We know what we need help with.

When adults marginalize youth voices, youth suffer. Finding opportunities to centralize youth voice is neither frivolous nor fuzzy. What school leaders and youth-serving nonprofits should take away from Victoria Anne’s experience is that students should know as much about McKinney-Vento as they do about how to sign up for the football team. Also, we (adults) don’t know what we are doing unless and until we include youth voice.

Before you create a DEI task force, make a spreadsheet.

All organizations should have a DEI task force. And, the task force deserves to know what problem they are trying to solve. Without precision and clarity, an organization that begins the work of addressing systemic racism without first looking at their data is probably wasting time.

Self-care is the cornerstone of a healing-centered school.

Self-care is a journey—and because we’re all in different places on this journey—helping others heal requires some familiarity with the map. Build healing-centered schools by practice self-love, self-awareness, and self-service first towards yourself, and then towards your school community.

How your organization can practice self-care.

Ultimately, the work of self-care happens individually from the inside out. However, caring professionals are more likely to have time and space to attend to their own self care when they work in organizations fluent in the Eight Dimensions of Wellness.

Three communication strategies to help you prepare for your next meeting.

“I have the vision for how I want this to work in my mind. I just can’t seem to explain the next steps in ways that make sense to anyone but me.”

Clarity is often a key theme in my coaching sessions with leaders and leadership teams. From their perspective, what they want their organization to achieve is compelling and connects directly to their values. Yet, the path forward is complex and involves each aspect of the organization differently.

Be prepared to explain almost anything at your next meeting with these three communication strategies.

Why telling people to care for themselves doesn’t work, and what leaders can do instead.

This article is for leaders of caring organizations who work hard to take care of their people. The words and action steps below reflect perspectives and experiences of caring professionals who have generously and kindly shared with me what they have learned about self-care.

How to make the values that guide your work something your team can live out loud every day.

While OKRs won’t work unless they’re written down, the process of documenting OKRs can be a powerful opportunity for collaboration and learning. In my experience, the process of writing OKRs is a critical opportunity for leaders to expand the breadth and depth of what their organization can offer those they serve.