Great Find for Educators!

Most of my clients are managers of preschools. Most such have little business and managerial background, so to fill that need, and the usual interest of most managers, I have been posting current management topics. However, most preschool educators care most about education and young children. So today, with all due respect to the typical manager, I am going to fill a need for those educators.

I HAVE A GREAT FIND FOR YOU!

Teachers and grandmothers alike have been telling me they just can’t find good books to buy for their children. One said she made a concerted search. Nothing at Scholastic Books, nothing in any of the bookstores in town, nothing anywhere was satisfactory.Then, when I joined Christian Educators Association, I was given a book, entitled, Character under attack. It told of one teacher/author’s frustration that stories with moral or didactic intent were disallowed. I know this is true. It has been true since the early 70s since I’ve tried to write. Well, this fellow just opened his own publishing house. He has written series of children stories, and young adult stories, and some curricula too. Check it out: http://www.advancepublishing.com

And sneak preview: type in “Great” as a promo code and get a 35% discount! You will have new, well bound, fun and useful books for your classroom, school library, — or even your grandchildren.

Best on your new school year.

July 27, 2017 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

Leaders are the #1 Servers

#1. Forgetting who serves who. Leaders serve others so others can serve others. It’s easy to begin thinking the people around you are there to serve you. Repeat to yourself, “I’m here to bring out the best in others.” #2. Blaming rather than taking ownership. The first question real leaders ask when someone under-performs is, […]

via The 7 Biggest Blunders of The Experienced Leader — Leadership Freak

I had a client saying just today that organizational charts are written upside down. That leaders, bosses, managers, if they are good, serve their group. They take care of their people and see that the people have what they need. Only in this way will they have both the highest productivity and the loyalty from their group. I agree. Once again Dan Rockwell has said it well — and succinctly.

July 15, 2017 at 2:10 am Leave a comment

The Job of Every Leader is Coach

Jack Welch’s book, Winning, was hailed as the best management book ever. It is still thought provoking, even if his own legacy has been questioned.

One thing he says about leadership is that it is defined by coaching. Every interaction should  coach and build self confidence. Coaching is critiquing and guiding. Self confidence is built by pouring out encouragement, caring and recognition. So employees have to have opportunity to fail and not get canned for it. Indeed, he blew up a warehouse!  Wow! How different from my observations, where  doing what was agreed upon was negatively rewarded!

He says it is a rare boss who can get results without being a people person. He says we don’t celebrate enough — and not with company parties but with ticked for the families to Disney land!

Of course, none of this can happen without factual evaluation, without candor, and without a culture of differentiation.  With this, though, real trust and great results can be built.

Coaching that builds confidence. Thought provoking.

July 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm Leave a comment

4 Ways to Throw Gas – not water – On Dreams — Leadership Freak

People are excited to do what they want to do, not what you want them to do. The sooner you embrace this idea, the more successful you’ll become. Control resources. Release people. Frustration: Leaders think: You could do …. You could become … You should … I’ve always seen the great things others could do. […]

via 4 Ways to Throw Gas – not water – On Dreams — Leadership Freak

Many who would lead are only covertly controlling. Many who would mentor are only distracting toward their own visions. Real help shows the way, knowing the alternative paths and the potholes.

Even within a company, employees can be allowed to dream as long as their dreams are a subset of the company’s vision and those dreams are achievable and measurable.  Apple, for instance, gives employees enough “head” to let them suggest what needs to be done, how it should be done, and what the measures should be used. It is for this reason that Apple is the vibrant, creative, competitive company that it is.

June 26, 2017 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

Fourth of July in “Children’s Church”

Here are a few free resources to help you plan children’s church for Independence Day week-end. Have a great 4th of July holiday. Children’s Sermons

via Kidmin Independence Day Lessons — Revival Fire For Kids

Usually this blog carries something for managers of all kinds — whether in a school or in a business. But today, I’d like to do something more in the way of curricula for the church affiliated preschools that have traditionally made up the bulk of my clients. I hope they don’t feel neglected. Sometimes, when one is immersed in the world of the school, the world of the manager is easy to forget — and vice verse.

So, here is something from Becky Fischer’s team, giving some ideas for the 4th — or maybe “Independence Day” if you are from Canada. And changed visuals and other tweaks.

Everybody — go have fun with some kids. It is summer!

 

June 22, 2017 at 11:45 pm Leave a comment

Discovering Your Power At Work

Susan Flower of the Blanchard Group reminds us that what we do does matter. We think we have no power, but we do. Read on:

 

An essential mindset for achieving your goals and contributing to the goals of others is recognizing and appreciating your power at work. I’ve witnessed many amazing transformations as individuals altered their mindset related to power, explored their points of power, and proactively created positive change. This transformation begins by recognizing an important truth about power: […]

via Don’t Underestimate Your Points of Power at Work—5 Places to Look — Blanchard LeaderChat

June 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

The Best Leaders Empower New Leaders; Non-Leaders Reward Yes-Men

In this episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat podcast, we interview Sydney Finkelstein, author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent. Drawing on some of the key points from his book, Finkelstein explores the different ways managers of all personality types bring out the best in people. He discusses the importance of seeing […]

via Sydney Finkelstein on Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent — Blanchard LeaderChat

This is a contribution that encourages us to bring out the best in others. We have all seen the controller who stomps out potential. We have all seen the leader who gathers a coterie of self-adulation. We have all seen wrong hires lead to eventual disaster. Few of us, however, have had enough good examples to be sure that we can always do or suggest the right thing at the right time. This book may fill in the gap. Hope it is helpful

 

June 12, 2017 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

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