Monthly Archives: September 2013

Interview with Sandra Clement

The following is a Q & A between Sandra Clement and me.


Dr. Sandra Clement, 2013 Texas Middle School Principal of the Year

Dr. Sandra Clement is the 2013 Texas Middle School Principal of the Year. I am thrilled she agreed to share her insights on school leadership with us.

My goal in posting interviews with successful leaders like Sandra is to inspire us to reflect on how our own choices, goals, and actions can affect our lives, our leadership, and our teams. I must also give credit to John Lee Dumas whose great podcast interview questions I have modified for the Q & A’s I have with my guests.

Sandra’s Bio:
Dr. Sandra Clement is the principal at Foy H. Moody High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. She possesses a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling, Masters Degree in Educational Administration, and a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Continue reading

Planting, Growing, and Flourishing

I heard a great interview with motivational speaker/author Jon Gordon recently where he was asked: What should you do if you find yourself unmotivated to face a day’s work?
He responded by saying: You should plant yourself right where you are and focus on serving those around you instead of on yourself.

A few days ago I was reminded of Jon’s words when a senior student came by to see me.

She started the conversation by saying, “Neither of the counselors was free, so I thought you’d be the next best thing.” I laughed and asked her how I could help her. Continue reading

Interview with James Holifield

The following is a Q & A exchange between James Holifield and me.


James Holifield, Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year

James “Jim” Holifield is the principal at New Prairie Middle School in New Carlisle, Indiana. As the Indiana Middle School Principal of the Year, he represented his state this year at the NASSP Middle School Principals of the Year awards ceremony in Washington D.C. I am very excited he agreed to share his insights on school leadership. Continue reading

Using “KRA’s” To Increase Effectiveness

Whether for you are leading a team of individuals, or you are a team member who wants to more effective, it is important for everyone to know his or her role. Sometimes our greatest loss of time happens when we are working on tasks that have very little to do with our key purpose.
In Dave Ramsey’s Entreleadership, he describes the difference between “urgent” and “important” tasks. The urgent is often where we focus most of our energy because people want quick solutions. The important is where we must stay focused because we need to accomplish our main mission.

Sometimes the urgent and important are the same, but often they are not. The urgent is not always the most important, and if we forget this, then we end up neglecting our key responsibilities. Continue reading