As I am driving my SUV and family guinea pig from Staten Island, NY to Texas (more to come on this later) I took the opportunity, when my father was at the wheel, to peruse my professional Facebook page. As I looked through my updates I noticed that I had posted quite a few quotes, ideas, thoughts, and opinions on leading change. The idea then popped into my head that I should archive all of these in a blog post. Maybe some of you will find value in them (or maybe not).
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Without further ado:
Leadership is not a popularity contest. Make the tough decisions instead of trying to please everyone.
Great leaders build capacity in others knowing full well that it takes more than one person to successfully implement change.
A testament to true leadership is one's ability to not just initiate change, but also sustain it.
If you don't tell your story someone else will. Digital leadership is about becoming the storyteller-in-chief to take control of your public relations and build a positive brand presence.
Reach for the sky and experience your potential. Reach for the stars and discover unlimited potential.
Success is achieved when you zero in on a goal with an undeniable focus and a determination to overcome an array of challenges.
Real change comes from colleagues modeling expectations to others, not from those with titles.
Respect is a fickle thing. It is not earned through opinion, talk, and putting down others, but rather example and action.
If you truly believe a certain way is better put that belief into action to inspire others to change.
Don’t just give opinions. Illustrate how your opinions have been implemented in some way to change educational practice.
Technology will not revolutionize education. Educators who effectively integrate technology to enhance and support learning will.
Actions speak louder than words, sound bites, and rhetoric. Model for others and change will follow.
Don't ask others to do what you won’t.
Digital leadership is about working smarter, not harder, by enhancing professional practice with the assistance of technology.
You can complain about the decisions made by someone else or take the initiative and make your own.
As a leader if you are making students conform to your views and ideals about the structure and function of school without their input you have it all wrong. You work for them; it's their school, and most importantly their voice matters!
Stop telling people what they need to do and instead take them where they need to be.
Digital leadership is not an add-on or about giving one more to do. It is a natural compliment to the work school leaders are already doing. It is time to do what you do better.
An idea is wasted if it is not acted upon leading to change in culture and/or practice.
Instead of conformity, rules, and maintaining status quo schools need to focus on choice, ownership, and autonomy.
Don't expect others to change professional practice if you are not modeling those same expectations.
Engagement, relevance, and fun are great, but make sure there is observable evidence that students are learning when integrating technology.I hope you enjoyed some of my thoughts based not only on observation, but also practical experience implementing and sustaining change in schools. I now encourage you to add your thoughts below.