Not Normal It has been an eventful week. On Wednesday, our students returned to school via Google Classroom and distance learning. On Wednesday evening our district Governing Board made the difficult decision to continue virtual learning for the entire first quarter of the school year. As you can know, based upon the national dialogue, the … Continue reading What are Your Metrics for Success?
The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. - Coretta Scott King Yesterday morning, I did a quick check of my school email and noticed a message from the owner of a local pizza place, Fire and Brimstone. "Hi Jeff, today we’re going to be donating all … Continue reading Community is the Answer
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least. - Goethe While I often refer to this quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as one of my favorites, it is also personally convicting. For me, the struggle doesn't necessarily lie in doing things that matter, but in determining … Continue reading The Long Road to What Matters Most
The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts the sails. - William Arthur Ward Yesterday afternoon, I went for a walk. On most weekends, I try to get out to someplace scenic, go for a hike and take a few pictures. I love the adventure in hiking and … Continue reading Adjust Your Sails
This past week I stopped to visit with a colleague who has been absent from work due to a health issue. Our conversation began with college football but eventually drifted to work. "I'm just trying to get caught up," he lamented (as he stared at his computer screen and what I imagined was an overflowing … Continue reading My Plan to Deal With Overwhelm
A long time ago, I worked in the correspondence department of a mutual fund transfer company in Kansas City. It was a satisfying job. Each day I would boot up my computer and a list of projects (letters to write) would pop into my queue. One letter at a time, I would work my way … Continue reading You are More Than Your Profession
Too often I find myself looking at the coming week and creating a plan to survive. That isn't a great mindset for beginning a week. So, lately, I have been making an effort to determine how I can set-up my week for success and actually thrive -- instead of just surviving. Here are a few … Continue reading A Weekly Guide to Thrive