Creating Clarity

Written by Maren Schmidt on January 01, 2019

What do we mean by having clarity within an organization?

Patrick Lencioni in his book, The Advantage, describes clarity as the alignment of values, goals, strategies and behaviors so that there is little possibility for confusion, chaos or...

Building A Cohesive Leadership Team

Written by Maren Schmidt on December 05, 2018

Patrick Lencioni in his book,The Advantage, asks us to imagine two organizations.

The first is led by a leadership team whose members are open with one another, passionately debate important issues, and commit to clear decision even if they...

Is Your School A Healthy Organization?

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 06, 2018

The single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health.  Yet it is ignored by most leaders even though it is simple, free, and available to anyone who wants it.

Patrick Lencioni

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health...

The Art of Observation

Written by Maren Schmidt on November 01, 2018

One of the key principles of Montessori philosophy is observing the child involved in a self-selected activity, which Dr. Montessori referred to as “work.”

To observe, we should make sure that the children we are observing have something...

Establishing Purpose

Written by Maren Schmidt on October 02, 2018

Over the last two posts, we’ve been looking at three key skills that can help us build strong school communities:

  • Build safety. When we create a safe environment, people connect, create bonds of belonging, and forge a group identify.
  • Share...

Sharing Vulnerability

Written by Maren Schmidt on September 04, 2018

As we work to build strong school communities, communities of care and service, there are three key skills that can help us:

  • Build safety. When we create a safe environment, people connect, create bonds of belonging, and forge a group identify.

Safety First

Written by Maren Schmidt on August 01, 2018

What makes a group highly successful?

Daniel Coyle in his book, The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, tells us that there are three key skills that leaders use to build cohesive, high functioning organizations.

How Shall We Serve?

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 29, 2018

One of the fundamental ideas for me about leadership is servant leadership.

We lead to serve. 

As school leaders, we lead to serve the needs, wants and aspirations of children.

But what are the factors for service in our world today, especially...

Is Your School A Movement Or Nothing But A Business?

Written by Maren Schmidt on May 01, 2018

Why aren’t more of our schools places of realized potential?

An attribute shared by places of realized potential is that the group and its leadership see their organization as much more than a business.  The people in those organizations view...

Leading Without Power: Places Of Realized Potential

Written by Maren Schmidt on April 03, 2018

Over the past ten years I’ve pruned my book collection, literally by the thousands.  One book that remains in my library is Max De Pree’s, Leading Without Power: Finding Hope In Serving Community.