Friday, 30 September 2011
How do you bring coherence?
As a leader, how do you bring coherence to the work of your school/organization? There are few things that reduce effectiveness in the workplace more than a staff that doesn't see the connections among the various initiatives in which they are engaged. When staff members feel that they are engaged in multiple 'important' initiatives but they don't see how each fits together and serves the greater purpose of their work, they can become cynical, jaded, or simply lost. When people understand how all the work in which they take part fits together to serve the greater goals of the school/organization, they understand the value of their hour-to-hour, day-to-day, week-to-week work. It's a minor investment in time - and a small investment in a well conceived discussion process - to provide everyone with the understanding they need to see how their work is important and fits into the bigger picture. You run the risk of losing people's hard work and commitment when they feel pulled in many directions and don't see coherence in their work.