I’ve been reading The Practice of Adaptive Leadership lately, and it’s full of useful nuggets that have been helpful in understanding the dynamics of my still newish-to-me district. Jeff Lawrence is quoted in the book under the section, “The Illusion of the Broken System:”
This statement really made me ask some questions of myself:
- What are the actual results we are currently getting?
- Are they in line with our purpose as a school, which is to educate children in such a way as to prepare them for the world into which they will graduate?
- Do the results we are currently getting benefit students or are the majority of those results benefitting adults only?
It also made me stop looking for dysfunction and start looking for what outcomes we’re really valuing and rewarding…a better direction to lead change, I think.