As a public charter school consultant and trainer the question I get most often is, how do we make our board meetings shorter and more productive?
The answer is pretty simple in theory, but getting there takes focus.
Since 2012 I have researched and studied effective governance practices. The last five years I have served on a charter school board as governance chair and two years as the board chair.
Here is what I learned.
The key to facilitating an effective and purposeful board meeting begins with the setting of the monthly agenda.
Who Sets the agenda?
The agenda is a collaborative process set by the head of the school and the board chair.
When is the agenda set?
The development of the next months agenda begins at the end of the previous board meeting.
At the close of the meeting the board chair should:
After watching the Carolina Hurricanes game last night with family a great lesson in leadership first spoken by the late great John Wooden came to light...
In case you missed it, David Ayres, a 42 year old zamboni driver for a Toronto ice hockey rink was forced to play as the emergency goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs because of injury in front of over 18,000 fans in a must win game for Carolina.
The Canes won 6-3 and Ayres received star of the game.
Ayres gave up two early goals but settled in to shut out the home team over the last 20 minutes. His teammates mobbed him when the game was over.
Whether it was during his junior hockey days or maybe driving around on the zamboni in an empty rink; my guess is Ayres has played that scene in his head thousands of times.
And when he finally got his shot, decades after he first imagined, he was ready mentally and...
I believe that asking questions is the most powerful tool in leadership.
In John Maxwell’s Good Leaders Ask Great Questions, he notes:
All of these points seem like excellent reasons why people should not only ask but also encourage others to ask questions because good questions inform and great questions transform.
Every day we have crucial conversations.
However, there is one single factor that determines whether that crucial conversation is difficult or not.
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"Hey, I’m Dr. Tom Miller and I’ve got an idea I want to share with you today: To be an effective leader you must inspect what you expect.
An expectation is defined as believing that something is going to happen or believing that something should be a certain way.
I know I struggle with communicating clear expectations. It is something I have to work on daily. I will allow my faulty assumptions to close that expectation gap. Which has never led to great results.
As a consultant and coach for school leaders across the country, the lack of clearly understood and communicate expectations is the number one issue I see in broken relationships, poor performing teams and the cause of most conflicts.
Here are seven steps you can adopt to communicate clearer expectations:
Get clear yourself. Most things are crystal clear in...
On this day we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and I wanted to share my reflections with you on how to create a positive change in your organization, community, home and life...the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. way.
Listen to the archived lesson by clicking below.
My notes for each of the five strategies:
On this day, as we celebrate the life of Dr. MLK – his quote the desire for lifelong learning fosters an equally strong tendency to listen.
Strategy #1: Listen: Lead by being lead: Listen to the needs of the people – only those who do not seek power, are lucky enough to hold it. To be a life long learner, it takes listening.
Hey, I'm Tom and there are several of you that I've connected with recently, but haven't met yet.
I'm father to the two amazing children and future world leaders, Devyn (12) and Matthew (soon to be 7), a big-time NY Yankees fan (I loved them when they sucked and Andy Hawkins threw a no-hitter and lost so don't @ me),Chicago Bears and Carolina Hurricanes (my first hometown sports team).
My hobbies include playing ice hockey (our team just won the championship at PNC ARENA), deep sea fishing, reading leadership books and watching my kids play sports. I also love living like a tourist (my #1 life goal). This means wherever I go I typically never order my own food, I seek to visit a unique or historical landmark and I hardly have a clear agenda!
I've completed five marathons, one ultra marathon. Notice I said completed and not ran. Today I love yoga and haven't run for a few years (The ultra got me).
This goal aligns perfectly to my work as a human behavior consultant and teacher of...
I want to thank you for investing these last six years with our team at Leaders Building Leaders. I know I am a better leader because of you. Every day you challenge me. I want to be better for you, with the best and most relevant content. To teach you what I am learning so you can be better----faster!.
Today I have an idea to share with you and a challenge.
Being “busy” is the slow death of the school leader.
Being “busy” cannibalizes the things that you should be doing.
Being “busy” causes us to focus on the wrong things.
Being “busy” minimizes productivity.
Being “busy” can actually cost you time, money and progress towards your goals.
As a principal, and now business owner, I am extremely active when it comes to work.
I look busy. I act busy. People definitely think I am busy because that’s typically how they acknowledge me when they call or see me, “I know...
At 9:22 a.m. on December 21, 2019, I was lounging on the couch as it was the first day of the holiday break. Dorsey, the family dog, was giving the look. If you have a dog, you know the look.
On went my shoes, grabbed my ear buds and tuuk as I hit the garage door opener. Dorsey took a sprint out the door and into the driveway. Yelling for her to come back I noticed something looked different.
The driveway had tons of space. I walked out thinking I parked the car on the street for some reason.
At 9:34 am I dialed 9-1-1 with one phone, and Googled “What to do when your car is stolen” with another.
You might be asking, how could your car be stolen...from your driveway!!!
For the next 60 hours, from the car being stolen until it was found, here is what I learned:
For things to change, you need to change: Don’t leave your car unlocked,...
This is one of those topics that I could write about all day every day. Goal setting, goal achieving, goals goals goals!
Some of us think we gave up a long time ago and don’t have any but we do. Every day we wake up with the goal to live another day. Ok, maybe that is a stretch but don’t we all have goals to some extent? And why is it so important to have goals?
The most successful people on this planet didn’t wake up one day with an idea and a few minutes later after they got dressed became successful… No way. They had an idea and they developed a plan. Within that plan there were goals – some big, some little – some attainable, some way out there.
We have had goals from the day we were...