THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
I live across the street from school in Fall Creek, Wisconsin. Sometimes I get ideas on my way to work…when I’m not driving (don’t judge). It literally takes me 1 minute to walk from home to work. So…the #1minwalk2work leadership challenge is here to help try something different without throwing a huge disruption into your already full day. The challenges are not connected from week to week…just things that I’m thinking about. Pick and choose as you go! Thanks for checking it out!!
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 29 FIRST 5 LAST 5
LEADERS!!! What are we doing in the FIRST 5 and LAST 5 to provide value for those we serve? Every interaction is an opportunity to impact the narrative of schools. We’re all in this thing together.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 28 VALUE AND CONNECTION
LEADERS! Even if you have been doing this work for 5 YRS, 10 YRS, or 20 YRS...always remember that it could be their FIRST and ONLY with you. When we create VALUE and CONNECTION they won’t want it to end.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 27 TELLING THEIR WORK STORY
LEADERS!! We live in a world where we want to share stories of the people we care about. We help create value for everyone in the building by making sure THE PEOPLE THEY CARE ABOUT know how important their work is at school.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 26 GETTING YOU READY FOR SCHOOL
LEADERS!!!! School is starting!!!! It’s hard to take care of kids when we don’t have time to take care of each other. The most important thing to get ready in classrooms IS THE ADULT IN THAT SPACE.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 25 INVEST VS. PAY FOR
LEADERS!! People don't invest in things they don't know about. If we want communities to see us as something they INVEST IN vs. something they PAY FOR we need to make sure they know what's happening...even when we're not here.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 24 AUTHENTIC CONNECTION
LEADERS!!!! Technology has made it easy to connect TO...but the power is when we connect WITH. Find ways to connect to your group…even when they are not there.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 23 THEY CHANGED THE WORLD
LEADERS!!!! BE MINDFUL of the words that we use and the EXPECTATIONS THAT THEY BRING. Our kids have already changed the world for so many people.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 22 PARENT PERSPECTIVE
They are our students...but they are the parent's most prized possession. Always recognize their perspective, even if you don't agree with it.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 21 BE IN THE MOMENT
Creating moments means being in the moment. How are you making sure you are in the moment with those around you?
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 20 RECOGNIZE THE AWE
Moments of AWE happen all the time in your school. It’s not enough to recognize them…we need to make sure people know that they happened.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 19 THE POWER OF ONE COMMENT
One positive comment not only brings joy to the moment, it also gives the person you are talking to the motivation to continue the work.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 18 WHAT THEY WANT
WHAT we say matters…HOW we say it matters too.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 17 WHAT THEY WANT
Remember that it is about what THEY want…not what WE THINK they want.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 16 WE’RE JUST PART OF THE STORY
Recognize and support…but always remember that it is their journey, not ours. We’re just part of the story.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 15 PARENTS WANT THE WHY
Telling a parent that their student is awesome is good…telling them why is better. The parents want the why…and we’re all in this together.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 14 RECOGNIZE, ACKNOWLEDGE, EXTEND
Recognize the positives, acknowledge the work they do, and extend the conversation to someone who was not there. More people means more momentum!
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 13 WE GET WHAT WE MODEL
When kids go home they may not tell their parents what they did at school...but they will certainly tell them what they saw at school. Model what you want talked about outside of the walls of your building.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 12 EVERY INTERACTION MATTERS
Every interaction matters because we never know what kids are going to talk about in 10 years. Be intentional about every connection this week.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 11 CELEBRATE LITTLE VICTORIES
Leaders!!! Great things are happening all around us. When we find them and share them we change our mindset moving forward. Find the little victories all around us.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 10 RECOGNIZE THE STRUGGLE
Everybody is struggling with something...recognize it and help or connect them to someone who can.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 9 NEW IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER
Leaders…when we get time away from the day to day responsibilities of school we tend to think of NEW ways to calm the crazy. New is not always better. Let’s not throw a bunch of new initiatives at our group the minute they come back after break. Help them stay rejuvenated by finding ways to take care of them.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 8 THE AUDIENCE MATTERS
We change the way we do things when the audience changes. When kids know the audience is bigger than one person in one classroom they treat the process differently. Teachers feel the same way. Bigger audience creates more of an opportunity to connect and expand the learning.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 7 PERSONAL DAY GIVEAWAY
People see the cart walking down the hallway…but do they always see the person behind the cart? Everyone has value, celebrating their work publicly helps bring awareness to the time and effort they put into their job.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 6 CONNECT THE NETWORK
Everyone in your district has a network. How often do you reach out to that network to make sure they know how incredible your staff member is in their job? We don’t hire people…we hire their whole network.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 5 STUDENT VOICE
Are students in your space ACTUALLY getting to lead? Are the part of a committee or group that meets just to meet, or do they have a voice in terms of what happens in your school. When they own it, they will invest more..and that’s what we want.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 4
Time and place matter. Everyone’s perspective is valuable and seeking those outside of our immediate leadership circle is clearly important for us to grow. When is the last time you reached beyond your own leadership circle to solve a difficult situation?
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 3-
THE IMPACT OF 30 SECONDS
There are 960 30 second opportunities in an 8 hour work day for us to impact the lives of each other. It’s not about the time…it’s about what we do with the time. Reach out and connect with someone who has helped you get to this point in your life…you’ll both feel better.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 2-
BE PRESENT AND ENGAGED
If you text someone and tell them you care about them and their response is “are you ok?” or “is there something we need to talk about?” then that is on you. Tell people you care. People say that it’s the thought that counts, which is true, but the action on the thought counts more.
LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE WEEK 1
The biggest disconnect between higher education and K-12 education has less to do with a skills deficiency, and more to do with a communication deficiency. When is the last time you reached out to connect…from wherever you sit.