In this week’s episode, Will and Jen flip the mic, and Jen interviews Will about his experiences with Principal Matters as his full time work in the past six months of 2023.
They discuss the emotional ups and downs of the new work, the stats from the previous year, and lessons learned in goal setting and creating systems:
Will begins by sharing a poem that has inspired him of late and may be helpful to other leaders who wrestle imposter syndrome or accepting the joy in their work:
Our Deepest Fear, by Marianne Williamson, from the book Return to Love
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear in that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the World.
There is nothing enlightening about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel unsure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
As we let our own Light shine,
we consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”
Here are some other discussions from the episode
What do you do on a daily, weekly, monthly basis with Principal Matters?
Will talks about:
- Executive coaching
- Grow Academies
- Keynote events
- November example: 20 events (17 of them virtual, 3 of them in-person conferences)
You can learn more about all these offerings here.
What’s new and growing?
Contributing writers for extra content in the weekly newsletter.
Summer/Fall 2023 Stats Review
Principal Matters ongoing Virtual Trainings
As of 11/10/23:
141 leaders via 11 virtual Principal Matters PD groups and executive coaching members
1,400+ in-person interactions
Guest virtual appearances:
Listeners on other podcasts with Frederick Buskey on the Assistant Principal Podcast; the NASSP Ignite+ Series; The Schoolhouse302 with TJ Vari, Joseph Jones; and Apptegy School CEO podcast guest appearances
& hundreds of guest virtual interactions
Total: 2,000+ leaders in trainings online or in-person
Principal Matters podcast data
1,365,810 downloads as of 11/10/23
475,316 downloads this year to date 11/10/23
30,000-40,000 downloads a month
10,000 a week
2,500+ or more leaders on average a month
Total of above trainings/interactions + podcast listeners:
4,600+ leader interactions
These leaders represent school communities that range from hundreds to thousands. Let’s say each leader represents 300 students, to be modest in an estimate.
All of these interactions may equal approximately 1.38 million students whose leaders are being influenced by the work we are collectively doing!
We also want to thank the sponsors who have supported our podcast this past year, including:
- Apptegy/School CEO
- Peer Driven PD
- Summer Pops Math Workbooks
- IXL Learning (coming in 2024)
2023 Podcast Guests
Finally, we are so grateful for the 41 podcast guests from 2023 (3 of them with Jen as host). Our guests were highlighted in 31 episodes this past year while Will and Jen shared on 21 episodes.
Below is a list of those shows from 2023:
Finally, Will and Jen also talk about goal setting and systems — how your outcomes are a direct result of the systems you’ve created. If you don’t like the outcomes, how can you rebuild the systems?
Free LifeScore Assessment
Will also shares a free LifeScore Assessment tool he uses each year for looking back and moving forward and can be found here.