Happy first Autumn Monday Moanin of 2018 to all of you. Being a leader in public education is a difficult challenge. There are many issues to deal with, especially at the beginning of a new school year. These challenges may cause you to lose confidence and act with caution which could negatively impact your role and performance as a leader. Listed below are some strategies that may be helpful in improving your skills as a leader. Consider focusing on some of these during the next 30 days. In no particular order, here they are : Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to all of you on this beautiful , crisp Michigan September morning. Today, most schools in the Midwest are in their initial weeks of the 2018-19 school year. Building principals and their staffs have been busy welcoming students and dealing with all of the tasks that go with starting a new year. Read more
Happy late August 2018 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 2018-19 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 can over think plans for opening staff meetings and really all meetings. At times the positive tone we want to set can go flat and miss the mark. The ingredients listed in bold below will help establish the positive beginning we all strive for. Only you and your team can determine the focus of each item needed to have a successful recipe and a positive opening meeting. Here are the ingredients: Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. The 2018-19 school year is almost here. In preparation, I have started to reread The Habitudes Series , by Tim Elmore. His thoughts and writings are around a belief that there are images that form leadership habits and attitudes. Below are five of my favorite quotes taken from the series. Refer to them often this week and let them guide your practice and serve as a prompt to help set your goals and actions for the new school year. Read more
Happy final Monday Moanin of July, 2018. This week 110 educators from the tri-county of Detroit will attend the 7th Annual Hickey Leadership Planning Summit. It is during the Summit that participants begin to do some focused planning with their teams for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Every year the Summit begins with an opener. I wanted to share part of the opener with you. Please consider using it as a prompt or reflection as you plan your year. Read more
Welcome to another July 2018 Monday Moanin. I hope that all of you are having a great summer. This week may be a great one to begin planning for 2018-19. After some reflection, I am posting three excerpts from my previous 305 Monday Moanin Thoughts. Hopefully they will be timely and helpful as you begin your week and your thoughts for the upcoming year.
From October 9, 2014 # 131
I am blessed to meet with so many talented educators that are successful in leading their schools and communities. Effective leaders have a lot in common and share many characteristics. Getting their staff to work hard, find common ground, and encourage them to work together is critical to establishing a culture that is about student learning. I work with many teams that are building this culture in their buildings. Listed below are three ideas or quotes from Paul Bambrick-Santoyo that can help you guide your work this week. They are: Read more
Happy July 2018 Monday Moanin to all of you. Hopefully your pace is slowing a bit and you are enjoying the wonderful summer weather. My topic for today’s MMT is to focusing on a few things to improve your effectiveness as a leader. During the past week I have been reading several articles on leadership that served as a great prompt in writing this blog. How do you want to enhance your leadership? Try focusing on these areas of leadership that James Kerr wrote about. Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to everyone and welcome to July, 2018. To assist you with your work this week, consider focusing on a few of my top tweets from April to June 2018. They will serve you well as you begin planning for 2018-19 school year.
Happy June 2018 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 2018-19 school year. Give consideration to the following strategies. Read more
Welcome to an early MMT and happy Fathers Day 2018. For many of you tomorrow may be the first Monday Moanin in a long time where you can hit the snooze on your iPhone alarm. Enjoy the experience! Today, I think about all of the men who have influenced me in my life and I am grateful for their help. Today I honor two of those men. Of course I think about my dad, Don Hickey with fond memories and appreciation. He passed away in 1991 and I think of him daily. His humor, work ethic, faith, caring attitude, and his love of family and his wife Rose, has rubbed off on all of his 6 sons. As my brother Bill said at his funeral, Don Lives! Another father that is a wonderful model for me is my father-in-law, George. He has been my other Dad for 28 years. He also is a model for me and he exhibits all of the traits I admired in my Dad. Above all he is the definition of a giver. At 84 he is an avid golfer, loving husband and father. He gives freely in caring for his wife as she deals with the challenges of Alzheimer’s. Not an easy task but he handles it with grace and a strong faith. I am so lucky to have these good men model for me what it means to be a father and a husband. Thank you so much. Read more