Professionals in service-oriented fields are driven by their core values, which keep them on target. But sometimes we bog down in daily tasks and forget why we chose our profession. As educators, we are lucky because our purpose sits in front of us every day. However, we live and work in an environment that’s focused on diagnosing learning gaps so we can teach to close the gaps. This means we’re more likely to focus on what’s wrong than what’s right. We forget how passionate we felt when we started in this field. Sometimes we forget just how much of a difference we really do make.
Many of us have experiences that jog our memories about why we got into education in the first place. As leaders, we need to take the time to remind employees, faculty, and key stakeholders that what they do has purpose. It is worthwhile and makes a difference.
Excerpt from: Maximize Performance