Tim the Toolman Taylor Would Love Evernote (but still wouldn’t be a great principal)

We’re producing the Going Digital module on Evernote this week, and the introduction video is now ready:

I think you’ll enjoy this look at high-leverage ways to use Evernote in our line of work, from documenting walkthroughs, to saving whiteboards from PD sessions, to keeping emails for future reference.

But here’s the thing: tools don’t create impact. Leaders who use tools aren’t automatically effective leaders. Tools make you efficient, but what’s the point of being efficient at the wrong things?

Are We Tim the Toolman Taylor?

Remember the 90s sitcom Home Improvement? Tim Taylor was all about the tools, but he’d often use them for their own sake (like when he put a tree branch down his new garbage disposal, just to see if he could).

We could talk about tools like Evernote all day long, but to be effective, we have to start with sound strategy.

From Knowing to Doing

But we can’t stop there, because knowing what to do and having tools to do it efficiently still isn’t enough. We need to actually do it, and not fall into the knowing-doing gap. This means we need to develop habits to consistently perform at a high level.

I call this powerful 1-2-3 combination the high performance triangle:

high performance triangle

This is the basis for everything I teach in the High-Performance Instructional Leadership Network, which is open to new members for a few more hours.

High-Performance Instructional Leadership Network

In the Network you get:

  • Two 1-hour live workshop sessions each month on high-performance instructional leadership. You will learn the skills, strategies, tools, and techniques that you need to thrive as a high-performance instructional leader.
  • Going Digital: Boot Camp for High-Performance Instructional Leaders, my extensive and growing library of video tutorials to walk you step-by-step through the tools you’ll need for high-performance leadership
  • Recordings of everything for on-demand access
  • My monthly Leadership Letter, an action-oriented guide to the most relevant research and thinking on organizational leadership, to help you lead your school with purpose and strategic focus.
  • A welcome kit, including a Future File system and resources to give your productivity a jumpstart
  • Individual productivity consultations via phone/Skype
  • Complimentary membership for an emerging leader you are mentoring (e.g. teacher-leader, admin intern, dean, etc.)

One More Thing…

Since I’m talking about strategy today, I wanted to announce one more bonus that I’m adding to the Network: The Marshall Memo.

Kim Marshall, author of Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation, has spent the past decade devouring every publication relevant to educational leaders.

Each week, he summarizes the 5 or 10 best articles he encounters in the 64 publications he reads each month. He’s just published the 500th Marshall Memo, creating what I’m certain is the single most powerful source of research and strategic input for school leaders.

You can subscribe to the Memo on your own (and you should), but if you join the Network before midnight tonight, you’ll get the Marshall Memo for free as part of your membership.

We’ll put it all together, week after week, to help you have the greatest possible impact on student learning. I hope you can join me.

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Jesse Cox - November 22, 2013 Reply

The “reminder” feature is wonderful – I had not know about it until this video. Was it new to the last update? At any rate, that feature alone makes EN so much more useful to me.

Justin Baeder - November 22, 2013 Reply

Yep, it’s a pretty recent feature, and one I’ve just started using in the last couple of weeks, in conjunction with Remember the Milk.

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