Schools must work directly with business and industry to match skills, talent, and interests with workforce needs.

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.

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.

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.

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