April 27 , 2019 /

CHANGE COMMUNICATION: CASE IN POINT

When the #Change Blog Challenge appeared on my Twitter feed, my response was why not? Change has been a theme for much of my work for some 50 years.  The topic for this quarter is “Change Communication” and what can be more important than the way we communicate change whether helping others understand and apply the

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April 18 , 2019 /

ALTERNATIVE TO DISASTROUS DIPLOMACY

After invading southern Greece and receiving the submission of other key city-states, sometime between 346-336 B.C., Philip II of Macedon turned his attention to Sparta and asked menacingly whether he should come as friend or foe. The reply was “Neither.” Losing patience, he sent the message: “You are advised to submit without further delay, for

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March 1 , 2019 /

50 YEARS 10 LESSONS

(Published originally February 18, 2018) Imagine the following conversation: You:   You worked 50 years and only learned 10 lessons? Me:     Well, actually, I’m still working and I’m still learning. You:   What do you mean, you’re still working? Me:     What I said, I’m still working. I’m teaching, consulting, counseling, writing, speaking, doing whatever I want to

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February 11 , 2019 /

THE SPIRIT OF LEADERSHIP: TEN CHARACTERISTICS

The “spirit” of outstanding leaders can be seen, heard and felt in at least the following ten ways.  These behaviors of excellent  leadership are confirmed through experienced, successful leaders who have earned the respect of their colleagues and their peers.  You may know some people who exhibit these qualities on a regular, sustained basis. 1

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January 16 , 2019 /

BACKWARDS BICYCLE

First, watch this 8 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFzDaBzBlL0 What this illustrates about people and organizations, such as schools, is how challenging it is to take on something entirely new and different.  Rewiring our brains in order to think and do different is not as easy as we might think.  Letting go of what we know and

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January 11 , 2019 /

SCHOOLING AND EDUCATION

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ― Dr. Seuss “I never let schooling interfere with my education.”  Attributed to Mark Twain In the past few weeks, as I have continued my work and enjoyed a number of conversations with school

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