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Habit 1 | Be Proactive

Habit 1 Be Proactove

Recently I made a list of books that I felt had been pivotal in my growth as a leader. Needless to say, Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People made that list. In early 1989 my husband, Mark, came home one evening telling me he had been in a corporate training session that day […]


Ten Minutes From Overwhelmed To Overjoyed

ten minutes from overwhelmed to overjoyed

An article In The Harvard Business Review, How to Spend The First 10 Minutes of Your Day, reinforced my own practice of how I spend the first part of my day. Yeah!  For a while I’ve made it a daily practice to plan my day with worksheets that I keep in a notebook. These ten minutes planning […]


FREE WEBINAR: What About Kindergarten? A Montessori Perspective

What about kindergarten?

It’s a perennial problem for Montessori schools. How can we show parents the importance of the third year of our programs for children 3 to 6 years old? Because the third year is truly a leap year! This is a session that you will want to let all of your school families know about. This […]


Feeling Over?

Feeling over?

“I’m so over!” Jennifer said. “Overwhelmed.  Overworked.  Overscheduled.” As school leaders, the demands on our time, as well as our own tendencies toward perfection or procrastination, can create a situation where we are over our heads. How can we go from overwhelmed to overdrive, to feeling like we are cruising in the driver’s seat? Make […]


Overcoming Obstacles To Success

Overcoming Obstacles To Success

As we work with adults we often wonder why our expectations or standards aren’t being met. We believe in assuring success for children.    How can we assure success for adults? Success usually requires more of the following: Skills and training  Experience  Time to get the job done Support from others Materials  Confidence  Desire or motivation to […]


Make Room For Success, Delegate

Make Room For Success Delegate

One of the traps I tend to fall into, time and time again, is this one: I’d rather do it myself that delegate a task and have someone not do it correctly.  As school leaders working with staff and volunteers we can be put in uncomfortable situations by others’ mistakes and tardiness.  How can we use […]


Leading Towards Civility

Leading towards civility

In our series on teaching civility, we’ve considered that there are key questions we need to keep in the air every day. :  Who do I want to be? Do you want to be a person who values others? Who helps others succeed? Who removes obstacles to success? Who creates a culture of kindness and […]


Herding Cats?

As a school leader we deal with lots of different personalities from youngsters to adults.  Trying to meet a variety of needs…no wonder we might feel like we are herding cats. There are some similarities in guiding adults and children.   Perhaps when we can focus on those similarities we can play to our strengths. […]


The High Costs Of Incivility

The High Cost of Incivility

One of the dangers of dealing with incivility is like the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water.  If a frog jumps into boiling water, he’ll jump right out.  Light the fire after the frog is in the pot, and he stays until it is too late. With incivility we run the risk of […]


Dealing With Incivility

Dealing With Incivility

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. This nursery rhyme from the 1830’s, created to help children develop self-control in the face of taunting, sets us up to think we have to accept incivility. From an early age, we are told to “toughen up” and ignore others’ insults and […]