Tag: Communication

  • Creating Content, But not creating it.

    Whether you’re an educator with a blog, a traveler with a vlog, or a business owner with a website, there are times when you need to create content. Express your thoughts, communicate your message, and impact your audience. However, you don’t have to always create. Creation is energy-intensive. It can be exhausting (usually after, not…

  • Anchor, Focus, and Align

    My friends over in the Principals Masterclass (TJ Vari and Joseph Jones) taught an invaluable lesson on communicating with candor. In that lesson, they gave three concepts to use when giving feedback. These concepts also apply to communicating to a broader audience. Anchor. Focus. Align. We’ve been talking about story-telling this week here and again…

  • 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 of the stories we tell, there’s always going to be a second story. The second story is the one our audience hears, and it could be vastly different than…

  • 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. But if you do not tell your story, someone else will. While most stories are positive, if someone else is telling your story, it might have unintended negative consequences…

  • When Holding Back is a Mistake

    Sometimes it’s timidity, sometimes fear. Occasionally it’s lack of skill, and usually it’s just trying to be nice – trying to maintain relationships. Because relationships matter, as you well know. That’s why Dr. TJ Vari and Dr. Joseph Jones are targeting 9 traps of giving feedback – traps that damage professional relationships. In this video…

  • Masterclass Is Now Open!

    This is a limited seating professional learning opportunity. It’s a Masterclass from Principals’ Seminar featuring authors, superintendents, and educational leaders TJ Vari and Joseph Jones. You should consider registering. Here’s why. Compassionate Candor Creates Success You have audacious goals. But the reality is – you’re never going to accomplish them without mastering the craft of…

  • With Feedback, Less is More

    As with most things, less is more. This is especially true with communication, but not less quantity of communication (redundancy is good). Less words is more effective. Think of this. Your communication includes numerous aspects beyond words: Eye contact Body language Attitude The delivery Listening (not just to the positive parts) Tone of voice What…

  • 3 Simple Questions For Returning Staff

    Yes, there are unprecedented changes that your school may not be ready for. However, there are also simple leadership moves you can take to lead during these times of change. One of these leadership moves involves leading with questions. Here are three simple questions to ask your teachers as they return to school this year.…

  • 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 there’s a difficulty. To achieve this goal, you must get to no first. Make it the first aim in your conversation to uncover the objection, which often sounds like:…

  • Uncertainty

    Uncertainty – What is it? What can we do about it?

  • Communicating with Empathy: 3 Phrases to Use When Someone is Irritated

    You could just pull rank. But that may not move you toward your vision. Instead, here are 3 things to say when someone is irritated. And yes, you should say something. Avoiding problems is a good way to create fester transfer, and that’s not good for culture. Instead, communicate with empathy using these 3 phrases.…

  • Confrontation and Candor

    A confrontation is a clashing of forces or ideas. It’s not pleasant, and generally, we don’t like confrontation. And there’s a good reason for that. It’s just not healthy. However, avoiding confrontation is not the same as avoiding candor. Candor is open communication. It’s honest and frank. Candor can also be scary, but it is…

  • A Carpenter’s Belt for Principals

    I remember growing up as my childhood home was being built. I loved watching the carpenters walk around constructing the walls and the cabinetry. They were like superheroes with all the tools and gadgets on their belts. The carpenter’s belt is a rugged piece of leather craftsmanship. Without it, I’d imagine the carpenter’s job would…

  • The Right Words

    It’s not always the right motive or the right ideas that are needed. Sometimes it’s simply the right words spoken at the right time. Leadership is about understanding the other point of view and speaking the right words to move that point of view toward a goal. The wrong words can lead to unintended outcomes.…

  • Questions a Great Manager Asks

    …and principals too. Because you are the manager of the school, and no, manager is not a bad word. How was your weekend? Would you like more or less support from me? Do I give you enough feedback? What’s your prefered way to get information about what’s happening outside your classroom? What are you currently…