Fresh Ideas

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 [...]

There’s more than one way to get there

By | 2017-11-20T16:16:37+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Several years ago when I was a relatively new administrator, I went to work putting together a team that would move us forward in our organization.  “Moving us forward” is a pretty vague objective that we like to use, but that’s really about all I knew at the time. Actually, we were looking at developing learning communities, but we weren’t really sure yet [...]

You have to carry a crown first

By | 2017-11-20T16:17:27+00:00 November 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Be Still…….And Listen.  I may not be saying it in the same tone I might have used with one of our children when they were young and I was trying to impart some of my wisdom on them, and they felt the need to explain how they knew better.  But maybe the intent is the same.  Just be calm [...]

Learn leadership from the right people

By | 2017-11-20T16:17:52+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I know a lady that has some of the best leadership qualities of anyone I’ve ever met, and she absolutely does not want to be a leader.  And doesn’t think she ever has been.  But she’s one of the best leaders I know, she’s just not measured in the same way one might think. We read books, [...]