The Inner Demons of Distraction

The Inner Demons of Distraction

When we think about distractions to our attention and focus, as school leaders, we often think about external distractions. Things like phone calls, emails, people dropping in, or unplanned events are the first ones mentioned when I talk to principals. However, what...
Scheduling Your Focus

Scheduling Your Focus

Another coaching call, another problem with focus. It went like this: Me: How’s your focus been this week? Her: Awful, just awful? Me: Why, what happened? Her: Yesterday, I was trying to get this simple parent letter out. It should have been a 15-minute chore, but it...
Focus as a New Form of Intelligence

Focus as a New Form of Intelligence

Focus as a New Form of Intelligence I had just gotten off a recent coaching call with a principal and was writing up my notes on our conversation: I was starting to note a pattern. All of the calls this week had gone something like this. Me: So, how are you doing?...
Reflecting on the Year and Next

Reflecting on the Year and Next

The parties are all done. The grades have posted; the awards all handed out. The final goodbyes said as everybody heads out on summer vacation. Now you finally have unrushed time to sit and reflect. As a school leader, you are probably thinking about the previous...