A lot of my work is with schools and districts, and although I discuss the power of networks to bring a “world-class education” into classrooms, I have been focusing a lot more on the local benefits of networks, not only the global connections.
If one teacher connects outside their school and brings great ideas to their students, but doesn’t connect within their community, we are still left with the “pockets of innovation” as opposed to a “culture of innovation.” This does not serve the community as a whole. In fact, it could create animosity if ideas are not shared within the community.
This quote from “Multipliers” resonates:
“It isn’t how much you know that matters. What matters is how much access you have to what other people know. It isn’t just how intelligent your team members are; it is how much of that intelligence you can draw out and put to use.” Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown
When schools do not tap into their collective intelligence, it is the organizational equivalent of only using ten percent of your brain.
I have been sharing this simple idea for years.
The impact of this simple action could be profound. I warn educators that if they do not want to start a hashtag for their school, an angry parent will eventually do it for them. Schools need to share their own stories.
As I speak to groups all over, I remind educators that the “expert” is not in front of them, but sitting right beside them. The “global” sharing does little for your school unless you tap into your local expertise.
Source: George Couros