2011

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“Are You Indispensable?” Hint, Hint… Please Say, “No!”

From the Principal's Pen

“Hope you’re feeling better! Things here are going well today.”. So it takes my being ill for things to go well, huh?” Cotton wool, you ask?

Be a Compass… Be an Anchor…

From the Principal's Pen

Eight years ago, I picked up the phone to hear a superintendent offer me my first job as a principal. I was absolutely elated! What was I thinking?

Get Ready… Get Set… Recharge Your Batteries!

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It happens to everyone at some point… what I call ‘the gerbil in the wheel syndrome’ You run and run, you spin and spin, and despite feeling you’ve traveled far, you’re right back where you started! That’s how I would define the last few days. Thank goodness for that! ” I’ve learned that stuff happens.

Lead with Joy and Humor!

From the Principal's Pen

Last week, after a year and a half, I saw my parents on a visit to India. Minutes after my dad showed up, he was ready to share his latest joke — or Kadi as those who speak Tamil call it. I’m not quite sure how to describe a Kadi but I’ll take a shot at it (with apologies to those who may disagree). ” Just kidding! Schultz.

“Whenever You Fall, Pick Something Up.” – Oswald Avery

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I’ve learned over time that the one thing I can be sure of is that challenges are right around the corner from good times. We face little and big challenges every day in our work. As a leader do you sometimes feel like you’re standing in front of a baseball pitching machine? Be still and allow the mud to settle.” ” - Lao Tzu.

Here’s to New Beginnings!

From the Principal's Pen

This is my favorite time of the year as an educator – a time to start anew. Summer vacation is coming to an end. Teachers start school next week and students follow a couple of days later. The joy of anticipating the arrival of our summer holidays a couple of months ago is shifting to the joy of beginning a new school year.

A Dollar on Behalf of Truckers…

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I just returned from a seven hour road trip yesterday. During the drive, I noticed something I’ve seen for a couple of years now, but this time, I said, “Ah! I should add this to my blog!&# And the topic? Courtesy. For all the road rage and other annoyances we complain about, there are moments of courtesy on the highway. I was touched.

STEP What?

From the Principal's Pen

One for my memoirs… We were minutes away from the school bell ringing when a substitute teacher called and said she was running a few minutes late. Rather than pull someone else in for that brief period, I decided to welcome the students and stay in the kindergarten classroom until the substitute arrived. One For My Memoirs

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“And when we think we lead, we are most led.” —Lord Byron

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One of the hardest questions to answer is, “What is the most important aspect of my role?&# It doesn’t matter what our professions might be – it is easier to create a list of things we believe our roles entail, rather than define what our most important charge is. A leadership role is complicated. Where does one begin?

It’s Hiring Time!

From the Principal's Pen

It’s summer time and principals are getting ready to fulfill one of their most important tasks – hiring teachers for their teams. There is something exciting about this process. It is as much a time to reflect on who we are, what we stand for and what we want to accomplish as it is about adding a new team member. Filed under: Leadership.

For an Organization… With People…

From the Principal's Pen

When people mention anything about working ‘for’ me, I quickly correct them saying they work ‘with’ me. This is not just some politically correct line in my book – it holds deeper meaning for me. People who know me, recognize that I hold strong opinions on different issues. And why do they need to know? With people.

Being in Sync with One’s Life

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“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.&# — Thomas Merton. This must be one of those BIG lessons I have to learn. Some time ago, seeing me surrounded by piles of work on a weekend, my husband asked, “When are you planning to catch up?&# Great question! Does this sound familiar?

Ideas EVOLVE…

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‘Change’ is an interesting concept. We discuss it a lot in terms of our work as school leaders, and experience it in many forms. People have different reactions to change – some embrace it, some are indifferent to it, and others may dislike it quite strongly. I see where they are going but I’m shifting gears a little.

“It’s not a better way, it’s a different way.” – Dr. Raymond Terrell

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I remember standing outside Churchgate Station in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, waiting to meet a friend. It was 1986. I had just graduated from college and was beginning my training in special education. I was new to Bombay – a BIG city teeming with life. Perhaps being on my own for the first time made the city seem bigger, but maybe not!

Unbound from here on…

From the Principal's Pen

It is quite possible that the title of this post may mean more to me than some might understand but I truly feel free! As a child growing up in India, I remember copying quotes from the Reader’s Digest into a small diary. Now I type them into a document and pull them out to use in my work and reflections. They cheer me up and inspire me.

Shared Leadership – a worthy road to travel!

From the Principal's Pen

About a decade ago, I decided to switch gears from being a special education teacher to becoming a school principal. I looked for programs within travelling distance from my home and learned about the Educational Leadership program at Miami University. It was interesting because they were not ready to let me take a few courses and get a license.

