Top LYS Tweets From the Week of March 3, 2013

A number of you in the LYS Nation are now Twitter users.  If you haven’t done so yet, we want you to join us.  To let you see what you are missing, here are the Top 10 LYS Tweets from the week of March 3, 2013. 1. If you believe morale is about keeping people…

A Reader Writes… (Anonymous Letters – Part 6)

In response to the posts on Anonymous Letters, a reader writes: “Good luck on finding a ‘Brezina type’ leader. I have only worked for one who was close to the archetype and accept for a personal tragedy that would break any man, I never saw him weaken. Every other Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent that I…

Brown Writes – More Anonymous Letters (The Catch 22)

I do support and have practiced the destruction of anonymous letters. However I will add that there is a risk in destroying any information (even anonymous) without review. The review process is to protect you, the organization, and possible victims, based on legal issues that may come into play regarding the content of the letters.…

A Reader Writes… (Anonymous Letters – Part 5)

In response to the posts on Anonymous Letters, a reader writes: “There is a saying, ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones but words can never hurt me.’ I don’t know who wrote this, but words do hurt. At the same time, I hope that once I’ve had the chance to think the situation over…

Brezina Writes… Comment on Anonymous Letters, Part 4

Well said, by both. BBSC ResponseI’m just going to savor that compliment for the rest of the day. And since Brezina just gave it his sign of approval, you should review yesterday’s post. Think. Work. Achieve. Your turn…

A Reader Writes… (Anonymous Letters – Part 4)

In response to the posts on Anonymous Letters, a reader (an assistant superintendent who has dramatically improved both high school and district performance) writes: “I have been exposed to this situation 5 times in the last 15 years (only once was I the target). I have been able to watch it play out each time.…

Brown Writes – Anonymous Letters

I have very much the same advice that was offered by Bob Brezina. I always glanced to make sure the there were no legal implications of the words written. The only thing you cannot do with legal issues is nothing. I made a brief mental note and immediately filed it in file #13, better known…

A Reader Writes… (Anonymous Letters – Part 3)

In response to the post on Anonymous Letters, a reader writes: “Amen, brother. You and the LYS Nation are dead on target when it comes to this topic. Fortunately, I have never had to deal with this yet. But I’m saving these posts just in case.”SC ResponseI do realize that I may be one of…

A Reader Writes… (Anonymous Letters – Part 2)

In response to the post on Anonymous Letters, a reader writes: “Of course Brezina is right. I had a similar problem in a district. The problem was that the anonymous letters went to board members as well as the superintendent. I knew what I wanted to do with the anonymous letters, so did the superintendent.…

A Reader Writes… (Anonymous Letters – Part 1)

In response to the post on Anonymous Letters, a reader writes: “The funny thing is this… There is always a ‘tipping point’ in the relationship between a staff and a new principal. The ‘tipping point’ signals the shift from the vocal minority complaining about change (or writing anonymously) to the silent majority finally being fed…

Anonymous Letters, the Reboot

Right before our Christmas Sabbatical, a LYS reader sent in a question concerning anonymous letter. The responses started immediately, but there wasn’t enough time to truly engage in the conversation, so I postponed it. So without further ado, here is the reboot. An LYS reader asks the following: “Mr. Cain, Recently our campus has been…

A Reader Asks… Anonymous Letters

An LYS reader asks the following: “Mr. Cain, Recently our campus has been hit by a rash of anonymous letters. I know that we are on the right track, but it is obvious that my principal is concerned. Any advice?” SC Response:Instead of my answer, I passed this question to the person who taught me…
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