The Flippen Group provides a very comprehensive, systematic proven approach to building high performing schools. Through working with administrators, teachers as well as students, the consulting firm ensures improved student retention and promotes a learning work environment with various interactive programs incorporated into the school curriculum.
Highland Superintendent James Floyd attended a Flippen Group leadership conference over the summer in California and was very excited by the possibilities of the program. Michael Holt and Brent Scott, both representing the Education Sales Department, explained the issues surrounding traditional teaching methods and stated by identifying personal constraints, breaking down those constraints, leaders are built.
The program has been featured on the Today Show and also encompasses business and numerous athletic teams who utilize the consulting firm for building leadership skills. The Flippen Group is touted as "one of the fastest-growing corporate and personal training companies in America," according to USA Today. The company was founded by Flip Flippen, New York Times and USA Today best selling author.
Flippen, who has worked with inner-city youth in the Houston area, took his experience as a young child who was also abused and applied a mission that is the basis for the company, "To build relationships that bring out the best in people." Holt said bad attitudes often stand in the way of success. By changing the attitudes, the Flippen Group has helped small rural school districts, sports teams, Army Corp of Engineers and Fortune 500 companies achieve dramatic improvements in performance, leadership, trust and productivity.
Flippen Group implemented the "Capturing Kids Hearts" program in which leadership skills are taught to staff and students. Holt said, traditionally, children are told what they are and are not going to do by adults. The process allows them choices that are acceptable to both, creating a more relaxed learning environment in which students excel. Holt said research from the Albert Bandera, with the Social Cognitive Theory, says as much as 70 percent of everything learned is mimicked behavior. With more youth incarcerated than ever, Holt said, "If they are not accountable for their behavior, it goes unchecked."
The process contains model processes that transform schools through developing high performing cultures, aligning organizational and individual behaviors and creating connectedness which in turn promotes an atmosphere where learning is fun. Holt explained the difference between a process and a program, stressing the educational services offered through the Flippen Group are a process, which is something that is systematical.
In model schools who implemented the process, there were also lower discipline referrals. Holt explained the need for effective leadership, stating, "No organization rises above the constraints of its leadership."
It is unclear if Highland will implement the Flippen Group's leadership process, but the superintendent used the opportunity to allow members of the school board, principals, Highland Mayor Richard Smith, Cherokee Village Mayor Lloyd Hefley, civic and business leaders to explore the options available to them through the Texas- based group.