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Aug 13, 2016

Parenting and educating teenagers can be challenging. Teenage girls can take that challenge to a whole new level.  In this episode Jenn David-Lang and her Husband Tim David-Lang and I discuss Lisa Damour’s 2016 book Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood.  Not many books have had the impact on my thinking, my work, and my parenting that this one has had.  Jenn, Tim, and I have a lively conversation about what we learned from the book and our own experiences putting the information into practice at work and at home.  You’ll remember Jenn from two previous podcast appearances.  She produces The Main Idea (http://www.themainidea.net/), a monthly summary of a current education book and has a ton of experience in education.  Tim David-Lang is a guidance counselor for the New York City Department of Education and has worked with teenagers for many years.  And like me, Jenn and Tim are the parents of teenage girls.  Enjoy this conversation about a great book.  Jenn has graciously agreed to share discussion questions and a summary of helpful language from the book.  You can email her directly at j.davidlang@gmail.com, and she’ll send them to you.  

As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

If you’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

May 16, 2016

In this episode I interview Brad and Genevieve Ermeling, two experienced educators who have collaborated on the bestselling book Teaching Better: Igniting and Sustaining Instructional Improvement.  I loved talking with this husband and wife team about everything from what works in changing practice to mistakes and pitfalls administrators can avoid.  The depth of their collective experience in teaching, learning, research, and school improvement is impressive.  Information about Brad and Genevieve and their book can be found at their website www.teachingbetter.com (And why didn’t I register that domain name?).  You can also follow them on Twitter @BradErmeling and @Graff_Ermeling.  I hope you enjoy this interview with Brad and Genevieve Ermeling.

 

Brad and Genevieve will be hosting a free webinar on June 6, featuring more information on many of the topics discussed in this interview.  You can learn more and register at www.Corwin.com.  Choose online learning from the menu and click on webinars.

As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

 

Apr 19, 2016

 

In this episode I interview Dr. Maurice Elias, an accomplished author and professor of clinical psychology and clinical health at Rutgers University.   He is also the director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, and Academic Director of The Collaborative, Rutgers' Center for Community-Based Research and Service.  Maurice and I talk about the importance of social emotional learning and character development, particularly when it comes to adolescents.   We get into emotional intelligence, misconceptions about SEL, what’s most important for school leaders to know, trauma-informed care, fostering a supportive climate, and mistakes to avoid.  Maurice mentions several helpful links during the interview including the following:

He also blogs at edutopia.org: http://www.edutopia.org/user/67.  And I encourage you to check out his book The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students' Social, Emotional, and Character Development.  I found it on Amazon.com.  You can learn more about Maurice and his work at http://www.secdlab.org/.

As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

 

Apr 3, 2016

Dr. Rebecca Stobaugh is an experienced teacher and principal who is now an author, consultant, and college professor.  Early in her career as a middle school principal, Beckie saw the need to improve the critical thinking skills of her students.  We talk about what she learned during that process including the five misconceptions about critical thinking.  While we focus primarily on supporting teachers as they support students developing critical thinking skills, the conversation transcends the specific content and hits many important leadership concepts - the importance of mentors, achieving critical mass for change, focusing initiatives.  This was a great conversation, and you can learn more about Beckie and her work at the Mentoring Minds website: https://www.mentoringminds.com/meet-us.  You can also follow Beckie on Twitter @RebeccaStobaugh.

As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Mar 26, 2016

Mike Vardy is the host of the wildly popular Productivityist Podcast (http://productivityist.com/).  He is also a writer, speaker, and productivity strategist. He’s also great to talk to.  Mike and I have a lively discussion about all things productivity.  What’s cool is that we start with the big picture: task centric vs. time centric thinking, mode-based theming for your days, and Mike’s own NOW Year Method.  Then we move into specific skill and techniques including approaches to scheduling and setting up anchors.  Mike generously provided a link for School Leadership Show listeners to download his NOW Year Method Basic Workflow (https://productivityist.com/doughty).

You can learn more about Mike and his work you can visit the Productivityist website or Mike’s personal site at http://mikevardy.com/.  And make sure you subscribe to The Productivityist Podcast in iTunes and other podcast outlets.

