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Schools Of Excellence Podcast

Apr 13, 2021

Like it or not, schools are home to a number of difficult conversations. Discussing topics such as...

  1. pay and benefits
  2. Inappropriate behavior
  3. Underperformance

These can be uncomfortable. But having successful one-on-one conversations is what separates great school leaders from ineffective ones. Difficult conversations may not be fun, but school leaders who navigate them successfully can build stronger relationships with their staff and provide needed guidance and correction on workplace performance or behavior - which fosters staff engagement.


Today’s episode is the first of a four-part series on the four shields of difficult conversations. As a leader, it is your responsibility to take note of when your team is using these shields and take the necessary steps towards having those difficult conversations. It is only by doing this that your team will feel heard, supported and held accountable. 


In this episode, I talk about...

  • The concept of self-protection and how it shows up in our day-to-day life.
  • The 3 strategies for removing blame from your school’s culture.
  • The questions to ask yourself when your staff start blaming each other
  • Identifying the 4 shields that school leaders and teachers bring up in conversations when difficult conversations come up


When there is blame, there is no learning. I checked one time, you create a friendly school environment for your staff to thrive and finger-pointing won’t become the name of the game. 


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Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

--> Access the Four Shields of a Difficult Conversation HERE

--> Sign up for the Ideal Week for High Achieving Owners Workshop HERE

In this 90 Minute premium online masterclass, EC Leadership Coach, Chanie Wilschanski with the Schools of Excellence, will teach you the strategies on How to Set the Right Priorities to Build your School of Excellence

This workshop features...

  1. 90 Minutes Workshop with Training and Done-With-You Implementation walk-thru

  2. Live Q&A with Chanie

  3. Access to Live Workshop & Lifetime Access to Recording

  4. Gain the input and advice from other High Achieving Owners on what's working and is driving their current success

  5. Practical plans and strategies to start putting into action in your school right away.

  6. The guidance from an industry expert, with over 15 years of experience in the field

  7. And much more...

Join The Ideal Week for High Achieving Owners at

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If you are ready to take your school to the next level of growth and are looking for support, community and accountability to make that happen - then would love for you to apply for our directors inner circle or owners HQ program. 

Apply for the Director’s Inner Circle & Owner's HQ

Looking for a do-it-yourself option of learning?

Schools in transition is a virtual series for directors and owners who want to focus on stability, security, and success.

  • The world has been shaken by a pandemic. The effects are being felt in our lives every day. 
  • How do you lead your teachers during a season like this? 
  • How do you support children and parents? 
  • How do you make strategic decisions about your school in a season of unknowns?


For these answers and much more: You can check out our 

More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and a beautiful quality of life. 


Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve everyday.