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Eight Inspiring Books from 2018

December 28, 2018

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December 28, 2018

This post explores eight of my favorite books that I read in 2018. Six are dedicated to leadership while two are children's books that inspired me.

December 24, 2018

When you hear the term leader, does the default setting in your mind go to same place that mine does? Many larger-than-life figures in history, such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, or more recently, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs are often at th...

September 30, 2018

When I was 13 years old, I took a trip to Wisconsin Dells with one of my best friends and his family. We spent the days and nights going to water parks, riding go-carts, playing mini-golf, and doing everything that Wisconsin Dells has to offer. On one of the last days...

April 28, 2018

 I have written in the past about my mother and her horrific battle with metastatic breast cancer. My mother passed away on September 1 and there have been a number of situations since then that have brought up memories coupled with a series of emotions. I am cert...

March 16, 2018

This post discusses an educator who has made a difference in the lives of so many through empathy, compassion, heart, intensity, and class.

January 22, 2018

Many years ago I was coaching baseball for Western Dubuque High School during the summer. We had a great deal of talent, but were severely under performing as a team. We lacked team chemistry, made a number of mistakes, and at the time of this story had 9 wins and 17 l...

January 2, 2018

People all over the world will identify resolutions, goals, or establish their #oneword for the year in the coming hours or may have completed this work, as 2018 is upon us. I have never been too big into resolutions; I am more interested in behaviors and act...

August 13, 2017

Schools are back in session or are going to be in the next couple of weeks across the country. I will begin my sixth year as a building principal after spending two years as an assistant and seven in the classroom teaching third and fifth grades. The journey has been f...

June 10, 2017

Over the past few weeks I have been learning about culture, climate, engagement, teamwork, and leadership in a variety of texts, articles, podcasts, and blog posts. As I continued to read, listen, and reflect, I kept asking myself what separates the great teams and org...

April 3, 2017

Earlier in the week I spent some time walking through classrooms checking out the excellent instructional practices taking place within our school. I made my way to a third grade classroom where the teacher was leading a mini-lesson with her students in Writer's Worksh...

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