Friday, May 2, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 122

No lives in isolation.

Decisions don't mark the end of an issue, for better or for worse.

In fact, most decisions simply take us a little deeper down the rabbit hole of a selection, and leave it up to us to pick the next fork in the road.

Every decision is like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book (those faddishly popular books that were everywhere in the late 80's).  Just because we make a choice doesn't mean that anything is finalized.

In fact, far from it.

The realization that decisions don't speak to finality is incredibly important.  This means that as you consider what to do and why, you always need to think about your next steps.  A decision made today will greatly impact a decision made tomorrow, and as such (and just like would be exhibited by a great chess player) all leaders need to think a few moves ahead.

This isn't entirely difficult to do, but it does require a bit of a culture shift.  We need to start thinking of leadership as proactive, rather than reactive, and we need to be willing to decide with time, rather than when time is against us.

By internalizing the fact that no decision exists on its own, we're better able to see the connections that exist between all of the choices we make. Tied to that, we can begin to see just how entwined everything is in education, and to a greater extent, life itself.

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