A few weeks ago, I went to The Goat Rodeo leadership series hosted by J. Forrest of Employee Strategies, Inc. and Nathan Eklund of Eklund Consulting. Their guest was Thad Levine, General Manager of the Minnesota Twins.
How a leader chooses to reach out to those that will oppose or will be most negatively affected by the plan is, ultimately, the key to a healthy organization.
A simple fact is that we probably spend more awake time in our classrooms and school offices per week than in any other one place besides asleep in bed. In that space, where are the most footprints? Behind a desk? Behind the lectern? In the front of the class by the whiteboard or smartboard?
When discussing staff culture with educators, I am hearing about a more competitive feel to adult relationships in schools. The current state of education has many educators worried about their jobs much more than with the evaluation systems that were prevalent in the past. Declining student numbers, new and confusing evaluation criteria, and heightened community expectations can all develop competition between staff members.
The 2014-15 Chicago Bears season ended in disaster. High preseason expectations went unfulfilled through weak leadership and a disastrous workplace culture. Changes were made, and change is not easy in the NFL or in education.