1. Larry Baker

    I will just delete this article because I’m sure I’m the only one on here who does not have any of these four traits.

    There – did I cover all four in one sentence?

  2. Hey Pal,

    What’s interesting about your list is that it perfectly describes mistakes that teachers make in their own classrooms with students, too. I know that I’ve done all these things in conversations/ interactions with students at different times during my career.

    I think one of the reasons these things happen is because we all feel squeezed for time all the time. It’s tempting to dismiss and/or demean when you feel the pressure of moving forward at all costs.

    As a leader, if you’ve got to get through a district initiative in one half-day PD session, you grow less tolerant of people who don’t agree or who aren’t ready for the ideas that you are promoting. And as a teacher, if you’ve got to get through an impossibly huge curriculum in 180 days, you become less tolerant of students who struggle to master concepts quickly.

    How do we fix all of that?

    We can start by valuing the learning that is being done over the destination that we are trying to arrive at. In many ways, the conversations and relationships that are built in slow, muddled PD moments are worth ten times more than getting through the content that we were trying to get through. Faith in the value of the process of learning is probably the most important characteristic for leaders to possess.

    Anyway — hope you are well and happy!

    Rock on,

  3. S

    This reminded me of the importance of going slow to go fast and taking time to listen. I believe that by doing this, more can be accomplished in the long run.

    Wish you all the best!


  4. George,
    Thank you for continuing to engage, inspire, empower – even after the workshops and institutes are long over. Your legacy is powerful and your impact is outstanding. Keep up the great work! The Lake County Supts are continuing to reflect and challenge using your book and work as inspiration; and the Illinois Principals Association highlights and links a post to your blog.

    From your biggest fan in IL,


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