As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Mar 20, 2016

 

In this episode I interview Erika Andersen, an author, trainer, consultant, and executive coach.  The time flew by.  Erika shares her recent work on how to become a better learner (from her new book Be Bad First - Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future).  This might sound simple, but it’s hard work.  Her insightful model (ANEW) is a simple and practical approach to learning new things in all aspects of our lives.  I also tap into Erika’s more than 30 years of coaching high-performing leaders to identify common mistakes that leaders must avoid.  Erika promised a part two where we will get deeper into her work around the traits of great leaders.  

You can learn more about Erika Andersen and her work at the website of her company - Proteus: http://www.proteus-international.com/.  Erika’s personal website is http://erikaandersen.com/.   

As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.


If you’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

Feb 27, 2016

 

In this episode I interview Tim Bowman, a teacher, author, and entrepreneur from Australia.  In addition to having the best accent of anyone I’ve interviewed yet, Tim has a great deal to share from a teacher’s perspective.  His book Forget Being the Favourite: 88 Ideas on Teaching Differently is destined to become one of the most important and useful books for helping teachers improve their craft.  We talk about some of the highest leverage strategies teachers can use and how to support that work from an administrator’s perspective.  I learned a ton from Tim and really enjoyed our conversation.

Tim is also the founder of Class Creator, a software program designed to help schools with one of the most unpleasant tasks that leaders face - creating balanced class lists.  You can learn more about Class Creator and Tim’s work at www.classcreator.io. You can reach Tim directly by email at Tim@classcreator.io.

As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

If you’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

Feb 6, 2016

In this episode I interview Doug Stone, one of the authors (along with Sheila Heen) of the book Thanks for the Feedback and Jenn David-Lang who summarized the book for her Main Idea publication.  We have a spirited discussion about the different types of feedback, why giving and receiving feedback can be so difficult, and how to get better at both sides of the process.  You can reach Jenn at her website for The Main Idea (www.themainidea.net) or on Twitter @The_Mainidea.  I’m a happy subscriber of The Main Idea, and a big fan of Jenn’s work.  Doug can be reached through his consulting group’s website at triadconsultinggroup.com/.  After you read Thanks for the Feedback, check out one of Doug’s other books: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most.

As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

If you’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on Twitter @doughtymike.

Jan 29, 2016

 

In this episode I interview Andrew Sykes of Habits at Work (www.habitsatwork.com and www.bratlab.com).  His company helps organizations of all kinds tap their greatest source of competitive advantage - their people.  Andrew and I talk about the pivotal habits that are essential for helping companies (and schools) foster the health, happiness, and security of all their employees.  Time flew during this interview.  Andrew had so many great things to share about how to develop habits to improve all aspects of your professional and personal life that we may need to do a part two.  You can reach Andrew by email at andrew@habitsatwork.com and on Twitter @sykesandrew.  Enjoy this interview with Andrew Sykes.

As always, send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

If you’d like help improving your productivity and leadership skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on twitter @doughtymike.

Jan 25, 2016

If you’re a school administrator, you probably spend more time than you would like in meetings of all kinds.  In this episode Jeff Cimmerer and I talk about all things meetings - things that bug us, strategies to improve their effectiveness, and ways to avoid scheduling them in the first place.  It is possible to reduce the number of meetings you attend and make the ones you have to have more effective.  We rant and rave a little bit, but end up providing some pretty solid tips and advice.

You can reach Jeff to complain about this episode at drjpc21@gmail.com or on Twitter @jeffcimmerer.  If you’d like help improving your leadership skills and knowledge, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on twitter @doughtymike. 

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Jan 13, 2016

 

Ever since I read her book Every Patient Tells a Story, I have wanted to talk to Dr. Lisa Sanders.  Dr. Sanders is a physician, author, and teacher of physicians.  Her speciality is what works and what doesn’t work in the process of diagnosis.  We talk about everything from how the process of diagnosis is like a detective story and how the cognitive biases inherent in the process apply to decision making for school leaders.  We get into health, wellness, work-life balance (spinning multiple plates), diet, exercise, burnout, and how to get comfortable with uncertainty.  We even talk about Dr. Sanders’s favorite and least favorite TV shows about doctors.  Enjoy this interview with Dr. Lisa Sanders.

