We’re away on vacation this week. We’re at Holden Beach, NC renting a simple cottage right on the ocean. Our goal this week is only to spend time on the beach, spend time with one another, and enjoy the majesty of the ocean. Our accommodations are perfect. That is, they’re perfectly simple and exactly what we’re looking for right now. This evening I used a charcoal grill for the first time since I had a little portable charcoal grill in college (18 years ago…). There is a deck to the beach and windows that allow you to see the ocean from 3 of the 5 rooms. Not much else. We have no HD flat screen TV, no DVR, there is no Starbucks in Holden Beach, and there are no fast food restaurants. (In full disclosure we did bring our own stash of Starbucks and our simplicity only goes so far, we have a lap-top, two IPads, two IPhones and three IPods and wifi. (That’s kicking it old school Bowers’ style…)
This week I will rarely wear shoes, I will not wear a collared shirt and I will only shave if Doreen makes me. This is our version of simplicity.
Simplicity and clarity are on my mind a lot this summer. Worthington Schools needs to simplify our systems and our communication. We need to create clarity around our core mission. How do we help a very complex organization achieve clarity of purpose? How do we simplify our systems to better serve our students, our parents, and the community? We’re attempting to do this right now with our move to Infinite Campus and our re-branded “W-cloud” which will allow staff, parents and students access to information, documents, etc… 24 hours a day.
Worthington has incredibly strong school communities. We’re working to foster those communities while also simplifying the navigation of our school district for our customers. We are a long, long way from getting where we want to be.
In today’s world achieving simplicity is not an easy task. Our school district has not yet figured out how to get there. For a short time my family is making some progress.