School Leadership Reimagined - From fighting fires to fire prevention

EPISODE 116


Summer Rewind: From fighting fires
to fire prevention

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
  • You already have a system for everything that you do in school whether you realize it or not. It may be a broken system or a dysfunctional system, but it is a system. All that fire fighting that you are currently doing. That’s your system. It may not feel like it but it is a system. It’s just a broken one.
  • Any time you have a recurring problem, then it means that you have a broken system. But if you Fix the system and you fix the problem for good.
  • Your day can be under your command. With the right systems, you can regain control over your day and have the time and the bandwidth to focus on the things that are really important.
  • There are 5 Signs you need a better system. These signs will help you figure out what systems you need to work on first. And, as you create systems your work is going to get easier and you are going to take back larger and larger portions of your day.

Do you spend the majority of your day putting out fires and dealing with interruptions that keep you from doing the work that you really want and should be doing? Are you taking work home over the weekends because you don’t have time to catch up during the school day? The problem isn’t that you need fewer interruptions.

The problem is that you need better systems. That's why this week, we're revisiting Episode 16 in our Summer Rewind Series. Discover how to go from hero mode where you run around fighting fires, to making your systems the heroes so that you can reclaim your time to do the work that really matters #LikeABuilder

Check out these highlights:
  • Why broken and dysfunctional systems are the reason you don’t have much control over your day.
  • What recurring problems really mean -- and how to fix them.
  • How to move from fighting fires to preventing fires.
  • How to regain control over your day.
  • Why complicated processes are a sign that you need a better system.
  • Why you should never feel like you have to work around your process in order to get anything done.
  • The solution to those things that are creating a huge headache for you and keeping you from doing the work that you really want to do.
  • Why we are usually more focused on controlling bad behavior instead of promoting and supporting good behavior, and why doing so just breeds more bad behavior.
  • Why you shouldn’t make too many exceptions to your systems, even for teachers who are doing an excellent job.
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