School Leadership Reimagined - How to Create a True Sense of Urgency

EPISODE 25


How to Create a True Sense of Urgency

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
  • The 2 biggest threats to a true sense of urgency are complacency and false urgency.
  • There are 3 things you can do to generate a true sense of urgency. 1) Make the data hard to ignore, 2) be visibly urgent yourself, and 3) blunt the effect of those who are trying to squash your urgency.
  • While creating a true sense of urgency is critical to getting an initiative off the ground, it isn’t enough. Unless you follow up with real action, you will create cynicism over time. 

We want to include people in the decision making. We want to be collaborative. But the problem is, no one seems to share our sense of urgency. No one seems to want to make a decision.

It’s something I see all the time and it can be really frustrating can’t it?  The data is horrible. There is a critical need for change. And yet, everyone seems to be dragging their feet. People seem satisfied with the status quo. They pay a lot of lip service to the issue but they don’t want to change.

So today, we’re going to talk about how to create a real sense of urgency around an initiative and get people truly invested in making change happen instead of dragging their feet talking about the need for change but not doing anything about it. If you’re tired of dealing with people who seem satisfied with the status quo, listen in to learn how to overcome complacency and create a true sense of urgency #likeabuilder.

Check out these highlights:
  • ​Why complacency is really kinda sad.
  • What’s even more dangerous than complacency.
  • How to make your data impossible to ignore.
  • Why your own sense of urgency is so critical.
  • The ninja strategy you can use to deal with the saboteurs.
  • Why a sense of urgency is critical but not enough.
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