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Accelerate Your Performance is a semi-weekly show focused on tactical actions to improve workplace culture from the Nine Principles for Organizational Excellence. On Monday & Thursday mornings, Dr. Janet Pilcher interviews other leaders and provides commentary on how you can be the best you can be. Each episode will leave you with actions you can implement in your organization to drive performance, motivate and engage employees, and strategically prepare your organization for the future.

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Accelerate Your Performance is a semi-weekly show focused on tactical actions to improve workplace culture from the Nine Principles for Organizational Excellence. On Monday & Thursday mornings, Dr. Janet Pilcher interviews other leaders and provides commentary on how you can be the best you can be. Each episode will leave you with actions you can implement in your organization to drive performance, motivate and engage employees, and strategically prepare your organization for the future.

    Be the Best Leader You Can Be

    Be the Best Leader You Can Be

    Striving to be an excellent leader and accomplish great goals in an organization takes commitment and hard work. In this Accelerate Your Performance podcast episode, Dr. Janet Pilcher invites Dr. Xavier De La Torre, Superintendent of Ysleta Independent School District and recent recipient of a 2022 Difference Maker Award, to share about his district's improvement journey. Ysleta Independent School District is an “A” district in Texas, and 98% of the schools in this district are earning A's and B's. In today's discussion, he shares the impact creating a strategic plan with a scorecard has had as well as how the district has achieved excellent student achievement outcomes.


    This episode addresses questions, such as:
    Why is it important to use surveys to understand and garner parent, student, and employee satisfaction?How can implementing a strategic plan using a scorecard improve an organization?What does being the best leader you can be look like to you, and what is one next step you can take to get there?
    Recommended Resources: Lead Collaboratively and Transparently, From Input to Action: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Excellent Leaders are Intentional, & Organizational Scorecard Examples

    • 39 min
    Lead Collaboratively and Transparently

    Lead Collaboratively and Transparently

    What does it take to be a collaborative leader who leads transparently and commits to improvement in an organization? In today’s Accelerate Your Performance podcast episode, Dr. Janet Pilcher invites Jeff Dellutri, Superintendent of Fox Point-Bayside School District, to discuss his ‘why’ for committing to the work of improvement. Listen as he shares about the results he has seen from applying the improvement work and how his collaborative leadership style has contributed to these results.

    This episode addresses questions, such as:
    What role does listening and asking questions play in being a collaborative leader?Why is working collaboratively and relying on others to do their jobs well an important part of the improvement process?What is your 'why’ for committing to the work of improvement for your organization?Recommended Resources: Unrelenting Commitment to Improvement, Get Clear About Action, Make Way for Innovation, & From Input to Action: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    • 22 min
    What it Really Takes to Prevail

    What it Really Takes to Prevail

    "We have to know we will prevail and do so by facing the brutal facts." - Dr. Janet Pilcher. Sometimes having an overly optimistic attitude and disregarding perceived negative data can be harmful to an organization and individual. In this episode of the Accelerate Your Performance Podcast, Dr. Pilcher discusses how you must often be a realist and address the hard facts while continuing to be persistent and motivated in your problem-solving. She goes on to analyze and quote the beliefs of Jim Collins, who is the author of Good to Great, and Admiral Jim Stockdale, who was a prisoner of war.


    This episode addresses questions, such as:
    Why is an overly optimistic outlook or the disregard of negative data damaging to organizations?What is a continuous improvement process, and how does it relate to the Stockdale Paradox?How can you cultivate a culture where individuals do not shy away from negative data or circumstances?    Recommended Resources: Passion and Perseverance, Unrelenting Commitment to Improvement, Fire Up Your Inner Drive, & Good to Great

    • 10 min
    From Input to Action: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    From Input to Action: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    How do you gather, analyze, and implement data in order to achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion? In this Accelerate Your Performance podcast episode, Dr. Janet Pilcher invites Angela Frazier Arthur, Vice President of Student Services at Waukesha County Technical College, and Sherry Simmons, Chief Diversity and Compliance Officer at Waukesha County Technical College, to discuss how they gathered data through surveys and translated it into actions to improve campus diversity and inclusion. In this episode, they dive into their three-year data-gathering period, what they have learned, how they gathered momentum for change, what obstacles they have faced, and advice they have for other leaders seeking to enact change and growth.


    This episode addresses questions, such as:
    Why is gathering data an important step of the improvement process, and how might you start gathering data in your organization to seek growth and development?  How can you cultivate a culture of continuous improvement in your organization? What impact can diversity, equity, and inclusion have on a campus as well as an organization?Recommended Resources: Excellent Leaders are Intentional, Unrelenting Commitment to Improvement, Passion and Perseverance, & Sample 360 Feedback Survey

    • 29 min
    Excellent Leaders are Intentional

    Excellent Leaders are Intentional

    Recently, we hosted our annual What's Right In Education (WRIE) conference in Pensacola, Florida, where we heard from leaders in education across the country about the successes and struggles they have encountered on their continuous improvement journeys. In today's Accelerate Your Performance podcast episode, Dr. Janet Pilcher summarizes some of her favorite parts of WRIE and reflects on one of the key takeaways that surfaced throughout the two-day conference. To be an excellent leader and to be an excellent organization, you need to be intentional. Listen as Dr. Pilcher explains what this means.

    This episode addresses questions, such as:


    What are the key traits that mark intentional leaders?How can you work to actively be more intentional as a leader and encourage intentionality throughout your organization?   What does being intentional mean to you? Recommended Resources: Unrelenting Commitment to Improvement, The Big Picture Synthesizing, Bullseye: Framing a Strategy Session, & Champion of the Goal

    • 5 min
    Unrelenting Commitment to Improvement

    Unrelenting Commitment to Improvement

    In this episode of the Accelerate Your Performance podcast, Dr. Janet Pilcher invites back a guest we have had the pleasure of hosting before, Dr. Jennifer Lowery, Superintendent of Tea Area School District in South Dakota. Dr. Lowery discusses how she has fostered growth in her school district through commitment to improvement, focusing first on culture and a commitment to excellence. Listen as Dr. Lowery shares the successes and lessons learned along the way.

    This episode addresses questions, such as:


    For leaders beginning their improvement journey, where do they start?How might you open doors for the future generation of leaders and push the growth of your district?What results would you like to see from improvement processes, if you were to implement them in your district, school, or classroom? Recommended Resources: Build a Culture of Continuous Improvement, Improvement and Innovation, Continuous Improvement: Where to start?, & Improvement Action Plan

    • 18 min

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