School Leadership Reimagined - “I can’t deal with that right now”

EPISODE 88

“I Can’t Deal With That Right Now”

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want to Miss:
  • When people are juggling a lot of problems, they give up in trying to solve them all and adopt tunnel vision. There is no long-term planning. They don’t think strategically. They don’t prioritize their issues. Instead, they just react to whatever problem feels most urgent at the time.
  • The immediate benefits of tunneling may seem to justify putting things off, but the long-term consequences are fierce. Plus, you will never run out of urgent things to react to. It’s why you look up at the end of every year and realize that you’ve not accomplished half of what you set out to accomplish.
  • You must be intentional about stepping away from your day to day work of solving problems so that you can do the real work of making sure that you never have to deal with that problem ever again.

Do you ever feel like you are playing a constant game of “whack-a-mole?” Would you like to be focused on your vision, mission, and core values but there are so many issues popping up right now that you find yourself saying “I can’t deal with that right now?” If so, you may be suffering from a phenomenon called “tunneling.” Tunneling is where you feel like you don’t have the time, energy, bandwidth, or resources to deal with your problems right now, so you just focus on what’s right in front of you. While this might seem like a prudent, even natural response to the stresses you’re facing right now, tunneling is a trap. Tune in to today’s episode to find out why tunneling is a trap and how you can escape the tunnel #LikeABuilder.

Check out these highlights:

  • Have you always wanted to attend Builder’s Lab but could never get away? We’ve designed a virtual Builder’s Lab that will be unlike any online or virtual event you’ve ever experienced. It’s called Builder’s Lab 360 Experience and it’s going to have all the things we love most about Builder’s Lab plus a few more upgrades that make it even MORE powerful! Go to www.mindstepsinc.com/builders-lab to get your tickets. 
  • What is “tunneling” and how is it keeping you stressed out and preventing you from achieving your goals.
  • How being trapped in the tunnel puts you in the position of problem solver instead of problem preventer.
  • Why being a superhero is underrated.
  • How putting things off is like taking a “payday loan” against your students’ future.
  • How to escape the tunnel.
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