I do a lot of reflecting on and writing about being on a journey. My journey has had ups and downs. It’s had victories and defeats; successes and failures; and everything in between.
I am on a journey to be ELITE. My staff is on a journey to be ELITE; but there is no destination. Instead, as Tim Kight explains,
“We must be better today than we were yesterday and better tomorrow than we were today.”
These words have power. These are words to live by.
Every step matters
As I continue to reflect on my journey and help my staff do the same; it’s important that we are aware of our current location on the journey. We must recognize and understand our strengths and weakness with clarity and then look ahead to what’s next. In order to get to the next level we must continue on our journey, but we must do so one step at a time.
Every step along the way matters. Each step is a chance to be “better today” and then “better tomorrow”. As we focus on each step along the path of our journey we can carefully and thoughtfully move forward. We don’t need to know what is ten, twenty, or thirty steps ahead on the path. But instead, we must focus on our current step and our next step. Then, slowly, step by step we will become better. We will continue to move closer to ELITE.
If we misstep, and we will, we will take another step. In fact, these missteps mean we have gotten to the EDGE of our current capability and pushing through is what makes us ELITE. If we’re not making mistakes we’re not at the EDGE. If we’re not at the EDGE, we’re not ELITE.
Leading the Journey
As I continue to reflect on my leadership, I need my staff to help me. I need to know the answer to this question:
What do you need from me, for you to perform at your best?
I will ask my staff to answer this question and I will compile the results. I hope that their answers will give us all clarity moving forward so that we can continue on the journey together.
I hope my blog posts inspire risk taking and new ways of thinking. I hope to connect with other educators on our journey to always do what's best for children.