So, on this Sunday with the lead reverends out of town (well deserved vacation) and a super cold morning with sleet, I decided to not go to church…when the Mrs. came home, I asked what the Dear Me prompt was…her answer was, ‘nothing.’ I was shocked, and I asked her to text her mom, and she didn’t know either…hmm. So, what am I supposed to write about…
Well, I decided to write about the power of team based on a successful meeting late Friday afternoon. Now, anytime there is a meeting scheduled for 30 minutes before you leave for the weekend, it is either crazy or bad news. In this case, it was neither.
I was asked by the CFO of my ISD to make recommendations for the 2018-2019 budget with small amounts of increases…he challenged me to make my recommendations without adding anything to the budget. See, my number one strength finder is competition…my next couple relate to activation of others. Ploy or not, it was on…oh by the way, a new backpack with the new logo was at stake also.
None of this sounds like team except for the fact that my staff and I spent all of last year up to current day creating a nerd board…a board of numbers for the district. We even bought a new board for the qualitative piece of those numbers. When I was given this expectation/challenge, I knew it was a moment to see if the team was ready to shine. And oh how they did…we talked about and came to consensus on what the district needed. We made recommendations for shuffling positions based on needs. We looked at how it would impact our budget…for 2 weeks during free time (lunch). Friday morning, I sat in my office and was nervous about the presentation…thank goodness I had meetings, or I might have gone crazy.
Come 330 it started…nerves only got worse when I had to deny a call from the superintendent…you don’t do that.
2 hours later, after shaking the hand of the CFO, my support texted how the meeting went…all I could say is, “we did it.” The outcome is not as important as the fact that our team put in extra time that they don’t have to support a plan to help the department…we did it. No matter what happened…our department is better because of that.
In the vein of the Dear me…younger me should learn quicker that when the team succeeds…you succeed. I is a lonely thing…We is something that lives on.
Oh by the way…I got the backpack!