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 […]


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 […]


Learning To Lead And Follow

learning to lead and follow

The adult is the most important part of a child’s environment. We may fill a child’s space with all kinds of learning activities. We may be able to give a child all types of advantages. What becomes significant, too often in hindsight, is the quality of the adults as being the indicator of a how […]


Life Is Mysterious, Be Curious

In our efforts to help our children and ourselves become better, we need to avoid the pat answer trap. We may get tired of answering our children’s questions, but we need to guard against dampening natural enthusiasm and curiosity for life. Asking questions, especially why, leads us to grow—intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. Asking questions […]


Potential Is A Stretch

potential is a stretch

Potential is about possibilities. It is the distance from where we are to where we want to go. To reach our potential, our undeveloped promise, is always a stretch. Everyday we have to be reaching for the next step, making the next decision, committing to the next action. That takes courage. “One isn’t necessarily born […]