In the spirit of November, a season of gratitude and thankfulness, let's come together with loved ones to create cherished memories. As we prepare to feast, let us also feast on the wisdom of remarkable thought leaders from around the world. We extend our heartfelt thanks to each of them and to Weaving Influence for granting us the privilege to host this edition of Lead Change Carnival. This month, let's be thankful, give generously, and inspire positive change in our lives and the world.
Jennifer Miller shared The Ambiguity Factor in Leadership Communication. Jennifer explains: “Ambiguity Factor: The further employees are from the epicenter of decision-making, the more creative they will be about forming conclusions. It's a leader's job to ensure clarity and deal with the grapevine.”
Connect with Jennifer on Twitter at @JenniferVMiller.
Brenda Yoho shared C.P.R. In Leadership: Breathing Life Into Conversations. Brenda explains: “In the realm of medicine, the acronym C.P.R. stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and it has the power to make the difference between life and death when administered correctly. However, what if I told you that these three letters could also hold the key to resuscitating your leadership skills and breathing new life into your personal and professional relationships? That's right; C.P.R. in leadership is all about Complexity, Possibility, and Reaction – and it's just as critical to your success as it is in the medical field.”
Connect with Brenda on Twitter at @BrendaYoho.
Marcia Reynolds shared The Most Powerful Way to Sincerely Connect With Others. Marcia explains: “You must prep your brain before conversations so it can’t sabotage your attempts to connect. Follow these 3 steps to ensure satisfaction with your interactions.”
Connect with Marcia on Twitter at @marciareynolds.
Lisa Kohn shared How to Take In Feedback You Really Don’t Want to Hear. In the post, "How to take in feedback you really don’t want to hear", Lisa Kohn from The Thoughtful Leaders™ Blog shares that while tough feedback is hard to hear, it can also be helpful, and eventually freeing, if we’re able to take it in and learn from it. It’s a challenge, but one worth taking.
Connect with Lisa on Twitter at @ThoughtfulLdrs.
David Grossman shared Effective Leadership Transition: A 6-Step Guide for Communicators. David explains: "In this comprehensive guide, we consider the crucial role played by communicators in facilitating a seamless leadership transition. We explore why such transitions are vital, the challenges they pose, and the key ingredients for success."
Connect with David on Twitter at @ThoughtPartner.
Diana Peterson-More shared Two More Difficult Words in the English Language: Thank You! Diana explains: "Two of the most difficult words in the English language are: "I'm Sorry;" and another two are "Thank you." In these turbulent times in which we live, where many find it easier to blame, shame and maim others – particularly on social media – wouldn’t it be a step towards a return to civility if we all agreed each week to seek out situations in which we could say: Thank you; I’m sorry; and, give out a pat on the back to another for something well done?"
Connect with Diana on Twitter at @DianaPMAuthor.
Bill Treasurer shared 5 Leadership Lessons from Powerful Women. Bill explains: "October was National Women’s Small Business Month, a time for us to reflect on and appreciate the work of powerful women entrepreneurs in this country and all the contributions they’ve made. In that spirit, let’s look to lessons from a few of the world’s most impactful women leaders."
Connect with Bill on LinkedIn.
Dana Theus shared The Power Code [Book Review]. Dana explains: "When women see power as an opportunity to bring joy to their own lives and change to the world, they can often be more successful than they ever thought possible. Authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman do an excellent job of painting a broad picture of the challenges women have in the workplace while also offering actionable advice. They take a perspective on women and power that is realistic–eyes wide open–and hopeful. They talk to real women who struggle and still find ways to wield power with joy and impact."
Connect with Dana on Twitter at @DanaTheus.
Frank Sonnenberg shared Be Careful What You Take For Granted. Frank explains: "Most people are so busy chasing things they don’t have, that they fail to appreciate the things they do."
Connect with Frank on Twitter at @FSonnenberg.
Sean Glaze shared Use These 27 Helpful Feedback Questions. Sean explains: "Feedback questions can significantly accelerate your growth as a more effective leader. The information you gather from coworkers and peers can provide the most valuable and actionable information that you will receive for your own professional and personal development… and it is something that you can collect more effectively… Soliciting helpful feedback successfully and then taking action on those insights is how you will become a more effective leader more quickly."
Connect with Sean on Twitter at @leadyourteam.
