The No Complaining Rule


The No Complaining Rule

Recently, a student suggested I read some books by Jon Gordon and offered to let me borrow his copies. I had never heard of Jon Gordon, but I took the student up on his offer and borrowed The Energy BusTraining Camp, and The No Complaining Rule. All of the books are short, inspirational reads and I would recommend them to anyone because we all need positive encouragement in our lives.

In The No Complaining Rule, Hope (the main character) is faced with improving the morale at her company. She searches high and low for solutions, and eventually develops a strategic plan to make the company culture positive, encouraging, and pleasant. Throughout the book, Gordon uses Hope’s situation to teach readers key principles and practices (two of the ideas are below) to help avoid being a complainer.

Three No Complaining Tools

1. The But —> _____ Positive Technique. When you catch yourself complaining, add a “but…” along with a positive.

  • I don’t like driving to work for an hour but I’m thankful I can drive and that I have a job.
  • I don’t like that I’m out of shape but I love feeling great so I’m going to focus on exercising and eating right.

2. Focus on “Get To” instead of “Have To.”

  • “I have to grade these tests” turns to “I get to grade these tests.”
  • “We have to go to chapel” turns to “We get to go to chapel.”

3. Turn Complaints into Solutions.

  • Identify your intent when complaining.
  • Justified complaining moves you toward a solution.
  • Mindless complaining is negative and should be avoided.


Five Things To Do Instead of Complaining

1. Practice gratitude.
2. Praise others.
3. Focus on success.
4. Let go.
5. Pray and meditate.

We’re getting into that part of the school year where we’re all tired and extremely busy— a bad combination— and students are getting restless. It happens every year, but since we know it’s coming, we need move forward with a positive outlook. I want to encourage everyone to be positive, to look for solutions, and to avoid mindless complaining.

As educators, we have an important job to do— correction, the most important job to do—and that’s to mentor and educate our students. No two thoughts can occupy the mind at the same time, so if we’re focusing on being positive, negative thoughts have no place in our minds or in our schools.

My goal is to be the most positive person in my school. I challenge you to do the same.


15 Things I’ve Learned As a New Administrator

1. Whatever the situation, write it down.

2. What gets scheduled gets done.

3. Everyone’s lives are messy, busy, or both.

4. Want to frustrate some people? Make a decision. Want to frustrate everyone? Don’t make a decision.

5. Not everyone sees the big picture.

6. Everyone wants to be the exception to the rule.

7. People who say, “I normally don’t bring up things like this” usually always do.

8. For some, teaching is just a job. For others, it’s a calling. Both teachers are easy to spot.

9. It’s easy to stay busy, but that’s not my job. My job is to do only what I can do. Learning to delegate is a must.

10. Creating culture takes time, a clear vision, and persistence.

11. Never determine my hourly rate– it’s depressing and it doesn’t matter.

12. Do not have impromptu conferences with parents in public. Boundaries are essential. Schedule a time to meet to discuss private matters.

13. If we don’t tell our school’s story, someone else will.

14. Don’t take things personally. Some people are just negative.

15. No matter what happened today, tomorrow will be completely different.

Evernote Use #2- Taking and Organizing Meeting Notes #50EduEvernote

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting 50 different ways school administrators and educators can use Evernote to be more organized and more effective. I’ll be using #50EduEvernote on Twitter to further this discussion and share ideas. If you’d like, click here to follow me on Twitter.

Reason #2- Taking and Organizing Meeting Notes

At its core, Evernote is for designed for taking notes. Because teachers and administrators find themselves attending several meetings, it’s essential to have a system in place to keep track of responsibilities, meeting notes, agendas, and follow-up tasks.

In your next meeting, use your phone, tablet, or laptop to take notes. Save the note in “meetings” notebook and tag the note by meeting type (i.e., parent meeting, admin meeting, faculty meeting, etc.) By using Evernote, your notes are always saved, always available, and always searchable.

Evernote for Mac

Evernote for Mac


For those who prefer handwriting notes during meetings, tomorrow’s post is just for you!


50 Ways Admins and Teachers Can Use Evernote #50EduEvernote

#1- Checklists & To-Do Lists