What’s written in stone… setting the tone!

From the Principal's Pen

Several years ago, as I sat in one of my first courses in Ed. Leadership at Miami University, a graduate of the program who had just got his first leadership job came to our class to speak to our cohort. This young principal said many things, but one comment caught my attention, and has stayed with me since then. It is also about consistency.

3 R’s +

From the Principal's Pen

In 2003 when I started my first job as an elementary principal I shared my 3 R’s – Relationships, Respect and Responsibility – with my school community. I’ve always believed that strong schools are built on a foundation of respectful relationships, where individuals take responsibility for their actions. Leadership

Dear Amber,

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My career has been wonderful, with much to be joyful about. Yet, as with all things, sometimes it feels like a bumpy bus ride on a highway pock-marked with pot-holes. If you’ve experienced the recent icy winter we’ve just left behind, you’ll know what I’m talking about. You think things are going well, and then… WHAM!

Leadership & Influence

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. You cannot be a effective leader without influence. Remove these people from your network.

Innovation Creates Uncertainty

Leading Blog

We don’t like uncertainty. It’s not comfortable. We want innovation. We like creativity. It’s engaging. But innovation creates uncertainty.

The Top 10 Things Leaders Should Hear From Their Teammates

Terry Starbucker

Let’s count ‘em down, from the bottom to the top: 10. How many of these 10 have you heard? Did I miss anything? Let’s lead well!

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Leading with Character by Leading from Within

C-Level Strategies

There is no escaping the fact that when we show up for work and for our leadership roles, we bring the entirety of ourselves to the table.

7 Random Pieces of Advice for the Younger Leader

Ron Edmondson

I love working with younger leaders. I want to share some things I’ve learned from experience. Some of it hard experiences. It’s okay.

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The Introvert’s Guide to Getting Noticed in Business

C-Level Strategies

getting your ideas heard. having your leadership talents recognized. communicating effectively, through words and actions. The essence of these steps?

12 Killers of Good Leadership

Ron Edmondson

Here are 12 killers of good leadership: Defensiveness – Good leaders don’t wear their feelings on their shoulders. Others will follow.

3 Ways to Be a Positive Leader

Leading Blog

This is a guest post by best-selling author and speaker, Jon Gordon about the value of developing positive relationships with the people you lead.

10 Secrets of Many Senior Pastors

Ron Edmondson

I get to hang out and know many senior pastors. I was asked to give my perspective as a senior pastor, since each of them report to one. James 5:17).

Top 5 Signs Of A Toxic Culture

The Leadership Advisor

If you saw green glowing ooze with a nasty vapor rising from it, how close would you get? I think most folks would feel the same way.

10 Essential Steps To Leadership Excellence

Terry Starbucker

Every successful leader gets this question posed to them at one time or another: “How did you do it?” Period. And guess what? Lead well!

7 Actions While Waiting on God

Ron Edmondson

During the waiting period, I find I need to increase my prayer and study time, preparing my heart to receive God’s instructions.

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Keeping It Simple

N2Growth Blog

By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. One of the most effective ways to order your world is to simplify everything you encounter.

My Hardest Advice for Young Leaders

Ron Edmondson

It’s actually the hardest piece of advice I have for this generation of young leaders. It was intense training. That’s not the rules.”

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A Secret Your Husband Keeps…But Needs You to Know

Ron Edmondson

Ladies, here’s a secret your husband probably won’t share…. He needs your unconditional respect…in fact…he needs you to be his biggest fan….

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How to Discover Your True Path in Life

C-Level Strategies

We were all moved, and many of us shaken, by the loss of Steve Jobs last week. We cheered him when he battled back from being fired at Apple.

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10 little Things That Will Make a BIG Difference In Your Leadership

Terry Starbucker

There are leaders, and then there are LEADERS. Because your tone and inflections didn’t match the words. Lead well! Leadership

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Leading Gen Y: the Secrets Every Leader Must Learn

C-Level Strategies

I am extremely fortunate to be able to call Greg Hartle a friend. He told me he was as well, the fortunate recipient of a kidney from his mom.

19 Revealing CEO Leadership Quotes

C-Level Strategies

And they share experiences and insights that enable them to leave with a renewed, energized vision and strategies to support it. Talent management.

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7 Signs of a Dysfunctional Team

Ron Edmondson

Chances are, if you’ve served on very many teams, that you’ve served on one that is dysfunctional. They do have commonalities.

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Full Steam Ahead – Book Review

The Leadership Advisor

I read a ton of leadership books every year. A very broad description, but quite accurate in my opinion. When I began reading Full Steam Ahead!,

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