Half-time Huddle

As we close out the first half of the year, it is time for a half-time huddle. This should be a time of reflection and preparation. Reflecting on the past six months and preparing for the next six. During your time of reflection, purposeful inquiry should take place. Inquiries that identify specific actions and outcomes -failure and success. Strategies that were utilized or removed. Taking time for purposeful inquiry will give you an awareness and understanding in order to prepare for the next six months.

Based upon the completion of your reflective inquiry, there should be an understanding of actions and strategies required in order to achieve the results intended for the next six months.

In sports, the players along with the coaches gather together for  a half-time huddle. This is additional time set aside to review failed and successful plays. It allows the players to recharge in anticipation to head back on the field stronger and rejuvenated to play the last half. During this huddle, there is a realization that what may have been anticipated prior to the beginning of the game may not have come to fruition and what strategies need to be develop in order to accomplish a win. A review of barriers and challenges that may require an adjustment in the playbook in order to set the players up for a successful second half. There may be a shuffle in positions due to implied assumptions that are not accurate. At anytime, there may be a change in climate that the players may not have originally anticipated.

What does your half-time huddle look like? How many players or coaches are assisting you with your playbook evaluation? Even though it may be your vision, the assistance of others brings in a new dimension, different perspectives that you may not have identified or realize alone.

Some questions to assist you with your half-time huddle:

  • Did you accomplish goals or on your way to achievement?
  • Have you been derailed and require a recharge? If so, what derailed you and why?
  • What barriers or challenges did you encounter and what is the possibility of encountering them again?
  • What strategy shifts are required to achieve goals?
  • Are you on the right “field” with the correct “players”?

Graduating One’s Self

We sometimes become paralyzed by our current situations that we forget to visualize where we are headed. We sometimes bask in the glory of continued success that we fail to recall what it is like to dust ourself off and start anew. Failure becomes such a part of our fabric that when assistance is received or an achievement is accomplished, it is viewed as unfamiliar.

Stop living only for today and dare to imagine your dreams heightened above any expectation you could ever imagine. Stop living only for today as today is merely a temporary condition. Become a forward-thinker. Visionary. Innovator. Do not bind yourself from experiencing something new or a different way of thinking. Paradigm-shift.

Surround yourself with others whom will challenge you and expand your knowledge-base. Develop a personal climate of empowered transformation. Become a risk-tasker. Dare to exceed those around you. Graduate yourself to a level that others said you would never be. Allow your dreams and ideas to become reality.

It was Wilma Rudolph that said, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

Maintaining Accountability in our Educational Systems

Dr. George Sharp shared this interesting article regarding how we measure student success and accountability.  What makes an educational system successful?  In this article, “How should we gauge student success?  The accountability dilemma”,  Marc Tucker suggests a new way of looking at educational systems and how they measure success.  I think he’s on the right track!

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/top_performers/2015/04/how_should_we_gauge_student_success_the_accountability_dilemma.html?intc=es

 

John Maxwell Post: Are Leaders Examining Themselves?

It’s important for us as leaders to regularly take a look at what we’re doing and our motives for doing it. This recent post by John Maxwell captures the essence of this important aspect of leadership. Check it out. When’s the last time you took time to reflect on what you do and why you are in a leadership position?

The Most Important Question a Leader Can Ask

What do standardized tests actually test? Washington Post Blog

I received this message from Dr. George Sharp:

“I really like the article (blogged by Valerie Strauss and by Marion Bundy) that the link below will connect you to. I connect with it because I think and believe in the same things, especially the two points made in the last paragraph. When you have the chance, take a look at the link and article. I offer it for your consideration for the blog. It offers a relevant topic for leadership reflection and clarification of values and beliefs with regard to the purpose of education. It might also help to illustrate what we mean when we say ‘marginal revolution.”

Do you agree with the content? How does it impact leaders in their various roles?

Check out this blog link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/01/what-do-standardized-tests-actually-test/