The Principal Purpose Podcast

Lynn Hardin

The intention of The Principal Purpose is to provide tools and inspiration to help school leaders become the principal everybody loves. read less
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🎙️ School Leaders Unite: Tackling the Biggest Time Bandit - Worry! 🚫⏰🧠
Oct 4 2023
🎙️ School Leaders Unite: Tackling the Biggest Time Bandit - Worry! 🚫⏰🧠
Episode Show Notes:- Welcome to the Principal Purpose Podcast hosted by Lynn Hardin, a Principal and Certified Life Coach. - This podcast aims to shape you into the Principal everyone adores by discussing trust, relationships, and commitment.Main Discussion:- Lynn shares personal experiences of getting derailed from her routine due to selling her house.- Discussion on effective time management and its importance in boosting productivity and well-being.- Time management techniques shared:  - Setting clear goals.  - Prioritizing tasks with methods such as the Eisenhower box or ABCD method.  - Utilizing the two-minute rule.  - Importance of technology like Todoist, Trello, and Google Calendar.  - Breaking down overwhelming tasks.  - The Pomodoro technique.  - Dangers of multitasking.  - Grouping similar tasks.  - Setting deadlines.  - Delegating tasks.  - Combating procrastination.  - Reducing distractions.  - Reviewing and adjusting weekly plans.  - Allocating time effectively using the '8-8-8' rule.  - Starting the day early for increased productivity.  - Allocating time for self-care.Highlight:- Lynn introduces the 'worry list' technique:  - List down all worries.  - Categorize them into 'no control', 'some control', and 'full control'.  - Reflect on items where one has control to act upon them.Closing Notes:- Introducing the 'Tiny Time List' for tasks that can be done in short time bursts.- Encouraging listeners to live and act on purpose, serving their students, community, and staff.- Offering a special gift for listeners: A Principal Planner available for download on Lynn's website.🎁 **Gift for Listeners:**  Head to my website  https://www.lynnhardin.com/ to download the principal planner for better time management.OutroThank you for joining us on the Principal Purpose Podcast. Ensure to create spaces where every child thrives and be the principal everyone loves!Remember, as a principal, you shape the future, and your approach to time management can have a profound effect on your professional and personal well-being. Stay tuned for more actionable insights in future episodes! We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you do the following and more:Simplify and streamline technologySave teachers’ timeReliably meet Tier 1 standardsImprove student performance on state assessments🚀 Ready to see why leading districts trust IXL for their educational needs? Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
Leading the Ruckus: Shaping the Future of Education with Danny Bauer
Sep 13 2023
Leading the Ruckus: Shaping the Future of Education with Danny Bauer
EPISODE NOTES:Introducing Danny Bauer: A renowned principal development and retention expert, best-selling author, and the host of two globally recognized podcasts.Bauer's Mission: Aimed at building better leaders for schools, Danny discusses how he helps educators combat isolation and find solutions to their major challenges.Personal Touch: Diving deep into Danny's favorite childhood memory of a Renaissance Fair and its connection to his leadership journey.Discovering the Podcasting World: Bauer's inspiration from "Entrepreneur on Fire" by John Lee Dumas and his realization that there was a gap in the market for school leader-focused content.The Importance of Focus: Bauer emphasizes not diversifying too much but instead honing in on what works, which for him is the "Ruckus Maker Mastermind."Origin of "Ruckus Maker": Danny's inspiration from Seth Godin’s ideas on disruption and "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon, leading to the birth of the term "Ruckus Maker" as a descriptor for trailblazing leaders in education.Staying in Your Lane: Emphasis on the value of consistency and staying true to one's mission, as key advice for both leaders and entrepreneurs.Impact on Education: An overarching theme throughout the interview is Bauer's dedication to creating a positive disruption in the world of education, molding better leaders, and ensuring a brighter future for students.Danny Bauer Websites and Social LinksBLBS Website: https://betterleadersbetterschools.comDownload The School Leadership Scorecard™: https://betterleadersbetterschools.com/scorecard Build Leadership Momentum: How to Create the Perfect Principal Entry Plan: buildleadershipmomentum.