As a Principal, I know I spend a lot of time thinking about how teachers, parents, and students need to change in order to move our school forward. I guess I am starting to wonder if I spend enough time thinking about ways I need to change my practice?
Pernille Ripp’s great post “What I Won’t Do on the First Day of School?” reminded me of the recommendation by Jim Collins in Good to Great for people to create a “stop-doing” list. As I enter my seventh year as a Principal, I know there are a number of traditional practices that I am employ that should be cast aside.
So I ask for your help here. What are some things that you think Principals need to stop-doing in order to help lead their schools forward? Feel free to add in something you would like to see Principals start doing as well. I plan on sharing this list with all of the administrators I know as we move forward.
Two more important things:
- I know that you are not talking about your current Principal when you talk about any negative qualities. It is clear that you are talking about a colleague’s Principal or a former Principal.
- I promise not to show this list to my teachers as bullet-points in a presentation on opening day!