Panic Attack

Last Thursday, as I was reviewing my calendar, my heart sank.  My palms started to sweat, my heart raced, and I felt very much exactly the same way I felt as a child whenever I had been caught doing something I should not have. After a bit of panic, I realized that my eyes had …

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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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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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Remote Work Environments & Self-Care

This is the fourth in a series of posts written collaboratively by Dr. Michele Andorfer and Mike Haynes.   In previous posts, we explored ways to ensure productivity doesn't suffer because of a remote work environment.  We also shared strategies that we learned from others regarding ways to build and nurture relationships when working remotely. In …

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Plan A

At the beginning of the pandemic in the US, I wrote a post suggesting that we seize the opportunity of what appeared to be additional time that educators had, given schools were closing and students were staying home.  Shortly thereafter, however, it became clear extra time was not necessarily available, as most educators, administrators and …

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Become a Virtual Rockstar

People who lead understand that effective meetings don’t just happen by chance.  Good leaders orchestrate the components of every meeting, including establishing a clear purpose, identifying items that should and should not be included on the agenda, determining who should participate, and utilizing strategies to engage all participants.  Meetings that are not planned carefully are …

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