Monday, August 31, 2009

How have you touched a life today?

During our busy lives of work and play do we ever really contemplate the moments of a single person's life? It's hard to say because we usually are bustling about attempting to squeeze in every last item on our To Do List. I invite you to stop just for a minute and think about the "people" who you come in contact with each day. Ask yourself how often do you pull up a chair and listen.
Reading "People First" by Hindman, Seiders, & Grant has helped me recognize the importance of each person's contribution in our world be it school, work, or home. My task oriented mind is at ease knowing that creating relationships and valuing the time to build them has long term benefits. As our local communities expand to include global citizens it is my belief that we must invest the time to communicate effectively in cultivating a collaborative culture. As a school admninistrator this starts with the staff in our buildings and extends into our communities. To further an organizations cause a true leader begins by establishing relationships which help build trust. Being a family member, professional colleague, and leader involves trusting relationships that develop over time. How much time do you invest in building relationships?

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