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com. Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.


If you’d like help improving your productivity skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on twitter @doughtymike.

Dec 20, 2015

If you’re like me, you probably get a lot of email, and it’s one of the worst parts of your job.  If email is the best part of your job, then you need a new job.  In this episode Dr. Jeff Cimmerer and I talk about all things email - its history, how people use and misuse it, strategies for managing it, and much more.  While email isn’t one of those things that’s likely to make your career, using email inappropriately could send you into obscurity, or worse, unemployment.  You can get control of your email in a positive way and spend more time with your friends and family.  It’s time to stop letting this “tool” control your life.  For more on mastering email consider listening to my interview with Merlin Mann.


If you’d like help improving your productivity skills, please contact me at mike@schoolleadershipshow.com or on twitter @doughtymike.

Dec 8, 2015

In this episode I interview author, coach, triathlete, and competitive mountain bike rider Selene Yeager.  Bicycling Magazine calls her the Fit Chick, and she was a lot of fun to talk to.  Selene is a regular contributor to many different fitness magazines on training, nutrition, and injury prevention.  I became a big fan when Selene’s article Sitting is the New Smoking appeared as the cover story in Runners World in 2013.  We talk about how school administrators can combat the health effects of sitting in too many meetings. We also get into strategies for getting yourself to exercise like, “because it feels good, and I enjoy it.”  Selene shares several of her personal productivity tips and routines as well as the projects she’s currently pursuing. We may need to do a part two.

To learn more about Selene and her work follow her on twitter @FitChick3 and visit her website: seleneyeager.com/.  Enjoy this interview with Selene Yeager.

Nov 22, 2015

 

In this episode I sit down with friend and colleague, Dr. Jeff Cimmerer.  Jeff is the Chief Information Officer for a large suburban school district in Upstate New York.  He and I have a lively discussion about the horrible presentations we have seen during our time as school leaders.  We share a bunch of dos and don’ts about planning, designing, and delivering effective presentations.  Don’t be one of those school administrators that we talk about for giving bad presentations.  You can get better.

For more on this topic consider listening to my interviews with Dr. Stephanie Evergreen and Dr. Nick Morgan.  

If you’d like help improving your presentation skills or would like one of us to come talk to your team, please contact us.  You can reach me at  mike@schoolleadershipshow.com and Dr. Jeff Cimmerer at drjpc21@gmail.com.

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com. Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Nov 7, 2015

In this episode I interview political reporter, television pundit, and author Eleanor Clift. Eleanor is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast and has a long history covering national politics - every presidential election since 1976.  Many people know Eleanor as a perennial panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group.”  I started watching “The Group” as a high school student in the early 90s, and I’ve been a faithful viewer ever since.  Eleanor and I talk about writing, communication with new media, what makes a good leader, and the challenges facing K-12 education.  She even predicts the candidates and the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.


To learn more about Eleanor and her work visit http://www.eleanorclift.com/.  Enjoy this interview with Eleanor Clift.

Oct 3, 2015

In this episode I interview writer, speaker, and broadcaster Merlin Mann. We talk about managing all of the inputs that come your way.  We go into great depth on managing email and working toward what Merlin has coined “inbox zero.”  We also talk about strategies for managing your time and attention in order to set yourself up for doing your best, most creative work.  To learn more about Merlin and his work visit http://www.merlinmann.com/.  Enjoy this interview with Merlin Mann.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Sep 18, 2015

In this episode I interview two fantastic attorneys whom I’ve known for several years about special education law.  Joyce Berkowitz has a practice representing parents, and Dave Oakes works for the Harris Beach Law Firm and represents school districts.  Our lively discussion centers on what school administrators need to know about special education law.  We get into mistakes to avoid, how to stay current on changes to special education law - if that’s even possible, when to call the attorneys, what to expect when the attorneys show up, and where the focus of all this work rightfully should be - on children.  Joyce and Dave also share insights about their own personal productivity and setting priorities.

 

To reach Joyce you can Google her name (Joyce B. Berkowitz) or call her at (585) 421-9094.  You can learn more about Dave and his work at Harris Beach’s website (www.harrisbeach.com).  Enjoy this interview with Joyce Berkowitz and Dave Oakes.

Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Sep 11, 2015

We all know how to implement, right?  It’s not as easy as it sounds.  In this episode I interview Caryn Ward.  Caryn works with the National Implementation Research Network or NIRN (http://nirn.fpg.unc.edu/).  She is an expert on implementation science the research that supports it.  We talk about the Five Implementation Frameworks, how they apply to education, and what they mean for school leaders, and pitfalls to avoid.  Additional information and tools that Caryn mentions in the podcast can be found at The Active Implementation Hub (http://implementation.fpg.unc.edu/).


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Sep 6, 2015

In this episode I interview Professional Office Organizing Consultant Kacy Paide.  We talk about how much more productive and focused you can be when your environment is organized.  It sounds so simple.  Why aren’t more of us there already?  We get into practical tips, where to start, and mistakes to avoid.  Kacy mentioned the following resources during the interview:

 

 

You can learn more about Kacy and her work at www.theinspiredoffice.com.  She has a blog and a bunch of great instructional videos.  Enjoy this interview with Kacy Paide.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Aug 28, 2015

In this episode I interview Jenn David-Lang.  Jenn produces The Main Idea (http://www.themainidea.net/), a monthly summary of a current education book.  Jenn has over 30,000 subscribers and has an incredible perspective on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re headed in education.  We talk about the importance of building relationships, mistakes for administrators to avoid, tips for personal productivity, and much more.  Enjoy this interview with Jenn David-Lang.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Aug 21, 2015

 

In this episode I go another round with educator and author Kim Marshall.  This time we talk in detail about teacher observation and evaluation and ways to make the process meaningful and doable for everyone involved.  Kim shares several resources including a tool that districts might consider using to help streamline the paperwork involved with the observation process (https://www.t-eval.com/).  You can access much of Kim Marshall’s work for free at www.marshallmemo.com.  His weekly Marshall Memo helps countless educators stay current on what’s happening in K-12 education.  Enjoy this interview with Kim Marshall.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in iTunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

Aug 13, 2015

In this episode I interview Justin Murphy.  Justin is a seasoned journalist who reports on education both in print and online.  We talk about how school administrators can build positive relationships with the media, mistakes to avoid when working with the press, and how to figure out the real story when you have conflicting information from different sources.  We also get into a couple of productivity hacks that Justin has found useful as a reporter as well as his approach to staying caught up on email.  Enjoy this interview with Justin Murphy.

Jul 17, 2015

In this episode I interview Dan White.  Dan has been a school counselor, a high school principal, and a school district superintendent.  He is currently the superintendent of a large educational service agency.  We talk mainly about decision making, specifically how not to let another person’s crisis become your crisis, using the time you have to make decisions, not hitting flies with sledgehammers, making thoughtful course corrections, and much more.  This is likely the first of several episodes with Dan related to the nuts and bolts of leadership in general and school leadership specifically.  The book Dan mentions towards the end of the episode is Time Present, Time Past by Bill Bradley.  Enjoy this interview with Dan White.

Jul 11, 2015

In this episode I interview Dr. Stephanie Evergreen, author of the book Presenting Data Effectively.  She has worked across all sectors, including education, teaching and coaching people about how to communicate using data.  We talk about what great presenters do, tips on creating good slides, how your visuals should complement your personality when you present, and more.  We barely scratch the surface in this interview, and you are going to want to hear more from Stephanie.  Her website is http://stephanieevergreen.com/, and you can go there to learn more about her book, read her blog, and listen to her podcasts.  Enjoy this interview with Dr. Stephanie Evergreen.

 

Below are two links that Stephane mentions during the interview:

Jun 20, 2015

In this episode I interview productivity expert Erik Fisher.  His podcast, Beyond the To-Do List, is essential listening for anyone looking to increase their personal productivity and improve their work-life balance.  We talk about priorities, rituals, multi-tasking, getting control of your email, tools to help you stay focused, and much more. You can learn more about Erik, follow him on Twitter @ErikJFisher, and download his podcast at http://beyondthetodolist.com/.  Enjoy this interview with Erik Fisher.


Send your comments, questions, and show ideas to mike@schoolleadershipshow.com.  Consider rating the podcast in itunes and leaving a comment.  And please pass the show along to your colleagues.

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