ProspectingLeaders

Author: Nelson Coulter Leaders are like prospectors. Some seem focused on looking for gold. Others, however, seem busily intent on digging up dirt, detritus, and dung. Both kinds are mining in the same medium. The difference is in the leader’s perspective. De-energizing leaders look for (and almost always find) the following: Mistakes and misses Shortcomings Scapegoats Self-aggrandizements Energizing leaders look …

LoveWorks

Author: Nelson Coulter I recently read Love Works: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders by Joel Manby (2020). In this book Manby frames his experiences as a chief executive officer of several large organizations against the pillars of love as articulated in 1 Corinthians 13 of the Bible.  My top takeaways: Think first and always of LOVE as a action verb – not …

The Lighthouse

Author: Andy Wilson I love knives, and I have a collection of pocket knives that I’m a bit proud of.  I received a gift card for Christmas, and knowing that I would be leaving Roscoe Collegiate ISD at the end of January, I decided to purchase a new pocket knife that would commemorate my time in the district.  I wanted something unique, …

FiniteLifeEnergy

Author: Nelson Coulter We are apportioned only so many days on Earth. For some, that window of life is tragically short. For others, it can approach 100 years. Regardless of how long we live, there is a finite amount of Life Energy allocated to us each day. We get to determine how to spend that Life Energy. Below are some …

LeadershipAccelerants

Author: Nelson Coulter A lifetime is too short to learn the craft of leadership. As we grow ourselves into more impactful Servant Leaders, there exists some powerful accelerants to the process: Clarity – be absolutely clear about the direction we are heading, about the outcomes we seek. The paths toward that vision will be nuanced, ambiguous, and many. The Direction, however, should …

Skeptiosity

Author: Nelson Coulter For your consideration: Cynicism = Don’t know + don’t care + not believing it Curiosity = Don’t know much about it + interested in knowing more Skepticism = Know a little already + convince me + gonna ask critical questions Skeptiosity = Curiosity + Skepticism Cynicism blocks learning. Curiosity invites learning. Skepticism calibrates learning. Skeptiosity accelerates learning. SKEPTIOSITY …

Our Village

Author: Dr. Stacy Johnson, Superintendent, Banquete ISD We have all heard “you need more community engagement” or “more community buy-in”, but what exactly does that mean? There is not just one way to define community engagement or what it should look like in your district. Community engagement should be seen as a living organism, whose needs change and vary throughout the partnership. …

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). …