I had the opportunity recently to connect with a few like-minded, position-similar, folks. Finding and building new connections in this role has reminded me again in life how many things can be different when you change roles and responsibilities. The goal, always, is to be an asset to your district.
Complacency at times can hinder forward-moving progress, without it even being something you are cognizant of happening. As I listened in last night, it reminded me that as I use this space as a reflective professional journey, I should make note of the ways I am actually being an asset currently…versus being something else, 😉
- Conversations. When you’re new you have to meet a lot of people. When you meet new people you get to ask A LOT of questions. Given that I am not the creator of just about anything around here, I can ask questions without feeling as if the answers are about “my choices”. My 30,000-foot view isn’t concerned with anything other than finding solutions.
- Added value. Do you know your strengths? How can you leverage those within your new space? Seeking out new vendors, creative problem solving, and being inclusive in solution-oriented decisions allows for a different approach to how it’s been done before.
- Leverage your team. We all know I’m a fan of hiring people with different skill sets than me, and this technology role is no different. Our additions have all had experiences and strengths that benefit both me and our district.
- Adaptive leadership is almost required as each situation is so unique and requires layers of input. Connecting involved departments allows for more comprehensive solutions, which I am a huge fan of.
- Listen more than you talk.
It’s amazing to look back 18 months ago and realize how much we’ve accomplished since then. Building schools, creating systems, learning from some of the best…I can’t wait to see what the next 18 months hold.
Pirate proud &