24 August 2011

Get Connected

If you have an aspirations for becoming an administrator, whether supervisor or principal, you must read Connected Principals.  The information and perspective that comes through the contributors are always fantastic and really makes you take a close look at what you are doing.  Recently Johnathan Martin wrote about Tom Peter's 17 E's of Excellence.  I have not read more of Peter's work other than what was in this post, but I want to share some comments that jumped off the screen for me. (Comments in parentheses are mine and were not on the original post)

Enthusiasm! Be an irresistible force of natureSee a student, teacher, administrator, or parent doing something that you haven’t seen before with a digital device? Respond with enthusiasm first, inquiry second, and scrutiny, only if necessary, last.  (I get frustrated when those around me scrutinize and question something new and different first and rarely find the enthusiasm for it)

Find something to be proud of in your practice, and find more things to work on, and then share your electronic education excellence journey so as to inspire others to emerge in their own, unique way.

Execution: Do it! Now! Get it done!  Barriers are baloney. Excuses are for wimps. Execute technology innovation today. (YES!)

Each year, find your edge and look to see what is beyond it and go there. (stop doing the same thing you have been doing for the past 10 years and do something different just to keep it fresh)

Error-prone! Ready! Fire! Aim! Try a lot of stuff and make a lot of boo-boos and then try some stuff and make some more booboos– all of it at the speed of light. (Dare to Fail!)

Eagerness! Don’t be too patient; dream the future and crave swift progress toward it.

Expectations! Michaelangelo“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”  ...become awesomely powerful thinkers and problem-solvers.

How can you not be inspired when reading this?