People

People are at the heart of every endeavor – whether a school, a hospital, a business, or a social event. Nothing happens of lasting value without empowered people – engaged, inquisitive, adventurous souls who learn together.

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Ostentation as a Requisite for Modern Work?

In a recent article (link below) from The Economist, the headline states: The rise of performative work It’s not what you do. It’s how ostentatiously you...

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I’m Not A Cat, The Second Story

The I’m Not a Cat Zoom call is so relatable. It, in some shape, has happened to each of us. And the lessons are many. Regardless...

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Story Telling

You have a story. Your team has a story. Your organization has a story. You are uniquely positioned to tell that story and craft that narrative....

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The Psychology of a Landscape Scale Crisis

In yesterday’s post, I posited that a landscape scale crisis brings us the gift of a compass. But that’s not the whole story. In fact, there’s...

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Why Do We Do This To People?

Educators are some of the busiest people in the world. If it’s not district mandates, or community needs, or regional mandate, it’s school leaders, it’s instructional...

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When You Didn’t Know How To Act

Think about when you showed up for your first day of graduate school. Maybe you weren’t exactly sure what to expect. What did you do first?...

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Show, Not Tell

You can tell people what to do. Or you can use cues to show them. Ever wonder why baseball players are always spitting? Ever wonder why...

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Canned Laughter and Other Cues

Television productions understood a simple truth when creating sitcoms – the need to use canned laughter to seed the humor. If you’ve watched Jimmy Fallon or...

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How Cognitive Dissonance Helps and Hurts Your Change Efforts

Change is tough. We know that. Personal change, professional change, and organizational change can each be overwhelming. Especially when change is led by someone who doesn’t...

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Staying True To Your Work

You don’t need thousands to understand your work. You simply need the intended people to be impacted by it. Large followings aren’t needed. Only impact. Social...

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Get to No First

When dealing with a difficult situation or a challenging conversation it’s tempting to find agreement quickly. Agreement is not the goal. The goal is understanding why...

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Honeymoons and Moonshine

Landing the gig is the beginning. Often, it’s also the end. Passionate school leaders move up the career ladder eager to make a mark and help...

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Dual Realities

There’s the leader’s reality, and there’s everyone else’s. The challenge of being a leader is having the self-awareness to manage the needs of your people with...

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Three Cs of a Successful Daily Routine

Communication. Start the day with people. Manage your communications first thing in the day, and by doing so, you are making people your priority. Creation. Use...

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Changing Teachers vs Changing Leaders

If you Google the phrase “changing teachers,” it will return 472,000,000 results. If you Google “changing school leaders,” it will return 658,000,000 results. Most of the...

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