I’ve recently finished up an online course I’m taking through Harvard, as part of their Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership series.
The course was called “Driving Change,” and it was lead by Dr. Andres Alonso, former CEO (Superintendent) for Baltimore City Schools, a district about the same size as Jeffco.
In the course, one quote from Dr. Alonso had a profound effect on me – making me think a lot about Jeffco and who we are as a community and organization.
I’ll post it below here. Please read and reflect for a moment.
Great organizations have clearly defined missions, collectively held beliefs, and a clear understanding of leadership actions and outcomes.
Many great organizations are also characterized by stability of leadership and focus over time. They often refer to their practices as the _____ way.
Many organizations, on the other hand, lack clarity between their actions and their performance goal.
Now the question. How does Jeffco Public Schools stack up against Dr. Alonso’s description of a great organization? Where are our strengths, and where do we need to grow? What are our real organizational values, and are we translating those into the clear and shared understandings we need to be truly great?