Mike Ringen

About Mike Ringen

Co-owner Mike Ringen has 34 years of experience in education as a teacher, building administrator, district superintendent, and college instructor/supervisor. His expertise is in administration with an emphasis in leadership, finance, governance, policy, and problem-solving. Mike also sits on the Camp Wilderness Association board where he puts his training to good use.

Decisions, Decisions

By | 2018-04-19T14:54:02+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

      As I looked over the menu one morning at a local restaurant and started thinking out loud about what I was going to order, I mentioned that I thought I would have sausage with my eggs instead of bacon.  My friend said, “I thought you liked bacon.”  When discussing a recent basketball game, I said that I [...]

Perception, Problem-Solving, and Frogs

By | 2018-04-14T16:23:50+00:00 April 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

      Those of you that grew up in a small town may be able to relate to this experience.  I bet all of you country kids did this at one time or another.  The rest of you need to understand that we sometimes had our own ways of passing time and making fun for ourselves.  Sometimes [...]

How do you deal with your brick wall?

By | 2017-12-28T15:04:34+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I'm just finishing reading a book that many of you have probably already read, as it is now several years old.  I avoided reading it when it first came out because I was afraid that it might make me think about things I didn't want to think about.  You see, my mom passed away many [...]

Don’t get too big for your britches

By | 2017-11-20T16:14:42+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

A good friend of mine, Jim, ran a dog-training business.  One of his own dogs had a litter of pups and he right away realized that one of the new puppies seemed to be special.  And he wasn’t wrong. Early on the new little puppy just seemed to have something about her that put her a cut above the [...]

Can a positive culture fix organizational problems?

By | 2017-11-20T16:15:03+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Our communication to people both within and outside of our organization was not what it needed to be.  Emails or other communications from various departments often overlapped, were sometimes duplicated, were maybe missing altogether, or finally, may have be contradictory.  We all knew there were issues, but everyone was waiting for somebody else to fix it. So when we reach the point of needing something done, what [...]

Should I hire an outside consultant?

By | 2017-11-20T16:15:29+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

When I was a new administrator I thought I could handle everything on my own.  Let me rephrase that.  I thought I was supposed to handle everything on my own.  After all, I was the boss.  People looked to me to lead the organization, make the hard decisions, steer the ship, have all the right answers, and know everything about [...]

What kind of person are you?

By | 2017-11-20T16:16:14+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

In our trainings, we often do a short, very unscientific self-assessment with the group we are working with to get everyone thinking a little about personalities.  We make sure upfront that everyone understands that we are not psychologists and that our little activity is in no way an to attempt psycho-analyze anyone.  It’s just fun and it gets people [...]