This was the first week of our February chats, and we’re focusing on mission. How do we align our school with a stated purpose? How do will inspire others with a sense of purpose? What is mission?
What Are Some Ways to Create Cohesion Between Mission and Action?
What good is a mission or a mission statement if there’s no action to back it up? On the flip side, what good is action if there’s no common purpose giving it direction?
Bill Huber says, “To match mission and action they must:
- Involve all stakeholders
- Have buy-in
- Take the time to foster and develop
- Be actually aligned not just in name
- Understand the strategy
- Be bold”
“Persistence! Well begun is half done – isn’t that the phrase? Sometimes just taking those baby steps rather than waiting for everything to be perfect gets you from mission to action.” – Julie MacDonald
“You can talk a thing to death, I mean am I right or am I right? But, what steps are you actually taking toward doing the This week, I found myself some PD to make myself better! Stopped my whining and started doing!” – Miss SimonMission to Action: You can talk a thing to death…stopped whining and started doing! @HOWareyousmart #822chat Click To Tweet
Barriers to a Common Sense of Purpose
“The biggest one, I think, is “everyone’s understanding of .” We all operate out of our schemas, and we do what makes sense to us. If change is needed, leaders will have to cast a vision that helps build a new schema that makes sense for all stakeholders.” – Jeffrey Frieden
“I think too often we create obstacles for ourselves and our staff. There are umpteen incredible communication strategies available to build a clear meritocracy that supports a common vision. We too often wing it via natural abilities and don’t get every voice.” – Aubrey Patterson
“Lack of clear and purposeful communication. Staff to see the in order to value the purpose.” – Nancy Foster
“Apathy, comfort with status quo, institutional arteriosclerosis, negativity, fear of change, insecurities, and lack of spirited leadership.” – Gary Gruber
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