Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.  – Epictetus

 

Our district is committed to the Social Emotional needs of our students.  Our Ready for Tomorrow initiative is predicated on the development of three equal developmental areas – Academics, Mindset, and Interests.  We know that a balanced approach to education is required to prepare students for success after graduation.

 

Part of a balanced education is instilling in this generation of young people a growth mindset that paves the way for future happiness.  As educators we know that today’s “instant gratification” and “me-focused” culture is counterproductive.  We work each day to model the joy of learning, of service, and of growth.  We work to balance the social pressures students feel to gain recognition with the emotional needs required for true happiness.  There’s no easy playbook or manual . . . it demands that each of us engage in the conversations and do the work.

Success doesn’t bring us happiness; happiness brings us success. – Marci Shimoff

Success doesn’t bring us happiness; happiness brings us success. – Marci Shimoff

We all know people who are seemingly successful, but ultimately unhappy. These people have financial resources, professional status, and property wealth. From an outsider’s perspective, they have it all yet they aren’t satisfied.

We also know people who are grateful for each blessing in their life. These people define success differently. Success isn’t about possessions or titles, it’s relationships and service. For those who define success from a “me” perspective the chase is never ending. For those who define success by engaging others, success is around every corner.

I always make sure I hire people smarter than me.

 

 

I always make sure I hire people smarter than me.  – Aliko Dangote

The Hilliard City School District has hired exceptionally well.  We are a destination district for teachers, administrators, and support staff.  We aim to hire and keep the best people.  With this said, there is always room for improvement.  We live our growth mindset each and every day.

 

This October we launched a new approach to hiring teachers in our district.  After engaging partners such as Apple Computer and The Ohio State University, we have flipped our interview process.  After a paper screening of each candidate, we are hosting a group interview to gauge how candidates work and function in groups.  Teaching isn’t simply about knowing how to teach; it’s about building relationships, having an empathetic and caring approach, and living with a service minded purpose.

 

Our goal is to hire the best next generation of educators to continue the traditions established in this district and to continue to push us to be innovative, creative, and accountable.

If you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results.  You have to water the flowers you want to grow.

 

 

If you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results.  You have to water the flowers you want to grow.  – Stephen Covey

 

We talk a lot about leadership and culture in the Hilliard School District.  We have been intentional in cultivating the environment we desire.  This work isn’t easy; this work isn’t process driven.  We do what we do because we know that leadership – that building trusting, honest relationships is the only true way to earn results.  

 

Success demands both a system focused on empowerment and accountability AND engaged, talented people in the system.  There is no easy way to get this done.  We are all required to do the work, to commit to each other, and to serve with purpose and passion.

When you argue for your limitation, you get to keep them. – Les Brown

When you argue for your limitation, you get to keep them. – Les Brown

The most damaging word in achieving our goals is “but.” When we insert this word in our mindset we argue for our limitations. “I want to exercise four times per week but . . .” or “I want to confront a negative colleague but . . .” are just two quick examples. When we argue for our limitations, we empower the excuses in our minds. We just accepted our very limitations.

Be aware of your insertion of “limitations” in your own talk and self-talk over the next several days. Listen to others who insert unintentional limitations in their lives. Be purposeful in your approach to goals, tasks, and actions. Don’t let your limitation define your behavior. Earn success through intentional actions, don’t accept limitations as an excuse for failure without even trying.

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.

One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.  – Lucius Seneca

 

True friendship is a blessing.  It is a rare gift that each of us cherish.  These true friendships stand the test and challenges of time.  True friends are there to celebrate joy and success; they are there to console and encourage during sadness and failure.

 

No relationship is strong or lasting without work and commitment.  With true friends, they come first.  We give of ourselves without concern for ourselves.  We want to listen; we strive to understand.  Today, reach out to a true friend.  Take time from your busy schedule to simply engage in a meaningful conversation.  It will be worth it.

Take charge of your thoughts; you can do what you will with them. – Norman Vincent Peale

Take charge of your thoughts; you can do what you will with them. – Norman Vincent Peale

The research and science is clear – people with a positive, optimistic mindset outperform people with a negative, pessimistic approach to life. When we have positive thoughts, we are more likely to achieve positive results. These results don’t happen by mistake; we earn the results though our approach and the work we do.

Take charge of your thoughts. Be discipline – confront and acknowledge negativity when it takes seed in your mind. No one is positive and optimistic all the time. What sets optimists apart, what creates positive results, is recognizing our mindset and intentional actions to take charge of our thoughts. You are in control . . . do the work.