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Episode 31: Trust- The Key to Team Building

Episode 31: Trust- The Key to Team Building

August 27, 2014


When a leader is assigned to an organization…success or stumbling is determined by the individual's plans for making change. 

Is it... I am here to save the day and we will proceed according to my plans or is there an attempt at creating a team mentality which means that the leader is working to create trust?

Leadership requires more than a plan but time spent purposefully building trust.


As Seth Godin, in Tribes, comments...  “Leadership is not management.”

This means that you have to get others on board…you have to spend time building a team…and creating a trusting organization…avoiding…It’s my way or the highway…Not just thinking that I only have to tell people what to do and they will do it.

Throughout this episode I reflect on comments from the works of Dan Pink, P. Lencioni, and J. Maxwell.


After listening, I hope that you will spend some time evaluating your team direction and decide whether you have created real trust. Ask yourself…Do your members really interact with each other or are they simply complying for fear of retribution or being wrong?



Listed below are the links to books that I mentioned as well as the opening YouTube clip. I hope that you will take time to explore these wonderful tools for developing your teams.

Patrick Lencioni YouTube Clip from Opening

5 Dysfunctions of a Team

The Advantage

Winning With People by John Maxwell

The 17 Indisputable laws of Team Work by John Maxwell

Tribes by Seth Godin

To Sell is Human by Daniel Pink

Drive by Daniel Pink


Length 28:30

Episode 28: Coaching-Supporting New Team Members

Episode 28: Coaching-Supporting New Team Members

July 24, 2014


Every organization should have a way to support new staff members.

Induction programs are great but they are just one part of supporting new staff.

Everyone needs a coach.

It can’t be left to chance.


In this podcast I talk about the #1 reason for having a coaching program and the 5 components the coaching program should address.


I discuss why most coaching programs in schools fail and what can be done to make them work.

I hope that you will listen and take a look at your school. Do you have a program for coaching your new teachers or other staff? How about at the system level? Do you have a program in place where coaches work with your principals and others throughout the district? If not, why not? If not then get started! A good coaching program will help you keep good…no... great staff members!!!


As always, I hope that you will share with family, friends, and colleagues.

Here are links to articles that I talked about in the show.

Shaping School Culture: The Heart of Leadership by Terrence E. Deal and Kent Petterson

Making Sense of Social Networks in Schools by Terrence E. Deal

Get the Most Out of Executive Coaching by Steven Berglas

So What is Executive Coaching by Dr. Woody

The Coaching of Teaching by Bruce Joyce and Beverly Showers

Teaching How to Teach: Coaching Tips from a Former Principal by Shane Safir

In Search of a Metaphor for Coaching by Elena Aguilar


Length 36:30

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