Insights and Reflections on Excellence

Choosing a Life of Grace, Hope, and Excellence

What will you choose? Every life has its challenges. None of us are immune from daily distractions and annoyances.  My friend, Linda, described these events as “lumps in the oatmeal.” We have a choice. Do we let the mundane, the lumps in the oatmeal, overtake us? Or, do we [...]

2018-12-11T09:51:23+00:00December 11th, 2018|

Who Is the Enemy of Achieving Excellence?

On my bookshelf sits a small book with a powerful message. We sabotage excellence. Harry Paul, John Britt, and Ed Jent have given us an intriguing story in Who Kidnapped Excellence? The mystery opens with a kidnapping and a ransom note left in the administrative conference room. “We have taken [...]

2018-12-11T09:19:33+00:00December 8th, 2018|

Smiling and the Sometimes Lost Art of Happiness

Some people just naturally wear a smile. For the most part, I’m one of those. Even in high school, other students would comment on my smile.  I don’t think I was really aware of smiling. I certainly did not understand the impact of seeing the world through the lens [...]

2018-12-01T10:59:06+00:00December 1st, 2018|

Three Thoughts to Inspire Your Change Effort

Facing change efforts—large or small—can be overwhelming. Individuals, companies, schools—we all need a little inspiration and encouragement to press on.  Here are a few thoughts to consider if you are leading a change effort.  How to be present . . . Tiffany Delmore suggests actions leaders should take on [...]

2018-11-28T06:43:33+00:00November 28th, 2018|

Can We Keep from Going Back to the Status Quo?

"I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then." Alice in Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll) Holding on to the way things are or have always been just feeds the status quo.  Striving for better inherently implies that something must change. We struggle to dislocate [...]

2018-11-27T09:41:13+00:00November 26th, 2018|

Why Leadership Teams Are Important to Culture

We often forget about the role of leadership teams in building culture. Organizations, even small ones, rarely have only one leader. The CEO, president, chancellor, superintendent depend on a team of leaders to facilitate and guide people in the organization.  The Role of Leadership Teams Leadership teams have a [...]

2018-11-21T08:50:57+00:00November 21st, 2018|

Three Things You Can Do to Start Leading Now

Everyone is a leader. You can start leading today. No matter where you sit in the organization, you have an influence on others.  Some of us are leaders because we hold the top position in the organization. Others are leaders because they have the capacity to draw people to [...]

2018-11-21T08:50:20+00:00November 20th, 2018|