This is a note to all decision makers in education.
In times of crisis, it is alright to be uncertain, but it is never alright to be unclear. To be unclear is to be unkind.
Over the past 30 days, schools across the country have been forced to take their education plans virtually and serve all students the best that they can with very little, if any, preparation.
Parents are scrambling to balance being full time employees, home makers and now home school teachers. Doing their best to keep up with the work. Identifying and filling in the learning gaps they now see in their children. Blaming teachers for not “making it easy” for them to follow the daily lesson and questioning what is my child learning at that school?
Teachers are creating new ways to educate and engage students remotely, collect and grade work, take attendance, and do what they can to create some sense of a routine. Many have very little information on how to do all of these because they...
This is one of my most valuable lessons, and if you read this entire blog, you will be an expert on how to avoid this problem.
Stick with me, it’s worth it.
First, let’s assume that you find the perfect article or resource to share with your team or staff.
And then you send it… and NO ONE REPLIES.
Not only does no one reply. You do not see any evidence that anyone read and implemented it.
Why? What happened?
Let me show you some examples in hopes to clarify some things.
During our COVID-19 time, or maybe even before, many of you have either received or forwarded email to a friend, colleague or a supervisor that either has no text or a few words like; “Check this out”, “This is great”, “Love this!” or “Take a look” and a link to an article, program, or resource.
You, being a great friend or...
"Hey, I’m Tom Miller and I’ve got a quote I want to share with you one of my favorite quotes from my mentor Paul Martinelli. "Worrying is like bubblegum for the mind."
Many times, thoughts that consume us are such – ‘Did I do right?’, ‘Could I have done better?’, ‘Am I enough?’, ‘What will be the result of this?’.
Lots of times, we are in these grey situations where there is nothing obvious that we’ve done wrong, but nothing that we’ve done terribly right either. These thoughts can paralyze you.
One example is when a client or a potential client emails or calls me. My mind immediately goes to…”What did I do wrong?’ I sometimes delay in opening the email or listening to the voice message.
Do any of these thoughts ever enter your mind? How do they make...
Hey School Leaders,
Our team and strategic partners meet every Thursday at 1:00 dozens of public charter school leaders meet virtually to Inform, Connect, Guide, and Unite charter and business leaders during this time. We will continue to do so until we are back in school.
Start by saving these School Leadership Community Created Resources to your DRIVE:
Here is access to the archived recordings (latest to earliest)
June 25th, 2020 (Special Guest Dave Machado from the NC Office of Charter Schools)
June 18, 2020 (Google DOC Notes- Look Under NEW for latest)
June 11, 2020 (Google Doc Notes)
June 4 Call (Clarence Henderson Archive)
Hey, although these might seem tough times it is what we as leaders were trusted to do when we were appointed.
Your job as a leader is to be microscopic on the present and telescopic towards the future.
In less than 100 hours we went from organizing a possible break in school to a mandated two week closing.
We went from canceling a few sporting events to being self-quarantined and no gathering of ten or more people.
Some states have already canceled their end of year assessments, some are telling schools to start preparing for a full digital platform through the end of the year.
Looking at our third and fourth quarter Principal Checklist through our Blue Print4Success program there are some critical organizational objectives (enrollment, hiring, strategic planning, budgeting) you need to be thinking on.
We have so many unknowns over the next 30 days every day matters to the future success. There is one thing I know for sure...
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...
Every day we have crucial conversations.
However, there is one single factor that determines whether that crucial conversation is difficult or not.
Want to know this secret I have learned? Sometimes in the hardest way possible.
Take 30 minutes to listen to our latest podcast and begin how to master this secret.
"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.
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,...