In most of the keynote presentations I give to leaders and educators, I share the following key to success, which I also try to live out in my own life and leadership.
The Key Variable to Success
So often leaders look for the right strategy or the right program to improve their services or gain the results they desire. But, truth be told, even the best strategy or program is not the key variable in the success equation. Sure, strategies and programs are important, but there is one key to success for leaders that is even more essential.
That’s right, your people—not strategies or programs—make the biggest difference. In fact, according to Todd Whitaker, there are only two ways to improve schools, businesses, or organizations:
- Get better employees
- Improve the employees you have
Think about it. We spend so much time and energy looking for just the right strategies or programs, yet more often than not, these strategies and programs do not bring about their desired results. Why? Because the people implementing the strategies and programs are not motivated or equipped to do so. Even the best strategies and programs will fail if leaders don’t develop a good team around them. Simply put, the key to success in any organization is its PEOPLE!
“THAT DAY” Strategy
To help leaders and educators remember that THEIR PEOPLE are the key to success, I share a success strategy that I call the “THAT DAY” Strategy. Here is my educators’ version of this strategy.
In order to help students achieve real success, great educators:
- Treat students with compassion, dignity, and respect every day because they never know what day is going to be THAT DAY for a student.
- Encourage, motivate, and positively challenge students every day because they never know what day is going to be THAT DAY for a student.
- Look for opportunities to build up and equip students every day because they never know what day is going to be THAT DAY for a student.
- Earn the right to be heard every day because they never know what day is going to be THAT DAY for a student.
“That Day” is Today!
As Jack Welch said, “The team with the best players usually does win—this is why you need to invest the majority of your time and energy in developing your people.”
Bottom line, helping the people around you succeed matters to you and your organization because your organization will only be as successful as the people you lead. Therefore, if you’re a leader or educator, invest TODAY in who matters most—YOUR PEOPLE!
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