Can we as leaders leverage more learning for our students by continuing to explore the power of integrating more technology into learning opportunities?
People that have thought a lot about organizations and how they work have come to the conclusion that, just like people, organizations have “inner dialogues”. I think that’s true. I think it is true for families, workplaces, large organization, and even states and/or nations. How we frame things makes a difference.
As a public educator, I believe that the collective community of people connected to a school building and/or school district have “inner dialogues”. I also think that leadership can have an impact (at least in part) for the positive and/or for the not so positive – tone and direction of those dialogues.
I think we and/or the groups we belong to benefit when our “inner dialogues” have a focus that is forward-looking and positive as opposed to negative and doubtful.
How can you as a school leader have a positive impact on the “inner dialogues” of the district? Here are some answers to consider.
As Barrett, Cooperrider, Tenskasi & Joseph (2008 page 20 – 22) suggest: positive valuing, hope for the future, respect for skills and competencies of others, openness – receptivity – and learning, active connection – an effort to include – cooperation and/or combination, being curious – excited and willing to be surprised, noticing movement toward a positive outcome, effort to refrain situations in positive terms, and envisioning the ideal are all positive ways to frame our families, workplaces, large organizations, and even states and/or nation’s function.
How might a school leader ‘fan the fires’ of discontent in the “inner dialogues” of the district? Not, to suggest a leaders would want to do this – but only to point out the behaviors that might be associated with negative energy. Here are some answers that won’t build on positive thinking.
The opposite of positive thinking is to focus on: negative value, lots of worry – preoccupation and doubt, unfulfilled expectations, lack of receptivity – absence of connection, focusing on deficiencies in self and others, having a negative – sad – defensive – irritated demeanor, withdrawing and avoiding, control or domination, predicting a negative future, and reframing situations into the negative are all examples of “inner dialogues” that take us down rather than build us up.
My wish for all is to focus on the positive and work toward it. We each make our own day!
Here is a positive focus I am framing in my mind. We, in America, will invest billions of dollars supporting K-12 education for the 2011-12 school year. Billions! That is a lot of money. Might we begin to focus on the possibilities of that and other resources in service of each and every child’s learning? Yes, in doing so – we will have to look beyond the status quo to new opportunities and options. WE can move toward them and help others to do the same. Our young people and their futures are worth it!!!!
The inner dialogue needs to focus on the preferred out come of abundant learning for each and every learner. And we as leaders can leverage more authentic learning by continuing to explore the power of integrating more technology into learning opportunities for each and every student.