By Elizabeth Erwin
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Imagine.Believe.AchieveMay 22, 2023
Building Your Personal Productivity System
Building a personal productivity system can make the overwhelming job of being a principal much more manageable and decrease your stress. Today Liz discusses concepts from David Allen’s Getting Things Done, the art of stress-free productivity.
Key ideas:You need to have a place and systems for processing your "stuff." You need to have a system to collect, process, and prioritize your thoughts. Having a system is essential to not just getting things done efficiently, but also to managing your stress.
Join Liz as she discusses a 3-Step Process for getting organized and shares her weekly routine for prioritizing and reviewing the previous week and week ahead. Her Weekly review is based on David Allen’s review and Michael Hyatt’s Weekly Review from the Full Focus Planner.
Three Practices to Support the Leadership is Learning Mindset
In this mini episode, Liz discusses 3 practices that support the leadership is learning mindset. These practices will develop your self-leadership and get you on track for a successful first year or your best year yet.
Practice #1 Start by paying attention to yourself.
Practice #2 Develop your systems for organizing and remembering
Practice 3: Develop Your Systems for Effective and Efficient Communication.
Leading WELL: The Leadership is Learning Mindset
Leadership is Learning is a mindset CRITICAL to adopt for your success and mental well-being. In this episode, we will explore what Leadership is Learning really means for you and what it looks like by applying the Leadership is Learning mindset to three main areas.
1. We start with the relatable Learner of Learning mindset. Having this mindset means that you are a learner of student learning and instruction. This is an attitude that most school leaders can relate to and one that is easy to tap into as instructional leaders. When you have the mindset that you, especially, are a learner of learning, you model the open, growth mindset you want your teachers to have. This openness will help your teachers be more willing to take risks and try new practices than they would for a leader who “already knows everything or has all the answers.”
2. Being a Learner of People is about learning how to lead your staff in human resource management—like holding people accountable, having difficult conversations, handling conflict, etc. By keeping a mindset that you are a learner of people, you can allow these situations to be learning opportunities for you instead of irritations. In this episode, you will learn ways you can apply this mindset to authentic school examples.
3. The number one way you can prepare yourself to take on principalship and continuously grow as a leader is to be a Learner of Yourself. By learning about your go-to reactions, thoughts, feelings, and going further—your strengths and weaknesses in these areas—you can make conscious efforts to improve your leadership skills and build stronger relationships with your staff. Being a learner of yourself starts with paying attention to yourself and your thoughts, emotions, and reactions. This self-awareness can be cultivated through practices such as journaling or regular reflection.
Ultimately, having the Leadership is Learning mindset is about taking responsibility for your own growth and development. By paying attention to yourself and what you come to learn is your leadership style, you can lead with authenticity and self-awareness, build stronger relationships with your team members, and create a culture of continuous learning and improvement.
Leading WELL: Effective and Efficient Communication
Liz continues the Leading WELL series by introducing five principles of Effective and Efficient Communication: Principle 1: Face to Face is Sacred Space Principle 2: Just Because You Know it Then, Doesn’t Mean You Share Again
Principle 3: Facebook’s for Tooting not Telling Principle 4: Solving may be Satisfying, but Supporting is SustainingSource: Cognitive Coaching Training https://www.thinkingcollaborative.com/aboutcc Book cited: The Coach Approach to School Leadership by Kathy Perret, Shira Leibowitz, and Jessica Johnson Click here for the printable sentence frame
Principle 5: Cut the Credibility Killers
Strategies and Mental Tools for Carrying the Leadership Load
In this episode, Liz introduces a 2-Step implementation plan, strategies, and tools for dealing with the stressful moments and seasons.
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Step 1: Preparation
Be prepared for stressful situations by starting your day with a spiritual practice. A morning routine helps make that a reality. Check out Hal Elrod's Miracle Morning, Michael Hyatt's Daily Rituals for more on this. See episode #33, Four Rituals That Make You Super Productive, in Hyatt's Business Accelerator podcast.
Step 2: PAUSE For the Cheatsheet go to: https://imaginebelieveachieve.blog/PAUSE
P stands for Pick – Pick a breathing exercise to calm yourself.
A stands for Ask for Help – Ask for help through prayer.
U stands for Understand – Understand that this situation is an opportunity to show up in a certain way or learn something.
S is for Surrender – Surrender the fear or negative feelings you are having and respond in love.
E stands for Experience – Experience the situation fully. Write down any thoughts or feeling you can identify.
Carrying the Load of Leadership
Every once in a while I see something about the importance of supporting school leaders in their mental health and wellness, but it seems like those instances are the exception more than the rule. Now that I am no longer in the principal seat, I want to try to change that. I want to share ideas tools, and strategies that I sought out and learned from a variety of sources. This episode kicks off my Leading W.E.L.L series. Today we start with the “W” which, you guessed it, stands for WELLNESS!
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Releasing Yourself from Expectations
Ever feel like you are driving yourself crazy because of the expectations you put on yourself? In this week's episode I discuss my personal experience with that feeling and how I am trying to move forward. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://imaginebelieveachieve.blog/2023/02/09/releasing-yourself-from-expectations/
Let me know if this episode resonates with you!
Building a System for Effective and Purposeful Classroom Visits Part 2: Getting them Done!
I hope you enjoy this quick listen about how to balance the main purposes for being in classrooms. Get a few quick tips and tools to get you going!
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Building a System for Effective and Purposeful Classroom Visits Part 1: Clarity of Purpose
Effective Leadership: Redefining Success
We all want to be effective–especially as education leaders. What does personal achievement look like once you have gotten the leadership job or position you have always wanted? How do you define success? How you answer these questions in your own context is not only important for your self-worth, but also for your success in your position. Join Liz as she provides a step-by-step process for defining and reflecting on personal success. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://imaginebelieveachieve.blog/2022/12/30/effective-leadership-redefining-success/
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