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danevanbauer?ref=bookmarksLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielevanbauer/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamdannybauer/Medium: https://alienearbud.medium.com/BLBS on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/better-leaders-better-schools-podcast-Danny-bauer/id1036167679?mt=2BLBS on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3c1dkdobcUbAmUHfBWovuk?si=zTD5xZRTSj6rxXlucl6sUQSchool Leadership Series on Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/school-leadership-series-with-Danny-bauer/id1352995134?mt=2School Leadership Series on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2ok6PzXGfcbuqyiOYT0hZfFREE PLANNER: https://www.lynnhardin.com/This planner for a school principal will make it simple to map out the school year, months, weeks, and days so you can be what your were meant to be, a principal everybody loves. We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you do the following and more:Simplify and streamline technologySave teachers’ timeReliably meet Tier 1 standardsImprove student performance on state assessments🚀 Ready to see why leading districts trust IXL for their educational needs? Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
Leadership Evolution: Overcoming Our Brain's Ancient Quirks
Aug 15 2023
Leadership Evolution: Overcoming Our Brain's Ancient Quirks
Episode Summary: In this episode, we delve deep into the intricacies of our brain, exploring the negative biases imprinted on our minds by our ancestors. We offer insights and practical steps to help school principals and leaders navigate these biases, hone emotional intelligence, and evolve into leaders who are loved, respected, and admired.Episode Notes:IntroductionObjective: To nurture leadership qualities admired by all – from teachers to district personnel.Brain Basics 101The architecture of our mind: growth vs. closed mindset.Importance of understanding basic brain biology for leadership.Qualities of Strong LeadershipThe role of emotional intelligence in leadership.Dealing with negativity: Converting challenges into opportunities or comfort.Understanding Negative BiasEvolutionary origins: Why our brains focus on potential dangers.Modern-day implications: Principals might not face saber-tooth tigers, but the bias persists.Real-life examples: The fixation on criticism and overlooking compliments.Mental ReconfigurationFun experiment: Humming the ABC song to shift thoughts.Steps to navigate negativity:Observe the thought.Normalize the thought.Neutralize by focusing on facts.Deep Dive: 'Not Enough' SyndromeThe subconscious standards we set for ourselves.Challenge: Asking ourselves why we believe certain standards are needed.The importance of self-acceptance.Solutions and StrategiesRecognizing the brain's concerns with compassion.Viewing challenges as learning curves.Reminder: Leadership isn’t about perfection.Closing ThoughtsAll humans grapple with negativity; it's our response that differentiates us.Challenge for listeners: Transform your mindset and evolve into a more effective leader.FREE PLANNER: https://www.lynnhardin.com/This planner for a school principal will make it simple to map out the school year, months, weeks, and days so you can be what your were meant to be, a principal everybody loves. We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you do the following and more:Simplify and streamline technologySave teachers’ timeReliably meet Tier 1 standardsImprove student performance on state assessments🚀 Ready to see why leading districts trust IXL for their educational needs? Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
"Dear brain, you can be quiet now."
Aug 2 2023
"Dear brain, you can be quiet now."
