Monday Moanin Thoughts #223 Hey Principals, How Are You Communicating?

Happy First Monday Moanin of Fall 2016. Over the last year, 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

Monday Moanin Thoughts #222 Great Time To Reflect And Grow

Happy final Monday Moanin of summer, 2016. Most of you have navigated successfully the opening weeks of a new school year. As things begin to settle down it is the perfect time to reflect on improving your leadership skills. Ken Blanchard writes about the importance of growth and reflection: “Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s that simple.”
Below are some strategies that may be helpful in helping you grow and lead.  Consider focusing on  a few of these during the next week listed below.

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Monday Moanin #221 Hey Principals, Set A Positive Tone Daily

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  2016-17 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. As I reflect back on my years as a building principal , I remember  experiencing the first  few weeks with students and staff exhausted due to supervising, planning and facilitating the opening. You may be feeling something similar. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 220 Labor Day 2016, Reflect, Then Practice Gratitude And Passion

Today’s Monday Moanin Thoughts is especially challenging because it signals the end of summer for many of you. It is also Labor Day 2016. A day when we celebrate working people across America.  Even as we celebrate, there are many challenges across our country for workers including unemployment, right to work legislation, living wage issues,  a shrinking middle class, and declining pay and benefits for many Americans.  Read more