One Thing Series: Leading Change Throughout the Pandemic with Douglas Reeves — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Leading Change Throughout the Pandemic with Douglas Reeves — #onethingseries

Douglas Reeves is the founder of Creative Leadership Solutions, a non-profit with the mission to improve educational opportunities for students throughout the world using creative solutions for leadership, policy, teaching, and learning. Dr. Reeves is also the founder of DouglasReeves.com, ChangeLeaders.com, and has created a non-profit called FinishTheDissertation.org, which helps doctoral students finish their dissertations via phone, Skype, or personal conferences.

Dr. Reeves has worked with education, business, nonprofit, and government organizations throughout the world. The author of more than 30 books and more than 80 articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, he has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series and was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education. Dr. Reeves received both the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Parent’s Choice Award for his writing for children and parents. His career of work in professional learning led to the Contribution to the Field Award from the National Staff Development Council. For his international work, Dr. Reeves was named the William Walker Scholar by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

Key Thoughts from the Interview:

  • Dr. Reeve’s urgent call-to-action regarding what will be a national crisis is compelling. Listen to the three things we can do today as educational leaders. His description of “the buy-in myth” will change how you think about initiating and sustaining change.  
  • Amid all that’s going on and the need to connect students for the sake of learning, Dr. Reeves explains how there is no substitute for relationships in schools. “The most underused technology is the telephone.” 
  • Don’t miss what Dr. Reeves is doing to model more effectively and what he is currently learning. He recommends The Marshall Memo and Zotero.com
  • Find out what Dr. Reeves considers to be a “prescription for a petrified brain” and consider picking up his latest book recommendation, Upswing

Dr. Reeve’s interview is jammed with practical ideas that can be implemented in any school system. He attacks issues with candor in this captivating interview that demonstrates the power of action during this crisis. It was a wonderful follow-up to our latest blogpost on lessons learned during the pandemic and the three books we recommend this month at theschoolhouse302.com. 

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Joe & T.J.

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One Thing Series: Building and Sustaining Trust with Stephen M.R. Covey — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Building and Sustaining Trust with Stephen M.R. Covey — #onethingseries

Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder of CoveyLink and of the FranklinCovey Global Speed of Trust Practice. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust, and coauthor of the #1 Amazon bestseller Smart Trust. He advocates that nothing is as fast as the speed of trust and that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. Stephen passionately delivers that message and is skilled in enabling leaders and organizations to experience the dividends of high trust. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his insightful, relevant approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.

He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Stephen, with Greg Link, led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President and CEO. Under Stephen’s direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President and CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries, which greatly increased the value of the brand and company. The company was valued at only $2.4 million when Stephen was named CEO, and, within three years, he grew shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with then Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.

Over the years, Stephen has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he’s consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO. 

Stephen currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities and is a Top Thought Leaders in Trust Lifetime Achievement Honoree from Trust Across America-Trust Around the World. Stephen resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. You can follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenMRCovey.

Key Thoughts from the Interview:

  • Stephen’s account of the Franklin Quest and Covey merger illustrates the power of trust in every organization. You don’t want to miss how trust revitalized the organization and what happened when it was low.  
  • His explanation of self-trust and how everything “ripples out” from that place has the power to change how we think and act. 
  • Stephen reveals the impactful work and leadership excellence of former President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company, Doug Conant. Check out Doug’s books: The Blueprint and TouchPoints.
  • We were thrilled to hear how he uses his father’s work in his own life on a daily basis to achieve a “daily private victory.” 
  • A lover of music, Stephen opens up about his desire to be able to sing. 
  • He indicated how he is always keeping abreast of current trends and ideas through podcasts, speeches, and audio books. His insight into staying at the forefront of shifts and changes is perfect. 
  • Stephen wraps up the interview with how he started–the power and importance of leading with trust. He reveals how his view of trust has changed from something warm and fuzzy to the very essence of all of our relationships.

Stephen’s interview reveals how trust transforms everything from the classroom to the board room. It was a wonderful follow-up to our latest blogpost on trust and the three books we recommended this month at theschoolhouse302.com. 

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Joe & T.J.

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One Thing Series: Blended Learning w/ Catlin Tucker — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Blended Learning w/ Catlin Tucker — #onethingseries

As soon as we stop learning there’s a problem.

Dr. Catlin Tucker

Dr. Catlin Tucker is a bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 in Sonoma County, where she taught for 16 years. Catlin earned her doctorate in learning technologies at Pepperdine University. Currently, Catlin is working as a blended learning coach and education consultant. Catlin has written a series of bestselling books on blended learning, which include Balance With Blended Learning, Blended Learning In Action, Power Up Blended Learning, and Blended Learning In Grades 4-12. She is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker and writes an internationally ranked blog at CatlinTucker.com.

 

Key Thoughts from the Interview:

  • Don’t miss how Catlin’s own needs drove her to become a foremost expert on blended learning. 

  • Like many of our guests, she recommends physical activity for brain breaks. 

  • She wants to know more about neuroscience and how the brain learns. Don’t miss our geeked-out conversation about Powerful Teaching

  • She says that you have to ask for feedback with a level of humility if you want to continue to get better. Feedback! 

  • It’s interesting to hear an expert say that you don’t have to be an expert. Don’t miss the last #onethingseries question that she answers. 

Catlin’s interview reveals how curiosity and desire can transform any classroom. 

