Monthly Archives: November 2013

Interview with Mark Mambretti

The following is a Q & A between Mark Mambretti and me.


Mark Mambretti, New York State Middle School Principal of the Year

Mark Mambretti is principal of East Aurora Middle School, located just outside of Buffalo, New York; a 5-8 school of 600 students and 100 faculty/staff. This year, he was named the New York State Middle School Principal of the Year.

My goal in posting interviews with successful leaders like Mark 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. Continue reading

4 Lessons in Teamwork from my Son’s Hospital Stay

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my son’s battle and recovery from an infectious disease known as Kawasaki.
I am happy to report he is back in school and is happy and energetic. He has made a great recovery with no apparent after-effects.

In addition to the amazing support of our friends, church and community, I was astounded at the phenomenal care he received from his nurses, techs, doctors, and interns.

They were an excellent example of teamwork. In fact, their actions could apply to anyone interested in growing as a team, organization or even as a family.

So here a four lessons in teamwork I have been reflecting on from our experience with my son’s medical team: Continue reading

Interview with Carol Dweck

The following is a Q & A between Carol Dweck and me.


Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D

Carol is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. For many years, she has been doing research on how students and schools can thrive by adopting more of a “growth mindset”—the belief that our most basic skills and talents can be developed.

She is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading researchers in the fields of personality, social psychology, and developmental psychology. Want to hear her in person? She will be speaking as a keynote for the NASSP Ignite Conference in Dallas this February. Continue reading

A Time To Be Thankful

This week I am posting something personal.
At the time of this writing, we are on our way home after our eight-year-old son, Jack, was hospitalized for a week-long stay with an infectious disease called Kawasaki.

Thankfully, he was treated early and is showing good signs of recovery.

Last week, I had posted an article called 4 Caution Lights For School Leaders on the website, Connected Principals, where I shared the lessons I had learned years ago about my own tendency to over commit myself to my work.

As can be expected, Jack’s illness brought our normal world to a stand still as we circled together searching for answers and praying for his healing. The good side of this difficult season is that it brought me back to all those areas of life that matter most: faith, family, and friends. Continue reading