Welcome to the first Monday Moanin of October, 2019 to all of you. It is hard to believe that for most of you the first month of the 2019-20 school year is in the books. Typically the first month of a new year is front loaded with many activities and a fast pace filled with numerous adjustments. October signals a time when most school staffs and administrators are settling into their routines and schedules. They are also showing the initial signs of fatigue. As a result, this is a great time to refocus on some essential fundamentals to enhance your performance as a leader. During this week, practice the following three fundamentals.
- Pay attention. Begin with your learners and then move your focus to all other stakeholders. Ask yourself, what do they need and how can I help?
- Check for understanding. Don’t assume that stakeholders are following your lead or that they are reading your emails or listening to your directives. Use “one-legged conferences” or daily checkins to determine what needs to be reinforced.
- Be liberal with specific praise. Using general statements usually is insufficient to demonstrate recognition and appreciation. Use their names and do not shy away from public acknowledgement.
Good luck , have a great week and keep finding the good stuff.