Thursday, January 26, 2012
Lessons Learned from Springfield
1. Get the right stakeholders into the conversation. If you're trying to make a decision, include everyone with a vested interest. If you don't do this, you end up spinning your wheels. More heads are better than one.
2. Schedule time to achieve what's important. In education, you will always be busy. There will always be many demands competing for your attention. You must determine your priorities and schedule them throughout the year. I learned to schedule my team meetings over a year in advance with tentative agendas, creating a clear road map to the destination.
3. Learn about people. As I've worked in this job, I've met many people. I am proud to say that I know almost everyone's name and I know quite a bit about people with whom I work closely. These connections make the organization stronger, and they foster the trust needed to embrace real change.
Springfield, I'll miss you. Thank you for a great experience, and I value what I've learned during my tenure.