leadership

4 tips to teach effective listening skills

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Listening Skills are Key to Success Do people really listen to each other any more? With all the distraction and noise in our modern society, listening to one another has become a lost art. However, it is one of the most important skills for kids to learn to be successful students, employees and ultimately successful…

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Teach girls bravery not perfection

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Girls Need to Learn to be Brave Reshma Saujani is a woman with a mission.  She is on a campaign to change the way that we socialize young girls. Her premise is this: girls are taught to be perfect, while boys are taught to be brave.   How does this happen?  In her effort to…

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Are you a leader? One question to ask.

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Leadership and You Lately I’ve been doing a lot of leadership training at schools and conferences.  What qualities do you think of  when you think of great leaders? Integrity? Grit? Determination? Passion? Purpose? While these are all qualities that we may aspire to, John Quincy Adams penned a powerful leadership quote that can encompass all these…

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What makes a great school counselor?

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Characteristics of a Great Counselor I was recently at a luncheon talking with some elementary school principals about school counselors and an evaluation method they are required to complete yearly on school counselors.  The instrument was so complex that they had to attend special training  to learn to use it properly. The evaluation emphasized collecting data in order to  prove the impact…

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What if failure is really a gift?

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A student in PE is playing a game and misses the ball. She stomps off the field, tears in her eyes. While doing an assignment, a student can’t figure out the answer to a math problem. He crumples up his entire paper in frustration and slams the book closed.  Not a chance of re-directing or…

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Personality Style and Motivation

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Wondering how to motivate different personalities? It’s a new school year and you have spent hours setting up your classroom, attending meetings on the latest and  greatest technology and getting your lesson plans in order. You are ready for the kiddos to arrive with parents in tow so you can orient everyone to your system…

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