Thursday, June 16, 2011

Find your fixed point

Wilderness2 If lost in the wilderness, people without a sense of direction will eventually walk in circles.  Therefore, it is important to find a fixed point somewhere on the horizon upon which to maintain your movement in a certain direction.

Schools can be challenging environments in which the demands of the day (or even the hour) can disorient a teacher or administrator from achieving necessary progress on important strategic issues.  This is not to say that being flexible enough to assist with unexpected issues is not important.  Such flexibility is important for school leaders.  What I am suggesting is that it is equally important to have some mechanism to “maintain your direction.”  You need to find your fixed point on the horizon.  Otherwise, you may begin circling back over issues long since covered and no longer in need of attention.

Do you have any tips for finding your fixed point?  How do you keep a big picture/strategic outlook while addressing the daily operations of your school? 

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