People work in education for a reason.
We all want to attain excellence – some of us are just more systematic and focused on how to get there. Today’s guest, Dr. JoAnn Sternke cautions, “You’ll never achieve excellence if you don’t have purpose, focus and alignment.” In this episode, Janet and JoAnn discuss how to better align operational leaders and teams to realize their impacts in academic organizations. When we bring operational and department leaders together with school and classroom leaders, good things happen.
This episode answers questions such as:
- What obstacles stop operational leaders from getting on board with continuous improvement?
- How can we help operations employees recognize they are doing meaningful work?
- What can we do to best support department leaders in implementing cycles of improvement?
Featured Episode Resources
9P| BOBSLED ALIGNMENT
SE | COLLECTING THE RIGHT DATA TO REFLECT
High-performing leaders realize the importance of using data for reflection and improvement. Reflecting on the right data is important across the organization. In educational organizations, we typically reflect on annual student achievement data over the summer, as we plan for the next school year.
9P | HOW WELL DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION FOCUS?
For organizations to continue improving, it’s necessary to have a clear focus on what the organization would like to accomplish and the strategic actions that are most important for achieving results. Does your organization have a narrow focus on what’s most important? How do you know?
SE | SHORT CYCLE PLANNING: 8 QUICK TIPS
With a new year, comes a new plan. Planning is a great way to review and reflect on individual progress and progress within the organization. However, planning can be a waste of time unless we are using it to continuously review progress, or what we call short-cycle planning. The greatest value of planning rests with how leaders approach short-cycle planning.
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