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Ep 24: Celebrate Small Wins

Uncategorized Oct 13, 2019

It’s the middle of October. The longest stretch of the year. 

Time to celebrate the small wins! 

Here are the 3 big ideas...

1. Spread Specific Praise 

It’s a critical time for praise. Praise specifically and often. However you alone cannot praise enough for everyone! 

How can we build a culture of praise were staff praise each other? 

One idea is to start every meeting with a celebration whip-around. Another is to use Google Form to give everyone an opportunity for gratitude. We have also seen high-five walls be effective. Whatever you choose, the leader can setup structures and system to give everyone opportunities to give specific praise to each other. 

Here is a TED TALK on the idea of specific praise. 

2. Take Note(s)

Take a “success walk” around campus with a pad of paper. Note EVERYTHING that is going well in a brainstorm fashion. 

You are likely to surprise yourself with an extra boost of motivation. 

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Ep 23 Soft Skills

Uncategorized Oct 06, 2019

Soft skills are the intangibles that drive communication.

Let's discuss soft skills every school leader should learn.

Here are the 3 big ideas...

1. Assume Positive Intentions

Start from a winning position whether you are in a hallway conversation, staff meeting or reading an email. Always start fresh and assume the person you are communicating with has the same core values you do.

Even if the person starts with negativity or complaining, always assume the best. More good work happens when we assume positive intentions. 

This Forbes article argues that assuming positive intentions can actually help you see opportunities because you’re staying calm calculated. 

2. Ask Questions

How can you communicate without inserting yourself into the equation?

By asking questions you can show your concern and care without adding anything new. Asking questions is also a great way to dig for more information while leading folks to...

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Ep 22 Digital Skills Every School Leader Should Learn

digital skills Sep 29, 2019

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In this weeks episode John and Luke go digital and discuss skills every school leader should try. 

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Ep 21 Make It Stick

communication leadership Sep 22, 2019

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In this weeks episode John and Luke try to make their message stick.

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Ep 20: Stressed Out!

stress Sep 15, 2019

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In this weeks episode John and Luke get stressed! 

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Ep 19: How To Handle Complaints

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In this weeks episode John and Luke discuss systems for staying positive and open to complaints. 

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Ep 18: Your Biggest Challenge

challenge leadership Sep 01, 2019

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In this weeks episode John and Luke discuss their biggest challenge.

What is your biggest challenge as a school leader?  If you have 30 seconds, Let us know!

 

 

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Ep 17: Avoid The Back To School Nightmare

back to school leadership Aug 25, 2019

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In this weeks episode John and Luke try to plan the perfect back to school night.

  • Learn how to start influencing parents in the parking lot.
  • How can you as the leader present the necessary school information in a fun way?
  • How can Back to School Night be an asset in your family engagement system.

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Ep 16: Getting to the Dinner Table

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Home to school communication is always a challenge for school leaders. One way to think about it is this: How can you get school language to the dinner table conversation at home?

In this episode ...

John and Luke discuss 

  • What is the overall goal of parent communication?
  • How can you think like a marketer to develop your message?
  • How can you ensure your communications get better over time?

 

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Ep 15: Attack Of The Ice Breakers

icebreakers leadership Aug 11, 2019

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John and Luke why icebreakers are worth the effort and time. 

  • An amazing twist on "rock, paper, scissors" 
  • A simple photo sharing activity
  • A 3 part icebreaker formula to get people connecting
  • What did you want to be when you were 5?

 

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