5 Ways to Grow Your Leadership Mindset

5 Ways to Grow Your Leadership Mindset
My journey in education has been rooted in increasing access to equity for children of color. As I have progressed in this career, I realize that much of the work is rooted in beliefs…student beliefs and adult beliefs.  What we become is shaped by what we believe. There is a movement around changing student mindsets... Read more »

Your First 90 Days: 4 Ways to Make a Great Leadership Impression

Your First 90 Days: 4 Ways to Make a Great Leadership Impression
What’s Your Transition Plan? This is my 3rd transition to a new environment and I must say that I am getting better and better at this. What I know is,  that no matter the situation you walk into, folks expect you to lead from the very beginning…which is tricky because they also want you to... Read more »

5 Habits of an Effective Leader

5 Habits of an Effective Leader
I love Internet memes and I especially love the motivational quotes. This blog is inspired by a meme I saw that listed 20 traits for successful people. We all know and understand that practice makes perfect, so let’s examine my top five habits that make an effective leader. They track their organization’s progress You have... Read more »
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I'm a leader, not a manager! Don't make me manage you please!

I'm a leader, not a manager! Don't make me manage you please!
While you were busy being a visionary and change agent, your team was slacking on their basic job functions. But when you are a balcony view type leader, this kind of minutia can be challenging to deal with. So what do you do about it? What gets monitored gets done Such a sad reality, especially... Read more »

Where I went wrong in leadership…I put winning before discipline.

Where I went wrong in leadership…I put winning before discipline.
I tell students all the time that success is “on purpose”. You accidentally trip and fall…but success is on purpose. In my mind, success and winning are synonymous. Can you win without discipline? Absolutely not! Kinda goes back to those 10,000 hours. As I thought about one of my more recent posts…”All I Do is... Read more »

All Jokes Aside...Being a Leader is Like Being a Stand-up Comedian.

All Jokes Aside...Being a Leader is Like Being a Stand-up Comedian.
I was reading an interview that Chris Rock did and he talked about how stand-up comedy is the only job where your work is public and you get instant feedback (good or bad). You may have practiced your material in the mirror or with family, but when you show up to that club to try... Read more »
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All I Do is Win…3 Steps to Creating a Culture of Winning

All I Do is Win…3 Steps to Creating a Culture of Winning
Culture of Winning…What does this mean? I was having a chat with my 10 year old about is “place” in 5th grade. I was hoping to get him to think about how he faired against his friends in the top 5%. He said to me, “I’m not at the bottom and I’m not at the... Read more »

There is no "I" in Team...but there is a "me" somewhere in there...

There is no "I" in Team...but there is a "me" somewhere in there...
Managing people is such a emotional job. Whether you have decided that you are the supervisor type or the coach type, the leader takes on the emotions of their team and the team should take on the style of the leader. Wanting to have a high functioning team means that you need high functioning team... Read more »

Culture = values + talent + behaviors + purpose

Culture = values + talent + behaviors + purpose
When people talk about how they feel about working or how they feel about their job, it is usually about the environment they work in, not the actual work they do. This means that the culture of an organization is what people show up for each day…besides the paycheck. The goal of a strong leader... Read more »
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No Mediocre: A Leader's Battle Cry

No Mediocre: A Leader's Battle Cry
As a leader I am constantly looking to make everyone’s experience exceptional. In doing this, I must not only disrupt mediocrity…I must demolish it. All of us must! Capacity building is what I believe is a leaders biggest task.  As leaders we are charged with the responsibility to prepare people…to prepare more people. Creating a... Read more »