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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 […]


Is Your School A Healthy Organization?

Is Your School A Healthy Organization

The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health.  Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it. Patrick Lencioni The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business What is organizational health? Lencioni tells us that health occurs when an […]


24 Top Leadership Challenges

24 top leadership challenges

What are your leadership challenges? These are the challenges that leaders of all types have said were their top issues.   Developing managerial effectiveness Inspiring others Developing employees Leading a team Guiding change Managing internal stakeholders Succumbing to easy Shifting from me to we Feeding the action addiction Conflicts of priority Virtual team globalization Internet […]


9 Leadership Steps For Parents and Teachers

9 Leadership Steps

I love to watch leaders grow! It’s fun to see someone take their first steps into leadership. Leadership is a choice, a choice that more of us need to take. At home our children need parent leaders. At school, our children need teachers and administrators to offer clear direction and coaching. Here are some Kids […]


FREE WEBINAR: Creating Your DREAM Community

Creating Your DREAM Community

Are you a school leader concerned about building your ideal school community? Please join me for this 50-minute “instant” webinar on Creating Your DREAM Community.  Watch Now! In this free webinar you’ll learn: Why creating and communicating a clear vision of your dream school community is the first step to transforming “customer” families into partner families, […]


FREE TRAINING | The Five Most Important Questions

There are five questions that you should consider if you are going to create a joyful and confident school community of children, families and staff members. Unfortunately, many school leaders spend decades without understanding what is missing in their leadership and in their community. If you are a school leader, you won’t want to miss […]


FREE TRAINING | Teaching Civility

Teaching Civility

Over the past few years it seems like incivility in our culture has reached a new high. Which is not a good thing! Most of my life I have been teaching others how to problem solve and urging others to treat all people with kindness and respect. Time to double down on those efforts. There […]


Aloha Leadership Retreat

aloha leadership retreat

The Aloha Leadership Retreat is a dream come true, and you’re invited. Registration is now closed.  Please email Maren@MarenSchmidt.com for possible availability. Email Maren For Availability The Aloha Leadership Retreat will be a small intimate gathering to help you transform your leadership. May 3, 4 and 5, 2019 Aloha means “the presence of breath” or […]


Lead or Manage?

Lead Or Manage?

As parents we lead and manage our children. If we lead without adequate management skills, logistical problems arise. If we manage without providing clear leadership, we may travel a long road to nowhere. Leadership focuses on developing people, empowerment, doing the right things, direction and principles. Management, on the other hand, concerns itself with taking […]