Leadership Effectiveness

Five Leadership Lessons I Learned in a Middle School

“Drowning in a sea of hormones.” That was my response to an area principal during my interview with the teacher certification committee. I had just completed my student teaching at a local middle school and they were interested in my impression of this age group. It got a laugh. I’m not sure if I meant Continue reading Five Leadership Lessons I Learned in a Middle School

5 Leadership Snacks to Chew On

1. Lead one person at a time. You may be responsible for a large organization but to make an impact think 1 to 1. Your vision, message, and actions can be tuned to the needs and goals of the individual people who will make the shared vision possible. Great speakers are advised to speak to an Continue reading 5 Leadership Snacks to Chew On

What are you willing to do to make your life better?

I faced this question during my morning reading and reflection time. On one level it seems very straightforward. Most of us hope to make our lives better or at least it would appear that way given the volume of self-improvement titles in circulation. So, the premise is simple. Right? You should want to get better Continue reading What are you willing to do to make your life better?

See What You’ve Been Missing

When did you last make time to observe? To get out of your workspace and give your attention to the daily activities in your organization. Notice I did not say analyze, diagnose, fix or monitor. Has it even crossed your mind? You have data. You have intuition. You have information. You have so much to do. Continue reading See What You’ve Been Missing

The Energy of Encouragement

Leaders don’t just ask people to do things. Or tell them to do things. They help people believe they can do bigger things. And better things. en·cour·age to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence (to do something): to stimulate (something or someone to do something) by approval or help; support Encouragement is a form of energy. It opens the Continue reading The Energy of Encouragement