The 5 Things One Needs In Life To Succeed – Part 1

The 5 Things One Needs In Life To Succeed – Part 1

A few years ago, my supervisor’s supervisor suggested a book to read called “Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everyone Else” by Geoff Colvin. Mr. Colvin is Senior Editor-at-Large for Fortune magazine. In it, he makes the argument that what separates the successful professionals from the rest of the pack is “Designing […]

Five Ways to Shut Off Your Mental Apps: An Article from Evan Roth

Five Ways to Shut Off Your Mental Apps: An Article from Evan Roth

For many school administrators, the school year has just ended, or, the end of another school year is just a couple of weeks away.  For Diocesan administrators, though, the summer is one of the busiest times of year – hiring new principals, allocating financial aid, and reconfiguring school alignments, etc. Whether you’re starting to wind […]

ARMED Goals Refined

ARMED Goals Refined

Last month’s post about ARMED goals seemed to hit upon some nerves…which is a good thing!  It’s only when “disruption” occurs that learning can take place. For the last 60 years, psychologists have extensively researched the theory of “Cognitive Dissonance,” which is the discomfort experienced when the mind has to simultaneously hold two or more […]

SMART Goals Are Now ARMED goals

SMART Goals Are Now ARMED goals

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Let’s think outside the box.” If we’ve already tried doing that with unsatisfying results, then perhaps the time has come to “dream” outside the box rather just “think.”  Of course, thinking outside the box can be done a couple of ways.  Are you thinking linearly, or systemically?  That’s another […]

Catholic Schools: “Foundational” to the Parish – Part II

Catholic Schools: “Foundational” to the Parish – Part II

A few years ago when I began this series of articles on systems thinking, one article was titled “Catholic Schools: ‘Foundational’ to the Parish.”  In it, I made the bold suggestion that if a parish-based Catholic school closes, that sends the message that the next closure or merger may be that of the parish itself. […]

The Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

The Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

According to Kory Kogon, Franklin-Covey productivity expert and co-author of “The Five Choices to Extraordinary Productivity” (Simon & Schuster, 2014), the phenomenon of “operating on autopilot” and using time unproductively is widespread today.  An international six-year study by Franklin-Covey found that 40 percent of respondents indicated they spent 40 percent of their time on things […]

Some Thoughts From Matthew Kelly, Author of “The Rhythm of Life,” “Building Better Families,” and “The Dream Manager”

Some Thoughts From Matthew Kelly, Author of “The Rhythm of Life,” “Building Better Families,” and “The Dream Manager”

When I saw that Matthew Kelly was coming to speak as a part of the Day for Catholic Men in the Diocese of Pittsburgh several years ago, I was excited. He also authored “Rediscovering Catholicism,” but anyone who speaks about “dreams” as a religious experience is someone I have to hear. If you’ve seen some […]

A Little More About Steve Jobs, and How His Approach Led to My 3->4->5 Theory

A Little More About Steve Jobs, and How His Approach Led to My 3->4->5 Theory

Tetrahedronics is all about seeing how things work as a system. In other entries in this site, you’ll find why there needs to be at least 5 elements in every system, and how systems thinking is necessary in order to understand and therefore solve some of the issues facing our world, and, especially for tuition-charging […]

5 Reasons Every Elementary School Needs an Advancement Director – Part 2: Budgeting and Planning for Succession

5 Reasons Every Elementary School Needs an Advancement Director – Part 2: Budgeting and Planning for Succession

Last month’s Tetrahedronics article apparently touched a few nerves, so we’ll continue to touch a few more, especially with some reports of what’s happening at some faith-based and private schools. Some school leaders have contacted me to say, “Adding a full-time Advancement Director is just not in the budget.”  That’s quite a telling phrase, and […]

5 Reasons Why Every Elementary School Needs a Full-Time Advancement Director

5 Reasons Why Every Elementary School Needs a Full-Time Advancement Director

You know the conversations that start out, “I have good news, and I have bad news,” and then the speaker asks the listener which one they want to hear first? Some prefer to hear the bad news first; others prefer not to hear the bad news at all. This time, let’s share some good news […]

Five Reasons Faith-Based Schools Need to Charge Higher, Not Lower, Tuition

Five Reasons Faith-Based Schools Need to Charge Higher, Not Lower, Tuition

I visit many faith-based schools every year, and every year I hear the same thing from a number of them: “We’re really hoping that things start to turn around, or else we may not be open next year.” When I ask what are the causes for their despair, the “big three” reasons are always cited: […]

No One Ever Is To Blame

No One Ever Is To Blame

Do you remember that song by Howard Jones from back in the 1980’s? It was built off the popular phrase of the time, “Just because I’m on a diet doesn’t mean I can’t look at the menu” as it pertained to individuals in committed relationships. Moving forward about 30 years, finding blame is something that […]

Linear Thinking Can Lead to Uncontrolled Growth

Linear Thinking Can Lead to Uncontrolled Growth

Read the title of this article again. Now consider if you think that’s a good thing…or a bad thing. Note how this headline is “reaction neutral.” It’s a great example of allowing the reader to get into the story to see if their suspicions are confirmed or discounted. That last word of the previous paragraph […]

5 Essential Elements for a School’s Success

5 Essential Elements for a School’s Success

Educators will certainly know from their training that in 1956, Benjamin Bloom identified three domains of educational activities, namely, Cognitive (mental skills, or Knowledge), Affective (awareness of feelings or emotional area, or Attitudes), and Psychomotor (manual or physical abilities, or Skills). Trainers refer to these categories as KSA (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes). Educational psychologists have […]

Catholic Schools: “Foundational” to the Parish

Catholic Schools: “Foundational” to the Parish

Almost every year, one hears of a few faith-based schools that are closing or merging in their community. Most of these news stories center around Catholic schools. Rather than examine all the issues that surround the reasons for these actions, let’s just say that some of them are understandable – declines in the general population, […]

The Five Dangers of Being a Development Director

The Five Dangers of Being a Development Director

One of my personal beliefs is that we must expand our minds to be able to hold more than three ideas at the same time. Even Steve Jobs prepared his stellar and celebrated presentations with only three points. Sometimes, some individuals can hold four points in mind, but when the fifth is introduced, it seems […]

Teachers Are Leaders

Teachers Are Leaders

In his book, “The Little Book of Leadership,” sales guru Jeffrey Gitomer says leaders embrace change. “Change is certain. Followers tend to resist change. It is the mark of a leader to embrace change and take advantage of the opportunity it presents” (p.68). Education is all about change. When a student walks out of a […]

The Five “E-Izits” of Evaluation

The Five “E-Izits” of Evaluation

A couple of weeks ago, I published an article regarding “The Five Why’s,” and their role in process improvement.  If you delve deeper into Six Sigma or Lean Six Sigma training, you’ll discover that the Five Why’s usually lead to the root cause of an issue, and the usual root cause is a poor decision […]

5 Reasons All Schools Need an Advancement Director – Part 2

5 Reasons All Schools Need an Advancement Director – Part 2

So many faith-based continue to lament the fact that there’s so much work to be done, personnel are being stretched to their limits, and it seems that more and more effort only results in stable or still declining enrollment. If that sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s a law of physics.  Just like the […]

The 5 Why’s – Determining the Root Cause

The 5 Why’s – Determining the Root Cause

If you’ve been a visitor to SchoolAdvancement, you’ll know that according to systems thinking pioneer Peter Senge, a complete system has 5 elements.  Recently, I’ve been doing some research into Six Sigma process improvement, and was pleasantly surprised to see this article on “The 5 Whys” as part of the Analysis phase of the DMAIC […]