How to Detoxify Your School Culture

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
  • Culture, any culture, is simply a collection of organizational habits. That means that if your culture is toxic, it means that you have a collection of toxic habits that have taken over. If you want to change your culture, simply change the organizational habits.
  • You don’t need to change ALL the toxic habits of your organization in order to turn things around. If you can find the root or the Core Habit, the one that is responsible for the majority of the toxicity in your school, and change that, you can shift your culture.
  • The secret to changing the Core Habit is to identify the trigger, the response, and the reward. If you understand what is triggering the current toxic behaviors, give people new behaviors to choose instead, and reward those new behaviors the right way, you can detoxify your school or organization for good.

If you’ve ever tried to take on a toxic school culture, then you know how hard it can be. In today’s episode, you’ll learn why most efforts to detoxify school cultures don’t work and the very simple process you can use instead to eradicate toxicity for good. Along the way, you’ll hear how two schools used this process to shift their cultures, remove the toxicity, and finally get long-stalled initiatives going. Plus, you can download a step-by-step guide to detoxifying your school culture below.

Check out these highlights:
  • Why most efforts to detoxify a toxic culture don’t work. [4:43]
  • Why finding the Core Habit is the key to quickly detoxifying your culture. [7:14]
  • The three things you need to consider if you want to get to the root of a toxic culture.[12:59]
  • How one elementary school was able to shift from a culture where teachers were meant to students and yelling at them to a culture where the teachers treated students with respect.[17:49]
  • How one high school overcame a culture of teacher bullies and resistance and were finally able to get a new initiative off the ground. [27:55]
  • The three big takeaways from this episode. [34:42]
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