Yesterday I asked, "How strong and vibrant is the workplace we create for most educators?" As part of that post, I listed twelve questions from First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently that, when answered positively, have been strongly linked to success on organizational goals, organizational productivity, employee satisfaction, and employee retention. I concluded my post with an invitation for a few school districts to maybe survey their employees on these twelve questions. I even offered to host the survey.

I just wanted to note that this doesn't have to be at the school district level. These twelve questions are equally relevant at the school level, department level, or whatever. Focusing on the needs of employees is smart organizational strategy, however big or small the organization. A survey done within an individual school would tell that principal quite a bit...