What’s your top ten?

When I first became a principal over forty years ago, the world was a very different place and I was a very different person. Having achieved my goal of being a principal at the age of twenty-eight, I was pretty full of myself and was proud that I had authority over...

What is it that you really desire in life?

I have recently read two books on the topic of “Questions” from my mentors, John Maxwell (Good Leaders Ask Great Questions) and speaker coach and mentor, Roddy Galbraith (Go Out and Make a Mess). These books could not have come at a more opportune moment for me as...

Want to write a successful charter application?

In North Carolina the authorizers of public charter schools have rejected over 75% percent of applications over the last two years. Long gone are the days where 40-50% of applications are being approved. There is a lengthy evaluation process that entails multiple...

Avoid burnout and utilize your energy

This summer my family and I had the opportunity to embark on a Gulf Stream fishing trip. We caught over 300 lbs of Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Barracuda, Bonito and a few other species. It is certainly a day I will never forget that was filled with one key leadership lesson.  ...

What is most responsible for your school’s success?

Today I have two questions for you to answer: Do you find that the school you lead or work for is successful? If yes, what is the main reason for that success? When I was a teacher, I was never sure if the schools I taught for were successful. If they were indeed...

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