Matt’s blog about people, culture, & impact.

  • Why Results Aren’t the End Result

    Point A: Teach someone how to do something. Point Z: Expect them to get results. Everything A-Z looks like failure because that’s the learning curve – that’s where growth happens. That’s also where mistakes and failure occur. This is why results aren’t the end result. Instead, the growth and discovery process should be the end…

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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 a psychology behind such a crisis that needs addressing. In the early days of COVID-19, it seemed like the right time for school leaders to put their heads down…

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  • Landscape Scale Crisis

    We’ve lived and worked in a landscape scale crisis – COVID 19. No matter where you are in Earth, you’ve been affected. Shutdowns, disinformation, threat of contracting, and unfortunately, human loss. A landscape scale crisis has the effect of changing how we work, create, and lead. It also has a keen way of giving us…

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  • Do You Really Want To Be Sent Away?

    You’re in a place in your job where you need help. But then, you’re sent away. “Check out this website. Read this book. Go to this conference.” Do you really want to be sent away? Sent away to stumble through your own answers. Do you really want to do the same for your staff? Wouldn’t…

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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 coaches, or even Pinterest – everyone is telling the teacher and principal what to do and how to do it. Why do we do this to people? What’s worse,…

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  • A Quick Thought on Transitions

    You’ve seen the videos. He’s standing with one foot on the boat and one foot on the dock. The boat starts rocking and drifting from the dock. Inevitably, we all know what happens next. We laugh and give the video a thumbs up. Transitions are just like this. Moving from one career to the next.…

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  • Enroll In The 3 in 3

    Consider enrolling in the Principals’ Seminar 3 in 3. It’s designed three years of experience in three weeks’ of learning. View the full curriculum and details here.

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  • Future Cues

    In yesterday’s post, I alluded to cueing systems. One aspect of a cueing system is a set of future cues. Think of it as a script. It tells the actors what’s coming and what role they’ll play. When planning large scale changes, or when navigating unplanned changes, create a series of future cues by scripting…

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  • The Problem With Pointing To Heroes

    When changing school culture, we’re often told to point to the heroes. Create examples of people who are doing what you wished “everyone” else would do. There’s a major problem here that’s not often cautioned about. Point to heores without first creating a cueing system will create divides – them vs us. It’s exclusionary by…

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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? Without even thinking about it, you looked around. You do it at conferences. It happens at meetings. Our brains are wired to look for cues on how to behave…

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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 viral videos lead to strange dance crazes? People mimmick what they see. No one told them what to do. They see enough others doing it, and they assume it’s…

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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 Stephen Colbert lately, you’ve noticed the lack of audience laughter makes their jokes a bit less funny. The reason herds work, is because animals look for cues on how…

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  • What Makes Us Happy And Why That Matters To Curriculum

    Let’s contemplate what makes us happy. In this peer-reviewed article, happiness is distinct from sustainable happiness. Happiness Happiness can be bought, for the moment. It can be achieved and repeated with effort and accolades. But these materialistic and task-oriented experiences of happiness are short-lived and require continual repeating and “upping the ante.” In a materialistic…

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  • Infinite Pie

    There are those who see competition. Then there are those who see collaboration. The first believe that there’s a pie, and it’s a race to grab one’s own share of it before it’s all gone. The latter believe that when we work together, we create more pie. Which are you? The takers of a finite…

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  • When Things Are Tough, Just Know

    When things are tough, just know you’re able to read this blog post, which means it’s not over yet. Hang in there. You’ll do great. Everything’s going to work out. ____________ And if you feel like it’s beyond tough, like it’s the end of the road, it’s okay to step back and dream again.

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