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My fellow library and educational leaders, I come to you today with an uncomfortable truth. It’s time to listen to your shadow. We all have things about ourselves we don't like, or try to ignore. And we leader types just tend to find a big ol’ black box, shove those shadows in, and slam the door tight. But what would you say if I told you that your…
 
As I mentioned back in episode 10, I am the proud owner of a Peloton. One of the big reasons I bought a Peloton was because I have to exercise first thing in the morning or it never happens, and there’s not really any better way to ensure I exercise first thing in the morning than to have a $2000 spin bike sitting 5 feet from the edge of my bed. Th…
 
I have a big vision for the Kind Leadership Guild. I think I’ve mentioned it in passing here and there, but my long term goal is to create the Kind Leadership Academy, a membership community where dozens or even hundreds of educational and library leaders can safely and privately discuss their challenges. Where leaders like you can take part in liv…
 
How can you grow your leadership skills, regardless of your job title? My Guest Alvina Peat and I will be talking about this in the first interview episode of the Kind Leadership Challenge. It’s a little longer than our usual episodes, but filled with a lot of value for anyone who wants to be more effective, humane, and collaborative in their work …
 
When people join the Kind Leadership Challenge facebook community, one of the entrance questions is: What is your biggest kind leadership challenge? I was reading over some of those questions earlier today and I was struck by something I’d never noticed before. Almost all of the challenges our community members describe could be resolved, or at lea…
 
Today’s challenge is a hypothetical scenario, one that I’m sure hasn't happened to anybody listening to this episode. But it will teach you the one skill that is necessary to making powerful leadership decisions that move you and your school or library closer to your full potential. ~~~ Resources: Mastering Challenging Conversations Join the Commun…
 
I was skimming through my emails looking for something else when I remembered it. Between the amazon receipts and updates from my favorite newsletters, I saw the three-week old order confirmation for a free tee shirt. I got the shirt for being a long-time customer of a brand that will remain nameless for reasons that will soon be obvious. I had an …
 
Why is a Challenging Conversation challenging? Well, as we’re going to discuss today, challenging emotions make for challenging conversations. That’s probably not surprising to you. But what’s the cause of all of those challenging emotions? Well, that answer IS a little surprising. It’s closely related a kind leadership skill you can use this week …
 
So here’s a tough question for you. Is it possible to conduct a mass layoff in a kind manner? If you are an educational or library leader listening to this episode, you have either already ended the employment of a team member or will do so at some point in your career. There’s no getting around that unpleasant reality. I’ve made a lot of hard deci…
 
The Free Mastering Challenging Conversations Guide is Live! Get it now at https://kindleadershipchallenge.com/conversations . ~~~ Show notes and Transcript: https://kindleadershipchallenge.com/17 Join the Challenge Community: https://kindleadershipchallenge.com/community Are you ready to conquer your biggest leadership challenge once and for all? T…
 
As I record this, the 2021-22 school year is winding down at my place of work. It’s definitely been the most “normal” year we’ve had in a while, but it’s still been exhausting in ways big and small. As I know is true for many of you, our organization is tired, I am tired, and we’re all looking forward to shifting into a different phase of the year.…
 
In August of 2011, I started one of my favorite PhD classes, Organizational Theory. I learned something in my first evening of class that deeply informed the way I see leadership, and the daily ins and outs of conflict and debate we all have to navigate. And it all started with sitting on top of my desk. ~~~ Explore the 6 Lenses of Kind Decision-Ma…
 
Most people will live up to your expectations--as long as you're clear on what they are, the rewards for meeting them, and the consequences for violating them. But it often feels like a struggle to hold people accountable to your expectations in moments where they’re struggling for good and understandable reasons, without becoming a uncaring, toxic…
 
The solution to essentially all leadership problems can be found on the other side of an uncomfortable conversation. And believe it or not—the best way to have a successful conversation that solves your problem is… to stop looking for a solution. ~~~ Reserve your copy of Mastering Challenging Conversations: https://www.kindleadershipchallenge.com/1…
 
