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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?

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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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Ep 14: The School Year Planning System Course

Uncategorized Aug 04, 2019

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Welcome to a very special episode

of the virtual leadership podcast. We are proud to announce a new online course! 

The course take you through the what, why and how behind our school year planning system. It shows how to use a simple spreadsheet to manage all of your school site planning from during school to after school to communications and more.

If you are interested, download the school year planning system google spreadsheet and we will let you in on the course information. 

John's Why

"There are too many things happening all at one time. You need not only a place to put everything so you can stand back and look at it, but you need a system to then coordinate events, delegate responsibilities and communicate everything to staff. "

Luke's Why 

"Planning out your entire year on a spreadsheet is the simplest thing you can do that holds the most leverage. It's...

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Ep 13: Crowdsourcing Gives Your Systems A Voice

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In this episode John and Luke discuss

Systems for getting information and feedback from your staff, parents or any large group. 

John's Why

"You are not the smartest person in the room. The smartest person in the room is the room."

Luke's Why 

"Effective crowdsourcing is not only a way to get the best ideas, but can also help you build the trust of your people." 

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The School Year Planning System. We love systems. This is the first system we recommend for any school site or department. Get everyone and everything on the same page with this simple spreadsheet system.

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Ep: 12 Reflect Back To Move Forward

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Luke's Why

"Don't compare yourself to others but rather to who you were yesterday. A solid reflection system keeps you focused on yourself. Focused on iterating yourself to be better each day."

John's Why 

"To become better you have to be honest with who you are now. Knowing your current reality is as important as having a desired state. That only comes with reflection." 

Show Highlights:

  • Why you should schedule debriefs 
  • Luke's quick and easy journaling system 
  •  "Ask and you shall receive" with Google Forms

Links 

The School Year Planning System. We love systems. This is the first system we recommend for any school site or department. Get everyone and everything on the same page with this simple spreadsheet system.

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Ep: 11 Catch Your Best Ideas

habits Jul 14, 2019

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John's Why 

"You are always thinking about what is next. You are always planning and projecting out into the future. If you don't have a system for catching ideas that pop into your head you'll never get to sleep at night"

Luke's Why

"Free up your RAM. Like a computer your mind slows down when it is trying to remember while processing new information. Having a system for new ideas frees up your mind to give the present moment more attention"

Show Highlights:

  • The secret to never losing that great idea no matter where or when you have it 
  • John and Luke different idea catching systems 

Links 

The School Year Planning System. We love systems. This is the first system we recommend for any school site or department. Get everyone and everything on the same page with this simple spreadsheet system.

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Ep: 10 Let's Have A Meeting!

Uncategorized Jul 07, 2019

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Luke's Why

"Meetings are the default system for any project or initiative. Anytime a new thing needs to get done we all say 'Let's have a meeting!' "

John's Why 

"If you are school leader you spend a ton of time in meetings. They are important. They are like the huddle before the play. We HAVE to be in meetings to make sure the initiatives are moving forward."

On the show John and Luke cover:

  • How celebrations can transform your meetings
  • How you can make your meetings more coherent from one to the next
  • How to add urgency to your meetings

 

Links 

The School Year Planning System. We love systems. This is the first system we recommend for any school site or department. Get everyone and everything on the same page with this simple spreadsheet system.

www.virtualleadershipacademy.com

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Ep 9: Why Systems Are Better Than Goals

habits leadership systems Jun 30, 2019

Luke's Why

"A goal is an objective. We all write goals. Some goals are forced on us. Goals are necessary. But...What happens next? What happens next is you fail at reaching this goal everyday until one day to you maybe reach that goal and then you just start another. A system on the other hand is a designed set of daily habits, routines, workflows and procedures that you put in place. Having a system creates a chance to win everyday! If you ran the system today, you win!"

John's Why 

"A system gives you something to do everyday. The idea isn't to not have goals, but to have systems that help you achieve those long term goals. A chance to be successful everyday. If I do X Y and Z today then I am successful. A series of short repeatable actions or a system is going to help you actually reach that goal."

On the show John and Luke cover:

  • 3 systems school leaders should put in place right now. 
  • Luke's reflection system
  • John's idea...
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Ep 8: The Hiring Game: 3 Tips for the Late Summer Hire!

hiring Jun 23, 2019

John’s Why 

It is inevitable. People move. Their spouses get new jobs across the country. It happens and you always need to always be ready. When it happens during an unexpected time, it is a real curveball. You have to have a system to be ready. 

Luke’s Why 

We are experiencing some shrinking budgets in California. During the ebb and flow of educational budgets, times like these create a domino effect of job movement. Teachers are bumping around as the seniority game plays out. There are a lot of great new teachers left looking around at the end of the year so you need to be ready if you get an opening. 

Show Highlights

  1. Develop A Network of Other Leaders If you need a half-time AP Calculus teacher and it's already Summer, you will need to be able to lean on a network. If you need a front office staff member, sure, there is a pool, but it helps to be able to reach out to your network and find awesome person who has been bumped or is unhappy...
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Ep 7: 5 Must Do's To Wrap Up The School Year As An Edu Leader

Uncategorized Jun 16, 2019

John’s Why 

A buddy I know in the coast guard does a regular 1 hour flight drill. Afterward, they do a 3 hour debrief. That is an incredible ratio! In education, we do quite a bit of pre-planning but, we rarely spend any time debriefing. If we really took the time to reflect properly, how much more effective could we be?

Luke’s Why 

It's a great time of year to be meditative. Walk around your campus. It's like a blank canvas.  Dream big. Visualize some things you would like to see next year.  This the time when you have space to think. 

Show Highlights

  1. It is not too late for Thank Yous There is a mad rush at the end of the school year to wrap everything up.  That didn't leave a lot of time to do those extra Thank Yous that you wanted to get done. Now is not too late. Get writing. 
  2. Send a list of accomplishments Your teams had a bunch of accomplishments this year. Wouldn't it be nice to send them a list of their...
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