Change

A Principal’s Reflections: Overcoming Fear of Change – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Overcoming Fear of Change Overcoming Fear of Change “I have accepted fear as a part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.” – Erica Jong We are in the midst of disruptive times. Some might say that this has always been the case, and that is true. What’s different now is how fast things are changing, and this is especially the case…

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A Principal’s Reflections: What Could Be – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: What Could Be What Could Be With the beginning of each new year, it seems like everyone on the planet is either talking about or embarking on some type of resolution. I will be the first one to say that this used to be me each and every year. In almost every case, I tried to commit to something health-related like getting to the gym more or eating better. However, as time has passed, I have reflected…

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A Good Plan Requires Great Execution – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: A Good Plan Requires Great Execution A Good Plan Requires Great Execution When we think about change, more often than not, a plan is developed, implemented, and evaluated with the goal being improvement. The journey to improve is a process that requires various strategies that are aligned to a specific focus as outlined in a mission statement or vision document that describes the why. Most schools, districts, and organizations have both. The details on how to achieve…

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The Stages of Innovative Change – Education Article

Change isn’t coming as it is already on our doorstep. Granted, this has been the case for thousands of years thanks to either discoveries such as fire and cultivated crops or inventions that led to the creation of electricity, manufacturing, and expeditious travel. No organization or system in any field is impervious to this fact when one looks at a myriad of disruptive forces at play in society. In the case of education, the choice is to either adapt or…

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Great Leaders Embrace Multiple Styles – Education Article

We have all heard the saying don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It represents a sound piece of advice for any leader, especially in the field of education.  The reason being is that a person in a position of power or influence should not concentrate all efforts in one area since initiating and sustaining change requires a dynamic mashup of strategies. The bottom line here is that if all of your resources and energy focus on just one…

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Insecure Leaders Point Blame Everywhere but Themselves – Education Article

There are many opinions as to what constitutes effective leadership, something that I have written about extensively over the years. However, my perspective is just from one lens. I often pose a question on what is it that great leaders do in the workshops I facilitate, and many consistent characteristics emerge. Some of the top responses where there is consensus include communicate, listen, innovate, have a vision, risk-taking, and focus on relationships. It is tough to argue that any of…

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6 Ways to Improve Professional Learning – Education Article

No matter your position in education, you have gone through some form of professional development. In many cases, the act of being “developed” comes in a variety of standard types such as workshops, mandated PD days, presentations, conferences, book studies, or keynotes. Many of these are often the one and done variety or conducted in a drive-by manner. Now, don’t get me wrong; some educators find value in the experiences I have outlined above and have gone on to change…

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Home Away From Home: Using routines to adapt to change – USAHome Away From Home: Using routines to adapt to change – Education Article

For most of my life I grew up in the same city, lived in the same house, and attended 12 years of school with all the same people. I’ve even been told my five-year-old self and I look exactly the same. So one could guess change probably isn’t my forte. Despite that, I still feel change is good for you so I decided to make a change and move all the way from Southern California to Boston for college.  Finding…

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A Principal’s Reflections: The Ascent to Growth – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Ascent to Growth The Ascent to Growth I genuinely believe that most people want to get better in their professional role and they find comfort in growth. Who doesn’t want to make a difference while moving up the career ladder?  However, I say most because complacency, lack of motivation, or not being passionate about the work or the job can inhibit a drive to seek ways to improve.  Since the minority falls in this category, let’s…

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It Won’t Work…Or Will It? – Education Article

When we look at various aspects of society, there is always an innate desire to improve through innovation. However, there seems always to be impediments to this process. Perhaps it is the little voice in your head that says any new idea or strategy is a waste of time, as it has no chance to succeed. Maybe it is the collective voices of colleagues pushing you to abide by the status quo and not rock the boat. Throw in fear,…

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Bringing Out the Best in Others – Education Article

It’s no secret that great cultures bring out the best in people and in turn, this leads to systemwide success. Success is a fickle thing, though. There might be specific indicators that are used to quantify whether an organization is good or even great, but there is no set recipe that I know of as to how to accomplish this feat. What I do know is that it is not the result of one person or department. When change happens…

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Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution Education for the 4th Industrial Revolution “Don’t prepare kids for something. Prepare them for anything!” I remember a world without the Internet, smart devices, mobile phones, 3D printers, and 4K televisions sets. After all, this was the world that many of us grew up in. There was an abundance of playing outside, reading, walking around the mall, going to the movies, and talking on the phone. Sure, we had our technology…

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A Principal’s Reflections: The Challenges Educators Face – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Challenges Educators Face The Challenges Educators Face We live in amazing times.  Technology, most specifically social media, has flattened the world. Remember when we had to get all of our professional literature and information from journals, books, conferences, over the phone, or people that we came in direct contact with? Educators now have access anytime from anywhere to people, ideas, resources, strategies, and feedback.  As much as this has been a game-changer for so many, we…

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A Principal’s Reflections: 12 Leadership Fundamentals – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: 12 Leadership Fundamentals 12 Leadership Fundamentals Leadership is leadership.  The same essential qualities and characteristics that exemplify what great leaders do have pretty much stayed the same.  What has changed are the tools, research, and societal shifts that impact the work.  Leadership is both an art and a science with the goal of moving the masses towards achieving a common goal.  Even though I have written extensively on the topic over the years, I am always on…

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The Relationship Between Failure and Success – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: The Relationship Between Failure and Success The Relationship Between Failure and Success In life, there are certain truths. One of these is that to succeed, many times, you must first fail. Obviously, this is not always the case, but if you are like me and many others, success doesn’t come easily or on the first try.  Learning to ride a bike is one of many great examples that proves my point.  The process begins with training wheels…

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To Follow is to Lead – Education Article

A Principal’s Reflections: To Follow is to Lead To Follow is to Lead “If you think you’re leading, and no one is following you, then you’re only taking a walk.” – Afghan Proverb If we follow someone that person is a leader then right? We are all meant to believe that the role of a leader is to empower others to follow to create and sustain successful systems.  In many ways, I am not here to challenge this notion. This notion…

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