The 7th Habit we are discussing is to Sharpen the Saw. This habit is all about bringing the previous six together and continuing to expand and grow as an effective leader. My end goal is to obtain a district level technology position. In order to obtain my goal I must first be proactive, every roadblock I can envision needs to be planned for. As I plan the next few years, I need to be sure to keep the end in mind, decisions that I make should be tailored to obtaining my goal. This focus and planning will allow me to put the first things first, not letting me be overrun with everyone elses goals. I want to help people, but I can't do so at my own detriment. Thinking win-win is essential for any leader. As I expand my sphere of influence, I need to make sure that my colleagues see me as one who cares about them and tried to solve problems in a fair manner. The next habit is similar to Think Win-Win, Seek first to understand, then to be understood. As a teacher, I struggle with this habit. I think teachers are all type "A" personalities, as such, need to have the final say. By taking the time to first listen and understand, then speak, I will show my teachers that I value their opinions and input. Finally, by combining these habits and spending time with my team in a non-threatening manner, I can create the synergy that is the goal of most collaborative relationships. While I continue to sharpen the saw, I will need to focus on these habits and incorporate them into my daily experience. I have studied, and pondered these habits extensivly, and come to realize their relevance to my career goals, and my classroom now.
Rebecca and I have a planning meeting tomorrow after school. We are going to talk about how to keep the saw sharp. Fortunately for us, our district places a premium on professional development. We have a myriad of options to choose from. If we are conscientious about the PD we choose, we can make sure to keep our focus on the Habits we have discussed, and continue to expand our spheres of influence.