How often do we settle for less thinking we can’t do more? That becomes a mindset and our mind won’t allow us to try bigger things. Here’s another great STORY for you. It can serve as a common talking point with people when they are focusing on their limitations rather than on their strengths. I’ve used it numerous times with my staff and it does get results. Continue reading
In my classes and speeches, I always discuss the power of telling great stories. Stories move us to action. I need a good story to get my emotions flowing. Without emotions, we seldom have the energy to make great things happen.
Traveling across the country speaking and consulting, I see something out there that is frightening. It gives me chills. It’s a real danger zone. It is the ocean of sameness. Everybody’s doing what everybody else is doing. You know, the “me too” leaders. That won’t cut it in the future. You better do something to separate yourself from the crowd or you will be just another face out there trying to improve by copying other people.
Have you ever heard of a “trim tab”? Listen to this story. In the early 1970’s, the great inventor Buckminster Fuller captivated minds when he created a great metaphor for leverage.
He explained that when the Captain of a huge ocean liner turns the wheel in the pilot cabin, it takes several miles in order for the ship to change direction. Through an interesting combination of cables and mechanics, the wheel is connected to the huge rudder beneath the ship.
But, as Bucky observed, there’s this tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a “trim tab”, a miniature rudder if you will, that requires very little effort to turn. That is what actually causes the rudder to shift, which then moves the massive ocean liner to change its course.
It’s the little things we do that make the gigantic difference. Look for the trim tabs and make yourself unique.
Last thing, here is some homework. Really think about this. List 3 reasons why other systems are superior to your own, and why they may out perform you over the next 3 years.
Be honest, and let your answers motivate you to find a trim tab.
Here are just a few of the organizations that Dr. David Lee has spoke for.
WHO ARE OUR CLIENTS? Here are some names you’ll know!
Texas Association of Secondary School Principals
Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals
Alaska Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals
Florida Panhandle Area Educational Cooperative
Florida Citrus Growers Association
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Alabama Staff Development Association
Northside Victoria School Board, Victoria, Nova Scotia
Kentucky Association of School Superintendents
Mississippi Association of School Superintendents
Louisiana Superintendent’s Association
Louisiana Association of School Executives
Association of Compensatory Educators of Texas
Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals
Regional In-Service Centers in Mobile, Birmingham, and Montgomery, Alabama
Broward County Schools, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Kodiak, Alaska Schools
Ft. Worth Public Schools, Ft. Worth, Texas
University of Alabama Regional In-Service Center
Louisiana Reading Association
Mississippi Staff Development Association
Seminole County Support Services Group, Orlando, Florida
Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals
International Council for Innovations in Education, Panama City, Panama
International Conference on Learning, Chicago, Illinois
Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals
Florida Association of Secondary School Principals
Alabama Effective Schools Conference
Northeastern Montana Association of School Administrators
Banking Institute of the South
Calgary, Canada Teachers Association
American Technical Educators Association
International Paper Company
U.S. Sites and Development Conference, Orlando, Florida
Western Iowa Technical Community College
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
Louisiana Community and Technical College System
Conference of Louisiana Colleges and Universities
Mississippi Business Educators Conference
Cuyahoga Community College System, Cleveland, Ohio
Houston Community College Leadership Institute, Houston, Texas
Florida Foundation for School Health
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