Category Archives: Simon Sinek

3 Questions To Help Empower Educators

Attending a session on “employee engagement”, I was listening about how hard it is to get people to “buy in” to some of the things are happening in school.  As I was listening to the speaker, a lot of the things that were deemed “engagement” sounded like “compliance”.  This is not to critique the speaker, but “employee engagement” sounds a lot better than “employee compliance”, doesn’t it?  There are times when one needs to just do what they are needed to do.  This is the reality of our world.

Yet when we think of the employee-employer relationship from the viewpoint of an administrator, how often do we think of how the “employee” is not engaged or not living up to their potential, as opposed to what we can do to help create an environment where people thrive?  I have said this before, but we can’t make people change, but we can create environments where change is more likely to happen.

Things we need to consider if we want people to move forward…

  1. Are we building relationships with those that we serve and do they feel valued?
  2. Do we try to empower them and give them ownership of solutions, or do we simply ask them to implement solutions made for them?
  3. Is the “why” clearly articulated, or only the “what” and the “how”?

If we are only look at having teachers engaged in their work environment, then maybe the bar has already been set too low.

A-person-who-feels-appreciated-will-always-do-more-than-what-is-expected.

 

Our Biggest Investment

You can have the best designed school, with all of the infrastructure in place, devices at the hands of every learner, makerspaces in every corner, and provide all of the professional development on how to do the stuff, and none of it will matter if people do not know why these things are important, and they see themselves as part of the change, not people that are being changed.

Without understanding why and seeing yourself as part of something bigger than yourself, we can’t expect schools to change on mass, nor will we see it happen.  And this isn’t just in schools, it is in all organizations.  It is easy to get people to do stuff, but it is a lot harder (and more important) to have people do amazing stuff.

There’s a difference.

And the infrastructure and environment is important, but not as important as the thinking that makes “incredible” happen. Schools will always be people powered, and they should always be our biggest investment.

Our Biggest Investment

You can have the best designed school, with all of the infrastructure in place, devices at the hands of every learner, makerspaces in every corner, and provide all of the professional development on how to do the stuff, and none of it will matter if people do not know why these things are important, and they see themselves as part of the change, not people that are being changed.

Without understanding why and seeing yourself as part of something bigger than yourself, we can’t expect schools to change on mass, nor will we see it happen.  And this isn’t just in schools, it is in all organizations.  It is easy to get people to do stuff, but it is a lot harder (and more important) to have people do amazing stuff.

There’s a difference.

And the infrastructure and environment is important, but not as important as the thinking that makes “incredible” happen. Schools will always be people powered, and they should always be our biggest investment.