Leadership Mastery for Early Educators
Gain the Knowledge & Skills to Effectively Lead Your Team
Finally, A Ground-Breaking Training Specifically for Early Education Leaders Who Want to Build a Positive Team and Make a Bigger Impact!
If You are Facing Any of These Challenges…
...Then This Course is For YOU
Leadership Mastery for Early Educators is unlike any training course or coaching program in our field.
You’ll get exactly what you need to solve the above challenges – without the “fluff” or rhetoric found in so many leadership trainings.
The True Cost of Leadership Issues in an Early Childhood Program
Leadership Issues Lead to Staffing Issues, Which Lead to Enrollment Issues, Which Lead to Profit Issues!
There is an epidemic in the child care industry: extremely high staff turnover rates. The industry average is currently between 30-40%!
Working in child care can be extremely rewarding, but even in the healthiest, most positive working environment, the stress and chaos of it all, coupled with the low rate of pay, can wear on a person. This combination alone can lead to high rates of staff turnover.
You might be surprised to learn, though, that the factors that most strongly influence staff turnover have nothing to do with money, or workload stress, or chaos.
The LARGEST CONTRIBUTORS to High Staff Turnover are Poor Company Leadership and a Negative Company Culture!
Notice I didn’t say poor company “management” – I clearly said “leadership.” There is quite a difference between being a leader and being a manager.
So many of our child care directors are focused on the management of the center – the paperwork, and the regulations and the scheduling – that they don’t take any time to work on LEADERSHIP.
What Is Turnover Costing You?
The cost of turnover in our industry is estimated to be approximately $5-8,000 per position when you consider the following factors:
Leadership Involves Influencing & Inspiring People!
It is building relationships and working WITH people to accomplish something big. It is LEADING them to success by taking them with you.
In the Absence of Strong Leadership, Negativity Festers.
Rather than collectively working toward one big goal or vision, everyone is out to accomplish their own agenda – their own way.
There is no unity or team spirit.
An absence of purposeful, direct and open communication from the top down (or between team members) leads to misunderstandings, which provide fodder for venting and gossip. This becomes common place, which feeds the negativity.
People begin to fill in the communication voids by making assumptions – which soon become gossip.
In the eyes of the team, management doesn’t seem to care much about anything, including following standards, so compliance becomes optional.
Customer service and quality of care suffer, and the working environment feels negative and stressful – sometimes even hostile or oppressive.
Causing staff members to think, “What am I even doing here? This sucks! I could make more money at McDonald’s with far less stress.”
...And They Leave! It's Time To Break This Cycle!
This course, Leadership Mastery for Early Educators is dedicated to that purpose.
The rate of employee turnover you are experiencing in your school is directly tied to the leadership of your school.
That leader is YOU – even if you are an owner with an onsite director (or directors) responsible for running the day to day of your operations. You LEAD them. You need to be the visionary who inspires them to lead their team(s).
I mentioned that 30-40% was the average annual turnover rate in the preschool industry. However, some child care centers experience higher than average turnover rates. The more positive your working environment, the lower your turnover rate, and the more negative your working environment, the higher your turnover rate is likely to be.
