Last week, I was reviewing a report that I wrote for a client and found a typo. Nothing critical but I had clearly made a mistake with the formatting that caused a recommendation to be misnumbered. At first, I felt embarrassed and wondered how I missed it with all of the proofreading I had done. … Continue reading Typos and Doing the Work Anyway
Yes. We can improve ourselves, our professional work, our families, our communities, our society, and everything in an incremental way. While taking radical and aggressive action can work well in the right circumstances, it is more effective overall to work in a consistent, disciplined, and continuous way on incremental improvements. Improve your average, do a … Continue reading Continuous Improvement: Okay If It’s Incremental?
Safety and emergency management are important areas for all schools. There are lots of marketing efforts put into selling hardware and other solutions to education leaders. While door locking mechanisms, bullet-resistant windows, lockdown blinds, and related hard-security items can be helpful the financial, labor, organizational, political, administrative, and community cost needed for this type of … Continue reading School Safety: Culture Over Hardware
How was the turkey? Last week, I wrote an article about taking action on goals (LINK HERE). During Thanksgiving week, at the front of the week (Monday-Wednesday) many people had downtime at work, while they waited for the holiday. Durign that time what action did you take? Now that Thanksgiving is over and we are … Continue reading How Was The Turkey? More Action
Over the past several months, I have been thinking about improving my skills in several areas and having learned about 30-day sprints as a way to improve, I have decided that I might as well start now. This blog post is my public commitment to 30 days of writing. I will write at least 250 … Continue reading 30-Day Sprints – Round 1, Writing
A few years ago, I went to a training presented by Franklin Covey on productivity, called The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity. It was a good training overall but what I got the most out of it was the “Roles and Goals” part. Basically, the main idea with Roles and Goals is that in order … Continue reading Roles and Goals in Leadership
I recently (1 day ago!) started working as the Dean of Students for the Academy at Interlochen Center for the Arts. ICA is a small boarding school in Interlochen, Michigan for art students. This is an exciting opportunity that came through an old mentor in my professional network. As we start with meetings and academic … Continue reading The New Dean…