Influence to Lead Presentation at Texas Charter School Association Conference #TCSACON

Excited to present Influence to Lead: From intention to implementation with Herbert O’neil on 10/3/16.

I have included the following links for those attending the session:

#PrimerLive Youtube Channel (over 35+ Leadership Episodes)

#PrimerLeadership Facebook Group

@Troy Mooney  on Twitter (connect with me to continue the conversation)

Primer New Principal Entry Guide (available in Kindle format on Amazon)

Primer podcast for Leaders on iTunes

Presentation from Thursday June 16 at #TEPSA16

Enjoyed the audience participation at our session today titled Influence to lead: From Intention to Implementation.  We shared about the importance of starting with why, piloting projects, involving others in decisions that impact them, and relationships.  Herbert did an excellent job closing out our session by sharing his passion for Hugs, Handshakes, and High Fives.  I have attached a link to a pdf of the presentation.

Influence to Lead: From Intention to Implementation




It Is Time For The #TEPSA16 Conference

Today is the official start of the Texas Elementary Principals Association Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.  Lots of great presenters scheduled to speak including my friend Todd Nesloney  who recently published his first book Kid’s Deserve it. I am also presenting twice and invite all of you to attend if you are attending the conference.

On Thursday, June 16,  Herbert O’Neil and I will be presenting Influence to Lead: From Intention to Implementation.


Lack of influence is a failure point for leaders and their goals.  It is devastating for initiatives to fail because of avoidable development and implementation errors. Learn and practice strategies to expand your influence including involving stakeholders in decisions that impact them, effectively sharing your “why”, and piloting programs to ensure you are able to move ideas from intention to implementation. Join the Primer podcast team and learn how to move your ideas from intention to implementation.

Then on Friday, June 17,  I will be presenting on The Leadership Rift.


The Leadership Rift

The Leadership Rift is the disconnect between leaders and their followers, their customers, achievement of goals, completion of projects, and their understanding of what is really happening in their organization. Learn and share with others specific strategies to minimize and eliminate the effects of the Rift to become the effective  transformational leader your campus needs.

If you are attending the conference, stop by at either session and join the conversation.  If not share your please share your best ideas on these topics with me via twitter.

Build Your Own Leadership Preparation Program

If you work anywhere or participate in any kind of organization, you need more formal and informal leaders.  You can either hire more ready-made leaders (expensive) or develop them on your own (less expensive plus they are already culturally integrated).

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I work in a school system.  You might not, but this is probably as true of your organization as it is of mine: Organizations need more effective leaders, authentically developed at a faster rate, and spread throughout all levels of their organization than most current leadership preparation programs are scaled to produce.  Executives must commit to creating an aligned, authentic, competency based system to recruit, select, develop, support, and evaluate leaders.

Life Schools and Primer hosted an Ed Leadership Preparation Summit, and this document represents a summary of many of the good ideas shared by the leaders we invited to the program.  I’ll develop the concepts in more detail in future posts, but wanted to give you the complete guide up front in case you are trying to get started.

The Primer Guide to  Leadership Preparation Programs

Connect with me on twitter to discuss the guide or to offer suggestions for building a successful Leadership Preparation program.

Further Reading:

Preparing School leaders for a Changing World.  Chapter 4 offers some excellent insight into characteristics of great programs.

Leading School Improvement   produced by SREB from 2001 but a great resource. Discusses what you need beyond a list of competencies or skills in a leadership program.

PRIMER Ep. 2: First steps for new principals

Primer: Where we are always training leaders

What are the important first steps for a new principal?

Primer Podcast Episode 2: First steps for new principals.

(Also available on iTunes: Search Primer,Troy Mooney, or Herbert O’Neil)

Further reading:

Key Actions for New Principals 

Procedures to Learn for New Principals