Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Simon Says

In his popular TED Talk, Simon Sinek discusses the importance of finding our "Why". In the talk, he uses Apple as an example of a company that knew their Why and reaped the benefits of it. He also gives examples of companies that did not know their Why and instead focused on their What (or product). He gives a compelling argument that until we focus on our Why (purpose), our What and How are irrelevant. I agree with him. It's our purpose, our mission that is important. Once people know that and a trusting relationship is formed, then we can accomplish anything!

As an educator, I often contemplate my "Why".  For me, it's about making a difference in people's lives and everything I do should be able to stem from that purpose. Why am I in education? To make a difference in people's lives. Why am I a principal? To help support teachers and provide an environment to help make a difference in people's lives. Why am I in a meeting? To discuss ways we can help create a system that supports learning and makes a difference in people's lives. Why am I administering a standardized test for students? Because it's a mandate that I must follow to keep my school in compliance that allows me to continue to create a structure that supports teachers and make a difference in people's lives. Yes, some of my tasks are necessary to help me continue doing the important work of my Why even when they are not pleasant.

Knowing our Why is essential if we want to reach our full potential and achieve our goals. If you don't know your Why, how can you share your passion and dreams with others and make them a reality? Worse yet, you may end up just serving someone else's Why and never aspire to your own. My guess is that most educators can sum up their Why in a few words: To help others, to teach and inspire, to change a life, to change the world. Think about your Why and how your thoughts and actions help you carry it out. Better yet, teach your students to find their Why and help them develop the skills to carry out their mission and reach their dreams!

photo credit: TED Talks

PEARLS OF WISDOM (From Simon Sinek)

"Listening is active. At its most basic level, it's about focus, paying attention."

"Great leaders don't need to act tough. Their confidence and humility serve to underscore their toughness."

"If you have the opportunity to do amazing things in your life, I strongly encourage you to invite someone to join you."

Simon Sinek - TED Talk on "The Golden Circle" (5 minutes) 


Tuesday, September 6: First day for students / 10:00 am Welcome Assembly / 12:10 dismissal
Thursday, September 8: Staff Meeting 8:05 am
                                      PTA Meeting in the LMC 6:30 pm 

Monday, September 12: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05-9:25 am
Wednesday, September 14: Achievement Team 8:15 am
Thursday, September 15: Staff Meeting 8:05 am 
                                       Open House 6:00-6:30 pm / Curriculum Night 6:30-7:00 pm


         George Couros

        Author of "The Innovator's Mindset" 

   Dave Burgess

   Author of "Teach Like a Pirate"

1 comment:

  1. One of the things I do admire about you Jon is that your heart shines through in all you do. Your why is visible to all of us!