027: Work hard, have fun, be nice with Jeff Zoul

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Better Leaders Better Schools guest Dr. Jeffrey Zoul is a lifelong teacher, learner, and leader, currently serving as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109 in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to working in this capacity, Jeff served as a district administrator in Rock Island, Illinois, and a school improvement specialist with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit school improvement network. Jeff also served as a principal with Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia, and with North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois. Zoul has also taught graduate courses at the university level. Before working as an administrator, Jeff taught for 18 years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and enjoyed coaching a variety of sports. Jeff is the author of several books, including Improving Your School One Week at a Time and co-author of What Connected Educators Do Differently. In addition, Zoul enjoys sharing his thoughts about a wide range of educational topics through his blog, Teach. Learn. Lead. Repeat.
jeff zoul on the better leaders better schools podcast with daniel bauer

In this episode you will learn:

  • How disconnection and lack of inspiration motivated Jeff to make an impact
  • Why he uses the phrase “Work hard, have fun, be nice”
  • What MICE+E stands for
  • The power of old fashioned thank you cards
  • The problem wiht jumping to conclusions
  • The power and pitfalls of listening
  • You can’t make everyone happy
  • The real importance of mission, vision, and values
  • The power of hard work
  • The one thing he would do if he was a principal now
  • Innovation vs Transformation

Resources

Books:
The Advantage by Pat Lencioni
Stop Stealing Dreams by Seth Godin (free)
The Innovator’s Mindset by George Cauros

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