Happy November 2019 Monday Moanin to all of you. Over the first 10 weeks of the 2010-20 school year, I have met with several building administrators/teams to discuss and have them reflect on how their year is going so far.
Happy last Monday in October 2019 and welcome to a night edition of Monday Moanin Thoughts. A big thank you to my son Paul of Data Driven Design for fixing my website and getting me back on track. A few weekends ago 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. The winery’s were not bad either. Read more
Welcome to the first Monday Moanin of October, 2019 to all of you. It is hard to believe that for most of you the first month of the 2019-20 school year is in the books. Typically the first month of a new year is front loaded with many activities and a fast pace filled with numerous adjustments. October signals a time when most school staffs and administrators are settling into their routines and schedules. They are also showing the initial signs of fatigue. As a result, this is a great time to refocus on some essential fundamentals to enhance your performance as a leader. During this week, practice the following three fundamentals. Read more
Happy first Monday Moanin of Fall 2019. Leadership is a relevant and hot topic. Visit any online magazine like Flipboard 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
Happy Monday Moanin to all of you on this beautiful Michigan September 2019 morning. Today, most schools in the Midwest are in their initial weeks of the 2019-20 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 2019 Monday Moanin to all of you. For many of you in the Midwest your initial staff meetings will be this week while some of you have already started the 2019-20 school year. Usually your opening meeting focuses on your staff and celebrating their return and welcoming your new members. This is so essential to getting the new year off to a positive start and setting a tone for good things to happen. It is also equally important for all of the staff to be prepared for their students and what they may be experiencing as they arrive for the beginning of school. I recently read an article about what students and families may be feeling as they transition from summer mode to school mode. It may be helpful to share with staff as they prepare to greet their students and families. In the article from APA.org, Psychologist Lynn Bufka shares; Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. The 2019-20 school year is almost here. During the past several weeks I have reread The Habitudes Series by Tim Elmore. His thoughts and writings are about a belief that there are images that form leadership habits and attitudes. Below are five of my favorite quotes taken from the series. Use them to guide your practice as you prepare for the new school year. Read more
Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Every year at the Hickey Leadership Planning Summit, I share top tweets to consider using to guide your practice. This year I am publishing them in this MMT. All of these had at least 3000 impressions when posted. They are: Read more
Happy late July, 2019 Monday Moanin to all of you. On August 1st, over 120 educators from the tri-county area of Detroit will attend the 9th Annual Hickey Leadership Group Planning Summit. It is during the Summit that participants begin to do some focused planning with their teams for the upcoming 2019-20 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 during future meetings as you begin planning for the opening of a new year. Read more
Welcome to the first Monday Moanin of July 2019. For many of you this may be your first weeks of summer vacation. After a long and challenging school year it is important to recharge and get some rest. Enjoy some quality time with friends and family and enjoy your time away. After a few weeks of rest and relaxation, it will be time to get back to work. The following ideas hopefully will assist as you begin planning for the summer and upcoming 2019-20 school year. Give consideration to the following strategies.
- Plan optional summer meetings for staff to read and discuss articles or books that connect with your vision. This is a great culture builder and growth opportunity.
- Set dates and agendas for an off site retreat and refocusing meetings with your key staff members. This could include separate meetings with administrative teams, counselors, or teacher leaders. The purpose is to be intentional and target areas regarding the needs of your school.
- Plan topics that are related/connected for all of your professional development and staff meetings throughout the year. This is essential for staying on course and focusing on the things that you have control over. This planning will bring clarity to your vision which helps the organization understand it and work together in applying it.
- HS Principals can meet with Student Council leaders to discuss their plans. This is also a great time to validate what they do and build relationships with them.
- Organize instructional support teams (peer-to-peer, rounds) and meet with those volunteers to discuss implementation for the fall.
- Consider changing building responsibilities with your administrative team. It will keep you fresh and it will provide new areas of growth for assistants that aspire to the principalship.
- Make an appointment with your Superintendent or direct supervisor to discuss your plans for the upcoming year. Be proactive.
- Communicate with your staff at least twice over the summer. Send them an update and keep them in the loop. Honest and open communication is one of the good seeds that grow in healthy cultures.
- Begin planning your opening staff meeting. Do not put this work off. This is urgent, get to work.
- As you plan, keep the students at the center of your focus.
If you happen to live in the Tri-County area of Detroit, consider attending the 2019 Hickey Leadership Group Planning Summit on August 1st. Check this link for more registration information at https://hickeyleadershipgroup.com/summit/ Many of the above mentioned strategies could be worked on at the Summit, including opportunities to network with other schools. Information is located on the homepage by clicking on Summit 2019.
You will rest easier if you are proactive in your planning. Have fun and enjoy the good stuff! As Ken Blanchard writes: “None of us is as smart as all of us.”