The danger of treating your staff like family

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
  • Building a school culture that feels like family is a trap. Often preserving the family becomes more important than achieving your school goals. 
  • When you create a school culture that feels like family, it often means that your staff will expect you to play the parent -- solving their problems, resolving their conflicts, and giving them direction. 
  • Here’s the hard truth: Your team is not your family. No matter how much you enjoy working with your team, the relationship is still, at its core, transactional and temporary-- They are being paid to work there and can move to another organization at any time. 
  • There is a real danger in focusing on building a family culture. Sure, you get many benefits of family -- loyalty, affection, and closeness. But, you also get the attendant dysfunctions of families as well.
Many schools say that they are “just like family” but is this the healthiest way to build a culture?

The answer may surprise you. While building a family culture may seem like a good idea, it’s actually a trap that can create more dysfunction, more dependence, and more division in your school staff. 

Discover the dangers of building a school culture that feels like family and find out how you can build something far better #LikeABuilder.

Check out these highlights:
  • Why family cultures often cast you in the role of parent leaving you with the responsibility of solving every conflict for your staff instead of helping them solve their challenges on their own. 
  • How a family culture can actually suppress good feedback and real accountability.
  • Why a family culture often creates more dysfunction and dependence in your staff.
  • The ways that building a family culture can actually distract your team from your bigger school goals. 
  • How Builders capture the benefits of a family culture and avoid the downfalls by building Community instead.
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