Recently I was meeting with a superintendent friend of mine, discussing the progress of our work in his district. Towards the end of the meeting, he said, “I have a great story to tell you, I pulled a Sean.”
Which everyone at the table understood to mean that someone volunteered to be the recipient of the unvarnished truth; and he obliged.
The superintendent was speaking to the faculty of one of his high schools when a teacher stood up and said, “…I got in this profession to teach; something needs to be done about these students who refuse to learn.”
To which his response was, “To the extent that the students are learning in your class is a direct reflection of your ability as a teacher.”
He followed this with, “Just as the performance of the staff is a direct reflection of the leadership ability your principal and the performance of the district is a reflection of my performance as the superintendent.”
Sometimes only way to combat conventional ignorance (as opposed to conventional wisdom) is a strong dose of truth.
Think. Work. Achieve.