What are your leadership values? No really, I want to think about it. what do you believe, and how does those beliefs influence the decisions you make as a leader? ~~~ Get Early Access to Mastering Challenging Conversations: https://kindleadershipchallenge.com/12 (signup box on right side of the page) Join this Week's Challenge: https://kindleaders…
 
Picture it: Tulsa, Oklahoma, early 2001. I was an eager young marketing associate in my first job out of college, at a telecom company with a stick price soaring up the dot com boom’s exponential growth curve. The executives kept bragging on CNBC about how our customer list was growing, and our futures with it. No, we weren’t yet an Enron or a Worl…
 
It was day six of owning my shiny new Peloton. Being a gadget loving middle aged lady on something of a health kick lately, I was loving the heck out of my 45th birthday gift to myself, which I’d saved and planned for over the previous few months. I’d ridden every day since the bike had been delivered, and in another week or so I was planning to st…
 
It was the middle of March 2020, and I was livid. I sat in our apartment complex’s parking lot, one hand clenched around my phone, the other slamming into the side of my steering wheel over and over... ~~~ Reserve your FREE copy of Mastering Challenging Conversations (out 5/30): https://www.kindleadershipchallenge.com/ (Signup box on right sidebar)…
 
My fellow library and educational leaders, I come to you today with an uncomfortable truth. It’s time to listen to your shadow. We all have things about ourselves we don't like, or try to ignore. And us leader types we just tend to find a big ol’ black box, shove those shadows in, and slam the door tight. What would you say if I told you that your …
 
Education and libraries are helping professions! A lot of us go into these fields at least in part because we want to do work that has the potential to make the world a better place. And a few of us take the leap into leadership, at least in part, because we want to scale our impact in ways that will influence our entire school or library, and perh…
 
How can we achieve our big visions? In the leadership world we talk a lot about Vision. How I understand how vision works in the kind leadership model is that our vision is sort of, well, our understanding of the better world that we want to see and we want to help create through our work and the work of our organizations. It’s what keeps us going,…
 
Here’s one of those ugly truths about leadership that a lot of the gurus gloss over. You can only be as good a leader as your relationship with your team is, and your relationship with your team is only as strong as the ties of trust between you. But how can you tell that they trust you, or that you trust them for that matter? It can be a messy pro…
 
You have it. I have it. We all have it. The nagging problem with our team our or boss or a stakeholder that we’re too scared to face. Or maybe the change you see needs to happen, but doesn’t seem to be worth the organizational roadblocks standing in your way. So you delay the conversation, you make excuses, you hope it’ll turn around on its own. An…
 
How can we as leaders wield our power in a kind manner? Ultimately we’re the boss, the head honcho, the big cheese. Heavy is the head that wears the crown and all that, especially when you’re juggling lockdowns, mandates, a burnt-out team and a frustrated community. But what if you actually have a lot LESS power than you think? That realization can…
 
Why is Kind Leadership all about healing? Most Leaders think the answer to creating a better school or library is fixing stuff. And every once in a while, things are that simple! But that’s why focusing just on fixing can be so dangerous. I learned this from a pediatric cardiologist who was one of my first leadership role models. Healing yourself a…
 
What’s the first step to becoming a Kind Leader? Everyone likes the idea of being a Kind leader, but unfortunately they rarely see it in action. The good news is the first step I reveal in today’s challenge will automatically teach you the second step, and third step, and so on. And before you know it, you will begin to teach yourself how to heal y…
 
Learn about Sarah Clark, and why she launched the Kind Leadership Challenge. Are you ready to conquer your biggest leadership challenge once and for all? The fall class of the Kind Leadership Academy Coaching Program starts September 9! Email sarah@kindleadershipguild.com to schedule a chat and learn more.…
 
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