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A powerful way to close out the year

Each year I write a Letter to the BLBS Tribe. I started this practice in 2017 and you should start today. Here's why ... Reflection is powerful Your tribe will be inspired Reflection is powerful Most importantly, I have found this practice to have personal benefits....

3 Activities That Will Boost Your Self-awareness

When I went to school emotional intelligence (EQ) wasn’t taught. I don’t think that’s changed for the majority of students today. And for leaders -- this is a critical skill to help you be successful. According to Emotional Intelligence 2.0, EQ can be broken down into...

2019 Letter to the BLBS Tribe

To the Loyal Members of the BLBS Tribe (aka Ruckus Makers): I started the tradition of writing a letter to the tribe in 2017. Shane Parrish of Farnam Street inspired me. This year I read a book titled The Bezos Letters which encouraged me to continue with this...

My November 2019 Results

Last month I started writing to update the BLBS tribe on my monthly results. You can read that first post here. In that post, I talk about why dashboards are important and tell a fun story about my friend JB getting stuck in the middle of nowhere because he ignored...

How to Build Your Ideal Week

If you feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done, you’re right. Everyone has a finite amount of time each week. That’s 168 hours for you and me. That amount won’t change so what matters is how you use it.   “Newspapers are full of articles...

The Elephant and the Wolf

The mastermind is not only the best PD available to school leaders in the world, it’s also a second family. We are intentional about doing things that create a culture of community and collaboration.  One thing we’ve done is name all our cohorts. This was a democratic...

The Kid Was Devastated …

The other day in the mastermind, Gene was telling a story. He was walking through the hall when he came across a 1st grade student sprawled out on the hallway floor ... devastated. What was he so down about? (it's not what you think) Check out the video below for all...

What the mastermind is reading in SY 19-20

The mastermind is soooo much more than a book club, but we do read loads of great books. Time and again, members tell me that they appreciate what we read. I love the reading -- it has really inspired me and made me a more thoughful leader. -Rosemary We avoid books on...

October 2019 Results

It would be ridiculous to set off on a road trip and ignore your dashboard for too long. On one such trip, I was driving from Champaign, IL to Memphis, TN. It's about a six-hour trip. Five hours in and I was making amazing time ... But I had been ignoring the...

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