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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.

Jun 12, 2015

In this episode I interview Jill Pancoast from The Breakthrough Coach.  The training that she describes in the interview has helped tens of thousands of school administrators all over the world get out of their offices and spend more time in classrooms where the real work of school is going on.  We talk about the characteristics of effective school administrators, developing a results orientation, minimizing distractions in your work environment, and much more.  You can learn more about Jill and The Breakthrough Coach at http://www.the-breakthrough-coach.com/.

Jun 5, 2015

In this episode I interview productivity author and podcaster Jeff Sanders.  His wildly popular podcast The 5 AM Miracle changed my life, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy this conversation with Jeff.  We talk about the idea of intentionality when it comes to scheduling your day, the importance of developing anchor habits, what school administrators can do to be more efficient and effective, tips to increase energy and improve health and wellness, all kinds of resources on all of these topics and more.  More information about Jeff and his work can be found at his website www.jeffsanders.com.

May 29, 2015

 

In this episode I interview author and communications coach Dr. Nick Morgan.  Dr. Morgan is the author of many books about public speaking and communications.  We talk about what makes great communicators stand out, rookie mistakes to avoid, how to communicate effectively with social media, what to do when you have to talk to a reporter, how to give clear concise “say a few words” speeches, and much more.  To learn more about Dr. Morgan and his work visit his website www.publicwords.com.  I hope you enjoy this interview with Dr. Nick Morgan.

May 22, 2015

In this episode I interview Dr. Charlie Shaw, a chiropractor and wellness expert, about what school administrators can do to increase their energy and improve their overall health.  Charlie and I get into the impact of movement, hydration, and nutrition on productivity and wellness.  While you may have heard some of the advice before, it’s affirming to have it come from an expert in the field.  We also talk about several specific personal productivity strategies that Charlie has found effective for maintaining balance while managing a busy chiropractic practice.  Charlie mentioned a few links in the interview that I have included below:


You can learn more about Charlie and his work at http://activecarechiropractor.com/.

May 16, 2015

In this episode I interview educator and author Kim Marshall.  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.  We talk about how he creates and publishes the Marshall Memo, where education is headed in the next decade, best practices in teacher evaluation, how to stay current in the field, good habits that successful administrators have, and rookie mistakes to avoid.  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.

May 8, 2015

In this interview with veteran technology director and CIO Dr. Jeff Cimmerer, we explore the past, present, and future of instructional technology.  We also get into the traps and mistakes that school leaders can avoid to maximize the impact of technology and data in improving teaching and learning.  Contact Dr. Jeff Cimmerer at drjpc21@gmail.com

May 3, 2015

In this interview with educator and author Cheryl Dobbertin, we talk about how school leaders can support teaching and learning in their buildings.  With public debate over standards, curriculum, and assessment at an unprecedented and fevered pitch, we get into how administrators can manage all of the competing interests while still focusing on good instruction.  Enjoy this one with Cheryl Dobbertin.

May 3, 2015

In this first episode I lay out the purpose for the show - to fill a void.  There are no podcasts out there dedicated to helping practicing and aspiring school leader improve their craft.

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