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Planning Meetings With A Purpose

Planning Meetings That Matter

Have you been in a meeting where you squirmed in your seat and thought, “Why am I here?” Right!  Who hasn’t?  Painful, isn’t it? To plan meetings that matter for your next school year, ask yourself these two questions about each event: Why are we having this event? What do we want to do differently after our […]


Teaching Civility | Articles To Share

Teaching Civility

Here is a list of Kids Talk articles that might help you in your work of teaching civility. Click on the titles to read the entire article.  Asking Permission For many of us it is easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. If you really want to do something, why risk being told ”no”? […]


Remember To Do This Every Day

Remember to do this every day.

My college professor walked into the classroom.  “Pop quiz for a hundred points.”  “What the name of the janitor in this building?” Only two out of about 45 students knew the answer.   “What I want you to understand is that everyone in whatever organization you are in is important. Know who they are and […]


What Kind Of Busy Are You?

What kind of busy are you?

What kind of busy are you? Seth Godin wrote in his blog that there are two kinds of busy: “When I’m giving a speech, I don’t have the ability to squeeze in a phone call, think about what’s for dinner or plan tomorrow’s meeting. I’m doing one thing, and it’s taking everything I’ve got. So […]


Some Help For Summer Planning

making lemonade out of lemons

It’s summertime! For me, summertime means the luxury to think and plan. Set me up with a glass of ice tea on the porch, my yellow note pad, and a blue ink pen and I’m ready to plan how to make the next school year better. To help you with your planning, I’ve put together […]


FREE WEBINAR: Want To Be A Better Observer?

how to become a better observer

Have you ever wished for the proverbial teacher’s eyes in the back of your head? Do you want to help children overcome their learning obstacles? Observation is the skill to help you become more effective. Please join me for this free 30-minute instant webinar, How To Become A Better Observer…The Montessori Way. In this information-packed […]


Reinforcing Clarity

Reinforcing Clarity

WWWD? In the 90’s the phrase WWJD became popular and it was common to see people wearing bracelets with the WWJD acronym for What Would Jesus Do? We can borrow an idea from that popular phrase to reinforce clarity in our organization. What we want our employees, when faced with a problem, is to be […]


Overcommunicating Clarity

Overcommunicate Clarity

Patrick Lencioni in his book, The Advantage, tells us of four disciplines that healthy organizations have.  When an organization possesses these four disciplines, they also have a business advantage: Discipline 1: Build a Cohesive Leadership Team Discipline 2: Create Clarity Discipline 3: Overcommunicate Clarity Discipline 4: Reinforce Clarity Here are common communication mistakes that leaders […]


Creating Clarity

Creating Clarity

What do we mean by having clarity within an organization? Patrick Lencioni in his book, The Advantage, describes clarity as the alignment of values, goals, strategies and behaviors so that there is little possibility for confusion, chaos or infighting within the organization. Lencioni tells us that there are six critical questions we must answer with […]


Building A Cohesive Leadership Team

Building A Cohesive Team

Patrick Lencioni in his book,The Advantage, asks us to imagine two organizations. The first is led by a leadership team whose members are open with one another, passionately debate important issues, and commit to clear decision even if they initially disagree.  They call each other out when their behaviors or performance needs correction, and they focus […]