WHAT IS A
TRANSFORMATIONAL BOOK STUDY?
Life-changing Action That Endures
If you’re seeking major changes in your organization, you need an easy way to bring the team on board without having to do the work of developing meaningful experiences and quality content on your own. That’s why I started Kickass Teacher transformational book studies. My system engages participants at the highest level, so you can focus on being a part of the transformation, rather than trying to build it alone.
I'm Jamie, teacher, author, and founder of Kickass teacher where I serve as an overwhelm support coach facilitating transformational book studies. I can't wait to meet you and your team!
FOR LEADERS COACHES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Culture of Compassion
GET STARTED TODAY IN 3 SIMPLE STEPS
A book to create an experience that turns even reluctant coworkers into life-long teammates.
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE
A quick survey that builds your schedule and group agreements will kick-start the team buy-in right away.
MAP THE JOURNEY
Experiential exercises tailored to your groups special chemistry with a particular book is the secret sauce that makes change that last!
KICK-OFF THE CONVERSATION
Reading and discussing a book is not enough.
For lasting change, the experiences must be mind-blowing!
Summon a deep lasting change in mindset that leads to heightened cultural and emotional intelligence.
Create unified visions and stronger relationships; with even the most downtrodden teams.
Align work and life with core strengths resulting in higher levels of motivation and productivity.
THE SKILL SET
Master active listening skills to build great relationships
Reduce misunderstandings and get your team on the same page with the same goals. The average person listens with only about 25% efficiency. Clients learn to listen actively with compassion and understanding.
A Gallup survey reports that more engaging work places have higher retention rates, higher productivity, and are 21% more profitable. Cultivate a culture of listening for more efficient collaboration, higher engagement, and more innovation for continued improvement.
Active listening is at the heart of all healthy relationships and is the most effective way to bring about growth and change. A York University study found that those who "listen to understand” have better, happier relationships with others.
The building blocks of engagement
New information that starts a chain reaction causing a renewed sense of purpose and direction.
Skillfully have a difficult conversation without your blood pressure rising!
Practice activities designed to convert information into life-altering action.
Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
HEAR FROM OTHER BOOK STUDY GURUS
How book studies can change the world!
Wouldn't it be so miraculous if we could literally shift the paradigm for ourselves through reading
That's why I feel so strongly about people who are studying books...because now we've moved out of information gathering. We've already got the information. It's time to take this information and really be embodiers of the transformative ideas.
Sometimes books are like TOO generous of a gift. You don't know what to do with them as a reader.
(That's where a transformational book study guru comes in handy)
THE POWER OF A BOOK STUDY
A.B. Combs Elementary
Have you heard of the Leader in MeⓇ schools? Back in 1999 the principal of a failing school, Muriel Summers, and her staff read a book that turned everything around. Summers brought in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey. The expertly guided study lead to a unified commitment of her staff to read and learn for internalized transformation. This resulted in A.B. Combs Elementary being named the #1 magnet school in the nation…twice! Now a whole curriculum has been developed by Franklin Covey to model what this school has developed. Hundreds of schools all over the world are following A.B. Combs’ innovative lead.
This is a prime example of the power of a transformational book study. What I love about it is that this school tossed the idea of following yet another curriculum created by people who they didn’t connect with and who didn’t know their students, clientele, or staff. Instead, they created their own curriculum from what they were learning to match their passions, goals, and leading / teaching style. The buy-in and intrinsic personal development of the team came first so it was easy to go all in. That’s why it was a huge success!
You know how sometimes a leader gets really excited about a life-changing book that they know will completely transform the culture of their organization? But, they only get a halfhearted response from staff when it comes to reading and taking action based on the invaluable teachings within because just handing people a book is not enough to achieve transformation. Even coming together a few times to talk about it isn't enough. In the end, they get only eye-rolls and grumbles and no transformation whatsoever. So frustrating!
In a Harvard Business Review survey of 182 senior managers:
71% reported meetings are unproductive.
64% reported meetings hinder deep thinking.
62% reported meetings miss the chance to unify teams.
The missing ingredient for most book studies is a paradigm-shifting personal experience. Calling in my skills as a teacher and transformational life coach, I curate personal experiences to align your team's special chemistry with themselves, each other, and their book.
Reveal a work-culture that makes Mondays something to look forward to.
WHAT PEOPLE PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Jamie used many different strategies to create a safe space when we engaged in difficult conversations while reading IbramX. Kendi’s How to be an Anti-Racist and Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of our Discontent. We practiced skills like “calling in” – a skill that we can use to interrupt acts of intolerance. I especially like that we can continue the conversation between meeting with people who are reading the book. This group is helping me to identify my strengths and leverage them in the workplace. It is also allowing me to focus on areas that require improvement. These powerful conversations have inspired me to make several curricular changes.
Dr. Crystal Machado ｜Department of Professional Studies in Education, IUP
Jamie is consistently here to guide your team
5 out of 5 stars
Get more engagement than you ever have before
INVITE JAMIE TO SPEAK
Treat your teachers to some powerful encouragement! Schedule a LIVE conversation with the author.
I am enough! I am good at what I do! I make a difference! Jamie gave me the permission and validation I need to believe I do enough, even though I cannot do it all!
—Julie Wysocky, Elementary School Teacher
100% proceeds have gone to support teacher empowerment through organizations like The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession and The Badass Teachers Assn.
Teach and Still Have Time To Pee empowers teachers in a bold and humorous way look to be the magical teacher that they already are without giving up health, happiness, and family time! Jamie proves that living joyfully leads to teaching joyfully.
There is no training or curriculum that will impact our students the way happy teachers will.
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KICKASS TEACHER CONSULTING
Vashon Island, WA
Founder: Jamie Johnson
Transformational coaching is not to be used as a substitute for professional advice by legal, medical, financial, business, spiritual or other qualified professionals. All decisions in these areas are exclusively the client's and any decisions and actions regarding them are the sole responsibility of the client.