We Can’t Do It Alone…#L2IPA

Educational leaders know that with every student success, it took a team to make it happen.
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As I reflected on the successful experiences throughout our first trimester, I took a little more time to evaluate our culture of gratitude. We have worked diligently to create opportunities for our students to demonstrate thankfulness and gratefulness for each other and for their teachers; however, consistent opportunities to express collective gratitude within the team of adults who are guiding our students each day was missing.

While listening to an Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast, I was inspired by how, within his organization, he simply and effectively facilitates a culture of gratitude. During staff meetings, he provides notes and time for team members to write short thank you letters to those who have helped them be successful. Upon hearing this, I was excited about the opportunity to apply this practice!

During our monthly staff meeting last week, this was how we began our meeting. Our team was provided with a paper thank you note and time.  As our team began to write their notes, some asked for more! The next day, the feedback was even better as team members openly shared their excitement about receiving notes!

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Sometimes the only motivation we need to persevere through the challenges of striving to reach goals are a few words of appreciation. Since Zig Ziglar’s quote below proves to be true, this will be a leadership practice that I will continue!

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

As you move on through the rest of your day, watch the short video below and think about who is on your team. How do you share your appreciation?

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