Real Results From People Just Like You
“Thank You For Helping Us Transform Our Preschool Directors Into Preschool Leaders"
Kris / Sindye: Thank you for helping me and Joy transform our preschool directors into preschool leaders! I cannot contain their excitement, their optimism and their gratitude at taking this class. I just got off the phone with Ms. Linda, one of my directors, and she was beaming with pride and happiness at taking this class. She was talking to me over the phone for 20-straight-minutes-non-stop! Truth be told, they are not getting paid taking this course. When I asked them, “There is a class offered by the Academy on Leadership Mastery. I want to take it and I want you to take it. Unfortunately, I will not be paying overtime neither you taking this class while at work. I want you to take it without pay and on your own time. I want you guys to have a skin in the game. I want your commitment. It will only take you about 2 – 3 hours of your time each week. It will change your life and uplevel your professional life. Are you willing to do it with me?” A resounding YES! On we took the class! I am grateful that they see the value on why I did not want to pay them to take the class. I am grateful at them being grateful experiencing this. Most importantly, I am grateful to both of you because now they are starting to speak my own language. They are starting to understand what I mean by “A Teachers”. They are not clueless anymore when I say, “do not be a people pleaser.” They now know what “Level 10” means!” Sometimes coming from your summit and our mastery group, we want to bring a lot back to our staff but we just do not know how to relay it to them without creating too much disruption. Sometimes we just do not have the time to craft a training material similar to yours. Thank you that we have these courses for our directors – it makes our lives easier. Please do more of these focused on Directors! Thank you so much! Thank you. Alvin & Joy
Meet Alvin & Joy's Directors:
Alvin & Joy asked their directors to check in with them at the end of each week with a quick video about their takeaways from the Leadership Mastery Course. Here’s what they had to say.
Here's What to Expect:
Meet the Expert Coaches Teaching This Course
The Quality of Your Leadership Team Determines the Quality of Your Culture
The fact that it is difficult to find and keep quality staff members is not a surprise to anyone working in the industry. They feel the pain. In fact, the majority child care businesses in the US and Canada reported that “Labor” was their number one risk for the coming year.
Sixty-five percent ranked talent and recruitment as their top priority.
Yet, the Top Issue that Employees Have with Their Child Care Employer is Related to Leadership and Culture.
According to Glassdoor, low wages is number two, but not as significant as leadership and culture.
In a recent Glassdoor survey, the average child care company rating was 2.8 on a scale of 1-5! This means that a majority of child care employees reported their overall experience working at their given child care company was, “less than ‘okay’.”
I Personally Found this Information Alarming, but It Doesn't Stop There...
Glassdoor dug deeper and asked employees WHY they gave the scores they did. What were the biggest “Pros” and biggest “Cons” of their jobs? You might be surprised to learn that 47% of employees agreed that the largest “Con” of working in child care was the leadership and culture of their organizations.
They cited the following symptoms in their leaders:
This is Clearly a Problem!
Yet, many child care leaders are unaware that it is as pervasive as it is. They might feel like staff turnover is their own private battle to fight, or just “part of doing business.”
In child care, it’s common to feel isolated in your own building. The other programs in your area are competition, and it’s not common to socialize or collaborate with the competition. Owners and directors are too isolated or too busy in their own little fish bowls to be able to see what is happening in other fish bowls.
They may not even realize that struggles with leadership, culture, and turnover are an industry-wide problem.
Even if they have heard about the problem of high turnover, they may feel too overwhelmed to do anything about it. Or they may feel that they are just one person – how could they possibly make a difference? – so they do nothing.
The belief that it just “is what it is” hides the fact that this problem can be easily corrected with some changes in mindset and practice.
The isolation and the “busyness” that child care owners and directors struggle with may contribute to the lack of leadership displayed.
Directors are just trying to get their work done, and they have A LOT to juggle – way more than the teachers do. They can become annoyed quickly when they feel like the very team hired to help them do their job effectively causes so many headaches.
There always seems to be something happening, e.g. staff drama, call-outs, cleanliness standards not being met, tattle-tales, that takes the director away from her “real” work.
It’s easy to see how irritated directors might contribute to this culture problem, and the high turnover rate, without even knowing it.
So, when you are in this state, completely overwhelmed, and someone comes along and tells you that you need to be a better leader, you might just roll your eyes.
You already have so much on your plate, so much to juggle. How can you possibly fit leadership training in? And even if you could, how on earth would it make a difference? It’s your staff members that are the problem. If they would just do their jobs things would be different. Right?
You or Your Director Might Have Even Had Thoughts Like This:
If you’ve had a thought or two similar to these, you are not alone. Many directors feel this way.
