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Ted Neitzke brings you the “The Smart Thinking Podcast.” Smart Thinking is for anyone and everyone — because we are all leaders. Join us weekly for reflective activities and strategies to grow yourself and others.


In order to be a selfless leader you need to be selfish -- on occasion. Listen as we explore the need to put yourself first once in a  while -- by treating yourself! 

  • Identify the last full day you had filled with your passions.
  • List the people who fuel you and the last time you had hours of uninterrupted time with them.
  • Describe the last day – full day -- you were disconnected from a device.
  • List the days you’ll take micro “treat yourself” breaks.
  • Describe yourself when you’re frayed.
  • List the people in your life that you can depend upon to make you realize that you’re in need of a little selfishness.
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Take a listen as we discuss what fuels optimism and how to make the most out of this years Thanksgiving season! It's not about what we don't get to do this year. It is about -- what we got to do! 





Each other!

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Take a listen this week as we look at how incredibly influential you are in an online world. 

  • Describe how you provide memorable moments when you are on the TV - -I mean online.
  • List ways you can increase engagement in a blended world.
  • Define for yourself – how you want to influence others.
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November 8, 2020

Episode 165: UBU+YOLO=Happy

The last few weeks I have been able to present to students in different classrooms about leadership, life, and happiness. Take a listen as I explain the lessons I shared with the students. Buffalo+UBU+YOLO+Content+Confident=Happy. 



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It is so easy to find a person or persons to blame when things go wrong. But that is not leadership. Leadership is about moving forward and chasing the problem. Take a listen to learn about the two types of blame and how we need to stop fixing blame on others and focus instead on fixing IT! 

  • Describe the two types of blame.
  • List ways you can increase accountability in order to avoid blame.
  • Describe how you can use the “fail fast stop lights” to facilitate a blame free conversation.


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In every organization there are personalities. However, there is always one group of people that work constantly and without seeking "credit." Take a listen as we explore the importance of taking care of the ducks in your organization. 

  • Describe what you will do to switch your energy to the ducks.
  • List strategies you can use to reinforce and support the ducks in your classroom, school or organization.
  • Describe how you can elevate the ducks within your organization.
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Get a piece of paper, a pen and stretch out your wrists. Why? Because you’re about to get hit with a gazillion tips and tricks to support online instruction. Take a listen as Catlin energetically goes through her strategies to support online instructional engagement and design! Go to her website for immediate ideas an d applicable tactics for learning. 

Dr. Catlin Tucker is a bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 in Sonoma County, where she taught for 16 years. Catlin earned her doctorate in learning technologies at Pepperdine University. Currently, Catlin is working as a blended learning coach and education consultant. Catlin has written a series of bestselling books on blended learning, which include Balance With Blended Learning, Blended Learning In ActionPower Up Blended Learning, and Blended Learning In Grades 4-12. She is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker

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This conversation gets us talking about how to create a blended environments, the conditions needed to be successful and previews some of Heathers newest innovations and ideas.

Heather Staker is an adjunct researcher for the Christensen Institute and president of Ready to Blend. She is the co-author of Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (San Francisco: Wiley, 2015) and co-founder of Brain Chase Productions, which produces online-learning challenges disguised as worldwide treasure hunts for students in grades 1-8.

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This is a great listen to help you help children, staff and yourself with organization and the skills needed to learn, work and organize your daily life.

Sarah Ward, M.S., CCC/SLP has over 25 years of experience in diagnostic evaluations, treatment and 
case management of children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental and 
acquired brain based learning difficulties and behavioral problems not limited to but including:

 Attention Deficit Disorder

    •    Verbal Learning Disabilities

    •    Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities

    •    Asperger Syndrome

    •    Other Social-Cognitive Learning Disabilities

    •    Traumatic Brain Injury

    •    Acquired Brain Injury

Check it out: https://efpractice.com/

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When you're stuck and the team is unable to move forward together - -what do you do? Give this episode a listen and hear how to shift your the groups your serve with a simple process. 

  • List where you could apply this process.
  • Describe your SWOT.
  • List those you could train to run out this process.
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