How Builders Eliminate Problems

Big Takeaways.

  • Leaders solve problems at a surface level and it’s why those problems keep cropping up over and over again. Builders solve problems at the root and thus eliminate problems once and for all.
  • We create a false dichotomy when we focus exclusively on serving our students. You can serve the students AND the adults in the building and find solutions that benefit both. 
  • When you pit your teachers’ welfare against your students’ needs, you force people to choose between their students and themselves.
  • I saw a quote recently: “Teacher’s working conditions are students’ learning conditions” and I can’t unsee it. 
  • If you can’t do it for the next 5 years, you shouldn’t do it for a day
Have you ever thought you solved a problem but it crops up again later on kinda like a zombie you can never kill? If so, then today’s episode is for you. I’m breaking down the 3-part framework Builders use when they are solving problems so that they eliminate their problems once and for all. By the time you’re finished listening to this episode, you’ll have the exact steps you can take today to make sure that your problems don’t come back from the dead tomorrow because you solved your problems #LikeABuilder.

Check out these highlights:
  • The 3 levels of problem and why if you just solve the first level, you’ll end up making a lot of people very frustrated and the problem can actually get worse.
  • A “selfish” way to look at your solutions that isn’t really selfish afterall.
  •  The “5 year” test that keeps you from burning out your staff and yourself.
  • How Builders manage to eliminate problems that other people struggle with for years and years.
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