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Fear - Forces of Mediocrity Pt. 5

by Aubrey Patterson and Melody Stacy

 

There is an old saying that worry is interest paid in advance on something you may never own

Fear freezes and often leads to...

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Ego - Forces of Mediocrity Pt. 4

by Melody Stacy

 

We should take our jobs seriously while not taking ourselves too seriously. 

Great leaders understand the dynamics of this delicate and essential balance, seeking daily...

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Compliance - Forces of Mediocrity Pt. 3 constructive meetings

by Melody Stacy

  

“That’s not my job.”

“Don’t blame me. I’m just doing what they told me to do.”

These sentiments indicate a lack of...

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Perfectionism - Forces of Mediocrity Pt. 2 constructive

by Melody Stacy

 

Last week, we kicked off a series on the forces of mediocrity. A collection of strong inertias that, as we are seeking greatness, try to pull us back to...

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Forces of Mediocrity courageous

by Melody Stacy

 

Having an inspiring and worthwhile vision is always wonderful.

Rallying our team around that vision and, together, gaining clarity on where we're heading is a great next...

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Carry Your Weather communication meetings

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to brighten and warm every room they enter?

Like a weather front moving in, everyone feels a change as soon as that person...

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We Don't Have to be Nutella communication courageous

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Do you find yourself saying yes to helping people when deep down you know you should say no?

Taking care of others isn't something remarkable leaders just like...

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The 2-Minute Rule constructive impact tips

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Is your mind filled with little and big things that need to be done?

Do you cringe or uncomfortably joke about the number of emails in your inbox?

The 2-Minute Rule

...

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Let's Brighten 2022! compassionate constructive courageous impact tips

by Melody Stacy and Aubrey Patterson 

 

It’s that time of year.

A time for deep introspection.

A time for a celebration of the hopeful optimism of all that’s possible in the...

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Freeway Builders

by Aubrey Patterson

 

We sometimes come across people who want and very much need to build new habits, but worry about developing systems and routines that might stifle their creativity.

It's...

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Make it Easy for Them to Hire You communication impact tips

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Are you updating a cover letter and resume for an upcoming dream position?

Most applications are now requested and submitted online. Seems easy enough.

Here's a tip to...

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Leading with Gratitude communication compassionate

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Early in life, most of us are taught to count our blessings, but this lesson all too often fails to become a habit. When calamity knocks on our door, many of us are not...

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What is Your Team Saying to Those Closest to Them? communication constructive

by Melody Stacy

 

What do conversations at holiday family gatherings have to do with our school cultures? And how do they inform us as leaders?

Imagine any number of these exchanges. What do...

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Clarity and a Kind Voice communication compassionate

by Aubrey Patterson

 

The scenario you're about to read is all too familiar, but are you fortunate enough to know someone who leads like Carla?

Like a Duck

The day is just beginning. The...

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A More Thoughtful Yes or No communication constructive courageous

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Have you noticed how it's become very popular in social media to encourage us to say "no" to anything new?

Build and fortify boundaries. Guard them fiercely with a no.

We...

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Empowerment Can’t be Taken Away constructive courageous

by Aubrey Patterson

 

A leader who doesn't empower people or take the time to build commitment unintentionally creates a culture of parking lot and hallway conversations filled with...

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A How to Match Our Why communication constructive

by Aubrey Patterson

 

Jerry walked into the new principal's office and nonchalantly offered a leadership gem that would reframe every future conversation in the school about mission, vision,...

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It’s complicated … or is it? communication constructive courageous impact tips

by Melody Stacy

 

Are you ready for a pop quiz?

No?

Good. It wouldn’t be a pop quiz if you were.

Ready or not, here we go ...

  1. As school leaders, should we love our staff or have high...
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It All Starts … and Ends With YOU constructive courageous impact tips

by Melody Stacy

 

A positive leader, in the purest form, is someone who influences the people and environment around them for the better.

We all want to be such a leader and, on our best days,...

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The Highlight Reel: The Stories We Tell Ourselves compassionate impact tips

 by Aubrey Patterson

 

In 2005, the National Science Foundation published an article that found the average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, of which 80% are negative...

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