It’s lonely at the top.
There is seldom a lot of help, and you don’t have many people you can lean on for support.
In every center, there are MANY teachers. However, there is usually only one director, and maybe an assistant director.
It can seem overwhelming, like everything is on your shoulders. How can you possibly do anything more?
This is a Limiting Belief that Will Keep You Stuck!
You need to change your mindset if things are ever going to be different.
You need to know that YOU have the power to fix the culture of your center.
You can change the environment completely.
You can lead your team to work together and be productive.
You can reduce your staff turnover rate.
You can be a leader that inspires your team to follow your vision –
IF you are willing to grow and work on yourself.
I Guarantee That If You Work on LEARNING TO LEAD Instead of Just Managing or Reacting to Your Team, It Will Make The Biggest Difference in Your School!
I've Got Great News For You!
Correcting this problem is 100% under your control.
There’s no need to wait for committee approval. You can start immediately.
Better news – it doesn’t cost much, if anything, to implement strategies that create a positive work culture or to intentionally try to improve your leadership skills.
But it STARTS with your commitment to becoming a better leader.
It is the teacher’s job to take care of the children, but as a LEADER in a child care or preschool setting, it is YOUR JOB to take care of the teacher!
Your staff members want to feel like part of a team or family, feel like they are making a difference, and feel trusted and empowered.
When you start actively working on your intentional leadership style and creating a more positive staff culture your team will begin to thrive.
When you start leading (vs managing), your team will follow.
Change will start to take place, momentum will build, and before you know it, you will have transformed the culture of your work environment, because you decided to work on transforming yourself.
The leadership and culture of your organization are not things you can change overnight, but they are absolutely CRITICAL to the long-term success of any organization.
Leadership Mastery for Early Educators is Your First Step to Transforming Your Workplace by Truly Leading.
Real Results From People Just Like You
“Reduced Our Staff Turnover from 67% to 17%”
“Kris and her team helped me realize my company culture needed to change. I restructured the company and worked on strengthening our leadership team. I was surprised to recently get this feedback from one of our Millennial summer camp managers: "I can't tell you how much Club K means to me. I will always be around to help the Club K family in ANY way I can, whenever I can. I've never been a part of a company that held employees in such high regard. You've done everything in your power to foster a wonderful culture and working environment, you just need employees to understand how good they have it!!! :)” In just 18 months, our staff turnover has decreased from 67% to 17%. Thanks Kris!”
“Kris Helped Us Become Better Leaders”
“You can’t afford not to be part of Kris Murray and her team. We love her program and we recommend it to anybody. It’s actually life changing. I don’t know how long we could’ve kept going. We were full and our business looked good on the outside, but the internal structure was just a mess. And so, by inviting Kris Murray into our lives, we are rock solid now. We’re ready to keep going and grow. She has changed our lives. Kris gave us some good information on how to train our staff, how to work with our staff. The private calls have been really informative and helpful, if we have just an individual problem. It just helped Katie and myself become better leaders.”
“Kris Equips Us With Inspiration and Rock-Solid Strategies”
“Many of us who own early childhood businesses get stuck because we get discouraged. Kris Murray is a special person because she meets us at our low point and encourages us to keep going. Kris, each year you and your team encourage each of us and you equip each with of us with inspiration and strategies to use throughout the year. Thank you for coaching me over the past 4 years. Keep doing what you were doing. You are making a difference in the world.”
Allow Me to Introduce You To Your Forever Solution for Training Directors, Assistant Directors and Other Leaders in Your Schools!
Setting the Foundation for Leadership
Craft Your Powerful School Vision Using Our Models, Examples and Real-World Stories
Leading from the Top: Trickle Down Leadership
Become the Leader You Always Wanted to Be - Effectively Leading Your Team in a Culture of Excellence
Attracting People that Fit Your Culture
Learn to Successfully Attract People that Fit Your School Culture, Allowing Your Team to Make a Bigger Impact
Maintaining a Positive Culture
Keep the Positivity Going Long-Term! Skillfully Use Effective Tools & Tactics to Transform Your Workplace and Build Relationships.
