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Not Another Committee

I was recently speaking with a principal on the phone about the work I do in Wellbeing, Leadership and Culture. She is a newly appointed principal and is very excited about the future of her new school.

I was interested in how she transitioned into her position with staff. She started with some quick wins by asking the staff about their satisfaction levels for their job. Good results followed.

Then there was a quick look at the cumulative data which found a few areas that required “tweaking”.

She had enough information to start applying energy and time to the necessary action that will make a difference. When I spoke about the Courageous Leadership program it resonated with what she was thinking about.

“Let’s meet and you can add your expertise over what I am planning.” Explicit use of energy and time to move forward quickly. No obligation, just a conversation.

In contrast, I was having a phone conversation with a principal who was looking at school culture. Their strategy was to form a committee to find out what they need, then work out how they are going to meet those needs.

I offered the same support to try and circumnavigate the committee, but alas I was asked to send through some details and touch base in 2024.

There is no end to the number of experts who could help when defining what your needs are with no obligation.

Forming a committee with educators is like asking the students to choose what they would like to learn. It is not their core business.

Committees are another drain on workload. The sheer word suggests “time commitment” with no exact outcome.

If you do need to get a group consensus, then create a taskforce. This suggests there is a timeframe with a definite outcome.

Or better still, ask an expert who spends their time and energy on best practice to advise, so you can quickly make a decision, like principal one.

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