Monday Moanin Thoughts #267 The Opening Is Over, Now What?

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you on this beautiful , crisp Michigan September morning. A big shout out to all of the people of Florida and Texas as they deal with the aftermath of Harvey and Irma. You are in my prayers and thoughts, be safe. 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. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #266 Celebrate Your Work On Labor Day 2017

Today’s Monday Moanin Thoughts is especially challenging because it signals the end of summer for many of you. It is also Labor Day 2017. 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, changes in pensions, and declining pay and benefits for many Americans.  Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #265 Goal for 2017-18, Finish What You Start

Happy beautiful August 2017 Monday Moanin to all of you. For many the 2017-18 school year has already begun or it is about to very soon. As I reflected on my thoughts for this blog, I was reminded of how exhausting this time is for all educators and especially those leading others. There is the planning of opening meetings, registrations, athletic contests, and parent meetings to name a few. Just checking in on my twitter PLN is tiring. There are so many incredible posts and ideas to start the year off well it can be overwhelming just trying to figure out what to do. I know this will not stop you from having a successful kickoff to the year. My hope is that you can sustain the energy and maintain it throughout the year. So how about this simple mantra, finish what you start.  To help with this, be reminded: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #264 Set Goals For 2017-18, Focusing On Habitudes

Happy first August 2017 Monday Moanin to all of you. Recently I have started to reread The Habitudes Series , by Tim Elmore. His vision is that there are images that form leadership habits and attitudes. Below are five of my favorite quotes taken from the first two books in the series. Refer to them often this week and let them guide your practice and serve as a prompt to help set your goals for the 2017-18 school year. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #263 Here Is The Opener For Summit 2017

Happy final Monday Moanin of July, 2017. This week 120 educators from the tri-county of Detroit will attend the 6th Annual Hickey Leadership Planning Summit. It is during the Summit that participants begin to do some focused planning with their teams for the upcoming 2017-18 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

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