Visible Family Engagement

Note: This is the first of a short series of blogs that will help connect the work of John Hattie’s Visible Learning, the important role that family engagement plays in Visible Learning and how Engage Every Family: Five Simple Principles can…

Why Are You a Successful Leader

“Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.” -Albert Einstein Over the years, I have heard numerous qualifiers and descriptors to define the type of leadership organizations require to be successful. Having…

What CrossFit™ Teaches Me About Engagement

Those who know me understand that about two years ago, I discovered CrossFit. Until that point, I had spent a lifetime fighting a losing battle against weight, diet and exercise. For me, CrossFit was the answer. There is a lot written and discussed…

Agility in Design

On a recent trip to the west coast, I had a wonderful opportunity to sit down and talk with a start up CEO – someone who walked away from corporate America, leased office space (the company name was not on the building registry) and followed…

A Resolution Idea: Lead Yourself

I’m with Jimmy Buffett: my New Year’s resolution is to quit making resolutions. I am tired of this nonsense. Of the scores of resolutions I have made over the years, you can count on one hand (with fingers left over) the number that I accomplished.…

Leveraging Engagement

Several years ago, I read a book entitled The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. The premise of the book and their resulting organization was to understand that ones engagement flowed from ones energy and therefore, personal…

Why Are You a Successful Leader?

  “Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.” -Albert Einstein Over the years, I have heard numerous qualifiers and descriptors to define the type of leadership organizations require to be successful.…

Closing an Important Gap

Some ideas are just worth repeating. Achievement gaps provide educators with a significant nemesis and have done so for about as long as any of us can remember. Akin to sales figures and profitability in the private sector, gaps in the achievement…

It's Time for Something New

New Behavior, New Leadership I will admit up front that I am a big fan of the late business and management guru Peter Drucker. His ideas on decentralization of organizations and his concept of “knowledge workers” first touted in the 1950s…

The Book That Changed Everything For Me

Education has long courted the idea of leaders coming from the “outside” that being, organizations that are not educational in nature, bring to our business of education a perspective that cannot be gleaned from someone who is brought up…