I was hoping to do more blogging over this holiday season, but, as you can see, that just didn’t happen. With my entire family being sick, Christmas shopping and the festivities that followed, and now the planning of birthdays (my baby turns 1 tomorrow and my other two have birthdays in January), things have been rather busy.
But, as we get ready for another year to come to an end, time to reflect is important. It is not until we really reflect on what we do and have done will we make any changes.
- Learn. Show others you are a learner just like them. Lead them in your learning, but allow them to lead you as well. Share. Model. Collaborate.
- Be real. Be honest with others. Show others who you are as a person. Let people get to know you for you so they begin to understand you and what makes you who you are.
- Be open. Allow others to teach you. Learn from others and their experiences. People have a great deal to teach each of us – in our own school and from around the world. Be open-minded and allow for the possibility of your mind being changed by the ideas of others.
- Listen. Really take the time to listen to what others are saying around you. They don’t always need (or want) answers. A lot of the time, they just need someone to hear their thoughts and be supportive (within reason, of course).
- Collaborate. We have so much to learn from each other – in our schools and from around the world (I know I have already mentioned this, but it is so important). Use Facebook, Twitter, Diggo, and other Nings and Social Media tools to connect and learn from and with others.
- Be present. There is nothing like the here and now. While it is great to have goals and things to work toward, really be present in the today, the now. You will have a much bigger impact if you are present in the now.
- Relationships Matter. Relationships with the students and their families, the teachers and staff members at your school, your administrative colleagues, and district staff are all very important. Building relationships with each and every one of them is powerful. It is only when relationships are developed and trust is formed that a real difference can be made and change can evolve.
- Lead, but Don’t Micro-Manage – People need to develop independence and a feeling of confidence in themselves and their abilities. If they feel you are always looking over their shoulder, they will not continue to take the risks needed to facilitate change and growth.
- Have Fun. I can not emphasize this enough. If you are not having fun in what you are doing, then what is the point. Smile. Enjoy each day.
- Prioritize Family. Your family should be your first priority. They will always be there, no matter what (unless you choose your work over them, that is).
- Be optimistic. At times, it is difficult to think positively, but you must. We need to remain positive and always look on the bright side of things. Sure, there are times when things may seem difficult, you must just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and carry on with a smile on your face.
- People are Good. Try to remember the good in people: your difficult staff members, the children who are challenging, and the parents who may seem to be unsupportive. Everyone (for the most part) is doing the best they can with what they have. Be there to support. Be there to guide. Be there to listen. Be there. Remember, they are good people, doing the best they can. Support them.
- Take Care of Yourself. There is no sense on trying to lead, or trying to be a spouse or a parent, if you don’t take care of yourself. Get enough sleep. Eat properly (don’t skip meals because you are too busy). Exercise (this is good for your body AND your mind). Continue with a hobby. Without taking care of yourself, you are really not good to anyone around you.
This list was much longer than I intended. I could actually continue on, but these birthdays are not going to plan themselves now, are they?
What are things you’d like to remember as you begin a new year?