Priscilla Archangel shared Falling Leaves: What No Longer Serves Its Purpose. Priscilla explains: "To ensure we’re optimizing the best processes, strategies, routines, products and services for our teams and organizations, we need to distinguish between whether “falling leaves” represent a seasonal change or the end of the life cycle. This is an opportunity to ask three questions and take the corresponding action."
Connect with Priscilla on Twitter at @Prisarchangel.
Sara Canaday shared Why Adapting Your Behavior at Work Pays Off. Sara explains: "Discover how adapting your behaviors at work can fuel your professional growth, redefine your ability to influence and engage, and set the stage for individual and collective accomplishment."
Connect with Sara on Twitter at @saracanaday.
Angela Hummel shared Protecting Leadership Development Investments. Angela explains: "We need to protect our leadership development investments, yet we must do better than throwing the spaghetti—I mean the training—at the wall, to see if it sticks. It would be nice to have training insurance or a guarantee that would provide feedback and confidence that participants are applying what they learned back on the job, ultimately protecting the training investment. Coaching is the answer!"
Connect with Angela on Twitter at @AngelaJHummel.
Jon Verbeck shared Budget Time: Use the 80/20 Framework to Keep Costs in Line. Jon explains: "You’ve probably heard of the 80/20 concept (also known as the Pareto Principle), where 20% of whatever you are considering (i.e. workers, technology, inventory) is responsible for 80% of the results (productivity, sales, and profit.) The fourth quarter of the year is budget season and a great time to take a closer look at your overall cost structure within the 80/20 framework. It’s time to ask yourself what you REALLY need to run and continue to grow your business."
Connect with Jon on Twitter at @jonverbeck1.
S. Chris Edmonds shared Are You, As a Leader, Suffering from BMS? Chris explains: "What beliefs are behind the recent return-to-work demand for so many companies? Many senior leaders suffer from BMS: boomer male syndrome. BMS sufferers can be identified by their reliance on industrial age leadership beliefs, practices, and behaviors."
Connect with Chris at on Twitter at @schrisedmonds.
John Spence shared Trust: Your Most Valuable Asset. John explains: "You've got to be good at your job, but if you can't work well with others, you cannot be an effective leader. To be successful, you must have a high EQ."
Connect with John on Twitter at @AwesomelySimple.
Karin Hurt and David Dye shared Workplace Innovation: The Secret to Getting Better, Remarkable, Usable Ideas. Karin and David explain: "If you’re getting lots of ideas, you’re probably doing a lot of things right when it comes to encouraging workplace innovation —making it safe, asking for input, and responding well. That’s a great start. But how many of these ideas are you implementing? Imagine if you weren’t just getting lots of ideas, but remarkable, practical ones."
Connect with Karin and David on Twitter at @letsgrowleaders.
Marcella Bremer shared Why a Corporate Context Entices Transactional Behaviors. Marcella explains: "Are you a valued person on the team - or a human resource, only valuable if you deliver sufficient output? The way we treat each other at work is influenced by corporate culture. If we treat others as people we make life at work not only energizing but also more productive."
Connect with Marcella on Twitter at @MarcellaBremer.
Ken Byler shared Measuring Effectiveness. Ken explains: "While business often obsesses over the use of metrics, how often do we measure the effectiveness of leadership? What might happen if we did?"
Connect with Ken on LinkedIn.
Randy Conley shared Becoming a Trusted Servant Leader - 3 Ways to Engage and Retain Your People. Given that a leader influences 70% of how engaged employees feel on the job, Randy Conley shares three strategies leaders can follow to engage and retain top talent in Becoming a Trusted Servant Leader - 3 Ways to Engage and Retain Your People.
Connect with Randy on Twitter at @RandyConley.
Julie Winkle Giulioni shared Strategies to Become a Better Virtual or Hybrid Leader. Leaders encounter intricate challenges when managing virtual or hybrid teams. In this article, find insights to optimize team performance within these non-traditional work environments, adapting to the ever-evolving terrain of remote and hybrid work.
Connect with Julie on Twitter at @Julie_WG.
Ken Downer shared The Oatmeal Habit – How to Form Habits that Stick to Your Ribs. Ken explains, "When it comes to developing new habits, or shaking off old ones, a simple change in perspective can make all the difference. Here's how that lesson hit home one day over a bowl of oatmeal, and a simple mental tweak that can help us all stick with the habits we are trying to form."
Connect with Ken on Twitter at @RapidStartLdr.
Emily Addison shared The Evaporation of Male Labor Force Participation. Emily explains, "According to Male Labor Force Participation: Patterns and Trends there are multiple reasons that males of prime age aren’t seeking employment. Among those reasons are a shift in U.S. industry structure, a decline in male educational attainment, delayed family formation, the rise of substance abuse, and heavy use of video games."
