If you’re a teacher, you know the sounds that surround you after the final day of classes in the spring. It’s deafening silence. No students are chatting or yelling. No one is asking you to do something for them. No rustling in the hallways. No noise at all. The spring semester is over, and summer is here. At least for two
Since 1987, I have tried to keep a journal of my special experiences, my reflections on things that happen to me, and the trips I take. It started out as a sort of diary, but it was more about the stuff I did and what I thought about it, instead of my feelings. Recently, I was leafing through some old journals,
Google is growing up. Current CEO Sundar Pichai reported at a 2017 conference that his company is rethinking all of their products, as well as how they communicate to people. What have they concluded is a better way to communicate to both stakeholders and customers? This may not surprise you. More images and stories. "Since stories are best told with pictures—bullet points
I began my career as a leader in 1979. I had never been taught leadership, and I had limited leadership experience. I began teaching students, but soon I was put in charge of colleagues—managing a team of people, most of them older than I was. I was both passionate and intimidated. Without the help of Google or Wikipedia, I remember digging through
There’s an ongoing tension that educational leaders constantly feel on their jobs. Almost every educator I interact with these days faces a tension between two realities: The need to teach to the test, so students score high enough to get funding. The desire to prepare students to be life and career ready upon graduation. This is the dilemma of 21st century
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I consistently talk to people about the importance of mentoring, and how very few organizations really practice the art of “mentoring” or “coaching” well.
The job of a leader is to cultivate team members and delegate projects to others who “own” the vision like they do.
Leadership is a tender balance between relationships and results. So what undermines effective meetings?
Most of us have never been trained on how to lead a productive meeting or how to get the most our of your team members. Often, meetings with committees are challenging and unproductive.
Leaders are expected to produce. These ambitions aren't wrong, but with unhealthy motives, leaders fall into a trap. You could call it a “performance trap.”