Hacking Leadership

By Tony Sinanis and Joe Sanfelippo

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Water is amazing and seemingly always finds a way. It has the ability to form, replenish our system, power equipment, or can wipe out entire cities. Leaders have the same properties. Some end up conforming to their environment as water would with a cup or bowl. Some have the power to wipe out entire populations and others lift the level of the land. The best leaders take little openings and create space for those they lead. They find the smallest cracks of opportunity and create a path that was not there before. They shape the land. They find a way. Hacking leadership is about finding innovative solutions to issues that have plagued the system for years, and implementing them tomorrow. The focus is on practical application. We all know the problems exist, but knowledge of problems does not make our daily life in schools easier. Utilizing the tools in Hacking Leadership will allow you and your team to find the openings and create space for those you lead. Space to learn. Space to teach. Space to thrive.

Episode Date
We're In This Thing Together

New Twitter vs. Old Twitter...ridiculous television...and remembering that we are all in this thing together.

Jul 13, 2018
The Impact of Nonverbal Communication
Jul 03, 2018
Street Fair!!!!!

Somedays you get to see true passion in education. Today was that day in Fall Creek. Passion projects can go beyond the students in the building. Everyone is passionate about something...help the adults in your space find it. Go Crickets.

Jun 08, 2018
Be Intentional about the Conversation

It is the end of the year, people! Be mindful of the conversations and make sure your group walks away feeling great about the professional work they have done. Lucky to live in Fall Creek...where our people continue to CRUSH IT!!!!! 

Jun 05, 2018
To Those Who Dare Greatly

"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena..." To all those who work with kids...to all who are IN THE ARENA...to all those willing to dare greatly...this one is for you. #hackingleadership 

May 27, 2018
Bringing on New Staff

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to show your parents your first job offer as a teacher? How about your spouse or kids? Creating a moment is a great way to make people feel like they already belong to your organization...let's talk about how we do it. Here we go!!!!!!! #hackingleadership 

May 25, 2018
Be Intentional-Superbowl Sunday

Every interaction counts. How can we tap into things that advertisers do leading up to the Superbowl to connect with our communities.

Feb 04, 2018
Benefit in Fall Creek

We had an incredible benefit for one of our staff members in Fall Creek and the story needed to be captured. Amazing community. 

Nov 30, 2017
Taking on PBL at Fall Creek Middle School

The 7th grade MS team in Fall Creek WI decided that stepping out of their comfort zone wasn't enough...they thought jumping completely outside of it was the way to go! Great story from an incredible group of teachers...happy to have them in Fall Creek. #gocrickets 

May 30, 2017
Model Schools Prep with Fall Creek's 2nd Grade Team

The second grade team from Fall Creek, WI will be part of our Model Schools presentation in Nashville this summer. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District by ICLE in 2016 and 2017. The second grade team and their students connected with a local zoo...fantastic story!!! #gocrickets 

May 29, 2017
Senior Walk in Fall Creek

Fantastic event in Fall Creek today as the Senior Walk made it's second appearance on campus. Incredible opportunity to connect kids and teachers. Wow...what a day!!! #gocrickets

May 19, 2017
Building Relationships Through Co-Teaching

So proud of these two FC teachers for their approach to co-teaching. Relationships first...always. Fantastic work. Enjoy!!

May 09, 2017
Changing Culture 30 Seconds at a Time

Culture changes in 30 second increments. Be intentional...someone is always watching.

May 09, 2017
Recognizing Awe

Jason Silva's Responsibility to Awe video is fantastic. It speaks to the idea of mental models and the fact that many live in comfort zones and rarely venture outside of them. One of the things we think is important about the video is a story that is not being told...awe is happen all around us. We can't mandate a time or place, it is person specific, and we never know what it is that brings people to that place of inspiration. What we CAN do is to provide an environment where stepping out of comfort zones is not only valued, but encouraged. 

Apr 28, 2017
My Allie

A trip to Canada got me to thinking about Allie and what the world will have in store for her as she grows up. Thanks to the TLDSB crew for a fantastic experience!!

Apr 27, 2017
CESA 4 Workshop Preview

Looking forward to spending time with people at CESA 4!!!

Jan 27, 2017
Hacking Leadership Chat 3: Building Relationships

The guys are back to recap the Hacking Leadership Twitter chat from November! 

Nov 12, 2016
Hacking Leadership Recap September

The guys are back!!! The first Hacking Leadership chat was a huge success and Tony and Joe jump on the podcast to recap the fantastic conversation.

Sep 05, 2016
We're Back...Almost!

The boys are back! Well...almost back! After a summer of talking Hacking Leadership with groups across the country Tony and Joe settle back into the routine and get the Successful Schools Podcast back on the map! 

Aug 12, 2016
Hacking Leadership Launch!

The guys sit down for a few minutes and talk about the release of Hacking Leadership. The 3rd book from Sinanis and Sanfelippo breaks 10 problems in schools and helps you get to a new place through "hacks". They give you things you can do tomorrow, a blueprint for implementation, how to deal with pushback, and where you can find the hack in action.

Jun 24, 2016
Successful Schools: Instructional Leadership in Math

Join the guys as they offer tips and tricks help you lead in the area of math instruction!

Mar 22, 2016
Successful Schools-Instructional Leadership in Literacy

Join the guys as they discuss instructional leadership in literacy at the building and district level. A few tips and tricks to implement tomorrow highlight the conversation!!

Mar 20, 2016
Successful Schools Episode 8-Instructional Leadership

Join the guys as they discuss instructional leadership at the building and district level!

Mar 08, 2016
Successful Schools Sustaining Momentum

Join the guys as they talk about sustaining momentum in your school. Practical ideas to continue the great things happening in your space is a the core of the discussion!

Feb 22, 2016
Successful Schools-Schools and the Big Game

SB 50 is here and the guys talk about how we can celebrate schools like the world celebrates the Super Bowl. Some jokes, tips, and a few tools to get you started tomorrow! #schoolstories 

Feb 07, 2016
Successful Schools-School Community Empowerment

The guys discuss school wide empowerment and try to take on Grease Live! Increased student voice, trust, and relationship building...all part of the podcast.

Feb 02, 2016
Successful Schools-Empowering Parents

Join Tony and Joe as they discuss blizzards, hair product, and most importantly...how to empower parents! Shared decision making and positive contacts help get you rolling! 

Jan 25, 2016
Successful Schools-Empowering Students

Dr. Tony Sinanis and Dr. Joe Sanfelippo are back!!! Students are the reason we go to work on a daily basis...empowering them to own their learning is essential! The guys discuss different opportunities for teachers to help students own their learning and what we can do as leaders to cultivate a culture of YES! 

Jan 22, 2016
Successful Schools-Empowering Staff

Dr. Tony Sinanis and Dr. Joe Sanfelippo are back!! In this episode they discuss the importance of staff empowerment. Tips and tricks to help you get started with the process and always some fantastic banter between the guys! 

Jan 22, 2016
Successful Schools Intro

Dr. Tony Sinanis and Dr. Joe Sanfelippo are back!!!! The Successful Schools Podcast is on the air bringing great stories of schools across the country to your audio stream. In this episode Joe and Tony explore Blab and all it has to offer as a platform for discussions as they talk about starting 2016 in the right direction! New place...same banter. Enjoy!!!

Jan 22, 2016