Connect with Emily on Twitter at @emaaddisonhpc.
Bev Kaye shared Morale Suffers When Talent Leaves. Bev explains, "As a manager, you’ve already seen the numbers. You know, the ones that tell you how much it costs to lose an employee. The effect on your bottom line when it takes 70% to 400% of a person’s salary to replace them. When we “run the numbers” for an organization or a department…it’s clear that there are much better ways to spend money than to see it walk out the door!"
Connect with Bev on Twitter at @BeverlyLKaye.
Art Petty shared Tired of the Drama Storm? Effective Managers Write the Rules of the Road With Their Teams. Art explains, "Many managers have wished for a simple cure for the drama storm in their workplace environments. These are the he said/she said/they didn't/I can't work with him/them discussions that are all too present in a manager's life. A simple, powerful solution: write the Rules of the Road with your team."
Connect with Art on Twitter at @artpetty.
Jon Lokhorst shared 5 Tips for Creating an Impactful Off-Site Retreat. Jon explains, "What are you doing to work on your team, not just as a team? The best leaders recognize the need to get off the hamster wheel of never-ending operational tasks to focus on building a cohesive, high-performing team. Here are tips to create an impactful off-site team retreat to do that."
Connect with Jon on Twitter at @jonlokhorst.
The alarm sounds for the day to begin and you lift your head to begin with …
One thought: I can’t avoid a bad day if that is what is ahead today. This thought brings more thoughts to the day. Neither can I expect a perfect day with all the things that could come my way. So how am I to prepare for today?
One day: Should we look at just one day at a time for now? This is not how we have always done it, but they say not to say that with a big frown! It is the change we need to show. What is the change we need to make? I simply do not know.
One moment: It seems essential to know who won. But does it matter to everyone? If I am right, if others are right, winning is not always fun. Winning is when we together get what is important done! It is when all is right with us, and we shine as bright as the sun.
One chance: I always have one chance to make a great choice as I lead the way. It is in my heart to strengthen me by lifting others with what I do and say. Choose to make every thought, day, and moment to help others feel good and safe every day. It is the Two Rule philosophy way!
In my previous post, Planting the Garden of Leadership, I provided information about comparing a garden to leadership.
Gardens grow when we can provide the care and nutrients it needs. The same is required for those we serve as leaders. We need to work on this daily, just as we need to do with our gardens. We have to think about our staff as being in the hot sun all day long. Our gardens need water, and our staff needs H20 (Help, Hope, and Optimism). Please provide them with daily opportunities to celebrate wins, someone to be visible to see, open doors to come to talk to someone, and for the environment to be okay with not being okay and free to ask for help.
Growth will come with all the right elements provided to all of the parts of the garden. Guard your thoughts, make the most of the day, include all you can in every moment, and take chances to help others. Leadership is so much, but so rewarding when we can see the garden created which so many admire, receive the best nourishment and are eager to help keep it growing!
One of my favorite authors to inspire, motivate and deepen your thoughts.
As educators, the first thing we establish is the vision and the mission. We need to understand the how to motivate staff and students to accomplish them but especially teaching and learning. How can we help students encourage themselves to learn?
Content and crucial academic skills can be provided to students but are unlearned if students are not motivated to learn. Other issues can prevent students from learning, and as educators, we must take steps to find out those things which are the barriers to learning.
Incentives and consequences are not the conditions we seek to provide students sustainable progression. The best learning motivation comes from within students and the choice to learn. Generating this intrinsic motivation, drive to learn and strong desire is found when students:
Students arrive with different needs, interests, hopes, and aspirations. Knowing as much as we can about each student will help us design experiences in learning they’ll find to be more motivating. Providing more choices is a great strategy to assist them in understanding education is something we do with them.
Our long-term goal for students is to recognize how they can motivate themselves with learning. There are many strategies we can use for self-motivation.
Our mission is to help all children along the educational path by guiding, facilitating, and supporting all needs on the road to achieving all they desire. Be the solution today in a world that needs you!
Nothing is better than loving what you do and the people you are able to do it with each day! Make a point to start each day with finding the joy as a team. Gather around and share your joy as you drink up a cup full of love!
Enjoy a great 2023! Looking forward to many things in 2023!
Do you think about the end in everything you do? Just curious on when you apply this standard?
