Entries for December 2010

New Beginnings

Friday, December 31, 2010
People who work in or with schools are fortunate to have more than one new year.  They get a new calendar year and a new school year during each 12 month cycle.  Two chances to start over!
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Leadership on a Shoestring

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We often hear complaints among school sports leaders that we lack the means to compete in the marketplace against the “big boys,” be they major college and professional sports or huge media conglomerates. 
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Santa Claus

Friday, December 24, 2010
When Christmas came, the box was discovered and there was great joy as the girls tore through their treasures. 
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Leader of NO Reputation

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
"One axiom of leadership I have come to appreciate reads, ‘leaders do not inflict pain, they bear it.’  In the same manner, leaders do not absorb praise, they re-direct it."
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They Are Us

Friday, December 17, 2010
One of the ways the MHSAA has minimized the us and them divide is to provide for a governing board (the Representative Council) that allows most of schools’ diverse voices to be heard . . .
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MHSAA’S Bowling Future

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The potentially back-breaking issue unique to bowling is an awards program that tends to cause students to violate the amateur and awards rules of MHSAA member schools. 
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What’s in a Name?

Friday, December 10, 2010
During a recent session in which I participated, a group of athletic directors introduced themselves, each providing his or her name and school.  I am embarrassed to say I didn’t recognize the names of several schools ...
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Council Convenes

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This “fall” meeting of the Council is usually one of much discussion and few votes.  This is intended to be a meeting designed for Council members to think about issues without the tyranny of a quick vote to decide upon a course of action. 
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Booking Holiday Plans

Friday, December 3, 2010
Except for some new socks, there’s nothing I need as a gift this holiday season; and what I want I’ve already obtained myself.  Books!  What I really need – like a lot of you – is the gift of time to actually read them.
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