**Episode Notes: "Dear brain, you can be quiet now." or how to Empower Your Mindset - Conquer Negative Thoughts and Lead with Confidence***Introduction:*- Welcome to an empowering episode designed specifically for school leaders like you!- In this episode, we'll explore the fascinating world of self-talk and its impact on our lives as educators.- The start of a new school year is the perfect time to cultivate a positive and empowering mindset.- We all face challenges, but today, we're going to equip you with practical techniques to overcome negative thoughts.*Segment 1: Understanding the Power of Self-Talk*- Self-talk influences our emotions, actions, and overall experiences in life and leadership.- Recognizing negative thought patterns and their effects on our decision-making.- The importance of self-awareness and identifying triggers that lead to negative self-talk.*Segment 2: Flipping the Script - Reframing Negative Thoughts*- Learn powerful strategies to reframe negative thoughts into positive and growth-oriented ones.- How to transform challenges into opportunities for personal and professional development.- The significance of affirmations and how they can shift your mindset for success.*Segment 3: Creating a Positive School Environment*- Discover the impact of a positive school culture on staff, students, and parents.- Practical tips for fostering a supportive and empowering atmosphere within your school community.- Leading by example - how your mindset influences the culture of your school.*Segment 4: Overcoming Leadership Challenges*- Addressing common challenges faced by school leaders and how mindset plays a crucial role.- Coping strategies for managing stress and pressure in your leadership role.- Tips on effective communication to bridge gaps and build strong relationships.*Conclusion:*- Embrace the power of a positive and empowering mindset as you embark on the new school year.- You have the potential to lead with confidence and make a lasting impact on your school community.- Remember, self-talk is a skill that can be honed and improved over time.- Practice self-compassion and celebrate your growth as a leader.- Thank you for joining us on this journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Don't forget to hit that subscribe button to stay inspired on your leadership path.So, let's get started and make this school year one of growth, learning, and leadership excellence! Tune in now and let's dive deep into the world of self-talk and embrace the incredible potential that lies within each of us. You've got this! We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you do the following and more:Simplify and streamline technologySave teachers’ timeReliably meet Tier 1 standardsImprove student performance on state assessments🚀 Ready to see why leading districts trust IXL for their educational needs? Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
The Summer Break Success Blueprint: Rejuvenating Strategies for Principals
Jun 20 2023
The Summer Break Success Blueprint: Rejuvenating Strategies for Principals
As principals, we dedicate ourselves to the success of our students and schools throughout the academic year. However, it's crucial to remember that we also need time for rest and rejuvenation. Today, we'll explore practical strategies that will allow you to make the most of your summer break, ensuring you return in the fall feeling refreshed and energized.Let's dive right in!Our first key topic is prioritizing self-care. As principals, it's easy to neglect our own well-being while attending to the needs of others. However, taking care of ourselves is essential for maintaining long-term effectiveness. So, what can you do to prioritize self-care during the summer break?- Establishing Boundaries: Set clear boundaries between work and personal life. Designate specific days or times for relaxation, family activities, and pursuing personal interests. Avoid the temptation to constantly check work emails or engage in work-related tasks during your designated time off.- Engaging in Activities You Love: Identify activities that bring you joy and make them a priority during your break. Whether it's reading, hiking, painting, or spending quality time with loved ones, engage in activities that help you relax and recharge. Remember that indulging in your passions is not only rejuvenating but also enhances your overall well-being.- Nurturing Your Physical Health: Use this time to focus on your physical well-being. Engage in regular exercise, eat nutritious meals, get plenty of sleep, and consider engaging in mindfulness practices such as meditation or yoga. Prioritizing your physical health during the summer break will contribute to your overall energy levels and help you start the new academic year feeling revitalized.While it's crucial to prioritize relaxation, we also want to ensure that we make the most of our time off. Let's explore some strategies for maximizing productivity during the summer break.- Setting Clear Goals: Define what you want to accomplish during your break. Whether it's completing professional development courses, organizing your workspace, or planning for the upcoming school year, set clear goals that align with your aspirations. Break these goals down into smaller tasks to ensure a sense of progress and accomplishment.- Time Blocking: Create a schedule or use a digital calendar to allocate specific time blocks for work-related tasks and personal activities. This helps maintain balance and ensures you allocate sufficient time to both work and relaxation. By assigning dedicated time slots for specific tasks, you can stay focused and avoid feeling overwhelmed by an endless to-do list.- Delegation and Empowerment: Identify potential leaders within your school community and delegate tasks accordingly. Empowering others not only lightens your workload but also provides growth opportunities for aspiring leaders. Trusting your team and allowing them to take on responsibilities fosters a sense of ownership and collaboration, ultimately benefiting the entire school community.