Plan for School & Life

Mission: To help teachers, students, and other citizens to write Plans for School and the 7 Areas of Life using Best-Self Leadership.

 

Bill Gates Thinks Most High Schools in America are Obsolete — But Not This One

Bill Gates applauds a high school for helping students develop plans online to guide their actions.

Source: http://www.geekwire.com/2016/bill-gates-thinks-high-schools-america-obsolete-not-one/

Dr. Dyson and Life Leaders aspire to help schools throughout Alabama and America to add written plans to the preparation of students so they will be better prepared, motivated, and focused. And, they will be able to communicate better their draft plans and needs from parents, teachers, counselors, and other mentors to be ready for college-career-citizenship.

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Timeline on Plans for School & Life Launched AL

  • 1973 - David Dyson inspired by teachings of Napoleon Hill and Andrew Carnegie while he sold bibles door-to-door to pay for school believed that personal leadership should be taught in school as well as places of work and worship--started planning and learning. 
  • 1976-78 used and tested plan for life and organization with college students nationally as chapter consultant and program leader for Pi Kappa Alpha National Fraternity
  • 1978 - Career Planner published as organizer for college students and professionals, taught at UAB
  • 1987 - Dyson developed 7 Areas of Life and Personal Leadership Model to use and teach
  • 1988 - Dyson starts professional practice that became Life Leaders Institute to help individuals & executives with plans and started publications
  • 1991 - Personal Leadership organization formed with Johnny Johnson
  • 1992 - Personal Leadership Association launched monthly seminars and Plan workshops
  • 1990s-lectures in Dr. Chew's BSC class helping students with plan for school, profession 
  • 1990s-Life Planning & Leadership course multiple years at Birmingham-Southern
  • 2000s-taught Leadership and Planning UAB School of Engineering 2 years
  • 2011 - Dyson and Dr. Bice discuss goal of plan for school and life in Alabama schools
  • 2014 - Letter of endorsement from Mayor Bell and his support for pilot in schools
  • 2014 - Superintendent of Schools requests Freedom to Flourish and Plan classes...
  • 2014 - Pilot of Freedom to Flourish and Plan for Life classes in Birmingham City Schools
  • 2015 - Plan for School and Life web site, photos, videos added.
  • 2016 - Radio programs, schools asking for affordable programs on leadership....

Dyson Personal Leadership & Empowerment Model

Hierarchy of 7 Motivating Values

7 Levels of Leadership

Why Life Leaders is uniquely prepared to serve schools, starting in Alabama
  • Life Leaders has offered over 250 public seminars since January 1992 to instruct and inspire professionals, students, and other citizens to learn Best-Self Leadership principles and practices as well as write Plans for School and Life they can use to guide them.
  • Materials have been developed and tested over 25 years by founder Dr. David Dyson, Col. Stretch Dunn (USA Ret), and other members who have taught seminars and published works, such as books and workbooks on Planning for Life, Personal Leadership. Professionalism Under Stress, Empowerment, Motivation, Financial Fitness, Patriotism, Freedom, and more.
  • Patriotism in Action of Life Leaders led the movement to add the state and national history of Veterans Day starting in Alabama (1947) to educational lesson plans so all students learn this national history (we have made progress though need more educational leaders to act).
  • Patriotism in Action led the campaign in 2012 resulting in the U.S. Senate passing a resolution giving official historical designation to Alabama and Raymond Weeks as "driving force" for establishing America's Day.

Why Dr. David Dyson, founder of Life Leaders, is uniquely prepared to serve schools

Educational preparation and Teaching:

  • Invited and hosted Dr. Stephen Covey, author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," for his first seminar in Alabama, 1993.
  • Taught the opening seminar on Personal Leadership: 7 Best Practices to Plan and Lead your Life preceding Dr. Covey's seminars on "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and "Principle-Centered Leadership."
  • Opening seminar for Dr. Ken Blanchard, author of "Situational Leadership" and "The One Minute Manager;" Dr. Denis Waitley, author and narrator for the "Psychology of Winning;" and Hyrum Smith, author of "Where Eagles Rest" and Past Chair of Franklin-Covey.
  • Earned the doctoral degree in Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
  • Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.
  • College Management Program at Carnegie-Mellon University.
  • Developed and taught "Life Planning and Leadership" at Birmingham-Southern College (students wrote plans for school and life plus a best-self strategy).
  • Developed and presented classes in selected Birmingham City Schools on Freedom to Flourish: Why and How  by teaching how Veterans Day started in Alabama, the connection to the Civil Rights Movement, and school character traits, plus intro to plans for implementation. Freedom: Liberty - Rights - Flourish.

Research, Development, and Publication:

  • 7 Areas of Life model  used in planning for life and leadership
  • 7 Best Practices to Plan and Lead your Life model and suggested strategy
  • Earning Empowerment Model to guide how to earn and delegate empowerment
  • 7 components of Attitude and Ability to assess and develop through your plan
  • 7 Levels of Leadership model
  • Hierarchy of Motivating Values model that adds to "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs"
  • Master Your Goliaths: 7 Steps to Set an Achievable Resolution
  • Veterans Making Comebacks (assessing Goliaths and plans for homeless vets...)
  • Patriotism in Action (history of  founding Veterans Day, Alabama character traits, patriotism...)
  • Professionalism Under Stress (best practices and lessons for Professionalism, Stress, and Leadership in military and civilian life learned from college, corporate, and combat lessons--with Col. Stretch Dunn, USA Ret).

