MeetingsMatters

Author: Nelson Coulter Meetings are a necessary part of organizational work. Unnecessary meetings are one of the most non-productive uses of time in organizational work. If not needed, don’t call ’em. Poorly deployed meetings are one of the most frequent time and energy sucks of organizational work. Some thoughts about making meetings more productive: Build ALL meeting agendas around the organization’s BIG …

Dividenders

Author: Nelson Coulter There’s this thing called the 80-20 Principle (aka Pareto Principle). The premise is that 80% of the outcomes are generated by 20% of the inputs (or inputers). Another way to think of it is that 20% of our thoughts/mindsets and actions/behaviors drive 80% of our results. A living and work recipe worth considering: Decide what is TRULY important to us …

ChangeClock

Author: Nelson Coulter Change happens. That’s a given. Yet change has variability in its timelines. Conditions Change. Conditions can change very quickly. Weather conditions can change in a heartbeat. A protest can turn into a riot almost instantly. People Change. People usually change more slowly. Sometimes a person will change after a traumatic experience, or as result of illness, or in …

FutureBuilding

Author: Nelson Coulter Whether consciously or not, we are all in the FutureBuilding business…..right now…..every moment…..every day. Most of us (hermits excepted — well, maybe even them) are also directly or indirectly shaping the future of our families, our friends, and our colleagues. For those of us in leadership roles, we are also directly involved in shaping the future of the …

StoryDriven

Author: Nelson Coulter I recently read Story Driven: You Don’t Need to Compete When You Know Who You Are by Bernadette Jiwa (2018). In this book, BJ speaks to the importance of us as individuals and as organizations to not only “know ourselves” but that that knowing is absolutely essential to our being able to connect with others (whether personally, collegially or transactionally). …

Capacity Building

Author: Jennifer Criswell, Director of CTE, Lytle ISD My first year as Director of CTE/PTECH for Lytle ISD has been fast and furious. It has become the best combination of teacher, counselor, and administrator.  The previous roles and responsibilities of all three of these stakeholder positions have shown to be beneficial in ensuring that programs for students are successful.  There are two …

Leading With a Plan

Author: Amanda Hatton, Principal, Spurger JH/HS Have you ever heard the phrase, “Failure to plan is planning to fail”?  This happens to be one of my favorite phrases.  Have you ever woken up and just by happenstance reached a weight loss goal?  Have you ever heard of a battle being won by accident with no battle plan?  Have you ever set …

RadicalInclusion

Author: Nelson Coulter I recently read Radical Inclusion: What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership by Martin Dempsey and Ori Brafman (2017). In this book, the warrior (former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Dempsey) and the academic (Dr. Brafman) dissect the impact of global interconnectedness on the social arrangements and behavior of 21st humanity. In particular, they focus on how …

Betterness

Author: Nelson W. Coulter Getting better. Every day. On purpose. That could be a tattoo for the continuous improvement mindset. Why would betterness not be a goal for each of us, both in our personal lives and in the organizations we belong to? Betterness is a discipline, the direct result of deliberate habit formation. What do some of those powerful …

Reciprocation

Author: Nelson Coulter One of the powerful conclusions we glean from research in the field of psychology is that of reciprocation. It is in our nature to mirror/reflect behavior others send in our direction. It’s as if we feel some powerful pull to respond in like kind. As servant leaders we are wise to better understand the concept of reciprocation and …

GripLessening

Author: Nelson W. Coulter Leaders who want to control everything are like a ship trying to move through water while dragging the anchor. That micromanaging behavior has the following impact on those charged with producing the outcomes: Frustration – constant over-the-shoulder critique and nitpicking generates frustration and passive resistance. Not good. Distraction – when constantly being pulled from “the work” for …

Who Cooks the Best Steak in Texas?

Author: Shelli Stegall Assistant Superintendent, Hico ISD Wait…when NC said “choice of topic is all yours,” did he really mean it? I mean, given the choice, SS is ALWAYS going to choose food! Those who serve in a rural community truly understand the value of school/community relations. As Hico ISD embarks on the PTECH (P20) journey, the impact and importance of our positive …