Monday Moanin Thoughts # 313 Enhance Your Practice By Focusing On These Fundamentals

Happy brisk October, 2018 Monday Moanin to all of you. It is hard to believe that for most of you the first month of the 2018-19 school year is in the books. Typically the first month is front loaded with many activities and a fast pace filled with adjustments and reactions. October signals a time when most school staffs and administrators  are settling into their routines and schedules. As a result, this is a great time to refocus on some essential leadership fundamentals to enhance your performance. During this week, practice the following three fundamentals. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #312 Use These Top Tweets To Guide Your Week

Happy Second Monday of October 2018 to all of you. Over the last three months, July-September,  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. Read more

Monday Moanin #311 Fight The Start Of School Distractions, Focus On These

Happy  first Autumn Monday Moanin of  2018 to all of  you. Being a leader in public education is a difficult challenge. There are many issues to deal with, especially at the beginning of a new school year. These challenges may cause you to lose confidence and act with caution which could negatively impact your role and performance as a leader. Listed below are some strategies  that may be helpful in improving your skills as a leader. Consider focusing on some of these during the next 30 days. In no particular order, here they are : Read more

Monday Moanin #310 Thoughts 2018-19 School Year Has Begun, Now What?

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 2018-19 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 #309 Do You Want A Great Opening? Use This Recipe!

Happy late August 2018 Monday Moanin to all of you. For many of you in the Midwest your initial staff meetings will be the week before Labor Day while some of you have already started the 2018-19 school year. Either way, this recipe is something you can try at any time and enjoy success. It is very simple and doable. Sometimes we can over think plans for opening staff meetings and really all meetings. At times the positive tone we want to set can go flat and miss the mark. The ingredients listed in bold below will help establish the positive beginning we all strive for. Only you and your team can determine the focus of each item needed to have a successful recipe and a positive opening meeting. Here are the ingredients: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #308 A Great Time To Practice And Focus On Some Habitudes

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. The 2018-19 school year is almost here. In preparation, I have started to reread The Habitudes Series , by Tim Elmore. His thoughts and writings are around a belief that there are images that form leadership habits and attitudes. Below are five of my favorite quotes taken from the series. Refer to them often this week and let them guide your practice and serve as a prompt to help set your goals and actions for the new school year. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #307 Opener For 2018 Planning Summit

Happy final Monday Moanin of July, 2018. This week 110 educators from the tri-county of Detroit will attend the 7th Annual Hickey Leadership Planning Summit. It is during the Summit that participants begin to do some focused planning with their teams for the upcoming 2018-19 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 #306 Ideas From Previous MMT’s

Welcome to another July 2018 Monday Moanin. I hope that all of you are having a great summer. This week may be a great one to begin planning for 2018-19. After some reflection, I am posting three excerpts from my previous 305 Monday Moanin Thoughts. Hopefully they will be timely and helpful as you begin your week and your thoughts for the upcoming year.

From October 9, 2014 # 131

I am blessed to meet with so many talented educators that are successful in leading their schools and communities. Effective leaders have a  lot in common and share many characteristics. Getting their staff to work hard, find common ground, and encourage them to work together  is critical to establishing a culture that is about student learning. I work with many teams that are building this culture in their buildings. Listed below are three ideas or quotes from Paul Bambrick-Santoyo that can help you guide your work this week.  They are: Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #305, Enhance Your Skills As A Leader, Try These

Happy July  2018 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 areas of leadership that James Kerr  wrote about.  Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #304 Begin July 2018 By Focusing On Top Tweets

Happy Monday Moanin to everyone and welcome to July,  2018. To assist you with your work this week, consider focusing on a few of  my top tweets from April to June 2018. They will serve you well as you begin planning for 2018-19 school year.

Friday thought from Schwantes;”I can confidently declare that great leadership has always boiled down to serving the needs of others. And the best will serve by giving.” Read more