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Love'em and Lead'em for Greater Joy in this Work

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 25, 2022 7:01:00 AM
Inspiration can come at the most unexpected times.
In September of 2020 we hosted an online symposium for school administrators on sustaining a healthy school culture in the early stages of the pandemic. The mood among these leaders wasn't goodactually it was miserable. 

They were tired, tired of it, and some were already making other career plans as a result of the unending conflict and stress.

That moment was the catalyst for the Weekly Encouragement for Educators email and the recently published book, "Love'em and Lead'em: Encouragement and Inspiration for Educators." Genuine care and relationships among colleagues is crucial in this work, and we have a new tool to get there.

Below are three ways you can more effectively Love and Lead educators.

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership

Ed Leadership Insights from George Washington Carver

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 14, 2022 7:00:00 AM
Why are you an educator?

Is it because you experienced the joy of learning in your formative years and want to pass that on to the next generation?
Is it just a job that pays the bills?
Does it give you the opportunity to achieve a greater purpose?
 
For George Washington Carver, education leadership was a pathway that allowed him to do what he loved and inspired many generations after him.

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Tags: Leadership

Leadership Insights from Josh McDaniels

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 5, 2022 10:34:00 AM

Josh McDaniels has grown in wisdom. Through the school of life, he’s learned that people and culture are the crucial foundation for the success of a leader.

During the introductory press conference, he shared some insights that are are worth noting.

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Tags: Leadership

School Growth Bibliography for Courageous Educators

Posted by Scott Barron on Jan 16, 2022 4:40:49 PM

We share your passion for learning as a leader of educators. Through our research and professional development, we've developed a bibliography that is required reading for all members of our team. 

These books offer insight into the best practices from education, business, entrepreneurship, human resources, sociology, and communication to create an integrated approach to designing and growing schools.

Here is the latest School Growth Bibliography.

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Tags: Leadership

ADCD: A Plague to School Leadership

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 17, 2021 9:40:00 AM

The pain is real. ADCD is a plague to school leadership. One crisis gets resolved and then another pops up, so our plan for the day gets wrecked and we end up playing "Whack-a-Mole" trying to stay slightly ahead of the game. 

But that's no way to lead educators.

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Tags: Administration, Leadership

Strategic Planning vs Strategic Organization

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 16, 2021 8:44:28 AM

Education leadership is an unusually complex responsibility that requires intelligence, wisdom, and hard work. Perhaps what our schools need most isn't another strategic plan, but rather a strategic organization where unity and trust prevail. 

“One of the biggest accelerators to change is simplicity.”
--Dr. Henry Cloud

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Tags: School Growth, Leadership, Strategy

Growth Begins With a Culture of Listening

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 8, 2021 8:42:37 AM

The enrollment season for next year has begun, and a healthy school culture is the foundation on which a Growth Plan is rooted.

The best culture is created by design, with a unified team that has mastered the art and science of listening. Consider these questions to assess the listening skills and habits of your team.

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Tags: Leadership

Authenticity Starts with Unity

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 4, 2021 12:31:20 PM

In our August workshops to launch the new school year for schools throughout the U.S., educators are focused on three questions to make this year even more successful:

1. Are we on the pathway to Authentic, Sustainable Excellence?
2. What could degrade our unity in pursuit of our mission this year?
3. How will we measure progress each quarter?

 

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Tags: Leadership, Relationships

Summertime Gladness

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 11, 2021 1:03:11 PM

I got that summertime, summertime gladness 

Su-su-summertime, summertime gladness 


Got that summertime, summertime gladness 

Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

The summertime gladness of educators is extremely joyful this year, but also mixed with a curiosity about what's next. What questions will you pursue this summer to grow and achieve excellence? Start with these...

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Tags: School Culture, Board Culture, Leadership

Design a Beautiful Mission Experience

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 4, 2021 11:58:20 AM

Educators are the ultimate "knowledge workers," unique in their ability to solve complex problems and develop new ways to enable growth.

Yet they continue to languish in an industrial approach to school leadership and design where the physical spaces, time schedules, and human dynamics stifle creativity and inspiration.

There is a better way!

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Tags: School Design, Board Culture, Leadership, Strategy

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