Engaging the 4 Disciplines of Execution
“What word did I tell you that you would be hearing a lot of?” Dr. Holloway asks.
“Engagement,” Mrs. Allen answers.
“That is correct. When we discuss our WIGS or wildly important goals now that you know what they are, we will be coming across that word a lot. Engagement,” he smiles while speaking to the room.
The group’s principals, assistant principals, directors, and superintendent are reading The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling. They are answering questions of themselves and each other.
~ THERE WILL
ALWAYS BE MORE
GOOD IDEAS THAN
THERE IS CAPACITY
TO EXECUTE ~
QUE Principal Leah Ivey recommends the book to friends and colleagues. She explains, “I’ve been reading this book, and it talks about the whirlwind of our lives and how we should focus on a couple of wildly important goals while still taking part in the whirlwind. You are going to like the book. I think you should read it.”
As Steven R. Covey says, “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, unapologetically – to say no to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.”
Once you understand the importance of saying no to good ideas in order to keep your team’s focus narrow, you can avoid the first of two focus traps. However, the second trap, trying to turn everything in the whirlwind into a WIG, is even more common. Once caught in it, you try to turn everything in the whirlwind into a goal.
Consider possibilities. Brainstorm with peer leaders, brainstorm with your team members, or brainstorm alone.
“Just remember,” Holloway smiles that smile we know so well, “our wildly important goals.”
Want to know more about the inner workings of Quitman School District’s central office? Stay tuned here and through the school district’s Facebook, twitter, and Instagram feeds for more details about our wildly important goals, lag, lead measures, engagement, and execution. We hope you will want to read this book with us.