- Embracing Technology and Systems: Leverage technology tools to streamline tasks and improve efficiency. Whether it's using productivity apps, project management tools, or automation software, embracing technology can save you time and energy. Explore how technology can support your workflow and help you streamline administrative tasks, allowing you to focus on high-impact initiatives.Lastly, summer break presents an ideal opportunity for reflection and professional growth. Let's explore how principals can make the most of this time to further develop their skills and passions.* Reflecting on the Past Year: Take time to reflect on the previous academic year. What worked well? What challenges did you face? Use this reflection to identify areas for improvement and set goals for the upcoming year. Consider journaling or engaging in conversations with trusted colleagues to gain different perspectives on your experiences.* Professional Development: Explore professional development opportunities that align with your interests and goals. Whether it's attending conferences, participating in online courses, or joining webinars, invest in your professional growth. Choose topics that inspire you and expand your knowledge base, ultimately benefiting your leadership abilities and the overall success of your school.* Networking and Collaboration: Connect with other principals and educational leaders through networking events or online communities. Collaborating with like-minded professionals can provide fresh perspectives and insights. Share experiences, exchange ideas, and build relationships that can support your growth as a principal and enhance your effectiveness in leading your school.As we wrap up today's episode, remember that your summer break is a valuable time for you to recharge, reflect, and grow. By prioritizing self-care, maximizing productivity, and focusing on professional development, you'll set yourself up for a productive and fulfilling summer break. When you return in the fall, you'll bring a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm, ready to lead your school community to new heights.Thank you for joining us today on "The Principal Purpose Podcast." Until next time, keep living on purpose!Visit: https://www.lynnhardin.com/ for this free guide:  Learn how to leave work at work with this free survival guide!Want to have a healthy life-work balance, but aren’t sure where to start? Or maybe your work is great, but your home life is out of whack?This complimentary survival guide will help you find balance. Three simple words and three simple steps create the results you want in your workday and life, without the guilt or shame. We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you do the following and more:Simplify and streamline technologySave teachers’ timeReliably meet Tier 1 standardsImprove student performance on state assessments🚀 Ready to see why leading districts trust IXL for their educational needs? Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.
Finding Your True Voice: Authenticity in Principals' Leadership
May 19 2023
Finding Your True Voice: Authenticity in Principals' Leadership
What's interesting about effective leadership is it's also about how to be an effective anything, effective life, coach, effective parent, effective friend, effective human being. So to be an effective leader, he must first start from the authentic part of who you are. Each of us has an inner being. As you may call it a. spirit, a source, whatever is not instinct or what's going on in a primitive part of our brain. This inner being is our primary tool to being great. So I want to encourage you to be yourself. To experience beyond. Your limitations. And to become stronger. More alive. We all achieve better results. When we have a sense of expansion, we are expanded. And I'll explain what that means later. It doesn't mean. Like gaining weight or expanding, and the hip barrier from sitting at your desk too much. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm really talking more about. Uh, mindset expansion of our minds, expansion of our heart expansion of our being expansion of our willingness to take massive action. And we've become more of who we are. When we practice. Looking at our thoughts. Looking at our feelings, which are vibrations and in combination. Of thoughts and feelings in this vibration, we will attract outer successes. Authenticity. It's your own style? It's your own personal style. Oh, your strengths and skills, life experience, intuitive sense. Lead from the center of your authentic being, you are valuable just the way you are in this moment. You're enough just as you are right now to be a really great and successful leader. And I wish I had known that my first week as a new principals, so many years ago. I was enough at that moment. If I had been authentic. And instead I was trying to be this persona or my perception of what a great principal was. I was really modeling the principals that I had had in high school and middle school and elementary school, you know, the kind of principles that sit behind the desk and they're large. Charge. And if there's a problem it's off with your head and you never see them. That way. Was not me. That was not who I am as a person, but that's what I thought. And I wish I had known at that moment that I was enough. I'm here to say right now you are, whether you're starting out in your new school. Or whether you're in your 20.  