Hacked Leadership Posts

As my feet hit the pavement, I round the corner and breeze past the local laundry mat where the fresh smell of detergent engulfs me. A few steps later, I’m blasted by arctic air jetting out an open door. Heart pounding and winded, I sprint up the hill and past a few local bars. Greeted by the sounds of blaring pop…

My new Superintendent, Dr. Gail Kist Kline, opened up one of the most amazing conferences around, the Mason Learning Series, with this phrase “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Since that morning, I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. The Mason Learning Series conference could be attended by anyone and the reach extended as far as…

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I changed jobs recently, so I’m like the millions of students about to walk into a foreign space across the nation – I’m new. I had forgotten how it feels not to know anyone, to feel lost in a building, and not to understand how things work. However, I have to say;…

Personnel shuffles are winding down after the frenzied end-of-contract summer moves and back to school sales symbolize the final days before another academic year begins.  Many districts welcome new staff members quickly bringing them up to speed hoping to have the “best year yet.” This year, I participated in the personnel shuffle joining the Mason City Schools team. Every district I’ve…

This year, I was fortunate enough to help plan the first #InnovateCincy Camp held at the Xavier Center for Innovation with David Knapp (Loveland Schools), Tom Merrill (Xavier Center for Innovation), Natasha Adams (Forest Hills), Marci Campbell, and Richard Zreik. #InnovateCincy brought educators and students together to solve four authentic business challenges. The goal of the event wasn’t simply to…

Recently, I relocated, and now enjoy a 25-minute commute versus a 2-minute commute. Some may think that I’m crazy, but I longed for more time to develop myself and decompress before arriving home. As an administrator, stressful situations are the norm, not the exception so finding solace brings your life back into balance and harmony to your family. Trust me…

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: schools are not businesses and shouldn’t be run like one. However, when it comes to innovating, we encounter similar challenges. Price Waterhouse Cooper, a professional services network, conducted a survey of over 1200 companies to discover the strategies and challenges companies are experiencing as they manage innovation initiatives. As…

Talent Stack – the sum of all of your skills Scott Adams, the author of Dilbert, coined the phrase Talent Stack referring to the sum of all of your skills and he attests that one’s goal should be developing a variety of skills that work well together.  Why is this important? According to CNN, the new normal is that today’s workforce will have…

  Mindfulness noun mind·ful·ness \ˈmīn(d)-fəl-nəs\ is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. ~ Merriam-Webster I find that I’m significantly more distracted now than I was 10-15 years ago and I attribute most of it to my work and technological advancements. As an IT Director, issues crop up…