Monday Moanin Thoughts # 183 Improving Morale Begins With You And Me

Welcome to this beautiful November 2015 Monday Moanin. During the past few weeks I have met with several school leaders and a common theme emerged.  Even though it is November , many staffs are feeling like it is April. Educators across the board are operating with low energy  and there is still a long way to go till June 2016. Another comment is that morale is low. Not only low , but it has never been lower. Educator Steven Weber asks; “Is morale determined by one person? Is morale pinned on the superintendent or building principals. Does a superintendent make morale go down across the district?” Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #182 It’s November, Practice Gratitude Now

Happy First Monday of November 2015. Please enjoy this archived post from November 2014. It fits very well for today.


It is hard to believe that we have reached the first Monday Moanin of November 2014. At the end of the month, many of us will celebrate Thanksgiving.  Many people begin to take some time to reflect on the gifts they have in their life during that week. This year, let’s pledge to make it a daily practice of reflection on those things beginning today!  There is no need to wait for Thanksgiving week. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #180 Schedule Your Priorities First

Happy Chilly Michigan Monday Moanin to all of you.

Over the last the few weeks I have met with many school leaders and a common theme has emerged. Leaders are struggling getting to what is really important. They shared that management issues are consuming most of their time and energy. During our discussions,  I suggested two strategies that may help them be more productive. Give these a try. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #179 Is This Generation Entitled? Where Did They Learn It?

Happy Monday Moanin to all  of you. This time of  year many school districts are conducting parent teacher conferences. A few years ago, I was attending my kids conferences and when I was leaving I couldn’t help but notice something. Although there were many parking places available in the lot that I was parked in, there were three cars parked  illegally in the circle right outside the school entrance. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 176 This Week Focus On Communication

Happy Monday Moanin to all of  you. Recently, I read an article written by Paul Warren discussing the positive qualities that teachers want in their principal. One of those qualities written about was effective communication. It is an essential skill that all principals need to enhance to be a productive leader.  Listed below in bold are some great questions from Warren for you to focus on over the coming weeks. Read more