Category Archives: Center culture

Character Development Arising

I got a report at a conference yesterday that more public schools are adopting character development into their curricula. As you know I have been a supporter of this move for a few years. When I started there were at most only 4 other initiatives. Not only do teachers realize this is better for classroom management but also administrators may be finally realizing that studies show that charcter development results in better academic statistics.  Thank goodness for those who have taken some leadership  recently! Today there is a rating for public schools based on how much character development they offer. YAY!
I am continuing to suggest to CDCs that they have me in for teacher training on lesson plans for character development. I am now representing a publishing house for elementary level books in this category.  Please contact me for 1) speaking engagements anywhere 2) consulting for center/school culture in Texas or 3)  for vending character books in Austin, Houston, Dallas or Lubbock.  Please let me know if I can be of help in anyway.  Info@orgstrat.net 512-249-7629.

Our Mission : Helping You Meet Your Mission

We do basic management consulting for small businesses, churches, and schools. Our greatest expertise is understanding the social dynamics of the workgroup. The second is sympathetic coaching of the frontline manager.  Original assessment research and follow-up required.
Topics for training include:  1) how to hire, manage, and fire for the new manager, 2) time management for the manger and business owner, 3) conflict reduction, 4) meeting facilitation,  5) customer service, 6) corporate culture — and 7) coaching.
We specialize in helping congregationally affiliated child development centers, in ALL aspects, because we feel this is an important mission to the world. Few understand both the business, the board, and the educational dynamics of CDCs. We do. We can help. Conflict reduction, board training, marketing, curriculum development, character development, and management.
We have long specialized in conflict reduction. Most of our customers have been denominations, non-profits, and schools. Please see our book, written, especially with the Austin corporate market in mind. Workshops available tailored for your specific denomination.
We have great curriculum on customer service. I see a great need for it.
We have a new product line to help people find their mission. Sharon has been certified in Lance Wallnau’s Destiny Dashboard. She has also written curriculum for the solopreneur to reflect upon and improve his/her performance: Career Console.
We were drafted to help with some executive level English and American business etiquette, and are very happy to help.
Please call to set up a private consultation, a keynote or workshop. 512-249-7629

Peter Yarrow's Anti-Bullying Campaign is Gentle, Playful, and Useful

Many of my clients are directors of preschools. They will immediately see the usefulness of this anti-Bullying campaign. Other managers or trainers might find the music of Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mayr) pleasant enough to add to their programs, too.
Here is a report on Yarrow’s anti-bullying campaign (and curriculum)
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1052335
Here are the lyrics:
https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/2584328/Peter%2C+Paul+and+Mary/Don%27t+Laugh+at+Me+%5B%23%5D
 
Here is how to get in touch with Mr. Yarrow. https://www.peteryarrow.net/
 
I don’t think I have to report the sad news of the day to see that we need lots of help in this area. This is a really good beginning with children — and even adults. I have seen the whole anti-bullying idea used by institutional bullies against good employees, whistle-blowers, and activists, so I have been rather careful about getting on this bandwagon. Yet, Yarrow gentle reminder has stood the test of time. Don’t laugh at others because they are different. We need to all have a common feel for the fact we are all human.
We still offer diversity training and conflict reduction seminars.

The Job of Every Leader is Coach

Jack Welch’s book, Winning, was hailed as the best management book ever. It is still thought provoking, even if his own legacy has been questioned.
One thing he says about leadership is that it is defined by coaching. Every interaction should  coach and build self confidence. Coaching is critiquing and guiding. Self confidence is built by pouring out encouragement, caring and recognition. So employees have to have opportunity to fail and not get canned for it. Indeed, he blew up a warehouse!  Wow! How different from my observations, where  doing what was agreed upon was negatively rewarded!
He says it is a rare boss who can get results without being a people person. He says we don’t celebrate enough — and not with company parties but with ticked for the families to Disney land!
Of course, none of this can happen without factual evaluation, without candor, and without a culture of differentiation.  With this, though, real trust and great results can be built.
Coaching that builds confidence. Thought provoking.

