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Nexuses Connections, Networks, Intersections and School

Nexus is a great word. It sounds cool and is ambiguous enough in common usage to mean
about anything anymore, especially when used in action movies, kind of like the word, “Matrix.”

In traditional use, a nexus is a connection (Latin, connexio, “with a nexus”) which organizes
and combines singular things or smaller groups into larger integrated systems. For example,
every intersection or off-ramp in a highway is nexus, and in sophisticated systems, like
highways, and rivers and the Internet, a change in any nexus can change the whole of the
system, and cause downstream changes that affect every other nexus.

Connections create networks that allow for communication.

Communication is a relationship created by the movement of information between two parties.

The word communication literally means “sharing” and it is the change medium in a
change model.

It is the central concept to understanding change models because the cause-and-effect
r…

Welcome Back 2018-2019

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We have had another very good start to what will be a very good year at a very good school that will set us up to have an even better year after we have completed this one.
Booker T Washington said that “Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” We have to be the uncommon school, the excellent school.

The school improvement programming is paying off in enrollment growth, and the quality of our school culture and programming is now reaching audiences in the broader region that had not considered choosing us before. This is a metric of the quality of our people, nothing else attracts serious families in a school market with many choices.
I can’t stress enough how important this is for our school: we have to be better than the other area schools and we have to promote ourselves just like a business would.
Everyone in our school community must understand that our long-term viability as a school depends entirely on being a very, very good …
Possibilities

Possible: something that can be done. Impossible: something that cannot be done. Impossibility is the exact limit beyond which we cannot do anything.

Everything else - every single thing -  is in the realm of the possible.

People of faith - of any faith -  rarely believe in an indifferent and uncaring universe. It is the cynics and skeptics that do - and even then Sartre’s belief (not surprisingly, from a Marxist), that we are “condemned to be free,” suggests that even freedom is a type of fatalism, where the safety rails are removed and you’d better be careful. Many do believe that there are no advantages to freedom that are worth the risk of being free. The possibilities that come with freedom are balanced between the possibility of good outcomes and the possibility of evil outcomes. But there is an equal argument that this is not such a cold world that it must be traversed upon a tightrope.

This year has run its course and is put away, and in a couple of months a new sc…
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A Modern Fable
Once upon a time a ship steamed on in dark water. She was the queen of the seas, a masterwork of the steam-powered era, a model of modernity and luxury. She was made of iron and produced 46,000 horsepower. There were over 2000 people aboard. Her displacement was over 100 million pounds. She was called “unsinkable.”
On a cold spring night over a century ago a terrible collection of events unfolded - the hubris of the owners swayed the captain to operate full-speed through the night, the dark night and speed meant the lookouts could not see far ahead. There were not enough lifeboats to evacuate all of the people aboard if there were any problems. But there was determination in abundance. A growing trend to keep pushing, to force a situation that was not ideal. The zeal and confidence was contagious. Exciting. No power on Earth could stop them!
Then, deep into that black night, an iceberg smacked that ship like..well, like a gigantic mass of frozen water would. It pushed t…

Good Advice

Some Shared Advice from my Mentors
In my military career there were many people who were good mentors and models of leadership to me. As I have said many times, traits of good leaders and traits of good teachers are fundamentally the same.
Two of them, Captain Chappelle and Lieutenant Colonel Jayne, were both specifically Army leadership trainers, and were probably among the best, and I’ve kept a list that I got from LTC Jayne that has been helpful for me, professionally, for decades, now.
Here is his list for professional success:
The Jayne List


Lead by example. Play the role. Constantly acquire expertise in your field. Know your competition. Cultivate professional networks.