Monday Moanin Thoughts #262 Are You Effective As A Leader? Try These!

Happy July 2017 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 things.  Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #261 Summer Reading List, Check Your Bookcase

Happy July 2017 Monday Moanin to all of you. Since the end of the school year several colleagues have asked me for a recommendation for a book to read this summer. During this past school year, I conducted coaching sessions with several building administrators. Many meetings took place in their offices. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 260 Best Tweets April-June 2017- Great Guide For Your Week

Happy First Monday of July 2017 to all of you. Over the last three months, 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.

Wednesday thought from @ToddWhitaker ;”we have to mean what we say, but we don’t have to say it mean. #lead #kind

@hickeygroup posted;’ Every school leader should say; ” I’m sorry.” When you mess up, own it and then move on.’ Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #259, Be Reminded Of Manby’s Principles, Love Works

Happy June 2017 Monday Moanin to you. Wow , what a beautiful weekend I just experienced in Western Michigan. For the past several years my family and I have been lucky enough to participate in an annual camping weekend. I am not going to lie, I am not Captain of the all camping team. In fact many times, including this year I manage to forget a critical component needed for the trip,( tent poles). So we had to buy a new tent. Every year I learn more about team work and applying Manby’s seven principles. This past weekend these principles were still evident as we enjoyed another wonderful time. Below is an archived blog from June of 2012.   Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #258 Get Rest, Then Reinvigorate

Happy June 2017  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 2017-18 school year. Give consideration to the following strategies. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #257 Happy Fathers Day, A Week Early

Happy June Monday Moanin to all of you. As I was preparing for this MMT,  I realized that Fathers Day 2017 is a week from today. I then found this archived blog from 2012. Hopefully  it will provide you an opportunity to reflect on the influence that your Dad had on you and your path in life.

Please enjoy this archived blog from June of 2012.

Happy Fathers Day!  My dad passed away in 1991 and I miss him very much. I think of him everyday and as I get older his influence continues to grow on me. An area that I never focused on until this morning was his influence on me as a leader and leadership overall. My dad was a great initiator with many outstanding qualities. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #256 This Week, No Talking About Best Practices, Enough!

Good morning and welcome to the first Monday of June 2017. For many of you this may be the final week with students for this school year. As I was preparing to write this week, I had an interesting discussion with my wife about best practice and effective teaching.  She has taught for 30 years and we usually enjoy a spirited discussion about teaching, learning and leadership. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #255 Be Bold This Week, Lead With Courage

Happy Beautiful May 2017 Monday Moanin to all of you.

Today we celebrate Memorial Day 2017 . 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 #254 Hey Educators, Write A Letter To Your Students, #finishstrong

Happy May 2017 Monday Moanin to all of you. A few weeks ago, I wrote about using the hashtag #finishstrong. I urged us all to view this time of year as not the ending but the beginning of next year. Earlier today, my wife shared a message she wrote for her graduating seniors that she gave to them last week. Her thoughts are rooted in gratitude and validation for all of her Seniors. It is a great example of an educator finishing strong. Consider doing something similar with the students that you work with regardless of grade level.   It reads; Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #253 Thanks Mom, Celebrating Mothers Day 2017

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  94-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