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A must-have skill: assertive-asking

How often do you ask for what you want? How do you ask? Whom do you ask? Refining your asking skills can contribute to your resilience.  As summer comes to a close and you start thinking about the next school year, consider what it might look like for you to ask for what you want […]

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How strong is your practice game?

If you lead a team, you most likely have facilitated decision-making processes. And I’m willing to guess they haven’t always gone as smoothly as you hoped. Perhaps you’ve tried to build consensus only to find you haven’t gotten anywhere. Or perhaps you’ve made a decision on behalf of your team only to find that people were upset they weren’t involved. 

Decision-making can be hard work, especially when levels of urgency are high.

These 10 indicators of good decision-making processes can make it easier. […]

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Evaluation, Feedback and Coaching: What You Need to Know

I’ve received a lot of questions about the intersection of managing and coaching. Most often I provide the same answer I will to this one: Maybe.

There are very few things that just will or won’t work. The key is almost always in how they are done. Here’s what matters most: purpose, transparency and readiness. […]

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How to Begin Conversations about Racial Identity

By Elena Aguilar, President and Founder In Episode 5 of The Bright Morning Podcast, I spoke to a very special person who told me a story about a couple of powerful conversations about race, racial identity, and racism. I want you to be able to have powerful conversation—conversations that heal and bring us into closer, […]

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Developing a Theory of Action

By Elena Aguilar, President and Founder In Episode 4 of The Bright Morning Podcast, I referenced a theory of action. I coached Jill through the initial steps to create a draft of a theory of action to lead folks in her district towards having conversations about racial inequities. In my coaching and consulting with leaders, […]

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