The Seven C’s of Competent Leadership *

Rate yourself (or your leader) on a scale of 1-10 for each one.  Total and average.  See results. 1. Communication that is clear, concise, compelling and timely.  Stay in touch with customers’, clients’ and constituents’ information that keeps them connected 2. Collaboration that is supportive and encouraging.  It takes time, effort and energy,  but the

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LIFE WORKS

  Like many of you, I write down my thoughts and experiences from time to time, keep a journal on occasion around travel, maintain a blog and use social media, mostly Twitter and LinkedIn, for a variety of purposes.  I have written several books, numerous articles, and have a web site that will be updated

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Teaching Respect, Responsibiity and RESTRAINT

As a long-time teacher and school administrator, my three R’s were respect, responsibility and restraint.  Most people understand, even accept, the first two easily but often stumble over the third.  We used those criteria to evaluate the behavior of students and adults, and most often included teachers and parents in the conversations about our values,

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BACKWARDS and WRONG

  The “Education Equation” has it wrong and change comes slowly.  A study conducted by the U. S. Department of Education in collaboration with Germany. perhaps Japan as well, concluded that we have it all wrong.  If you look at the education equation, we tend to hold time constant and make education the variable.  If

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TOP TEN AFFLICTIONS AFFECTING EDUCATORS

I wrote this originally a few years ago and people seemed to enjoy it.  It’s good for a laugh at the end of another academic year so herewith a reprise.  10. MABS – Myopic, Apathetic, Blame Syndrome – This disease is characterized by lack of vision, indifference and the attempt to shift responsibility to other

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“IT’S ABOUT TIME”

This phrase, “taking time off” is interesting because time is never off.  Like it says in the old ad for Timex, it just keeps on ticking and one day, we will run out of time, or walk out, or lie down and check out.  Think of some amusing ways people speak about time.  “I didn’t

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YOUR BEST WORK

Andrew approached me with his paper in hand, presented it to me and said, “Here, is this what you want?”   I was teaching an elective in “creative writing” for juniors and seniors in high school and Andrew was one of those edgy students who often seemed unhappy with an assignment but worked hard to fulfill

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