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Ep 5: Summer is Coming! 3 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Summer As An EduLeader

leadership planning summer Jun 02, 2019

Luke’s Why

In education, like sports, we get an off-season.  I remember how Michael Jordan would always come back from his off-season with a new skill. One year he added a post-up skill to his repertoire.  This is usually a big man skill. But his athleticism was declining.  He had to find new ways to be effective. He ended up being unstoppable in so many different ways by adding a new layer to his game each year. 

John’s Why 

Our game is not the sprint. Our game is the long game. We are always four or five months ahead of the team. Our year really begins on July 1. By the time everyone gets back in August, I already have the first months planned out. If you're brand new to administration it is a day to day operation. You are one step behind the game. As you evolve as a leader you need to be 3 months ahead of the game. And you can't get ahead of the game after the game starts. Once the opening bell rings you should already be way out ahead. 

Show Highlights

  1.  Write Down Your Ideal and Not so Ideal Year First, write down all the goals you want to achieve in the coming year. Second, write down all the good things that will happen if you achieve your goals. Be specific. Make it real. Paint a picture. Tell the story of your ideal year. Third, write down what will happen if you do not achieve the goals you set out to accomplish. Paint the picture of the worst case scenario.  Now you have a clear understanding of where you want to go and where you never want to be.  
  2. Use Your Calendar to Reflect Go through your calendar for the previous year.  Look over the year and take some time to tell yourself the story of the year. Notice the ups and downs, the peaks and valleys. Walk yourself through the last year. Then start to plan out the future year. When you are ready to start planning out your year consider using our new Planning System .
  3. Add A Skill To Your Bank Liam Neeson had a "special set of skills" in the movie, Taken. As an educator, or any professional for that matter, each skill you add to your repertoire makes you that much more unique.  Think of something that can be done in a few weeks. Learn some new features in Outlook or Gmail, learn to crochet. get Google Educator Certified. Take a public speaking course. Learn photoshop. You will figure out a way to use it in your job. Add one new skill this Summer. 


Take some time to over the Summer to unplug. Don't open email or get on the Twitter. John jams 3 chord songs on his guitar. Luke is going to camp off the grid.  Relax and Unplug.  

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