Category Archives: Leadership

It is really important to get some realism into your blood system before you start interviewing.  The simple 2 x 2 chart below helps to illustrate.  There are 2 potential outcomes for each job that you apply.  Also, you are … Continue reading

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As I was digging through the notes that I used for my aspiring leaders luncheon, I found this great article by Laura Morgan Roberts for Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge website.  It covers several important topics that relate to social … Continue reading

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Paul Ash, Superintendent of the Lexington Schools (MA), wrote in today’s Learning Forward blog that schools need to develop learning systems to improve.  Specifically, he referenced the need for schools to encourage experimentation and innovation. This is a concept that … Continue reading

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Admittedly, coming up with a title for this post was difficult.  However, to fully understand the concept of Lean, or the Toyota Production System, our readers need to understand that the two approaches seek out ways to reduce waste in … Continue reading

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As introduced earlier, we are putting together a short series on how the Empowered Schools Model exhibits Lean Design or the Toyotal Production System principles.  This post is addresses the second principle. The second principle of the Toyota Way that Liker provides is: … Continue reading

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As introduced last week, we are putting together a short series on how the Empowered Schools Model exhibits Lean Design or the Toyotal Production System principles.  This post is addresses the first principle. The first principle of the Toyota Way … Continue reading

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So often, people in our profession refuse to look outside of our field to see if there are better ways of doing business.  Their reaction to insights and teachings from other fields is almost xenophobic as they spew out reasons … Continue reading

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My summer poolside reading has entailed combing through back issues of Harvard Business Review for nuggets of leadership advice.  I have stacks of back issues and many of them have packed with great content.  Since they’re back issues, I don’t … Continue reading

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It appears that we are in a national tight spot when it comes to teacher evaluation.  Tennessee, the early leader in teacher evaluation systems, has really garnered a lot of negative attention in recent days.  While some of the backlash … Continue reading

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Leading a school toward highly effective teams does not consist of a “one and done” professional development.  It requires lots of leadership maintenance.  Aside from checking in on PLT team leaders on a regular basis, the concept of PLTs needs … Continue reading

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