Monthly Archives: September 2014

Avoiding Pitfalls: 3 Leadership Tips From Good to Great

The other day I was going through my books when I came across a copy of Jim Collins Good To Great.
It had been a couple of years since I had read it, but as I flipped the pages, I was reminded of the numerous companies he researched to see what common traits existed among the most high performing.

If you haven’t read it, it is worth picking up. Here are just three lessons from his research that are worth applying to schools too: Continue reading

Are You Growing? 5 Questions To Ask Yourself

Recently, my junior high daughter began taking clarinet lessons from a private tutor.
When I picked her up from her first session, she said, “I have been playing for three years, but I learned today that I wasn’t putting the mouth piece in far enough. That one tip has helped me hit my first high notes ever!”

We all have a lot to learn, and none of us ever reaches a point in our lives, positions, relationships, or responsibilities where we have “arrived.”

Sometimes this is frustrating. But it is also a relief. Continue reading

Reality Check: 4 Suggestions For Observing Teachers

I have a lot of friends who are good golfers. I am not one of them.
But I recognize a good golfer when I see one. He or she is usually the one who gets the ball in the hole with the fewest strokes.

One observation I’ve made about great golfers, however, is that most of them have been coached.

Teaching is often a solitary profession. You may have hundreds of students before you on a daily basis, but you are often the lone adult in the room.

But even those of us who often do our work outside the observation of peers or advisors can benefit from coaching. Continue reading

4 Reminders For A New School Year

We just welcomed our teachers and students back to school.
It was hard work to prepare for all the moving parts that make up master schedules, professional development, and schedule pick-ups.

But there is also great satisfaction in having everyone back and knowing we’ve had a successful launch.

Each year I try to remember that the first days with our school team are as important as their first days with students. Continue reading