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

Monday Moanin Thoughts #209 Real Leaders Don’t Avoid, They Act With Courage

Happy Beautiful May 2016 Monday Moanin to all of you.

A week from today we will celebrate Memorial Day 2016 across the country. I can’t help but think of what character strengths our fallen displayed during their service to our great nation. The list of these strengths would be a lengthy one. One way to honor these men and women would be to lead by focusing on one characteristic they all shared, Courage. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #208 Register For The Planning Summit

Happy chilly Michigan Monday Moanin to everyone. Later this summer on Wednesday August 3rd, the 5th annual Hickey Planning Summit will take place. Below is an archived MMT from August of 2014 about the Summit from that year. Please register now at


Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. This past Thursday over 100 educators attended the Hickey Group Planning Summit 2014. It was inspiring being in the same room with such a committed group of school leaders and teams. Over the course of the day, teams from 9 different school districts and 25 different schools were focused on planning some part of  the 2014-15 school year. During the day we used the hashtag #hlgsummit14. Listed below are some of the tweets from the  Summit that will give you a flavor from the day. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #207 Thanks For The Modeling Mom

Happy early Monday Moanin! Today we celebrate a wonderful Mother’s Day. Every one of us can reflect on how our mom’s have influenced us as people and leaders. When I think of my mom, I am filled with many examples of how she helped shaped my life and those of my five brothers. Luckily, she still influences all of us  to this day. Rose Hickey is a  93-year-old dynamo. Her gifts are many and she still is the leader of our family. After my dad passed away in 1991, my mom modeled for all of us resiliency and strength.  It was not an easy time, yet she led us through our grief and though missing him, continued to enjoy and live a rewarding, full life. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #206 Thank You Teachers!

Happy first Monday Moanin of May 2016 to all of you. This week across the country it is Teacher Appreciation week. I hope all of you are getting your messages ready to share with your staff. To assist you I am including two examples to help you as your prepare your message. The first example is from a Principal that is using Becoming from Miriam Pederson as a theme. Here is just a portion of her message;

The beauty of education is in working with children especially, but within each of us on this process of becoming in working with evidence of things unseen as Miriam Pederson so beautifully expresses in her poem Becoming. In it, she refers to someone, a stranger or even friend, and I would expand that definition to colleague or student. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #205 Last Weeks Of School Signal Time For Principals To Lead

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. This time of year begins the home stretch for bringing the 2015-16 school year to a close. Being a leader during the final weeks of a school year can be filled with many challenges. Your ability to help everyone navigate this time is critical to a positive end of the year. Your effort is needed and it is your time to LEAD! Listed below are some helpful reminders. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #204 Be Respectful, Listen

Happy beautiful Michigan Monday Moanin to all of you. Wow do I love Michigan weather. Last Sunday I used my snow blower and this Sunday it was 70 degrees and I used tons of sunblock. For school districts in Michigan, April signals the beginning of the stretch drive to the end of the  2015-16 school year. For the past several years the focus of  this mid April blog was about the critical focus of finishing strong. Though important, I believe you can’t shortchange the importance of  being a good listener.  During the last weeks of school there are many demands on all staff and students. From testing, final evaluation meetings, assessments, classroom interruptions, to end of the year celebrations , demands can  turn into distractions. For all of us in education, these distractions can be unsettling and may cause a lack of patience and understanding as we deal with them and one another. Read more