Don’t Let Your Speed Bumps Turn Into Stop Lights

A goal without a plan is just a wish. If it matters, follow through, work the goal every single day, make it a priority, and success will be inevitable. Don't let your speed bumps along the way turn into stop lights and stop you from accomplishing your goals. Recently our school teams met with me … Continue reading Don’t Let Your Speed Bumps Turn Into Stop Lights

Ritualize – My #OneWord2018

The 'One Word' movement originated by Jon Gordan and has been a fantastic way to retool every January, sort of like a more thoughtful New Year's resolution. As I write this post about my #OneWord2018 for others so that it will hopefully help them reflect, posts like this are major introspective moments in my leadership … Continue reading Ritualize – My #OneWord2018

Lone Nut or First Follower: Building a Culture That Celebrates Uniqueness #WEIRDPRINCIPALS

The #WeirdPrincipals effort is all about energy and starting movements that inspire others. Similar to #PrincipalsInAction and #KidsDeserveIt, we seek to unleash leadership potential by inspiring others to be themselves, do their very best, and run into school to make magic happen every day! @_AndyJacks and @JessicaCabeen wrote this together to show how two principals … Continue reading Lone Nut or First Follower: Building a Culture That Celebrates Uniqueness #WEIRDPRINCIPALS

If my students are Batman, then I must be Alfred…

Usually, I’m looking for any excuse I can find to dress up and act like a nut for our students at school. If you follow anything of mine, you’ve probably seen that already, dressing up like Thor, the Elf on the Shelf, Mustafa, you name it. But today, as we were getting ready to come … Continue reading If my students are Batman, then I must be Alfred…

Life is like a box of…puzzle pieces

Sometimes inspiration for writing comes at the oddest times. As we were putting together a puzzle as a family for the holidays, I was struck with how much this was a powerful metaphor for life, leadership, and education. Forrest Gump so famously said, "Life is like a box of choc-o-lates" but I think he had … Continue reading Life is like a box of…puzzle pieces

The Falcon Fourth & A Sense of Urgency

A football game is broken into 4 quarters and the final quarter is the last chance to bring everything you have before the game is over. Players and coaches on the sidelines and the field routinely hold up 4 fingers during the start of the 4th quarter. These images for many of you like me … Continue reading The Falcon Fourth & A Sense of Urgency

The Teaching 4-4-2: Organizing the Art of Education

This guest post is written by Justin Holbrook @JustinHolbrook I am one of those soccer fanatics who wakes up early on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch the matches from “across the pond”. As the rest of my apartment complex is fast asleep in their nice warm beds, I am up drinking coffee and screaming … Continue reading The Teaching 4-4-2: Organizing the Art of Education

A Lesson from Yoda on Achieving Goals

"No! Try not! Do. Or do not. There is no try." Yes, I'm excited! Can't wait to see the next Star Wars movie soon, so I'm catching up with the original series with my oldest daughter and then bam! A lesson by Yoda! In Star Wars V Empire Strikes Back, Yoda challenged Luke Skywalker to believe he could … Continue reading A Lesson from Yoda on Achieving Goals

Don’t Give Up on Your Players During the Game

Even though there are so many reasons why a team may win or lose, the Steelers made an epic leadership mistake that cost them the game this week. They gave up on one of their players during the game. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost 23-20 in overtime to the Baltimore Ravens on this week on Thursday night football. … Continue reading Don’t Give Up on Your Players During the Game

Believe in Your Success

Pulling up to the railroad tracks... Crossing lights off, arms up... Each car slows down while crossing... One car STOPS right in the middle of the tracks... The driver looks left, looks right... WHILE STILL STOPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TRACKS... Wait, is he really stopped in the middle of the tracks to check … Continue reading Believe in Your Success

You Better Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

"The Answer is in the Room" (But are you honest about why you can't or won't see it?) How many times have we said, "We can do this, the ANSWER IS IN THE ROOM" when we try to solve problems? So much, that it's now a cliche, and maybe we need to reconsider what it actually … Continue reading You Better Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself