Culture Cleanup In Your Scool
Joe Sanfelippo says that it only takes 30 seconds to make a positive impact on your school's culture. Whether that is recognizing a learner or staff member, showing humility in front of a group, or just being nice, little actions throughout the day add up to create a culture.
As a matter of fact, actions speak louder than words when it comes to culture. You may have the best slogans, have those slogans written on the walls, but if you (and I mean YOU as an individual) don't live those slogans through actions, then the slogans are meaningless. A point of fact, what you do means more than what you say (or claim to believe).
As you think about the culture at your work, remember these three signs of a poor culture.
- Lack of respect undermines work culture
- Lack of meaning makes work demoralizing
- Lack of cohesiveness sabotages work culture
Action item: Do a simple "culture audit" by asking yourself, and at least five other people in your school, if they feel respected, if their work has meaning to them (if it does, what is that meaning?), and do they feel part of something bigger than just showing up to work?