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 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.