Don't Let Tough Situations Derail You! Gain the Confidence & Skills to Face Challenges and Overcome Them
Plus, We're Gifting You 4 Bonus Gifts When You Enroll Valued at $1,539!
Just Because We Want You to Have All the Leadership Training You Will Ever Need!
"Biggest Leadership Lessons" Group Roundtable VIDEO (and Audio MP3) With Kris Murray and the CCSC Faculty
Hear straight from the world’s leading child care business expert, Kris Murray, and her team of coaches – who are also successful child care business owners! They discuss the leadership struggles that they have had to navigate and overcome while building their path to success in the ECE industry.
You will be inspired by their stories and gain expert tips and advice that you can start applying to your leadership style right away.
A $495 Value
Yours FREE with LMEE
Leadership Language Swipe File: 7 Common Difficult Conversations and Scripts You Can Use to Make Them A Breeze
From conflicts with co-teachers, to call-outs, to dropping the ball, it seems that child care leaders spend the vast majority of their lives working to smooth over issues, situations, or conflicts with staff.
This research-based guide provides you with 7 common situations and some “scripts” or language models that you can use to help you have those hard conversations, and produce a happy and effective outcome.
A $249 Value
Yours FREE with LMEE
Kris Murray Talks Leadership With Donna Thornton-Roberts - Industry Leading Leadership Secrets To Train and Retain A-Players
Kris and Donna share how to build a winning leadership hierarchy from top to bottom.
In order to run a successful child care business, YOU, as the leader must lead your entire team down a road to success. Learn how to build a winning leadership team that will keep the operations of your school running smoothly.
This training is designed to reawaken your passion and inspire you to connect with what’s meaningful in your work as an ECE leader.
A $198 Value
Yours FREE with LMEE
A Complimentary 45-Minute Strategy Session with a Child Care Business Expert
Whether you need help in enrollment-building, cash flow, finding quality staff, delegation, or growth strategies, we can help.
This coaching call is designed to help you map out the path that will help you reach your goals and make life easier.
We will spend a full 45 minutes in a truly personal conversation designed to identify the gaps in how you run your early childhood business, and give you strategies and ideas to solve your issues.
A $597 Value
Yours FREE with LMEE
You Are Protected by The Boldest Guarantee in the World
You are protected by my famous “I Love This Training” Guarantee! I’m confident that when you join my Leadership Mastery for Early Educators Course you’re going to get instant value, and be thrilled with your investment.
Just to back that up, I’ll give you until the end of week two to REALLY decide if this Course is for you. If you decide it’s not everything you want and need to grow your leadership skills, train your team, and improve your workplace culture, just let me know within two weeks of your purchase date, and get a refund. 100%, no questions asked. You have my word.
Real People Getting Real Results !
“Kris Helped Us Solidify Our Culture and Make Real Gains in Growth”
"I want to thank you for the way you inspire and empower the child care world. The way you empower women is so needed and you do it with such grace. We are huge fans! Holly and I were so encouraged and we are ready to make a shift and prepare ourselves to purchase multiple centers. We have grown from $450k four years ago to just over $1 million this year! This is due to your systems approach and my wife's leadership gifts at the helm. It has been a winning combination. We will solidify our culture and prepare ourselves and our team for the next center we look to purchase. Our goal is to have 5 centers over the next 10 years. We plan to walk with you every step of the journey... Thanks for all you do!"
“Kris Understands the Industry!”
“I could not afford to not work with Kris. She has a wealth of knowledge, which is phenomenal. She has delivered on what she says, and usually goes above and beyond that. The biggest reason I trust Kris is she has the most complete information that I’ve seen. She understands all aspects of what we go through as childcare owners and providers. She understands the industry!”