To explore programs and services in your school or other organization: 

Dr. David Dyson, 205.670.1733 or 205.422.6484, David@LifeLeadersInstitute.org

Professionals begin plans in school and advance in college...

Plan for School & 7 Areas ofLife

  • To focus on callings & choices
  • To earn Trust & empowerment better and faster
  • To state intent & boost cooperation with stakeholders

This workbook is available as a handout in seminars and workshops led by Dr. David Dyson or other approved faculty as well as for use in other programs for purchase or donation to Life Leaders. If you donate, research, development, and service through Life Leaders America, a 501 (c)(3) charitable education and public service organization, can continue and expand impact.

Plan for School & Life Workbook

(Suggested donation: $1 per person using the workbook. Please let us know of your intended use and if we can help further. We may have an updated edition in progress we could send.)

Professionals continue plans begun in school and advanced in college...

Professional Plan Workbook

  • To focus on callings & choices
  • To earn Trust & empowerment better and faster
  • To state intent & boost cooperation with stakeholders

This workbook is available as a handout in seminars and workshops led by Dr. David Dyson or other approved faculty as well as for use in other programs for purchase or donation to Life Leaders. If you donate, research, development, and service through Life Leaders America, a 501 (c)(3) charitable education and public service organization, can continue and expand impact.

Professional Plan Workbook

(Suggested donation amount: $1 per person using the workbook. Please let us know of your intended use and how we can help)

Earning & Delegating Empowerment Workbook

  • 7 Components of Attitude
  • 7 components of ability
  • Professional development plan to earn empowerment
  • People development plan to help others earn empowerment

This workbook is available as a handout in seminars and workshops led by Dr. David Dyson or other approved faculty as well as for use in other programs for purchase or donation to Life Leaders. The concepts and templates are provided for use by the individual user. Training professionals or other organizational leaders may contact Dr. Dyson for options and assistance.

Earning & Delegating Empowerment Workbook

(Suggested donation amount: $1 per person)

Vision Summary

People develop their plans for the seven areas of life.
Students write sentences for how they will apply character traits in elementary school (how they see themselves fulfill traits like courage and perseverance). They add academic plans in middle school. In high school, they continue with their plans in writing classes adding plans, ideas, and questions for the 7 Areas of Life to use for assignments, for decisions, to get advice from parents and counselors, and apply to college or career.... Colleges and professional organizations encourage advancement of professional plans for service and learning best-self leadership.
Professionals develop plans for preparing and performing to earn empowerment and help others.
Organizations develop and state what gets planned, assessed, and rewarded for alignment, communication, motivation.

The next generation of leadership will include more emphasis on putting plans and rewards in place to motivate people to do the right things automatically-- even when the leader is not around.

Educational Organizations

We help faculty, staff, and students write plans for school and life--a core component of educated people to do our best. We help leaders with planning, assessing, and rewarding to put systems in place to help people do the right things automatically, such as in syllabi as well as performance reviews and rewards.

Spiritual Organizations

For the unique needs and approaches of spiritual organizations:

The Plan for Life Ministry helps people and spiritual organizations fulfill scripture that guides us to develop plans for life and lead our lives focused on our callings, gifts and talents. Services provided have include coaching pastors, speaking at Men's and Women's Retreats, and teaching seminars for ministers, staff, and lay leaders. We believe the "Parable of the Talents" and good stewardship call for plans and practices to develop and our use our callings and talents.

Ministry Mission

To help people fulfill God's callings
on common ground with God's children.

Planning and Performance Preparation Check-up

  • Does your college or school help students develop plans for school/work/life (the 7 areas of life) and use them to boost attitude, attendance, action, and achievement?
  • Does your organization plan, assess, and reward around mission, goals, and priorities (do you reward what you say is most important)?
  • Do you have a plan for your life, your family, your profession, your organization that inspires and guides?
  • Do you have a summary strategy for your best-self you can use and share? If a child asked: you tell me to do my best; how do I do that? Do you have an answer? (If you develop one and share, you will leave a legacy).
  • Does your team know what you recommend for them to do their best, earn empowerment, get promoted to higher levels of trust and/or service?
  • Do the members of your church have written choices for developing their callings, gifts, and talents? Do the couples write missions for marriage? Do the families outline a constitution to include their mission, values, beliefs, and strategies to guide the home (like the Constitution guides the laws of our land)?
  • Answering and acting on these questions takes us closer to best-self leadership. We can help you succeed better.

Do you want students to write Plans for School & Life?

Do you want us to help educational leaders and teachers?

Do you want more Veterans Making Comebacks to write plans?

Do you want prisoners to write plans to prepare for good citizenship?

Then

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