Today I met with a group of principals from a Dallas area school district. As a group they were attentive, smart and driven. We were talking about “change levers” and how to move classroom, school and district performance in a rapid fashion. However, my external coach (everyone needs one) reminded me in our debrief that I did the principals a disservice by not starting out with the reason for our discussion and why they should considerer the actions I was recommending. So here is the intro I forgot.
“It is obvious that you want more for your campus, your students, your staff and yourself. But just working harder, faster and longer may result is some short term gains, but in the long run that strategy will just wear you down and burn you out. Rapid sustainable change requires a new way of thinking and a new way of working. That is what I bring to you today.”
Think. Work. Achieve.