Schools must work directly with business and industry to match skills, talent, and interests with workforce needs.
We often hear the media reporting that there is a shortage of specific skilled labor in Central Ohio. We have thousands of unfilled jobs due to lack of qualified applicants. This is a failure at both the education and business levels. Schools must partner with our area corporations to create the next generation of workers. We, as educators, can’t keep doing what we are doing and expect different results.
Hilliard Schools are engaging several area businesses, inviting them to our Innovation Campus, and having them teach specific skills to our students. We are creating a recruitment pipeline to the job market. Some students will have the opportunity to “earn to learn” when they graduate from Hilliard. They will be hired directly from in-school experiences, into good paying jobs, with opportunities for advancement within the company.
Where we see gaps, we must partner to close them. We must breakdown silos and historic firewalls to solve problems together. Turf battles and institutional barriers may protect adult interests, but harm efforts to prepare students for success. We all must step up and do the work
School today shouldn’t look like it did in 1990. We are preparing students for a different workforce.
Change is difficult. There is comfort when our systems and services are familiar. As parents, there is comfort when our children’s school experience is just like our experience decades earlier. While comfort is easy; it isn’t what is required of us in public education today.
Public schools today are preparing students for a much different world. What it takes to be Ready for Tomorrow is changing at a rapid pace. Public education doesn’t need little changes; we need to stop nibbling at the edge. We need to continue to innovate, embrace the productive discomfort of change, and question the status quo. It isn’t going to be easy. It isn’t going to be celebrated by everyone. We simply need to engage our community and do the work.
Yes, you need talent to win, but talent cannot replace leadership. – Tim Kight
The most talented team doesn’t always win the championship.
The most talented staff doesn’t always prepare the most successful students.
The most skilled sales team doesn’t always sell the most product.
Yes, we must cultivate and develop talent, but talent alone doesn’t get it done. The world is filled with talented failures. Every organization requires leadership to create a culture of trust. Every organization demands leadership to provide clarity and create support systems.
Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort. – Walt Disney
Walt Disney had a vision; he had a dream. While Walt didn’t live to see Disney World in Orlando open in 1971, his vision lived on in the culture and company he created. Still today, decades after his death, the culture and expectations established by Walt are at the core of Disney’s behavior. Everything that is Disney today is an accomplishment of a group; it is a tribute to a combined team effort.
No single individual is responsible for culture, results, and success. The Power of the Team is at the core of every successful organization. Team culture built on relationships, equity, empathy, and high expectations perform at elite levels. Doing the work demands support within the team; accomplishments are a tribute to the entire team
Exceptional leaders create an environment of deep trust and high standards. – Tim Kight
Leadership isn’t easy; it demands skill, character, and connections. High performing leaders understand that trust is required for an organization to achieve results. There will also be some who disagree; we never agree with everyone 100% of the time. Trust is the foundation for a culture of collaboration and excellence.
True leaders earn trust through their consistent commitment to core values, to virtuous behavior, and to consistent actions. Exceptional leaders create a magnetic culture that draws on positive energy from others. They balance personal and professional, high expectations with elite support, and elite clarity of purpose with empathy and equity for each member of the team.
We can all improve . . . we are on a life journey. We are all leaders in our own 20 sq. feet. Make a commitment today . . . work to be exceptional.
Health is not merely the absence of disease. It is the balance of mind, body, and soul.
In The Happiness Equation Shawn Achor shares that happy workers average 1.25 more sick days per week, or 15 less sick days per year. Achor explains, “happiness functions as the cause, not the result, of good health.” Happy people are healthier . . . they are balanced in mind, body, and soul.
What do you do to keep balance in your life? Where can you improve the balance required for you to be truly healthy and happy? This work isn’t about resolutions; this is about healthy habits. You are not your best if you aren’t living a balanced life. Be discipline . . . make the required changes today.
Two things prevent us from happiness; living in the past and observing others.
Life is a journey. Individually and collectively we are on a path each and every day. Each day is a new beginning – a new opportunity to make a difference in the present and to influence the future. As educators, we have the awesome responsibility to shape the future every single day.
We learn from the past, but we will never relive it or recreate it. Yesteryear is gone; it isn’t coming back. When we long for the past, we block happiness in the present. When we compare ourselves to others, we prevent happiness. We must embrace each moment, celebrate the present, and do the work to create the future we desire.