We start the year by focusing on instructional strategies, tips, and ideas. As we begin 2023, what are the goals as we continue the school year? Social-Emotional Learning, addressing trauma, closing gaps, and having fun! Bringing lots of fun, joy, and love into each day is what we will do for 2023!
Teaching is so important! All teachers are unique and have gifts they give each day. We will work to find many ways to continue to bring as much support and help as possible this year!
Why is it important to have motivation, inspiration, or share thoughts? Keeping everyone working together towards a common goal and providing positive energy is the why. We will do as much as we can to share motivation and inspiration. You join in on some thoughts, and we can bring lots of idea’s!
I was asked what my favorite song for Christmas was. I had to pause and think; with so many to select from and different versions, I would have to think about it. I decided I would do a little research about the music and songs of Christmas we all sing and have enjoyed for many years. My first one is O’ Holy Night.
The lyrics to the song are at the end of the post, but I wanted to dig into the history of how the song developed over the years. “O Holy Night" (original title: Cantique de Noël) is a well-known Christmas carol. Originally based on a French-language poem by poet Placide Cappeau, written in 1843, with the first line "Minuit, Chrétien, c'est l'heure solennelle"(Midnight, Christian, is the solemn hour) that composer Adolphe Adam set to music in 1847. The English version (with small changes to the initial melody) is by John Sullivan Dwight. The carol reflects on the birth of Jesus as humanity's redemption.” -Wikipedia
“Cantique de Noel” became popular in France and was sung in many Christmas services. But when Placide Cappeau completely left the church to join a socialist movement, and it was discovered that Adolphe Adams was a Jew, the French Catholic church leaders decided to go “Cantique de Noel” was unfit for church services because of its lack of musical taste and “total absence of the spirit of religion.” But even though the church no longer allowed the song in their services, the French people continued to sing it. There is so much more to the story behind the song.
In the song the verses: Chains shall He break for the slave is our brotherO’Holly Night
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
In France, some people thought it meant a call to take up arms to revolt; in America, to some, it reminded them of the Civil War and acts of Slavery, and then to others, over history, acts of courage to step out to stop the war. Reading about how the song's music and lyrics impacted generations over the years is worth looking at for understanding.
My thoughts on the song as I reflect on the impact it has on my life and what I know it will have on those who hear it with open eyes, hearts, minds, and ears are this:
Our world is not perfect; it has never been and never will be. Christmas is the birth of Christ , and we fall to our knees.
We learn from our past, look to our future and rejoice in peace. There is no need to dwell in days from the past, as today, all wrongs will cease.
The gift of life was provided to me; it is up to me to choose and to do. I am thankful and grateful for all of the trials and storms I went through.
Make today better than yesterday; it is you with the choice to make. Why must we point the finger and continue to blame and ask to take?
I genuinely believe we can all love one another; if we know all of the stories of others, we could discover…..
Our world is better when we all work together.
O Holy Night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary soul rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend
Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name
How do you build up morale in your school for teachers and students? If you want to build morale in your office these ideas work as well. Usually, it takes a lot of time and money and is cute, but it does not last. This has been my experience, it seems, over the years. The administrative team works hard to gather all the items, and teachers appreciate it, but it is not always what they need.
What do teachers and students need? The great idea is to ask them.
Students want you to know them. This builds morale in the most significant and lasting way. When staff can call students by name and have conversations with them, they know you see them, hear them, and are validated.
Having students actively involved in all aspects of the school's decision-making and their learning is another way to build morale. Students will enjoy being active in helping to create incentives for students, developing projects, and knowing the importance of all that is being done. Students can present data, lead peers in positive change and help in communications in understanding the efforts of the school. While building morale, your building learners.
This reminds me of my sayings: Education is something we do with children, not to them.
Handing out cookies to everyone is a great booster, but what is it telling the individuals you are working to build up? If you are only handing out cookies without anything else to go with it, you are missing the opportunity to lift staff.
Every individual is different and will need other things; the same is for students. However, it is hard to do individual appreciation and motivational stuff without doing it as a group. I have always done group motivational and appreciation, but I back it up throughout all days with individual care.
Morale is a group effort and never rests on the shoulders of one. As a leader, we work closely with the other team leaders in our spaces to let us know when some individuals need personal attention. We can also notice things on our own as well. We all work together to make each day better than the day before.
One of the things everyone needs more of is time. Giving individuals extra time is the best gift you can provide. If you can cover a classroom for 15 minutes, it would be fantastic. What if you could hire some subs to float to cover lunch periods so groups of teachers could have extra time to have lunch together? This is one way to build up morale truly. Have the lunch catered in, or bring in a grill to cook it yourself for them—a great way to bring them all together.
