What I don’t know inspires me.

I have always felt grateful for the many teachers who shaped my education.  They inspired me to be curious about the world and hungry to always learn more.  Several of those teachers influenced my behaviors and mindsets in ways I am sure they are unaware.  However, when I recently started reading the book, The New Jim …

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You may want to sit down for this. I am a liberal.

Yes, for those of you following my social media, my posts for the last several years were not an exercise in sarcasm, but my inability to resist sharing my impassioned and sometimes inflamed feelings about the current public narrative.   Those same posts have undoubtedly memorialized my liberal tendencies.  However, very little about which I’ve …

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Autonomy

I recently watched a Ted Talk by author Daniel Pink in which he discussed intrinsic motivation. During the talk, Pink identified several factors that nurture or diminish intrinsic motivation. However the one that stood out the most was “autonomy.” According to Pink, “to be fully motivated, you must be able to control what you do, …

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Self-Care for (School) Leaders (and anyone reading this)

School administrators regularly engage with students, staff and families who are in crisis, are experiencing depression, anxiety or a host of other mental health ailments. However, the pandemic and recent social unrest have secured trauma and mental health a place at the top of the leaderboard.  As a result, it is more important than ever …

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Admit mistakes before someone exaggerates the story.

I’ve learned a ton about leadership by making mistakes.  One in particular was around twenty years ago.  I was very early into my career as a school administrator and the district was working to pass a high stakes referendum.  As a member of the administrative team, one of the volunteer/community service roles I had was …

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