Inevitably there will be a number of small changes, refinements or projects undertaken by various people and teams but we should only have THREE BIG ROCKS that have been identified as priorities across the school.
According to teamwork guru Patrick Lencioni, the key to managing the complexity of schools is to identify a reasonable number of issues that will have the greatest possible impact on the success of your school, and then spend most of your time thinking about, talking about, and working on those issues.
At your next leadership team meeting ask each member of the leadership team to write down what they see as the agreed TOP 3 priorities for your school THIS year.
Have each individual write down their top 3 and then individually share (quick tip: the Principal should go last!)
If your leadership team are absolutely humming then this should be an easy exercise. If you get a range of viewpoints about what the priorities are, then YOUR FIRST PRIORITY must be getting consensus about your school’s top 3.
Lencioni argues the four obsessions that extraordinary executives pursue relentlessly are:-
- Build and maintain a cohesive leadership team
- Create organisational clarity – identity, values, mission, major goals, objectives, roles and responsibilities
- Over-communicate organizational clarity – especially your identity and direction
- Reinforce organisational clarity through human systems – be cohesive, be clear, over-communicate and reinforce
“Our THREE priorities this year are…..A, B and C!!!”
If aligning your leadership team and getting everyone on the same page is a priority for you, I’d love to come and work with your leadership team.
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