What The World Needs Now Is...

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 31, 2017

Here I sit with a long-view, physically and philosophically.

As I write this, it’s my 62nd birthday.

Gazing over the ocean from my lanai, I wonder how I can help in the time I have left.

What's The Tone Of Your School?

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 03, 2017

Victoria held back tears.

"I see now that my over-reacting to difficult and unexpected situations created this negativity at my school," Victoria said.

"When things don't go my version of perfect I get upset.  And it shows. A parent complains, a...

Creating A Culture That Is Friendly To Error

Written by Maren Schmidt on September 05, 2017

Life is full of mistakes! 

Unfortunately, most of us don't like to admit when we've made a mistake. 

After a choice I wish I hadn't made, I'm usually ready to learn from the mistake and move on.  Enough said! 

Herding Cats?

Written by Maren Schmidt on August 01, 2017

As a school leader we deal with lots of different personalities from youngsters to adults. 

Trying to meet a variety of needs...no wonder we might feel like we are herding cats.

There are some similarities in guiding adults and children.  

Getting Things Done

Written by Maren Schmidt on July 04, 2017

Why do we need a to-do list? 

David Allen in Getting Things Done: The Art Of Stress-Free Productivity writes: 

What Kind Of Busy Are You?

Written by Maren Schmidt on June 06, 2017

What kind of busy are you?

Seth Godin wrote in his blog that there are two kinds of busy:

Reflect and Celebrate!

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 03, 2017

Hurray!  It’s May!

As school leaders we may be thinking, “May this school year be over.”

From the first of April until mid-June the school year goes at top speed. 

FREE WEBINAR: Transforming School Families Into Dream Families

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 01, 2017

Are you concerned about connecting and engaging with the new families in your school?

Are you looking for the steps to create your ideal school community?

Please join me for this FREE one-hour webinar, Transforming Your School Families Into...

Habit 8: Find Your Voice

Written by Maren Schmidt on April 04, 2017

Over this school year I’ve shared insights from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People.

In 2004 Covey published The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness To Greatness.

In The 8th Habit Covey urges us to find our voice and help others find...

Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw

Written by Maren Schmidt on March 01, 2017

Carpenters and cooks know a certain rule of productivity.

A sharp well-maintained tool makes a job go faster and easier.

Plus, tools that are ready to go are a pleasure to use.

One of facts of life that I understand now, that I didn’t appreciate...