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One Thing Series: Transformational Change w/ Jethro Jones — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Transformational Change w/ Jethro Jones — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Transformational Change w/ Jethro Jones — #onethingseries

Change Your Perspective 

Jethro Jones (@jethrojones) is the 2017 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year and the host of Transformative Principal, where he interviews principals, leaders, and influencers who help improve K-12 education throughout the world. He is also the founder of Transformative Leadership Summit, which is like his podcast, but on steroids! He is the author of SchoolX: How principals can design a transformative school experience for students, teachers, parents – and themselves, available now for pre-order.  

Key Thoughts from the Interview: 

  • Schools are dynamic places. Listen to how Jethro led 32 initiatives simultaneous to transform his school for the better. As you will hear, it all starts with empathy.
  • Jethro raves about Seth Godin’s Creative Workshops. Jethro’s approach to learning and growing is fascinating.
  • Recently inspired by Tim Feriss’s interview of Hugh Jackman, Jethro is journaling each day and has already experienced the power of this simple practice. But, this is journaling with a twist. Discover how you can also make this a consistent part of your life for big changes.
  • One thing Jethro would love to learn–the piano! Not surprising since so much of this interview is wrapped around change, growth, and creativity.   
  • Interestingly, Jethro describes how his own Podcast is at the center of his exponential growth. His process for identifying his guests is unique and extremely worthwhile.
  • Jethro’s final response on what he used to believe, but doesn’t anymore, is at the heart of change–that it doesn’t have to be a certain way. His Tik Tok story is a perfect example of learning in new and dynamic ways.

Jehtro’s interview is very insightful for any educator looking to make a difference in the classroom, school, or district. 

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Joe & T.J.

One Thing Series: Telling Your Story with Joe Sanfelippo — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Telling Your Story with Joe Sanfelippo — #onethingseries

 

 “People won’t change the way they talk about schools until we change the way we talk about schools.

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from St. Norbert College, a masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a masters in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service from Cardinal Stritch University.   

Joe co-authored The Power of Branding-Telling Your School’s Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students and Parents Love. He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader in 2016 by the US Department of Education. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Education Dive named Joe 1 of 5 K-12 administrators to watch in 2018 and their National Superintendent of the Year in 2019. He has been a featured speaker in multiple states in the areas of Advancing the Use of Social Media for School Leaders, Telling Your School Story, Creating a Culture of Yes, and Personalized Professional Growth for Staff.  

 

Key Thoughts from the Interview:

  • “In the absence of knowledge, people make it up.” Joe provides incredible insight on the power of branding and why schools need to embrace telling their story. Learn how Joe creates connections and forces engagement. We’ll forgive him for his comments regarding the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • A powerhouse of inspiration, Joe mentions that Inky Johnson is a person he can listen to every day. If you don’t know Inky’s story, don’t let another minute go by! Within the world of education, Joe also mentions that he “leans into” Jimmy Casas and Tom Murray and we couldn’t agree more.  
  • Interestingly, Joe discussed the one thing that we should be doing every day is listening more. He powerfully describes how he often gets caught up in the “next thing” and can overlook the moment. You have to hear what he also says about doing something a little scary.
  • Listen to what he says about reading. It’s awesome and totally about immersion and engagement.  
  • With whom do you surround yourself? Are you around individuals who push you to another level? Joe describes how to grow, find out just how simple it is if you are actually willing.
  • Joe’s final response on what he used to believe is a great example of doing what makes a difference versus doing things you think make a difference. 

Joe’s interview is a practical how-to interview. His suggestions on telling your story are simple yet profound. The story he tells of the young man bagging groceries is what it is all about. 

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Joe & T.J.

 

One Thing Series: Leading with Hope w/ Tom Lewis — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Leading with Hope w/ Tom Lewis — #onethingseries

One Thing Series: Leading with Hope w/ Tom Lewis — #onethingseries

Discipline is the Differentiator  

Tom Lewis is the founder of T.W. Company, an award-winning Scottsdale, Arizona based real estate and investment company known for its quality and outstanding customer service in the homebuilding industry. 

Lewis received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Professional Builder Magazine and was the first inductee into the National Housing Quality Hall of Fame. In 2002, Lewis and his wife Jan formed TomLewis Foundation to support higher education, children and families in need, youth character education and a variety of local and national non-profits that strengthen Americas’ civil society. In 2015, they created the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky.

In his new book, SOLID GROUND, Lewis asserts that, when it comes to success, nothing is more critical than a solid foundation. Taking the time, now, for reflection and analysis will yield enormous dividends in the future, he attests. 

 

 

Key Thoughts from the Interview:

  • Tom provides incredible insight on how effective leaders don’t sidestep reality. His views on vision, trustworthiness, and compassion are powerful and can be used effectively through his simple steps.
  • His philanthropic work with college-bound students is impressive.  
  • He discussed the wisdom of Dennis Prager and referred to him as a modern day philosopher.
  • Tom introduced us to a new concept he called “esteemable.” You have to listen to how he describes the fact that the work we do, especially for others, leads to greater fulfillment.
  • He genuinely talked about his desire to reach more millennials and offer them the wisdom he has gained throughout his life. 
  • He encouraged everyone to find their talent, not just their passion.
  • Lastly, Tom eloquently describes the difference between strategy and execution. 

Tom’s interview is a practical how-to interview, including ways to infuse hope into everything we do for greater fulfillment in life and work. 

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Joe & T.J.

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