Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Jazz and Professional Development

Academic journal article Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Jazz and Professional Development

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Most of you reading this will not be surprised by the idea that jazz has something to offer to our professional development. Business and leadership experts have looked to jazz (as well as basketball and improv theatre) for understanding and inspiration on how we can work and learn together to find and build upon our strengths. Brian Fraser, who calls himself the Lead Provocateur of the business consulting group Jazzthink (www.jazzthink.com ), believes that jazz "is a rich and robust metaphor for the kind of teamwork that will take organizations to the next level in satisfying all their stakeholders."

Taking ourselves and our organizations to the next level is why we share our professional development stories and practices. It is a way of spurring others into action. In this issue Margaret Macmillan invites us to consider coaching as a positive and effective way to engage and support staff; Tanya Rogoschewsky provides the framework for a successful presentation from idea to delivery; and the team of Julie Johnson, Juanita Germaine, Diana Maliszewski and Renee Keberer report on their collaborative bi-school project that used the Wii to support the development of social skills for a select group of boys. These diverse stories and practices can be read as encouragement and as a professional challenge. …

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