The most important rule of change is identifying what’s not going to change. – Doug Reeves
Let’s start with the premise that we are not total failures. Let’s begin with the mindset that we do an awful lot of things very, very well.
As public educators, in the Hilliard City Schools specifically, we are very skilled and successful in preparing students to be Ready for Tomorrow. With that said, we live our “passion for growth” and look for areas to improve each and every day.
As we live this growth mindset – as you lead in your 20 square feet – don’t forget to celebrate what’s working and identify the foundational skills that don’t change. Change creates productive discomfort, but it shouldn’t cause destruction of successful programs. Identify what’s not changing and cultivate a trusting environment.
Sprinting is a fine strategy for a young genius, but becoming a master requires patience of experimentation to run a marathon. – Adam Grant
Real change . . . real improvement is a marathon. Fast, immediate change is easy but rarely has staying power in established systems. Real change takes hard work, it takes reflection, it takes improvement, and it takes continued adaptations and adjustments.
Creating the culture and path for real change takes expertise. Change management is a skill that requires development. The ability to cultivate a shared vision, inspire collaborative decision-making, synthesize events during the process, and adapt to what is required for success requires training.
Become a master leader . . . cultivate and develop your leadership abilities . . . train for what is required of you.
It is not the system, but the execution of the system, that counts. – Tex Winter
Systems themselves don’t lead to success . . . it is in the people in the systems that are important. For me, leadership isn’t about creating successful systems. For me, leadership is about building-up people.
Strong people, engaged teams make nearly every system successful. Strong people execute systems with fidelity. Strong teams improve systems on a continuous basis.
Build your team – not your system.
In education, how often does data driven mean we become “weakness focused?” – George Couros
Too often we only look for the negative side of data . . . we only look for errors and failures.
Data driven should be part of a greater growth mindset. Data driven must lead to reflection and collaboration. Data driven is understanding that data is often a piece of a larger picture.
Yes, data is important, but it isn’t the only thing. We are in the in people business . . . use data as markers on the journey.
A true leader doesn’t lead to gain power. They lead to empower and give power away. – Jon Gordon
Leadership isn’t about title or authority. Leadership is earned by our actions and about serving others. We all know leaders who don’t have the title of authority; we all know those with titles who have no leadership ability.
We are all leaders in our space. Don’t spend a lot of time worrying about your title; spend your time leading by example and inspiring others to greatness.
Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. – Peter Drucker
Too often we find ourselves stuck in the process. For many, the process is paramount.
For me, doing the right thing is more important than doing the wrong thing right. For me, life is about relationships and working in teams. Teams and collaboration help us grow; they help us identify the right things.
Don’t let your life be process driven . . . Be people driven to do the right things.
As you pursue a dream, the person you become is more important than what you achieve. – Jon Gordon
Where you are going is more important than where you are now. We are all on a journey . . . life is a journey. Each day is an opportunity to improve and take a step towards your goals.
Our dreams, our personal vision, continue to evolve. This is our growth mindset. The journey is what shapes us . . . the experiences of each day make each of us who we are.
Are you learning each day or are you living life with blinders on? Live a life filled with dreams with a growth mindset desire to learn on the journey.