Monthly Archives: March 2017

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing

I spent 25 years of my life in the Air Force, flying, teaching, planning, and later commanding heavy bomber units. The experiences and stories I have from those days are often the source of some pretty hysterical leadership lessons. I want to share with you one event.
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Theology, Psychology, and Power

Last month we talked about one of the “Big Six” factors that influence how power plays out in our schools. I shared some reflections on how gender impacts access to positions of power and how power impacts gender.

In this entry, I’d like to look at the “theological” factors that impact the power dynamics we work within. I put quotation marks around the word “theological” because I think there are times when this word is misused, or at least used without reflection on whether it is the most accurate word.
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What’s in a Name?

If you are a board member, what title do you use for your main leader? Choose from the following names, each used by CSI schools: administrator, principal, head-of-school, superintendent, president, headmaster.

If you are the staff leader (I’ve never heard that as a title), how recent is the title you now have? Did you suggest to the board the title you prefer? For both boards and leaders, the current name may have little or no intentional meaning: as long as the person answers to the board, all those alternatives may seem the same. It’s akin to Juliet telling Romeo that “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Who cares about the name? Continue reading

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Called to Community

CSI just finished its annual installment of the Principal Development Institute (PDI) in Orlando, Florida. In addition to the joy of getting away from Michigan in February, this event, perhaps more than any other CSI event, highlights for me the importance of serving together in a community of likeminded schools.
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We’re Going to Oregon

When a candidate for a position on our leadership team recently asked, “How do we know that we’re not going back to the old way?”, referring to a difficult time in our school’s past, my colleagues were surprised when I answered, “We’re going to Oregon!”

Recently I have been intrigued with the Lewis and Clark expedition to Oregon. I’ve learned that it took 18 months to navigate the more than 2,000 miles from St. Louis to Portland. It was a long, difficult journey, but what was learned during that time was incredibly valuable.
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