Excellence Weekly: Aligning Systems for Success • Strategic Leadership in Action

Start your week with inspiring stories of process improvement and strategic leadership in action.


  1. Transform your strategic plan into short cycles of 30-, 60-, and 90-day actions, monitor progress regularly, and utilize the Leader Action Plan template for effective and manageable progress.
  2. Listen to our latest podcast episode to hear leaders from Campbell Union School District discuss the importance of aligning systems, streamlining processes, and fostering a positive culture for impactful work in education.
  3. Discover the Stoplight Report, a process improvement tool to track progress and team communication using rounding conversations and short-cycle initiatives.


Revise Your Strategic Plan into Short Cycles


Define strategic actions into cycles that are visible from the district office to the classroom.


Use short cycles of 30, 60, and 90 days to regularly check in on team progress. Regular rounding allows leaders to put their district, school, or team on the path to strategic success. We use a Leader Action Plan to make short-cycle planning manageable.


Download Leader Action Plan template


Accelerate Your Performance Podcast

Align Systems to Streamline Success


The importance of aligning systems and streamlining processes includes taking the time to foster meaningful and impactful teamwork.


Join Dr. Janet Pilcher as she speaks with leaders from Campbell Union School District in California. They discuss leadership development insights, system alignment between individuals and teams, and streamlining processes for more impactful work. These activities lead to the implementation of continuous improvement at the classroom level. Discover how this district worked with Studer Education to shift from compliance to commitment and foster a positive school culture.


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 28 min


Process Improvement Tool

Stoplight Report


Visually streamline information monitoring, progress tracking, and transparent team communication.


Use the Stoplight Report for rounding conversations, tracking short-cycle initiatives, or monitoring progress. This template provides a clear and efficient way to ensure everyone on your team is moving in the same direction.


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Group of colleagues planning strategically to increase alignment within systems.Rounding conversation in action. Colleagues walking through hallway talking and discussing project.