School Leadership Reimagined - How to Avoid Initiative Fatigue

EPISODE 46

How to Avoid Initiative Fatigue 

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
  • Initiative fatigue is what happens when we feel pain, we look for a solution -- ANY solution -- to alleviate our pain and when it doesn’t work, we grab another one. The problem isn’t that we need a better solution, the problem is that we need a better understanding of the problem. 
  • All symptoms ultimately point to a larger problem with vision, mission,and core values. 
  • To focus on the true root cause instead of getting distracted by symptoms and shiny objects, you need to “micro-slice” your school.  
  • When you get to the true root cause of your challenges, the solution is often more simple and more elegant than you thought, and the results are more amazing than you could imagine.

Initiative fatigue is real and it’s wearing out your staff. It starts when we feel pain, and we look for a solution -- ANY solution -- to alleviate our pain. Only, when it doesn’t work, we grab another one, and another one, and another one.

The problem isn’t that we need a better solution, the problem is that we need a better understanding of the problem. So, on today’s show, we’re going to talk about how Builders avoid initiative fatigue and stay focused on what matters most.

Plus, we’ll discover how to “micro-slice” your school so that you can quickly get to the root cause of whatever challenge you’re facing and come up with a simple, elegant solution to solve it once and for all. #LikeABuilder.

Check out these highlights:

  • What is “initiative fatigue” and why is it so dangerous.   
  • Signs that your staff is experiencing “initiative fatigue.” 
  • Why most “root cause analysis” tools don’t work.  
  • How Builders avoid “initiative fatigue” with one simply tool.  
  • How to look at your data to quickly determine your biggest constraint right now.  
  • How your core values, mission, and vision can actually help you determine what you should be working on right now.  
  • How to “micro-slice” your school to determine the ONE thing you need to focus on right now.  
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