Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Work People in Small Groups Before Going big With Your Goal
Recently, I had to break an impasse between two factions of teachers within a committee that was tasked to craft the mission for a special program. Both groups were passionate about the program but had serious differences in opinion about the direction in which it should go. I stepped in to break the impasse and made a hard decision that upset one of the two parties. Two days after my decision was announced, I worked the halls and the classrooms, reaching out to the disenchanted teachers. My purpose in speaking with each of them was not to persuade them that my decision was a good decision, but rather, to let them vent their frustrations. Before leaving each meeting, I told the teacher that while I respected his opinion (I would not have asked the teacher to serve on a committee if I didn't value his input), I expected him to rally around the direction for the sake of the kids.
Educational leaders will have to make bold decisions from time to time. Speaking with people individually or in small groups will alleviate the tension and re-engage everyone involved in solving a problem or working on a project so the ultimate goal can be attained efficiently and effectively.