10 Tips for Effective Crucial Conversations

Have you ever had any of the following situations: A friend offends you An employee disrespects you A boss is unreasonably critical of you A neighbor does something to irritate you A co-worker continually disrupts you A family member hurts you If you are like me... and all the other humans on the planet, you probably said yes … Continue reading 10 Tips for Effective Crucial Conversations

A Leadership Quality Framework: 3 Ways to Lift Your Leadership Lid

Anyone who has been in leadership for any length of time has read or heard about John Maxwell's book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. The very first "law" on effective leadership is what Maxwell calls "The Law of the Lid".  In short, he argues that your leadership ability is a lid that determines the level of effectiveness … Continue reading A Leadership Quality Framework: 3 Ways to Lift Your Leadership Lid

Great Leaders Choose to Engage Reconciliation – Ezra 8&9

As mentioned in the last "Great Leaders" post, the strongest teams are comprised of the strongest personalities and the most influential people possible.  When I was the principal of Athena High School, I sought to ensure that the my leadership teams included these kinds of people.  I recruited the most influential leaders and educators in … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Engage Reconciliation – Ezra 8&9

Great Leaders Choose to Embrace Empowerment – Ezra 7

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the project manager for the Christmas Village at my church, The Father's House in Rochester, New York. Each December we put together a huge community outreach event.  For this event were preparing to host a Christmas production that would include a stage performance in our auditorium with … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Embrace Empowerment – Ezra 7

Great Leaders Choose to Be Ridiculously Disciplined – Ezra 7

For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for jumping.  As a child, I climbed every tree in sight.  In middle school I gravitated to sports that involved jumping. Throughout high school I played basketball for my school.  To the surprise of my coach and teammates, I dunked a ball in a … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Be Ridiculously Disciplined – Ezra 7