Monday Matters: Excellence

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to environment where excellence is expected.” ~Steve Jobs This week’s idea that matters is excellence. Ideas that Matter This time of year is famous for resolutions. The desire to pursue our goals and become better tomorrow than we are today is an incredible promise of the... Continue Reading →

Thinking Together

Collaboration is the mental factory where good thoughts become great ideas ~TheSchoolHouse302 We talk a great deal about working together. Whether projects or programs, we say that “working together” or “working well with others” is a skillset that we want to see in our employees and our potential candidates for open positions in our organizations.... Continue Reading →

The Harvest

A good harvest is the result of meticulous planning, hard work, continual attention, good timing, and arguably a little luck. Farmers depend and expect a successful harvest to survive—a belief that effort coupled with skill will yield commensurate results. The benefit of the harvest is that the results are palpable. Success is clear, but so... Continue Reading →

Summer: a season of vacancies, interviews, interview questions, and hiring practices

Screening before Interviews Education, like nature, has seasons, clear divisions within the year, and in education, the summer is the hiring season. An administrator’s job requires a variety of skills, and at the top of the list is hiring the right people. One common challenge is an abundance of applicants for a single position. Although,... Continue Reading →

Seasons: A Time to Reflect

“Refinement: The process of removing impurities or unwanted substances from an element.” You watch the last bus pull away. Students have their head half way out of the window waving feverishly and yelling, “have a great summer.” You pause, look around the empty parking lot and you are filled with different emotions—a touch of joy,... Continue Reading →

#Trust = #Progress

“Trust is the glue of life…the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” ~ Stephen Covey Recently we were at a luncheon for an executive leadership group we belong to. If an opportunity appears to have value, we’ll sign up for just about any leadership learning experience that we can get our hands on. Leadership is... Continue Reading →

Make May Matter

In schools, the month of May and early June can be likened to grade-5 whitewater rafting conditions—large waves, large volumes a water, the possibility of large rocks and hazards, and the possibility of a large drop at any time, which all require precise maneuvering. The only thing that makes May similar to other months is... Continue Reading →

No New Ideas Until…

Learning and growing is the educational mantra. We thirst for knowledge and appreciate the idea of becoming more and doing more with the belief as JFK said that “…the human mind is our fundamental resource.” We appreciate and understand that by developing ourselves, we not only benefit personally but we also contribute to the greater... Continue Reading →

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