I'm going to let you in on a well kept secret. I don't think that. You learn this in school or graduate school? At least I didn't, when I was getting my credential and I don't know that mentors will, will tell you and. This is my experience. Everyone else are the experts. The parents are the experts of their children. The teachers are the ex. Bursts of their teaching and their instruction, their classroom, their classroom management. The special education. Directors and assistant supes. They are the experts. We do not have to be experts in really any area. Except. Being authentic we don't need to know more than our teachers, our parents, our students, our district. Personnel. We don't need to know more. Leadership is all about listening to and responding to whoever it is that you are interacting with rather than advising or trying to fix. Active and deep listening requires practice. Not expertise. And this is the number one secret. To being a great leader. I remember. My first year. When I did not, I believe that I had to be everything and no more. And of course I didn't. So I was terrified and acted accordingly. And I wasn't real present. I was always in the future trying to problem solve. And I remember a wonderful father coming in. So concerned about his son who. mean, how much trouble can you really get in elementary school? Something had happened on the playground. I don't even remember what it was, but I remember him saying to me, and it changed my leadership. He looked at me, not happily and said, I don't think you're listening to me. And you know what he was right. I wasn't, I was just responding and trying to get him out of my office and move on to the next problem. And it woke me up. And I told him, I said, you're right, let's start again. I'm here.  We can listen and respond appropriately when we are being rather than doing, when we're asking questions, instead of giving advice. Wherever we're talking to teacher, parent, student, and expecially students have answers within themselves. And a good leader, a good principal reminds them of their infinite wisdom, helps him to see things from a different perspective and come to their own conclusions and solutions. When someone comes up to their own conclusions or solutions and has the answers within them. They take action. They're more apt to do it rather than say. Yep. I'll try. I'll try. And then. They're not going to, because it was your solution, your aunt's or my solution. My answer. My job. As a principal, as a leader is to hold. Stakeholders. My community teachers, staff, students in a safe place. While seeing their higher vision. When someone comes to me with his or her own conclusion. There's a bigger impact and an actual energy shift. But then this person is able to take personal responsibility because the solution was his or hers. This accountability allows them to move closer to his or her goal. Remember. What do you focus on? Or what you focus upon expands our thoughts create our reality. When we are coming from a place of doing I'm making air quotes, the aspect of leadership and building.  Our positive school culture building our community. That is when fear perfectionism dread doubt surface. Of course, we need to take action. To create a positive school environment and be great leaders. But our main focus is to be on our vision of what we want. So I'm a big journaler. I have my client's journal. I think even as staff meetings, I've had teachers do writing. And good teachers have their students do writing. So I'm going to give you some homework, pull out your journal. And I want you to answer this question. Or put it as a title. What makes me who I am? What are your character traits? What are your strengths? What are your skills? What are your talents? This will give great information about who you are authentically. And if you're not quite sure, ask a trusted friend or a spouse or partner or family member. To help you see how you really are. Some other homework. I want to encourage you to be aware of when you shift between being and doing. Once you see the impact that being has on your community. Make corrections in the future to focus more on. Being with them and being yourself rather than doing, having an intention, having a strategy. I'm not talking about vision, but I'm talking about being one sided  it's like the other person doesn't even exist. We're going to do it. My way or the highway.  And then in your daily life, how are you showing up authentically? Is there any way that you're not being true to yourself? And write that down also.  And this is not done as some form of judgment or criticism. But what it is, even if you only had one out of the 12 characteristics. What happens is you stay focused on what is working. Rather than what is not because we remember what we focus on expands. So if you were focusing on the one characteristic characteristic trait that showed up, you will attract more of what is working with that person. You hold a focus for that person that can influence even more of what will help them. And we'll build that relationship. We as human beings have a tendency to focus on what is not working. So I think this is a...
Changing Your Mind
Feb 16 2023
Changing Your Mind
In this episode we are talking to Ashley Wolf a teacher, librarian, and life coach about the shift in teachers' mental health and the impact of mindset on a classroom. About the Guest Ashley Wolf is the host for podcast The Teacher Mindset Coach for teachers who want to do the hard work to up-level themselves and have fun along the way.  Ashley rocks your world through mindset stories, strategies and skills that you've probably never been taught before.Email her at ashley@teachermindsetcoach.com Continue the conversation and comradery in The Teacher Mindset Coach Facebook Groupwww.facebook.com/groups/teachermindsetcoach www.teachermindsetcoach.com About the host Lynn Hardin is a Retired Elementary School Principal and Certified Life Coach for educators.  She understands the stress and anxiety associated with being a principal and leading a school.  She is a wife, mother, grandmother, dog lover, and artist.  She is passionate about helping principals have less stress and more success to live happier and healthier lives.  Connect on Instagram @_lynnhardin.  To work with Lynn privately go the http://www.lynnhardin.com and schedule a call. We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you do the following and more:Simplify and streamline technologySave teachers’ timeReliably meet Tier 1 standardsImprove student performance on state assessments🚀 Ready to see why leading districts trust IXL for their educational needs? Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.