Monthly Archives: February 2019

Feb 10th Newsletter

For this week’s newsletter, I was able to put together some thoughts on leadership in the blog and found a few great articles, too.  By the way, I was asked again last week for permission to share one of the articles in the newsletter.  Please feel free to use these articles without my permission!  I’m curating for you.

  The Top 5:

  1. From the blog, “The Best Leaders are Great Teachers” in HBR (Harvard Business Review) explores how leaders make their styles stick—that is, how they show their work.
  2. The last article in the blog was probably the best.  “If Strategy is So Important, Then Why Don’t We Make Time for It?” from HBR is an argument for carving out time for strategic thinking.
  3. In the Leadership section, “The Three Elements of Trust” from HBR is a great reflection on what’s needed to build and cement trust in an organization.
  4. In the Miscellany section, “Underrated” by Stephen Curry is worth reading and definitely worth sharing.
  5. The next article “Let Children Get Bored” from the New York Times hit close to home.  On these snowy days, the consistent refrain is “What are We Supposed to Do?”  The author argues that creativity emerges from blocks of unstructured time.

Don’t miss the article on the rising number of measles cases in the Pacific Northwest where some of the most permissive vaccination exemptions exist. 


Feb 3rd Newsletter

In this week’s newsletter and podcast, I preview the NCEA Convention.  I hope you consider committing to convention and encouraging others as well.  We need a great turnout in Chicago!  The Top 5 links:

  1. In the American Catholic news section, the first article highlights a Boston College report on the priesthood.  The article (and the link to the report itself) shed light on the importance of proper formation for our ministers (clerical and lay).  It’s a thought-provoking reflection on what the Church needs right now.
  2. Because it was Catholic Schools Week, there is a plethora of content generated by our schools last week.  Take a glance at the success of Diocese of Grand Rapids, a unique partnership in Cleveland, the vision in Springfield, a new scholarship program in Lincoln, and the challenges of the New Orleans schools.
  3. In the Leadership section, the first article from Forbes highlights one of the central problems of leadership—how to give effective positive feedback.  If you’ve struggled (like me) to give timely and authentic positive feedback, this is a great article to read.
  4. The next article in the same section is a link to a podcast and accompanying article from Vicki Davis aka the “Cool Cat Teacher” about motivating teachers.  As we enter the doldrums of February, it’s a timely piece to discover suggestions on how to motivate teachers to change with joy.
  5. In the Teaching & Learning section, the essay by David Brooks in the New York Times entitled “Students Learn from People They Love” is a great reflection about community and points to one of the reasons for the success of Catholic schools.