Read and learn as James O'Hanlon and Donald Clifton describe how elementary and secondary principals, identified as outstanding, carry out their work. According to the authors, these principals resemble highly effective managers in business in their adherence to the tenets of positive psychology. While the position of principal is highly demanding, the stimulation of the work involved accounts for much of their success. Their competitiveness makes them want their schools to be the best, and, to them, each day is an opportunity to achieve that goal.
This book frames the landscape of school from the perspective of great principals. What do they see when they view their schools and the people in them? Where do they focus their attention? How do they spend their time and energy? What guides their decisions? How can we gain the same
Whatever your situation, this is the book to help you get started. Finding the Sweet Spot explains how sustainable, responsible, and joyful natural enterprises differ from most jobs, and it provides the framework for building your own natural enterprise. You’ll learn how to find partners who will help make your venture
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In more than two-and-a-half million miles of travel to schools in every part of the world, we have found a growing number of change leaders. These are the people who not only implement change successfully, but also appear to thrive on it. Their colleagues are no more insightful, desperate, or well
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Effective principals are a special breed of people. They find their success in the success of those with whom they work and continue to believe in them no matter how rough the journey is.
The optimistic orientation of the effective principal helps too. He bounces back more easily because he is certain that things may look dark today but tomorrow will be better.
Principals need to be direct and transparent, so if they saw something that could make a difference quickly, they just have to say that out loud and watch carefully after they say it how it impacts the person.
A good teacher is someone who believes they can bring something to the school that will make it a better school.
The effective principal has a strong commitment to the teachers and other staff of his school. He believes that the most important thing he does is to hire the right people.
Sharing a laugh helps every situation and finding humor in difficult situations often makes them more manageable.
Effective principals are competitive. They view competition as an opportunity for people to become their best.
One of the most important qualities of effective principals is that they know they can make a difference.
Guided by the belief that good is the opposite of bad, mankind has for centuries pursued its fixation with fault and failing. Doctors have studied disease in order to learn about health. Psychologists have investigated sadness in order to learn about joy. Therapists have looked into the causes of divorce in