30 October 2013
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Life and Work
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Time to ship your unfinished masterpiece?

One of my favorite albums is Jeff Buckley’s posthumously released “Sketches for my Sweetheart the Drunk”. He died before it was finished. With very minimal editing, they released the unfinished album. It is arguably his best. You have an unfinished book, art project, painting, business plan- something. I dare you to ship. Put it out [...]


24 October 2013
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Life and Work
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Success leaves clues

We are taught that people at the top of their field are different than us. We put them on a pedestal and wonder how they have accomplished so much. For most of us, we never move past the wondering. Success leaves clues. There is a trail you can find if you look hard enough. There [...]


22 October 2013
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Life and Work
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How to move your dream forward

Every project, no matter how large or small requires three stages of development. Drafting, editing, and presenting. This process can be applied to writing a book, recording an album, planning a wedding, selling a house, making friends in a new town— almost anything.   The concept is called “iteration”. Defined as a “process of learning [...]


21 October 2013
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Life and Work
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I like to run in traffic.

I like to run in traffic. There is a major road with a wide shoulder that is always stacked with bumper to bumper traffic. The average speed during the daily commute on this road is about 5 miles per hour. I run 8 miles an hour. So, at least on this particular road, I run [...]


9 September 2013
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Life and Work
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Networking is about who you are becoming

I had a chance to see Porter Gale speak at SXSW last March. Her excellent book “your network is your net worth” is definitely worth reading. The main idea that has stuck with me since her talk is that networking is not about who you are but it is about who you are becoming. When [...]


6 September 2013
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Social Media
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How to create and share “Quote Pictures”

Yesterday morning I was preparing for a tough meeting. There was something I needed to share with a team member, but was really struggling with the right words to say in a way that this person could hear. And then I found the perfect quote in Tim Ferriss’ 4 Hour Chef: “It’s not because things [...]


13 May 2013
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Life and Work
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Why humor matters in communication

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the SCORRE Conference put on my dynamic communicators Michael Hyatt and Ken Davis. The conference itself was life-changing. The SCORRE method I learned will truly impact my communication for the rest of my life. My favorite part of the conference was one of the last sessions where [...]


15 April 2013
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Life and Work
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Why you need a Mastermind group

Today I intercepted the mail at our office. Given the proximity of the faculty mailboxes to my office door (less than three feet), this happens on occasion.

One piece of mail caught my eye. Actually it was several pieces. Seven black envelopes addressed in gold lettered handwriting.

Impressive.

Was it a wedding invitation? An awards banquet? An educator appreciation luncheon?

Nope.

It was


5 April 2013
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Life and Work
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6 keys to a better morning routine

When I wake up late, unprepared for the day, forget to eat breakfast or have my routine cup of coffee it impacts the rest of my day.
On the other hand, when I am organized, prepared, and calm when I arrive at the office, the rest of my day sees dramatic improvement.
With this in mind, here are five tips to a better morning routine:


1 April 2013
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Ed Tech
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School Leadership Briefing

Recently, I was featured on School Leadership Briefing. This national audio program is a great resource for school leaders and classroom educators.