Reinforcing Clarity

Written by Maren Schmidt on March 05, 2019

WWWD?

In the 90’s the phrase WWJD became popular and it was common to see people wearing bracelets with the WWJD acronym for What Would Jesus Do?

We can borrow an idea from that popular phrase to reinforce clarity in our organization.

What we...

7 Habits of Highly Effective School Leaders

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 13, 2019

 

Positive change. How do we know which direction to head when we decide we want to be more effective.

The ideas from the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, are a good place to start. 

Here is a series of articles to...

Leadership Series For School Leaders

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 08, 2019

Watching school leaders grow is fun!

Leadership is a choice and it is always wonderful to see my Kids Talk readers make a commitment to leadership and growth.

Overcommunicating Clarity

Written by Maren Schmidt on February 05, 2019

Patrick Lencioni in his book, The Advantage, tells us of four disciplines that healthy organizations have.  When an organization possesses these four disciplines, they also have a business advantage:

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.