Prioritizing service and education in rural communities.

Building relationships with our people is more important than ever as many are working in virtual environments. Not only are relationships key, they also help us all get through crisis times. In this episode, we are joined by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Chris Hartly, and Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Colby Smart, from Humboldt County Office of Education in Northern California.  Listen as our host Dr. Janet Pilcher asks them about overcoming the challenges that come with improvement work and how they’re developing relationship capacity within their organizations.

This episode answers questions such as:

  • What must first happen before an organization can improve?
  • How can organizations build the capacity for leadership growth?
  • How can leaders successfully build ownership and allegiance to the mission among team members?

Featured Episode Resources

Lead Your Work

Not everyone wants to be a leader in the sense that they manage others, and that’s okay. Everyone can be a leader in their work, however. When we think of being a leader, we may think of specific job roles or use the term interchangeably with “manager.” A position of authority doesn’t guarantee the individual has the characteristics of a leader. People can be leaders regardless of their job titles. Organizations need leaders in all roles to continuously improve and be successful.

Always Be Recruiting

In this competitive job market, filling open positions with talented candidates can seem like a daunting task. Especially if you weren't expecting an employee to leave and you have no pipeline of talented individuals to interview. Finding a highly skilled replacement will take time, and the organization can’t afford to rush and risk hiring a low performer.

Trust: Consistency of Leadership

Have you ever heard someone say, “I trust people until they give me a reason not to”? We may aspire to approach our lives and relationships from a blanket trust stance. Realistically, most of us have to earn trust. While recently pondering how we go about earning trust, I was transported back to my days in the classroom. Middle schoolers have a great knack for teaching you significant life lessons.

Use Clear Expectations to Bring Teams Together

As each principle works together to build a best place to work culture in organizations, alignment to goals and values is the grease necessary for all organizations who want to sustain success or continue improving their results. Alignment is related to Principle 7: Be Accountable.

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Connect with Coaches and Guests

The challenges of 2020 may keep us at a physical distance, but we are here with you and we have other ways for you to connect with your leadership community. Our listeners can engage with our coaches and expert guests every week at virtual roundtable discussions. We’ve also transformed our annual conference, usually held in Milwaukee, into an interactive broadcast that you can join for free from home.

Explore our upcoming events:

july 2021

13jul2:00 pm2:45 pmVirtual EventHow to: Empower the Board to Lead through ChallengesRoundtable

27jul2:00 pm2:45 pmVirtual EventHow to: Build (or Rebuild) a Powerful Leadership TeamRoundtable

august 2021

10aug2:00 pm2:45 pmVirtual EventHow to: Create a Culture of Belonging for All Students

24aug2:00 pm2:45 pmVirtual EventHow to: Realign with our Values and Expectations in our “New Normal”Roundtable


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