Archive for October 2014

Are we living in scary times or what? – SCN Encourager

This week’s upcoming convergence of political campaigning and trick-or-treating boggles the mind. This clown came up to me the other day and I couldn’t even tell if he was asking me for my vote or some candy. Whoa! We sure are living in the midst of some strange days. So, in acknowledging the prevailing strangeness all around…

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The value of futuristic thinking. – SCN Encourager

Take a close look at the headline above. Futurist David Zach believes the “.” should be replaced with a “?“  Remember when I wrote about him and futuristic thinking last week? Well, you might’ve forgotten. Zach didn’t. In fact, he sent me several Direct Messages on Twitter later in the day that are still challenging my thinking…

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The decision to close down a school permanently is painful all by itself.

And then you must begin to tip-toe through an emotionally charged PR “minefield.” There’s no doubt about it. In the life of every school leader and communicator some of the worst days on the job involve the slow build-up to a permanent school closure – and then the immediate let-down that follows. Hopefully, you’ll be able to fall to…

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If you’ve got it, flaunt it! – SCN Encourager

Back when I was in high school, this expression was popular among my friends. But maybe this was just a Flint thing. I sure hope so – because now it’s only embarrassing. Really, it is. If I handed you one of my high school yearbooks and one of last Sunday’s newspaper advertising circulars for a national Halloween costume chain store –…

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Tuesday Tech Tip: Ready, Set, Plan!

Putting a video together is a lot like buying something in the store that says “assembly required.” You know what it’s supposed to look like, but you’re not exactly sure how to put it together. Success is often the result of  following good directions. When you begin to create your own school video from scratch – from…

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If you must walk a mile in someone else’s shoes… – SCN Encourager

These are definitely the shoes to use. They do the walking for you! Can’t beat that. Of course, there’s no gain if you skip past the pain. But, what the heck, if you’re looking for an easy way around this standard exercise in empathy, here it is. Just get a pair of these puppies. If you prefer to actually…

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