Monday Moanin Thoughts #289, Fight Being Isolated- Build A Community

It is hard to believe that this is the final Monday Moanin of February 2018. In much of the country and certainly Michigan, we are dealing with the challenges of winter. Less daylight, cold, snow, ice, rain, flooding, fog , and let’s not forget the roads with potholes the size that could swallow up your vehicle. It is also the time of year where you spend more time indoors. It is rare that you talk to your neighbors, much less see them. Similar things can happen in your schools. It is easy to become isolated and not see or be available to others. So, this week let’s fight isolation and work at being more community minded. This week, consider trying some of the things listed below.  Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #288 Take A Pulse Check, What Kind Of Tension Is In Your Organization?

Good morning and happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Many authors agree that successful organizations and teams need a healthy tension to be productive. My definition of healthy tension is an organization rooted in a collaborative climate. Some examples include staff engaging in discussions about instruction, learning,  growth and possible changes in how individuals teach and students learn. The opposite is an organization that focuses on teacher/adult happiness that may not have enough tension or discipline to change and improve. Some describe this as a more congenial environment than collegial.   Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #287 Are You Delegating Or Abdicating?

Welcome to the first MMT of February, 2018. I am writing this on a snowy, windy, frigid Super Bowl Sunday in Michigan. Over the past few weeks I have had conversations with many central office and building administrators about several topics including, how can they improve their effectiveness. During one of these discussions I raised the topic of leaders that delegate many responsibilities and decisions to others.  Delegation certainly is a common  leadership strategy that fits with shared decision-making, capacity building, trust, and using your resources well to name a few. Delegating to your team members can also help improve your organizations effectiveness and assist in getting tasks and work done more efficiently. However, delegation without action can hurt your organization and ultimately the work being completed. The challenge for a leader that delegates is, do they stay engaged? Do they check in with staff members for updates?  Are they available to support and assist the team? Will they share in owning the outcome and decision recommended by the team? Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #286 Are You In The Dark? Don’t Get Comfortable

Well  lets put the final January Monday Moanin 2018 in the books. Here comes February. I hope all of you  had a great weekend. After reading a quote from Bud Ozar my thoughts kept returning to how parenting and administration is so similar.  In both roles your children or your staff can leave you out of conversations and avoid approaching you with things they think you won’t approve of or be disappointed in. Or maybe they just don’t want to have the discussion and they will choose how to deal with it their own way. As a result,  the parent or the administrator is in a situation that they don’t know what they don’t know. In other words they are left in the dark, maybe on purpose. There can be some good things that come out of not being aware of the issue.  For example your kids or staff may learn how to take ownership of  the issue or problem they may going through. The Ozar quote  fits perfectly for this issue of darkness and being left out. It’s  written for parents, but fits for school administrators.  Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #285 Free Yourself Of The Muck

I would like to  wish all of you a happy January 2018 Monday Moanin.  I trust that everyone had a restful and enjoyable weekend. As I thought of what to write on today I reflected on how difficult it is working in education today. There is so much to focus on and days filled with many challenges. Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #284 To Honor Dr. King , Focus On The Dis’s

Happy Monday Moanin to all of you. Today we celebrate the American federal holiday marking his birthday  Let’s honor Dr. King’s memory as we begin our work this week. Dr. King was a champion and leader of  inclusivity, non-violence, equal rights, voting rights for all, and desegregation to name a few. As educators lets model our actions after the example of Dr. King.  Read more

Monday Moanin Thoughts #283 Best Tweets From October -December 2017, Use Them

Happy Frigid, snowy January, 2018 Monday Moanin to all of you. Over the past three months, I tweeted many opinions and quotes from many of the stars of leadership and education. Below are listed my top 7 tweets during that time. Each of them had over 2000 impressions on Twitter. Consider using one of them to guide your work and planning this week. Read more

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