The heart of our school is the community’s core connection.
There is no greater compliment than trust. As educators, we have a great responsibility to do what is best for children entrusted to us. This is the foundation of the moral compass used by the Tea Area School District team led by Superintendent Jennifer Lowery. In this episode, Dr. Lowery shares how her team created a central location to connect their community and the sometimes heartbreaking burdens of leadership.
This episode answers questions such as:
- How can a moral compass help leadership teams make decisions?
- What actions can we take to maintain the culture of growing teams?
- How can we manage negative employee feedback?
Featured Episode Resources
AASA | DECISION MAKING THAT SUSTAINS PEOPLE AND DEEPENS RELATIONSHIPS
How a small South Dakota district serves as its community’s hub and heart during a crisis year. During my tenure as superintendent of the 2,000-student Tea Area School District in South Dakota, our moral compass has been defined by this simple question.
SE | DEFINE GUIDING ACTIONS TO LIVE BY
Organizations aren’t providing excellent service by accident. The organizations that provide the best service recognize why service excellence is their most important value. It isn’t enough to tell employees to “provide excellent service.”
9P | CLEAR COMMUNICATION TEMPLATE
Use the Clear Communication Template to help you get clear about the message you want to communicate to your organization and how the message will be executed. Record the necessary actions, and then answer each question so that you can create a clear and timely message for the right people at the right time.
We can’t get better if we don’t even know what’s wrong. Collecting feedback is critical for those determined to improve and excel. No matter how seasoned we are in our careers, receiving results is an emotional experience. Just opening a results report can transport us right back to grade school and an essay marked up with red ink.
9P | CREATE RESILIENT LEADERS
Resilient teams are more prepared to respond quickly to problems and make better changes when adapting to situations and disruptions. Periods of disruption can feel like a never-ending hallway. Every time one problem is solved there is another awaiting attention. Sometimes a crisis causes teams to move in different directions with some individuals striving to get “back on track” and others still stuck in chaos and confusion.
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