Monday Moanin Thoughts #277 Forget The Grind, Let’s Practice Some Gratitude This Week

It is hard to believe that we are a few days away from Thanksgiving 2017. This Holiday arrives during at a perfect time. In Michigan, since August students and staff’s have been hitting the school year hard. Without any breaks, the past several weeks have truly been a grind. As a result , it is difficult to really focus on the good stuff.  Thanksgiving Day changes that. It is the time that many people reflect on gratitude and being thankful for those gifts that are important in their lives. This year, lets join in and beginning today make a daily practice of reflecting on those things we are grateful for!   Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #276 Common Practices Among Top Workplaces 2017

Happy chilly, rainy November 2017 Monday Moanin to all of you.  We are a few weeks from celebrating Thanksgiving 2017. As is the case every year, it is a great time to be full of gratitude and thankfulness. It is also a perfect time to reflect on the effectiveness of your organization. As a nice prompt to assist in your reflection, I will share some feedback and comments from the 2017 Detroit Free Press Workplace Survey.

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Monday Moanin Thoughts #275 Outta My Mind On Monday Moanin

Happy first November, 2017 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 , in the spirit of Talbert , I will share thoughts, complaints, comments, and questions that are on my mind about leadership and education, 2017. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #274 These Administrative Behaviors May Be Hurting Your Culture

It is hard to believe that we have reached the final Monday Moanin, October 2017. Finally an end to the October blues. Last week I shared with you concerns regarding staff behavior that may be causing your culture to dip downward. This week it may be administrative behaviors that could be hurting your culture. It is critical that you begin paying attention to the list below and take action to limit the negative influences affecting your building. Don’t let them kill your culture, they are: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #273 Culture Problems? These 4 Staff Behaviors May Cause You Concern

Happy October, 2017 Monday Moanin to all of you. For most of you in Michigan, schools have been in session for over 6 weeks. As a result you should have a pretty good pulse on the culture of your organization. In this MMT edition I  mention 4 potential culture killers caused by staff. In the future I will focus on Administrator behaviors that negatively affect culture. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #272 Develop A Positive Culture By Working Together

Happy October 16, 2017 and here is wishing you all a great Monday Moanin. Last weekend I was with my family in Traverse City for our annual northern Michigan trip. Though a little wet, it was a spectacular time. The colors were beautiful, the air was crisp, the weather still cooperated, the food was great, and our day trip up Mission Pointe was a highlight. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #271 Use These Top Tweets To Guide Your Week

Happy Second Monday of October 2017 to all of you. Over the last three months, July-September,  I tweeted many opinions and quotes from many of the stars of leadership and education. Below are listed my top tweets during that time. Each of them had over 2500 impressions on Twitter. Consider using one of them to guide your work and planning this week. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #270 Don’t Forget The Fundamentals

Happy October, 2017 Monday Moanin to all of you. It is hard to believe that for most of you the first month of the 2017-18 school year is in the books. Typically the first month is front loaded with many activities and a fast pace filled with adjustments and reactions. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #269, Enhance Your Craft, Focus On These C’s

Happy first Monday Moanin of Fall 2017. Leadership is a relevant and hot topic. Visit any online magazine like Flipboard or website and you will find several articles and blogs filled with opinions of how to build a better organization. After reviewing several authors in preparation for this post, I decided to focus on three practical and rather unique areas of leadership. As a school leader, focusing on a few of these areas will certainly enhance your performance. Have a productive week by being intentional on the following 3 C’s. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #268 What Are You Going To Practice This Week?

Happy mid September 2017 Monday Moanin to all of you. Back in January 2017, I wrote about what was going to be my one word to guide my professional work and personal life for the new year. I borrowed the idea from Jon Gordon and others by adopting one word instead of more ambitious resolutions and goals to focus on. Because I struggled in the past with losing my focus on more depth filled goals, on word seemed doable. I was right, I wrote then; Read more