Connected Principals Posts

In July, I decided to (re)start my daily blog, coined Daily-Ink. At the time of my original attempt, I was a regular reader of Stephen Downes OLDaily, and a fan of one of my student’s blog name Wandering Ink. Thus ‘Daily-Ink’ seemed a good name. So what prompted the rebirth of my daily blog? I […]

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I thoroughly enjoyed this post from Shawn Lovejoy on “The Liabilities of Being a Perfectionist.” This part specifically stood out to me: Leaders execute. They get things done. Quickly, consistently and (hopefully) with little drama. Perfectionist leaders get trapped “waiting” on something to be perfect. Conditions must be ideal and every wrinkle ironed out before a … [Read more…]

Read More The Pursuit of Excellence in the Creation Process

From Katie Martin in “Learner-Centred Innovation“: Just think how you might begin to make the changes and the impact you desire in school if instead of statements like, “If they…

Read More Looking Inward to Move Onward

From Katie Martin in “Learner-Centred Innovation“: Just think how you might begin to make the changes and the impact you desire in school if instead of statements like, “If they would have, . . .” you started asking, “How might I…?” This is what is referred to by psychologists as the locus of control or … [Read more…]

Read More Looking Inward to Move Onward

In 2019, I have had a goal of running at least 100 miles each month using the @Aaptiv app.  Some months are more comfortable than others, but my focus has not been on getting faster but getting my goal done each month.  As I was doing one of the running programs, I heard the story … [Read more…]

Read More It’s Never Too Late to Start Something New

I recently read a post titled, “The 10 Stories Great Leaders Need to Tell,” and they listed these ten stories that leaders need to be able to tell: Story 1:…

Read More Creating a Shared Story

I recently read a post titled, “The 10 Stories Great Leaders Need to Tell,” and they listed these ten stories that leaders need to be able to tell: Story 1: Where We Came From (A Founding Story) Story 2: Why We Can’t Stay Here (A Case-for-Change Story) Story 3: Where We’re Going (A Vision Story) … [Read more…]

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This week I’m sharing another episode from the road as I have been traveling across my state, Oklahoma, visiting principals at schools or in regional meetings. Recently, I visited Texhoma, Oklahoma, with High School Principal Connie Miller. After touring her school that serves students grades 5-12, she drove me one mile across the community to […]

Read More PMP166: Unique Challenges of Rural Principals and Why Your Story Matters

I had just finished a workshop with a group of administrators, and a participant came up to me and said, “I had seen you speak before you had your daughter…

Read More On Being a Dad

I had just finished a workshop with a group of administrators, and a participant came up to me and said, “I had seen you speak before you had your daughter and I wanted to tell you that you seem much more empathetic in your delivery. It was nice to see you grow.”  It meant a … [Read more…]

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I received a question/comment recently about the concern that as classrooms and schools consider why change is essential and what change is necessary, that educators are concerned that their expertise…

Read More The Wisdom in Our Classrooms

I received a question/comment recently about the concern that as classrooms and schools consider why change is essential and what change is necessary, that educators are concerned that their expertise will no longer be valued. For me, the teacher in the classroom is and will always be the expert. The shift is not about devaluing the knowledge … [Read more…]

Read More The Wisdom in Our Classrooms

This is something I have heard (and have said in the past) people say quite often: Our people are just not moving fast enough! This can take other forms as well, such as “people are resistant to change,” etc. Here is something that I think to help ground me in this thinking.  Some people thought … [Read more…]

Read More A Reminder for When Others Seem Resistant to Change