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Intentional Leader: Trumpeting the Vision

21 Sep

Monthly Theme: VISION

Week 3: Trumpeting the Vision

Unless a vision is communicated clearly and consistently then it gets “lost in translation”. One can see this loss in the funny movie starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Giovanni Ribisi where Bill is an actor who doesn’t have an understanding of the language and Scarlett is a young woman with no idea of where and what she wants to do with her life. These two characters highlight the need that with respect to vision, “leaders ought to err on the side of repetition – repeatedly speaking it, celebrating it, and linking it to action” (p.12, Intentional Leader).

As PSD embarks on sharing its new vision with stakeholders and the public, it is important that each of us review this vision. I need to communicate it during my workshops, sessions, Learning Coaches and Key Contact meetings, planning meetings, PD opportunities. I also need to actively listen to participants, colleagues and the public as to what PSD’s vision means to them. Although this vision is shared via an employee newsletter, a journal at the Division PD Day in August, on the PSD website, on YouTube, Twitter and in Face2Face gatherings, what benchmarks should we be using to recognize if this communication of the vision has been effective? Polls, surveys, and/or discussions, possibly.

PSD has 4 key elements that guide the work (and the vision) of the school division:

  • Engage our students
  • Engage our staff
  • Engage our community
  • Stewardship of our resources

I need to keep these elements (and the vision) in mind , when planning my activities with staff and my Learning Services team members. What does this look like in my Curriculum Educational Technology Facilitator world? It also means time to dialogue with people as to what they believe the vision means for their work, celebrating the successes and sharing them with others in the Division. It means articulating that vision and truly owning it…..DAILY. I think I should read the PSD vision every day to myself so it is a reminder of what I am working for and with.  For those of you not familiar with the PSD vision, here it is:

Parkland School Division is a place where exploration, creativity and imagination make learning exciting and where all learners aspire to reach their dreams.

My hope is that this vision allows our stakeholders to find their true selves such as Janet Echelman’s story. Janet is a painter turned sculptor.

I would be curious as to any suggestions of how others utilize and promote their VISION. Comments are always welcome!

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