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MASBO "PAL" PROGRAM SUPPORTING A POSITIVE ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE By Roy Seidler, Executive Director, MASBO What is Peer Assisted Leadership? The MASBO Peer Assisted Leadership Program is not a mentorship program. It is neither designed nor suitable for a mentor-protégée relationship. Rather, it is an articulated program for experienced professionals who want to develop their leadership abilities to a new level. In the mid-1980s an American research organization, Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development (FWL), was conducting research on effective leadership. Staff at the FWL identified a number of successful leaders and decided to study them to find what made them successful. The researchers used two processes: shadowing and reflective interviewing. "Shadowing" is a process in which the researcher does just that. He/she follows the leader around as he or she goes about his/her daily routines. The "shadow" does not interact with the leader during the observation period which can be up to half a day or longer. While shadowing, the observer takes short notes of what is being observed through a process referred to as "script taping." At the end of the shadowing period, the observer takes time to review his/her notes and prepares a series of questions for a "reflective interview." A reflective interview is a discussion with the person who was shadowed by the observer as a follow up to the visit. The observer seeks information that clarifies observations and elicits further comments on observed actions and interactions. Information is descriptive, not evaluative or judgmental. Benefits of the PAL Program At the end of the research period, a valuable and unexpected result was reported by the leaders who participated in the shadow/reflective interview process. Leaders reported that the process of being observed and interviewed about their work actually stimulated the leader's own professional growth. The personal reflection and sharing with someone else one's beliefs and values about leadership is something that leaders rarely, if ever, engage in. Other reported benefits of the process: * validation, renewal, and support; * reduced isolation; * increased capacity to think globally and systemically about the system and the leader's role; Work at Site PAL Participation * Brevity, fragmentation * Time for reflection * Concrete, convergent decision making * Abstract, divergent decision making * Isolation * Intimacy, collegiality * Rapid problem solving * Slow, deliberate problem solving * Task oriented * Reflective atmosphere * Self-taught * Observe style of others * "Looking good" counts * Focus on "invisible" aspects of leadership: cause-effect, relationships 18 * Read this issue online at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MASBO News - 2016

MASBO 2015–2016 Executive
2015–2016 Committees
Message from the MASBO President
Message from the Executive Director
Honourary/Life Members
Pre-Conference Workshop
MASBO’s 3 “Cs”: Collaboration – Culture – Climate
Establishing Cultures of Trust
MASBO Welcomes New Executive Members
Tom’s Next Chapter
Farewell, Roy!
“We Are Canadians” The Evolution of the Canadian School Business Officials’ Leadership Group
MASBO “PAL” Program – Supporting a Positive Organizational Culture
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba New Rate Model
School Divisions Form Co-operative to Share CIMS Software and Hardware
Fundamentals of Investigation
Facilities Management
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers

MASBO News - 2016