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The “Wooden Effect” and My PLN

The “Wooden Effect” and My PLN

I recently read an article by Don Yeager titled We Can All Be Better: The Wooden Effect. It discusses the number of coaches and leaders who have been influenced by the legendary coach, John Wooden. The people John Wooden mentored and influenced carry on his legacy of success even today. The article called this continued legacy “the Wooden Effect.” I have also been influenced by the visionary leadership of John Wooden. In reading, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and…

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Jimmy V Reflection: 3 Things- Laugh, Think, Cry.

Jimmy V Reflection: 3 Things- Laugh, Think, Cry.

One of my favorite ESPN 30 for 30s is Survive and Advance. It documents the journey of the 1983 NC State Wolfpack, who shocked the hoops community when they upset Houston’s Phi Slama Jama to win the national championship, and it also details how their coach Jimmy Volvano inspired a much larger community during his battle with cancer. Jimmy V was one of the greatest coaches of all time. He was humorous, passionate and had an innate ability to motivate his players. Jimmy’s infamous 1993…

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“Always Compete: Using Pete’s Pyramid to Evaluate Your School Culture

“Always Compete: Using Pete’s Pyramid to Evaluate Your School Culture

As a tried and true Eagles’ fan I am not one to shine a light on another NFL program, but Pete Carroll’s vision and system for the Seattle Seahawks is impossible to deny. I just began reading Angela Duckworth’s “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” and researching her work with Carroll and the Seahawks.  I truly believe his philosophy is one we should carry over in education to help develop our school vision and culture. Carroll has coined his philosophy as “Win Forever” and…

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The Innovator’s Mindset: Not a How To Manual but a Catalyst for Change

The Innovator’s Mindset: Not a How To Manual but a Catalyst for Change

Having heard George Courous keynote, which not only inspired but took attendees on a roller coaster ride of emotion (and the first standing ovation I witnessed at Pete and C), I had no choice but to purchase The Innovator’s Mindset. I was not disappointed. It is an extremely powerful book/resource for anyone involved in the field of education. It does not read like a how to manual or checklist but as a conversation and guide to spark innovation and change…

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