A reader asked the following question: “By adjusting your philosophy, does Brezina mean to seek middle ground? Or does he mean to find common ground and build upon it? As Cain suggested, sometimes there is no middle ground. So, then what?”
The Brown Answer
I actually believe that common ground can be found in most cases. I have two tests to see if that common ground can be found, understanding that I have control over only half the issue, myself.
The first question: “Is it good for students based on my knowledge and past personal experience and with the philosophy of education for all students?”
That question should be central and paramount to any conflict, issue, or disagreement.
Second, I must ask myself this question: “Is this issue about me and the image, style, or strategy that I have initiated?”
If so, this is an issue that I can and must change immediately. Many conflicts are not about real issues or philosophy but about individuals and personalities. I must be willing to examine my relationship to the issue.
If I can determine that I am not the issue, then I must move forward with a strong sense of confidence and zeal. That decision may cost me my job, but it must be a position that as a leader I am willing to take.
Think. Work. Achieve.