Episode 29 begins with Rick sharing about his family’s visit to Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge, TN. Nick gives an update regarding his recent hip replacement and has some recommendations for Hallmark Christmas movies. The guys discuss Liberty University’s undefeated season and their recent status as a Tier One University based on the dining hall breakfast cereal selections.

It’s Nick’s turn to share a blog this week. Nick continues his examination of 16 Keys to Unlocking Education Success leadership principles. Nick reads through the blog and the guys discuss relevance for counseling and public education. 

In the “Building the Brochure” segment, Dr. Nick and Dr. Rick continue their investigation into Search Institute’s research on the 40 Developmental Assets. The discussion begins with 37. Personal power—Young person feels he or she has control over “things that happen to me.” and then on to #38. Self-esteem—Young person reports having a high self-esteem. Assessments, relevance for lifelong thriving, and suggestions for teachers, administrators, and counselors is discussed.

The Every Rose has Its Thorn segment focuses on Caffeinated drinks. Rick starts things off by sharing about his aversion to anything bitter, including coffee but admits to an addiction to Sweet Tea. Nick prefers some of the diet sodas and Sweet Tea as well.  

The last segment finds the guys digging back into the mailbag. Rick and Nick respond to a question about asking “Why questions.”  

Enjoy Episode XXIX of Nick & Rick s Excellent EdVenture!

Summary: In this episode, Rick and Nick catch up after a break and discuss Nick’s recovery from hip replacement surgery. They also share their favorite Hallmark Christmas movies and talk about their holiday season experiences. Nick then presents keys 9-12 of effective educational leadership, emphasizing the importance of kindness, assembling a talented team, active listening, and extreme accountability. They also discuss two developmental assets: feeling of control and high self-esteem. In this episode, Rick and Nick discuss the importance of recognizing wisdom and feedback as we mature. They delve into the concept of self-esteem and its multi-dimensional nature, highlighting the importance of understanding different aspects of self-concept. The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale is introduced as a useful tool for assessing self-esteem. The conversation also touches on the upcoming asset of Sense of Purpose and the impact of aging on one’s sense of purpose. Finally, the hosts share their personal preferences and experiences with caffeinated drinks, and address the potential issues with asking ‘why’ questions.

Takeaways: Kindness and diplomacy are vital in cultivating strong relationships in educational leadership. Assembling a talented and dedicated team is crucial for long-term success.

Effective communication includes active listening.

Extreme accountability is necessary for leadership success.

Feeling a sense of control over one’s life is important for personal development.

High self-esteem contributes to overall well-being and success. Recognizing wisdom and feedback becomes more important as we mature.

Self-esteem is a multi-dimensional concept that encompasses various aspects of self-concept.

The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale is a useful tool for assessing self-esteem.

Sense of purpose may change as we age and face different life stages.

Asking ‘why’ questions can be problematic and may lead to judgment or defensiveness.

Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Check-In 03:04 Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery 05:43 Favorite Hallmark Christmas Movie 07:27 Holiday Season at the Albright House 11:22 Educational Leadership: Keys 9-12 16:16 Developmental Asset: Feeling of Control 25:27 Developmental Asset: High Self-Esteem 38:55 Recognizing Wisdom and Feedback 39:24 Understanding Self-Esteem 40:51 The Multi-Dimensional Nature of Self-Esteem 43:16 Using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale 45:17 Preview of Asset 39: Sense of Purpose 46:15 The Impact of Aging on Sense of Purpose 47:09 Every Rose Has Its Thorn: Caffeinated Drinks 58:46 The Problem with Asking ‘Why’ Questions