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The Mid-Year Leadership Handoff: Why It's Time to Get Serious About Mentorship

Hey Superintendents,


We've all felt that first-day-on-the-job jitters, but imagine stepping in mid-stream when the school year's in full swing. That's what's on the horizon for a bunch of new principals as the season of retirements and transitions hits. And we're not just talking about taking over a well-oiled machine; some schools are struggling and need a leader who can hit the ground running.


That old saying, "When you want to know how the road ahead is going to be, ask someone who is returning," has never been more relevant. But let's add a new twist: when the road is busy and the car's already moving, you need someone to help steer, not just tell tales from the passenger seat.


Here’s the real talk: with many principals set to pass the baton at semester, there's a sense of urgency to get a mentor in place—someone who can walk alongside your new leaders, literally hold their hand if needed, through the first few bumps in the road.


Think about it — they were great at what they did in their previous roles because they knew the ins and outs. Now, as principals taking over a school that's full steam ahead (and not always in the right direction), they're faced with challenges that no amount of assistant principal experience has prepared them for.


That's where mentorship comes in, not next month, not next week, but now. There's an urgency here, because every day counts. These new leaders need someone who's been in the trenches, who's faced those tough calls and can help them build the skills they didn't know they needed.


I'm here to offer just that. As a retired principal turned leadership consultant, I can be that on-call lifeline, to be present on the ground, helping to navigate the already churning waters of an active school. Because let's face it, confident and proactive leaders make better decisions than insecure and reactive ones. And nothing builds confidence like having a mentor who's got your back.


Let's make sure our new principals don't just survive the transition, but thrive from day one. Get in touch, and let's give them the support structure they need to succeed.


Find me if you need me,

John

Leadership Consultant & Seasoned Hand-Holder


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