This past summer I attended a leadership conference sponsored by the MEA. I was very impressed with some information that was presented by Paul Corona (Kellogg School of Management and Leadership Coach at Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching). In reviewing some session notes, I found one particular facet that was worthy of re-reading and bringing to your attention this week.
Expert coaches, leadership gurus, and our speaker, Paul Corona, all agree on the value of goals. They point to information that strongly suggest that your goal should be “singular”. At least one thing at a time.
If you really want to be great at something, your focus should be on one thing. If you juggle more, your focus will become diluted and you will be less likely to achieve your goal.
So I overlay this wisdom from experts in management and leadership upon the expectations of educators. Once again, it seems that the cards are stacked against us from the start. So many things pull a teacher in so many directions that the laser focus necessary, is lost.
Many of us face a multitude of challenges every day like a champ. Thinking dedication and a unique approach will carry the day. But when we fail to reach a target, it is internalized and we feel guilty that it did not come out as planned.
So, here is some quick advice. When bombarded with many directives regarding your teaching goals, focus on one that you really, really, feel strongly about. Put the rest on the back burner and do enough to make sure those lesser goals don’t work against you. Then use the benefit of a singular focus to reach your goal and celebrate your new achievement.
Here is to stacking the deck in your favor!
Have a great week!
P.S. If you want to learn more about setting goals, reaching goals, and living the dream..... I can help. Please reach out, I have been doing some excellent work as a coach for teachers. Having a great time helping teachers enjoy the experience.