THANK YOU: Two words that have changed my life and helped me find my better self when I most needed to. About a decade ago, I made saying “Thank you” a genuine habit a of mind. While I had certainly used Thank you, please and you’re welcome often enough in the past, what changed was when… Continue reading A Few Thank Yous
This summer I found the book I believe I’ve been waiting for all my career: The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation by Elena Aguilar. (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass 2013). Let me try to explain why. The title of my masters thesis in Sport Psychology back in 1997 raised the question: What’s in a… Continue reading What’s in a Coach?
After a long hiatus, I’m back. This summer I joined twitter and imagine this: I was pleasantly surprised. Pay no attention to the mindless chatter of celebrities, there’s a wonderful world of exciting contributions to all dialogues educational. I don’t follow many and am not sure how I feel about being followed, yet I have… Continue reading Back in
The joy of knowing children Today I was struck by an uncommon thought. As I was in the process of dismissing one group of students and collecting the next, I was suddenly overcome with a wave of fundamental gratitude. There was a joy I felt in that moment; a sense of pleasure and… Continue reading The joy of knowing children
Over the summer I had occasion to reflect on and formulate my very own theories of action for leadership. Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority related in some way to communication and the art of working with others. My five favorites are: Care must be at the core of everything we do. Asking the right questions… Continue reading Discovering Trust Anew
One of the goals of breathing life into this blog was to inspire and encourage new kinds of conversations: learning conversations. These are the kinds of encounters in which we take a conscious stance of pure curiosity towards our partner. The object is to find out more, in greater depth, with the attending details and… Continue reading Join the listening learners
It’s pretty amazing to realize what can move us when we let it. I was recently exposed to a video entitled “Validation.” At the time, I only saw the introductory portion which was entertaining and heartwarming in its own right. A couple of weeks later I looked it up and watched it in its entirety… Continue reading Validate!