Validation and knowing what they do are essential to building strong positive morale. Helping to get to know each other and learning to have fun while you work is the best way to enjoy the place you work.
If you need help in working on ways to build up your morale, please message me or comment. I can provide you with more ideas to help with your specific situation. There are solutions to every problem we have in life.
You will never change or influence if you always remain the same. So take some risks and be the light to shine bright.
I listed these quotes in my weekly, but without their authors. Today I have added the authors. I ignored who I selected, but only in the content of the quote. They have the points I wanted to make about the importance of learning and how we can sometimes forget.
- Passion and curiosity are the essential keys to teaching and learning. Our teachers are passionate about teaching daily, and our students come with curiosity they need to have sparked.
- In our daily goals, we promote the importance of knowledge, but the need to open wider the imagination of the children as they create and innovate is the future of our world.
- Providing opportunities for students not just to repeat facts they have learned but to open their minds to searching and seeking as they think in growth mindsets.
- Teachers are moving away from all traditional direct instruction to more facilitated delivery with collaboration within groups and students taking a more active involvement in learning. Students understand the common standards of the expectations needed for their grade level as they set goals and help in planning what they need help with to accomplish mastery. Connecting students, homes, schools, and communities to work to support students is what is needed.
- Reading is the best way to gain so many skills. As a teacher, I used to issue a passport we would make in class as students could come to receive a stamp for the places they traveled in reading. Choice is an essential factor in helping students build on their learning as they seek out what is of interest to them. We also need to guide them to push them beyond to grow, but never to the level of frustration or mandating. Talking about what they are reading, asking them to review the books so other kids can decide if it is a book for them and so many different ways we can spark excitement in reading. Younger readers just getting started love books with a rhythm like Dr. Seuss or books like Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
- Learning is leadership. The learner works to be actively involved in their learning environment and learning, just as leaders work to find ways to be active in their environments and productivity. It is continual learning and knowledge that keeps leaders growing and in their positions to lead. It is the learner who takes on the leadership of their learning that pushes them further to accomplish more than they thought they could. Children are leaders who grow to become more than leaders; they become leaders of innovation, change, champions of science, and much more. We know, “Education is something we do with children, not to them.”
- Education is a gift we can unwrap each day. It is not a returnable item and is as big as you want it to be. Moments in each day provide opportunities for questions and answers to be found. Many years ago, not everyone was able to attend school. My parents were part of that group. However, they pushed for education to be part of the lives of their children and grandchildren. Education was important.
- Education cannot be taken away from you; once you know, it is yours to keep. What you do with it is up to you! My parent taught me always to work hard and count on making my way. I lead my life in that way and teach those same values. There are no excuses in life. No matter what you are facing, brush it off, stand up and get back in the game of life. God knows all of the struggles I have had, the times when there seemed to be no hope, and then the times when I stood back up to try again. You can, you will, and you can accomplish more than you think.
Do you have expectations for others? What about yourself? Do you have expectations for yourself? Do others place expectations on you? Do you have directions or orders to accomplish?
Exactly what are the differences? How do you handle these as a leader, staff member, parent, and student?
These are just a few quotes about learning, and I did not put who they belong to, but I will during the week. Which one from the list would you select as your learning quote? Maybe you have one of your own; please share.
Take a little time this week to inspire someone or others. Holiday times are not always great times for everyone. Sometimes these days are mixed with memories of lost ones, illness, or difficult struggles we are not aware of in the lives of others. Help provide a little inspiration by letting people know there is always hope in the world with people like you.
I received a phone call right before Thanksgiving that shocked me. My husband experienced some health issues a few months ago. Not to tell they entire story to take away from my purpose in this post, it was disturbing news and we did not get the quality care with answers. My husband, niece, and nephew are in the medical field. My niece asked one of the doctors she works with for an opinion, and they were all so helpful. This young 55-year-old doctor went into her office and committed suicide this past week.
A young woman, in the practice of saving lives each day, took her own life. I did not meet her personally, but I was thankful for her help. I was so saddened by this news. It reminded me of how checking in and out with students each day is something we should do with everyone.
I had a system of a protocol as a middle school principal that no bus would be unloaded until an adult was there to welcome them to school. Adults would also be present to send them home with a positive of can’t wait to see you tomorrow. Let’s talk more about checking in and out this week.