Monday Moanin Thoughts # 282 What Is Your Word For 2018?

Welcome to the first Monday Moanin of 2018 and Happy New Year.  Celebrating a new year is the perfect time to reflect and make resolutions.  Many people, including myself find resolutions near impossible to achieve and maintain. I agree with author Jon Gordon who suggests picking one word to focus on throughout the year. As a result , I have been thinking and reflecting on what will my word be for 2018.  I am happy to share with you that my focus for 2018 will be the word voice. Of all the words to choose, why voice? For me, I want to use my voice to challenge myself to speak up, speak the truth, and to work at improving my positive influence with others. I also want to encourage others to use their voices to fight for what children need in their schools and communities. Is your voice being heard?

During this new year join me in choosing one word to help guide your work. Have a great 2018 and keep finding your voice and the good stuff.

Monday Moanin #281 Great Time To Reflect, What Are You Going To Begin Doing In 2018?

It is hard to believe that for many of you this will be your last Monday Moanin before a long Holiday break.  This will also be my last blog of 2017. During the past few weeks I have met with many administrators. Among the many topics we discussed  included a question from Ken Blanchard, what do you want to start doing?  So, what do you want to begin doing in 2018. Listed below are some suggestions for you to consider as you prepare for a new year.. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts # 280 As Break Nears, Keep Leading

Happy snowy, frigid 2017 Michigan Monday Moanin to all of you.  For many a long break and a celebration that may be spiritual, family focused or both are a few weeks away.  This is the time of year that many schools are conducting food drives, providing backpacks with the essentials, food and clothing as well as other initiatives to help those students and families less fortunate. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #279 We Need More Collaboration, Less Competition

Happy Monday Moanin to everyone. During this past week I began reflecting on why can’t educators get on the same page? Why can’t we figure out what we need to focus on in all of our schools? It seems to me that if we all work together and collaborate more, all learners will benefit. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #278 Great Time To Reflect, Try These

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. It is hard to believe that this is the final Monday of November, 2017. I hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving break and you are returning to work with some energy and passion. As December quickly approaches 2018 will not be far behind. As a result, is a perfect time  to begin reflecting on 2018  and how you are going to grow and  enhance your effectiveness during the new year. Read more

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