BounceLesser

Author: Nelson Coulter I engaged an 84-year old cowboy (Ben) in conversation during a luncheon not long ago. Ben was an interesting character, with bright eyes and a quick wit. He had been a working cowboy his entire adult life and a ranch manager for over 40 years. Ben told me that he had “recently” quit breaking horses because he …

WisdomPursuit

Author: Nelson Coulter According to leadership guru Dan Rockwell, “Wisdom is practical know-how. (Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.)” From observing others over the years it appears to me that wisdom gatherers fall into three categories: Happenstancers  – With this group, little morsels of wisdom “stick” on and to them as result of simply living life. Attenders – This group shows up for …

Habits of Transformation

Author: Kendall Riggan, Collegiate Edu-Nation AmeriCorps Program Director The way you look, feel, and perform right now is a reflection of what you do consistently – your habits.  In order to change the way you look, feel, or perform, you must change your habits. As a fitness and nutrition coach, my professional responsibility has been to help my clients identify …

LeadThink

Author: Nelson Coulter Those in leadership roles frequently feel the burden of that responsibility. It is real! To whom much is given, much is required. Being the best leaders we can be requires us to spend some of our personal resources on self-care. If WE are not healthy and well, what makes us think we can lead entire organizations toward health and …

FutureDriven

Author: Nelson Coulter I recently read Future Driven: Will Your Students Thrive In An Unpredictable World? by David Geurin (2017). This book was as much about pedagogy and engagement as it was about affecting future- and life-ready students. But, of course! Are those not inextricable entanglements?   My biggest takeaways: ·      NEVER…………delay gratitude. ·      In schools, desks in rows is “the cemetery effect.” ·      In …

ReflectiveBetterment

Author: Nelson Coulter Getting better. On purpose. Every day. Easier said than done. But it always starts with reflection. It’s hard to purposefully move toward improvement (either personal or collective) until/unless we turn the mirror on ourselves. That mirror-gazing is both a look at what exists in this moment, and a look over the shoulder at where we’ve been. WHY …

SpeedVsAccuracy<>WHY

Author: Nelson Coulter When we create targets — goals, outcomes, expectations — in life or work, we are faced with a series of decisions about how to hit those targets. Most of those decisions fall into one of two categories: Speed — How fast and with what intensity are we going to pursue those outcomes? Accuracy — What variability in …

DivineAppointments

Author: Nelson Coulter I used to believe in coincidences and random events. No longer. I have come to view the encounters I have with others, even in this space, as being Providentially directed. My clarity of understanding in that regard, though embarrassingly late arriving, triggers reflection on the subsequent responsibility I bear in these encounters. Here we are. It is no accident. Our …

Relational Culture

Author: Kristina Gaspar, Secondary Principal, Throckmorton Collegiate ISD School culture is pivotal for the success of its students, but also for the retention of its personnel. When thinking about school culture, the people are who establish the atmosphere. It can be a place to get an education or it can be a dynamic learning environment. Looking over my years as …

RIDING FOR THE BRAND

Author: Tecka Heaps, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Roscoe Collegiate ISD We have all heard the saying “Riding for the Brand.” My grandfather was a cowboy at heart, and growing up I can remember hearing him say this a lot. Obviously I didn’t put much stock in what it meant back then, but I did know that if it …

InfluenceAmplifiers

Author: Nelson Coulter We all influencers others. Except in the rarest of cases most of us desire that our influence has some sort of positive outcomes connected to it. While we don’t have to possess a “title” to influence others, those in recognized leadership positions are afforded disproportional opportunities to affect positive outcomes, and vibes. There are some concrete things …

Personal Wellness

Dave Plymale Regional Director, Collegiate Edu-Nation The start of school is always a special time of the year. Students and teachers are excited to see each other after the summer,  and fall extra-curricular activities begin. With all the excitement, we tend to focus more on our work than we do on ourselves. We have all been there. I always wanted …