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Striving for Excellence

7 Oct

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I am often inspired by excellent results. When teams win championships, people who are outstanding their field, organizations attain major accolades, and individuals reach the mountaintop, I can’t help but be motivated to push myself to aspire for greater personal results. While I am often inspired by excellent achievements, there’s one thing that piques my curiosity even more.

We never see the unnoticed hours of painstaking work. We never hear about the setbacks that transformed into comebacks. We never felt the failure and rejection that fuelled the hard work and perseverance. All we ever see and therefore know is the product, not the process.

Everyone wants excellence but I do observe not everyone wants to do the hard yards. As leaders what stories are, we telling to inspire excellence?  Are we illuminating the all-stars while ignoring the stories in the making?  Are we setting lofty goals while failing to show examples of how the work is the excellence? The answer to these questions will tell you if you’re superficially scratching the surface of excellence or digging deep to discover what it takes to achieve it.

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He waka eke noa

9 Oct

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He waka eke noa

A canoe which we are all in with no exception

The term 3 holidays have looked a little different for me in 2019. I have just has surgery reattaching my hamstring to the top of my leg. This was an enforced rest for one week. Even now over a week later I am not that mobile, nor can I work to the degree I am used to. I have found the whole process awesome. It has given me time to think. Reflect. Revise. Evaluate. One thing I have been thinking about is workload and burnout of staff. By looking after yourself you are indeed looking after everyone.

Here are some things I am things that have come to mind:

Building positive relationships with your colleagues

We have all heard it before, relationships are the most important thing when it comes to teaching but this also is true when it comes to your relationships with colleagues.  If you surround yourself with negative people that continuously vent and never celebrate the positive, you will find yourself starting to think the same way.  We have to train our brains to see the positive.

Be willing to be flexible

This is a tough one.

 Finding mentors

Having a mentor can help as they can provide you with a heads up and support as you work through understanding building norms, expectations, and traditions of the school. I am so lucky to have many.

Creating balance

Finding balance in your life between personal and professional is extremely hard but it is vital for your well-being.   How are you managing your daily stress and workload?  How are you taking care of yourself emotionally and physically?

One thing at a time

We all have things we want to improve on but it is near impossible to do it all at once. Need help?  Check in with a teaching partner or mentor for guidance as we are all stronger as a team.

Take advantage of the breaks

Some of the best advice I received a few years back was to make sure to take full advantage of the time we had off from school.  I have often not been a good role model for staff here. I will continue to make this change.

Are you looking after yourself in order to be the best you can be?

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