Transparent Leadership

Sari Goldberg McKeownBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better

TL;DR: It is important for leaders to be transparent, as it allows teams to come together easier and promotes authentic relationships. Keys to transparent leadership include sharing the whole story, asking questions, promoting sharing, tackling issues, encouraging individual voice, and consistent communication. The date was March 18, 2020, and I was facilitating my very first staff Zoom meeting. There are … Read More

Reflecting to Be a Better Leader

Jeff PrickettBlog, Connect Better, Lead Better, Reflect Better

TL;DR: Be a better leader through journaling, exercise, accountability partners, and mindful practices. Leaders should ensure reflection is a part of their daily practice to stay at the top of their game. In a world deprived of time to breathe, face-to-face connections, space for people to think deeply, and to make smart, reflective decisions, I have to wonder how we … Read More

Pandemic Leadership: Leading Through the Eyes of Teachers

Blaine AlexanderBlog, Lead Better

TL:DR: Pandemic leadership is a new experience for all leaders; you likely won’t find tips in your bag of experiences. Necessary pandemic leadership qualities include supporting teachers, being transparent and open with teachers, and understanding that self-care is not a sign of weakness. In your best Sophia Petrillo imitation: “Picture it; March 2020…Everywhere… Along came COVID.” (Feel free to sing … Read More

Labels Don’t Improve School Districts

Blaine AlexanderBlog, Lead Better

TL;DR: Relationships and communication improve school districts. The conversation shouldn’t be what label to give schools; it should be how we can help and support these districts. We must differentiate the process for helping lower-performing schools. Before you continue reading, I want to caution you that my blog this month is not going to make you feel like you are … Read More

I’m Still Standing … Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Blaine AlexanderBlog, Lead Better, Self Care Better

TL;DR: Despite all of the obstacles educators face this year, they are still standing. Teachers are seeing the opportunities that lie among all of the challenges. School leaders should provide teachers with flexibility, support, grace, and encouragement. Now is the time to celebrate our teachers and support them in everything they do. Don’t you know I’m still standing better than … Read More