Monday Moanin Thoughts #219 Get Off To A Good Start By Focusing On These

Happy Final Monday in August 2016. Many of you are busily preparing for your opening staff meeting or are well into the new year. After meeting with several building and district administrators during the month of August, two topics were common during our conversations. Consistency and quality decision-making.  As you embark on a new year , consider focusing on these two areas of  leadership. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #218 Just Asking, Answer Them And Grow

Welcome to the latest August 2016 Monday Moanin Thoughts.  In most areas of Michigan the 2016-17 school year is a few short weeks away. As a result, it is a perfect time to just ask some questions regarding education as you prepare for  the upcoming year. Please reflect on them and see if they may serve as a good prompt for your opening staff meeting and future work. Here goes: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 217 Use These Ingredients For A Successful Opening

Happy mid August 2016 Monday Moanin to all of you. For many of you in the Midwest your initial staff meetings will be the week before Labor Day while some of you have already started the 2016-17 school year. Either way, this recipe is something you can try at any time and enjoy success. It is very simple and doable. Sometimes we may over think plans for opening staff meetings and really all meetings. We may get disappointed and the positive tone we want to set can go flat and miss the mark.  The ingredients are listed in bold below.  Only you and your team can determine the amount of each item needed to have a successful recipe and a positive opening meeting. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #216 Planning Summit 2016, A Principal’s Perspective

Happy warm August Monday Moanin to all of you. This past week 116 Educators attended the 5th Hickey Planning Summit. The goal of the day is to plan, collaborate , and get tasks accomplished for the 2016-17 school year. Walt Kozlowski, a Middle School Principal attended his first Summit. Walt wrote about his experience at the Summit on his web page  Please enjoy his perspective and his thoughts regarding his experience. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 215 Here Is The Summit Opener For 2016

Happy first Monday Moanin of August 2016. This week over 100 educators from the tri-county of Detroit will attend the 5th Annual Hickey Leadership Planning Summit. It is during the Summit that participants begin to do some focused planning with their teams for the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Every year the Summit begins with an opener. I wanted to share part of the opener with you. Please consider it as a prompt as you plan your year. It is;

Does your organization have a positive culture/ climate? Reflect individually and then as a group of the following quote from Jim Rohn:

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

Good luck as you begin a new year and that your planning is productive. Have a great week and keep finding the good stuff.


Monday Moanin Thoughts #214 New Year Ahead, Self Reflect

It is hard to believe that today is the final Monday Moanin of July, 2016.  Hopefully, many of you are enjoying a wonderful summer vacation filled with rest and relaxation. In the next few weeks you will be amping up in preparation of a new school year. As you begin, consider focusing on self-reflection. Here are a few questions for you to consider as you begin your planning for 2016-17. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #213 Are You A Giver Or A Taker?

Happy mid July 2016 Monday Moanin to all of you. For the past several weeks a question has beenon my mind regarding the many leaders that I meet with , do they lead as a giver or a taker? July is a perfect time to begin reflecting on how you lead and is your school or organization more giving or taking? To assist you in this process, below are six questions, thoughts, and quotes for your consideration. Good luck as you focus and reflect. Use these prompts to conduct an audit on your leadership and your organization. Hopefully all of us can begin the process of becoming more of a giver as we prepare for a new school year. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 212 Get Some Rest , Then Get To Work

Happy mid June 2015 Monday Moanin to everyone. For many of you this may be your first week without students or of summer vacation. After a long and challenging school year it is important to recharge and get some rest. Enjoy some quality family time and have your share of fun. After a few weeks of rest and relaxation, it is time to get to work. The following ideas hopefully will assist as you begin planning for the summer and upcoming 2016-17 school year. Give consideration to the following strategies. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #211 Look What I Found From My PLN

Welcome to this June edition of Monday Moanin Thoughts. This may be the last week of school for many of you. As a result it may be a week filled with many distractions. It may be a time that you feel, ” lets just get this year over.” I hope that you fight that feeling. It may just be the perfect time for you to lead as if it was the first week of  the 2016-17 school year. This morning I spent a few hours on Twitter soaking up lots of good stuff from my PLN. Listed below are a few quotes that may help you focus your thoughts and actions as you bring this year to a positive conclusion.

@JesseLynStoner posts;  “Instead of believing everything you think, think about what you really believe.”

@JohnMaxwellTeam posts; “People don’t follow people by accident. They follow individuals whose leadership they respect.”
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Monday Moanin Thoughts #210 Outta My Mind On Monday Moanin

Happy June Monday Moanin to everyone. The late Detroit Free Press  feature writer Bob Talbert every Monday would write a column titled Outta My Mind On Monday Moanin.   In this MMT like Talbert , I will share thoughts, comments, and questions that are on my mind about leadership and education.   Read more