What stops you from doing the things you want to do? [Hint: The answer is in the question.]
Do you have the answer yet? I hope you will by the end of this blog...
To answer this question truthfully depends on relationships, starting with the relationship you have with yourself. If you have an honest relationship with yourself, you look for a mirror and not a window when there’s a problem. Lao Tzu, the venerable Taoist philosopher, is credited with having said, “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.” We spend all day with ourselves, yet we often neglect to spend the time to reflect on what is working and what isn’t. We go through the motions. We are on “autopilot” as Tim Kight explains in R Factor. The relationship you have with yourself will help shape the relationships you have with others. When you are honest with yourself and willing to change attitudes and behaviors that are negative or unproductive, you begin to see your colleagues’ feedback as valuable and helpful.
In Hilliard City Schools, we have a passion for growth. This value is anchored by three behaviors, one of which is being coachable. Our culture blueprint states, “Sometimes others see things we can’t. Other people often have insight we can benefit from; we are open to receiving ideas, thoughts, & feedback. We never assume. No matter how much we think we know, we always work hard to improve our understanding of the situation. We want our students to be coachable, but for that to happen we must be coachable.”
As educators, we have a tremendous obligation to our students, families and community. We cannot meet this obligation without improving ourselves every day. We cannot improve until we can be honest with ourselves about what is working and what isn’t. Because we can’t always determine what’s working and what isn’t on our own, we must ask for help. We must be coachable.
So, I ask you again… What stops you from doing the things you want to do?
Here is your staff update for October 28th.