By David Robertson, IPLI Mentor-Cohorts 3,5,&7 & CAO for Warsaw Community Schools
Every team I’ve ever played on has
been undefeated. You heard me
right. Every single sports team I was
ever on was undefeated …for a while.
Most teams I played on only stayed
undefeated for a game or two before losing our first game. A few teams I played on stayed undefeated for
about half the season. One team I played
on was undefeated all season until we finally lost in the league championship.
My point is, every team starts the season
teams are confident.
teams are hopeful.
teams have a clear vision for where they want to go.
teams are positive.
teams typically get along well.
teams have a sense of collective efficacy–they believe they have what it takes
Every school starts the year
undefeated. And just like those undefeated teams, undefeated schools are
School leaders must find a way to
capitalize when their schools are undefeated.
Leaders must find ways to build on the positive enthusiasm found at the
beginning of the year. When a team is
undefeated, they’re not just concerned about surviving, they’re focused on
greatness. The same is true for
schools. It’s why Todd Whitaker points
out that the first staff meeting of the year is the most important meeting.
You’re undefeated! The focus isn’t survival, it’s greatness.
So as we start this school year undefeated, let’s all be reminded
of the unique gift we have of being an undefeated team!