How To

4 Steps to Obliterate Obstacles

Whether it’s a thorn or a dam, an obstacle can stop progress. As a leader, it falls on your shoulders to remove obstacles. Here are 4...

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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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Year in Review 2019

Twenty nineteen was a year of expansion. Many lessons were learned from failures and challenges: Embrace growth when it occurs, even if unplanned. Action is the...

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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...

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Back to School Letter 2.0

It’s almost time…you’ll be in the office soon getting ready to welcome your team back. You might even draft a back to school letter. Let’s think...

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How to Find Star Teachers, Interview Tips

There are many great ways to conduct teacher interviews. Here are three simple interview tips that focus on finding star teachers. Experience is overrated, ask about...

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Go No Go Date

If you plan something new, if you’re creating innovations, if you are committing effort in a new direction, don’t commit indefinitely. Instead, use a go, no-go...

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How to Create Your Vision for a School

This post details how to create your vision for a school. There’s a difference between your vision for the school and the school’s vision. Both are...

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Learning Walks

You know about walkthroughs. Maybe you’ve studied instructional rounds. I’ve share my research paper on formative classroom visits. But what are learning walks? And how can...

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They won’t read my emails!

It’s a problem, I know. Unlike a meeting, the campus mail, and a conversation, email is: Cluttered general reminders Filled with spam Cheap to deliver Void...

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When Groupthink Takes Hold

James Stoner conducted a study in 1961 about people in groups. It has been replicated hundreds of times since then. In the 1970s, Yale researcher Irving...

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How to Create a Stop Doing List

This is so simple. Or at least we can make it that way. Meeting #1: Brainstorm Gather a team together. State the purpose before arriving, so...

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This Year, Create a Masterpiece

Art is about doing the work that brings immense value to you and those around you. Each day the canvas is new. Your work is your...

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What are OKRs? How Can They Help Your School?

What is an OKR? It’s a simple way to design and use strategic goals. Objective: The statement of outcome or goal. Key Result: The defined and...

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New Year Resolution

If it’s worth committing to, then it’s worth starting now. It doesn’t get better because it’s reserved for the new year. If it’s worth the resolve,...

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