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Peer Review

A Vision of Leadership for Collaboration and Innovation

by Chris Newham


Overall Numeric Rating:

3.75 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Dec 03, 2013 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: The author provides an interesting model, that he calls the Self Coaching Model. This model is an interactive 3-dimensional model in the shape of a pyramid. The corners of the model are intentions held, and include: innovate, lead, and follow. The edges are behaviors arising and include: responding, improvising, and respecting. The faces are competencies developed, and include: collaboration, contribution, and visualization. The model attempts to show the relationships between actions and qualities, such as the need for structure and organization in order to implement ideas.
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: For individuals interested in learning about leadership, and related areas such as: innovation, following, collaboration, contribution, respecting. Use as a self-study
Technical Requirements: Accessible through Google Chrome and Firefox. Current Java is helpful but I did not find it necessary.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The student will be able to define leadership, and explore related areas and terminology.
Target Student Population: Business students in graduate school or working professionals; good for corporate training.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic computer skills. While the tutorial does refer to basic business terms, it does explain them in an interactive format for anyone who is unfamiliar with them.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: • Easy to use diagram • Explains concepts in simple terms • Gives quotes from authorities and successful people to illustrate concepts • Many quotes are used, including quotes from: Jobs, McLuhan, Drucker, Shakespeare, Noble, Thoreau, and others.
Concerns: • How to use the diagram and tool is not readily apparent. • More introduction and instructions would be helpful; examples of each pair of values would also be helpful for the user to completely understand the inter-connectedness of each set of values. • The model is somewhat dated.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.75 stars
Strengths: • The interactive diagram could be quite helpful when used as a tool for a presenter teaching the material in person. • Many leadership related topics are discussed in the model. • It is relatively easy to follow and understand.
Concerns: • No way provided for the user to evaluate whether he has understood the concepts. • Only that the model is somewhat dated.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: • Ease of navigation • Good concepts • Bright graphics • Relatively easy to figure out, once started.
Concerns: • Without more examples or context, the tool is difficult for self-teaching • Too much text on one page; perhaps only one quote in larger font would have better effect • Not enough instructions on how to use the diagram • Took a short while at first to follow the relationships of the topics in the model.

Other Issues and Comments: With less cluttered pages and more instructions and examples, this could be a very good teaching tool. Right now it is clear for those who already understand these paired concepts, but to a first-time user, it would be less than clear.