buckingham’s books and tools as a means to help their teams break habitual behaviors developed in conventional schools and teacher training institutions.
Marcus Buckingham first conquered the bestseller lists in 1999 with First, Break All the Rules. While the title may imply an iconoclastic streak, his continuing plea for managers to break with tradition has nothing to do with rebellion. Instead, he argues, rules must be broken and discarded because they stifle the originality and uniqueness—the strengths—that can enable all of us to achieve our highest performance.
Following up on his highly successful debut book, Buckingham continued to spread the message that people's unique personal strengths are the key to unlocking their potential. As co-author of Now, Discover Your Strengths, he helped create StrengthsFinder, the personal assessment tool that gave millions of individuals a new vocabulary to positively describe their ingrained talents.
As it turns out, teachers identify with this message. Teacher-powered schools report using Marcus Buckingham’s books and tools as a means to helping their teams break with habitual behaviors they had developed in conventional schools and conventional teacher training institutions.
Teachers don't need to act "the same" as their colleagues. They don't need to adhere to a desire for sameness between courses, classes, and schools. They can embrace their unique strengths to unlock their individual potential for the benefit of their team and school. Teacher-powered schools succeed when every team members' strengths are known, when they select personnel to balance strengths, and when they all put their strengths to work.