Monday, April 30, 2018

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Student Achievement

CREATING A TEAM LIFE MINDSET! Team Life derives from
No, Chocolate is Not Part of the Plan!
the Navy Seals leadership philosophy. Courage, Confidence, Perseverance, and Resilience are the elite traits that personify the
 Navy Seals. Schools systems that seek to create and sustain a culture of outstanding achievement need to look to the organizations that have mapped out the path to exceptional success and unparalleled achievement. What are some of the key performance principals, tactics, strategies, and systems that help develop Seal Mindset and instill a Team Life Ethic?

“You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.”
“If you work together as a team and put out as hard as you can for short period of time, you’ll get to rest while everyone else pays for not working so hard.” 
Team Life Mission #1 Commitment to Self and Family
Community, Team Commitment, Belonging, Respect, and Loyalty! COMMITMENT to Your Tribe "Family" is Mission # ONE! (what is your purpose, shared goals, necessity, your reason for being "raison d'etre") | Students and families that do not feel they're part of a loyal and respectful school family, will opt-out, quit, and never engage fully with school life and academics. School and family communities with little or no hope, belief in themselves, or belief in their school systems see not participating or quitting as the best or easiest option. Administrators, educators, families, and students need come together to focus on shared goals and solutions. Top-down planning and goals that do not incorporate a family-school-community partnership are doomed to fail. POOR or Zero family-school-community partnership result in week community roots, and no root, no fruit. Never Quite on Your Team!

If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride - and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards. Paul Bryant

"As an LD student, I spent my entire school career feeling that I did not belong in school! I had no hope, purpose, passion, or peace of mind. School was full of fear, hate, doubt, shame, and humiliation with no real perceived purpose because I never measured up to others standard of academic success! I QUIT ON MYSELF DAILY. I JUST QUIT TRYING" -Sean..

Team Life Mission #2 Training! 
Eat the Elephant! How do you eat your elephant? One bite at a time. Do the hard things first! Do the hard training with your team, create a real team spirit, and makes eating your elephant easier! 

Developing physical and mental toughness!
1. Set (and achieve) micro-goals daily. Physical and Mental “Small Wins and eventual BIG Victories”
2. Visualize success (overcoming weakness and or pushing through failure). Test your metal daily. You must change, grow, and stretch yourself before you can change the world.
3. Convince yourself you can do the imposable with micro-goals, perseverance, teamwork, and rigorous training.
4. Control your fear (self-doubt). Push and Stretch yourself and your team beyond their comfort zone! Self-control, self-aware, and mindfulness!
Team Life Mission #3 Communication 
Seek First to listen and understand (Seek knowledge and wisdom with a beginners mind that is unpolluted with opinions) Learn first, then seek to be understood. Communication is the most important skill in life. Seeking first to understand is about knowing you will never have all the answers and all ideas are valuable. We need others to challenge our thinking.

Team Life Mission #4 Leadership 
Leading downwards and upwards, “Exceptional Strategies and Tactics, Tested Systems, and Flexible Performance Principals” School institutions need a real shared vision of positive growth and change to lead teachers, students, and families. A vision of achievement must be more than words to truly impact and improve student outcomes! A shared vision of achievement by all stakeholders must be reviewed, overhauled, retooled, and or discarded/deleted on continuing bases. Many vision statements seem to be based on the platitudes of a few! All parts of any “Exceptional Leadership System” should hold up in a real trial of efficacy! Many leadership ideas and ideals are implemented on a whim, due in part to ego, not what is in the best interest of students.

"The effective manager/leader learns to find out what is important to the people in their circle of influence and communicates to them in terms of what matters, rather than directly stating their own needs." 

“I lead by example in all situations.”

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