Discovering Your Power At Work

Susan Flower of the Blanchard Group reminds us that what we do does matter. We think we have no power, but we do. Read on:
 
An essential mindset for achieving your goals and contributing to the goals of others is recognizing and appreciating your power at work. I’ve witnessed many amazing transformations as individuals altered their mindset related to power, explored their points of power, and proactively created positive change. This transformation begins by recognizing an important truth about power: […]

via Don’t Underestimate Your Points of Power at Work—5 Places to Look — Blanchard LeaderChat

Looking Around at the Milestone Markers: Where Have We Come?

It is graduation time. After the celebration and the well-wishing for our graduating students, let’s take a few minutes to assess where education is. I know, we are all very interested in taking off, going for summer, sitting by a pool; but just a minute, let’s see how we as educators and administrators are doing.
Simon Sinek is making a name for himself with an analyzation of millenials. He says we need to stop the phone screen addiction. I agree. He says the corporation need to work harder to accommodate this generation, because they have the lowest self-esteem of any generation and are so very unhappy.
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sinek+millenials
Of course, Sinek makes no claim to real social research, but his discussion has gone viral because he has hit upon a major concern. He blames “failed parenting” but what about failed education? What about the generation, or 2, of self-esteem bolstering boosterism? BTW, real science indicates that self-esteem is created by real achievement. Never mind that teacher training continues in the wrong direction. What about the fact that the corporation was never intended to do any more socialization than be sure that the workers was working to standards and the culture of the corporation. The agents of socialization (training a child to be a functional adult) are parents, school, — and gosh maybe the church might have a role in helping people live adequately. Might we not discuss what they should be doing and doing differently?
Or must we stay with the thinking that caused the problem and say, oh you poor thing, we must take more responsibility, boundaries, and teaching/correction away from you, so you will be happier?
What do you think?

Time to Prepare for Job Performance Reviews – Help Here

As Andy Williams crooned, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” No, I’m not talking about Christmas. I’m talking about March Madness! I’m a big fan of college basketball and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is like Christmas in March. There are always underdogs upsetting the established favorites and feel-good stories of players overcoming […]

via This Coach Tells You What All Great Leaders Know — Blanchard LeaderChat
Most of the managers and directors I talk to hate performance reviews with a passion. However, they are the number one tool to make your staff into the team you want them to be. I have recorded training for directors loaded right now. Get training there. Or call me and we can have a consult. Clock hours for Directors in Texas. Con ed credit for some other professionals. Call now: 512-249-7629.

CONFLICT REDUCTION FOR CHILDREN!!! yay!

Since I do many workshops on conflict reduction for school personnel, I am frequently asked to provide something on teaching conflict reduction to children. Finally, I have it!
Aware of the controversies, I didn’t want to speak until I had something to say. Now I have it! Time tested method and some new research. Bam! We now have peanut butter AND jelly! Together, great sandwiches!
So call me for a four hour workshop for your staff. Normally $480 + mileage & expenses outside of Austin metro, but now, through February 2017, only $420.
Call now 512-534-5425. Be sure to get your date! My schedule is filling up.
Think of how much good you will be doing for the world. Think of your parents, and even your students, grown, coming back to thank you. Think of how much better your classroom could be.

One Best Thing to do to Reduce Employee Turnover! Surprising!

Lots of my clients got in a management position because they loved what they were doing: teaching children, making furniture, preaching — not because they wanted to read management books. Now, they are, however, managers. One of the biggest challenges is to keep good employees. Wouldn’t you like to know how to do that? How to reduce turnover? How to make good employees great? How to avoid having to start all over again with a new employee — that great gamble? And the answer is — based on both scientific study and experience and taught by the most famous management guru – drum roll — is staff meetings.
WHAT? Right. Ken Blanchard recommends two staff meetings a week. In these staff meetings, you let your employees know what you want. You find out what problems they are having. You let them feel like a team. You avoid conflict. You also train them. Good meetings are often overlooked tool in managing people. Bad meetings are bad. Good meetings work. I can help. I train managers (pastors, owners and whoever runs meetings) how to do better meetings. I can also be part of the training of your staff. Plan your meetings now.   Oh, an anyone who engages me during January 2017, will receive a 20% discount. Have a great year.