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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.

www.virtualleadershipacademy.com

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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

Connect With Us:  

Twitter ,  Linkedin and Facebook.
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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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Ep 6: 3 Books You Must Have as an EduLeader

leadership reading Jun 09, 2019

John’s Why 

Typically I'm not reading a full book unless the work has slowed down. So for me it's Spring Break, Summer Break and Winter Break. When the game has stopped, my brain is ready to take on new information. It seeps in and I can be more reflective.

Luke’s Why 

As an educator you are constantly talking about the importance of reading to students. If you yourself are not popping open a book once in a while, then you're not exactly walking the talk. Also, it just makes life more interesting and it makes me more interesting because I always have something to talk about.  

Show Highlights

  1. Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath  : [ John] How do managers manage change? Too many times we try to hit a home run right off the bat, however, there really is a methodical process to managing change. This book, written by a couple of brothers, has changed the way I manage change. As a leader you are always trying to go...
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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...

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Ep 4: Brand Your School with Social Media

leadership social media May 26, 2019

Luke’s Why

I'll be honest. I'm not a natural with social media. It is still a bit challenging for me. Face to face is much more enjoyable. However, the game is being played online. Teachers are talking on twitter, parents are chatting on or about facebook.  It is simply where conversation happening. I started accounts strictly for professional reasons. I don't post about my family. Professionally, it has opened up another world of sharing, promoting, learning and storytelling. 

John’s Why 

The real conversation happens in parking lot after the event. Social media is the place we go to feed the parking lot stories.  When parents talk to parents the biggest thing they have in common is their school. So, that's what they talk about. We've got to give them something to talk about - if we don't give them content, they will write their own, and it will never be as flattering.

People tend to bend toward the negative. Give them tons...

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Ep3: It's Lonely at the Top: 3 Ways to Partner with Your Office Staff

leadership staff May 19, 2019

John’s Why

It is lonely at the top. In the transition from teacher to site leader to principal or director it gets lonelier and lonelier.  Partnering with the office staff is incredibly important.  This partnership is one way to insulate yourself but also to have a conduit to the outside. These are the people that will walk into your office and tell you to get up and go walk some classrooms. 

Luke’s Why

The secret sauce is letting your office staff into your work life. Sacrifice your pride and privacy to allow your office staff into your world. This way they can manage your incoming messages and tasks and other business while you are out doing what you are most passionate about which is being out talking to people. 

Show Highlights

  1. Give Up Some Privacy If your assistant does not have access to your email and/or calendar through delegation settings they can only help you so much. They really can't direct you and be "in" on...
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