Our goal should always be aimed at being better than we were yesterday. To be smarter, wiser, more experienced, better read, more insightful – the goal is to continually grow and improve in a specific way. There’s a hard reality we need to accept, and it’s simply this – if something isn’t growing then it’s dying. There’s really no standing still. And by growing I mean getting better, progressing, moving forward, and by dying I mean things are slipping backwards in their usefulness or effectiveness. I know this to be true for myself, I’m either getting in better shape physically and emotionally or I’m slowly in decline. I might ignore this reality but I can’t escape it.
But what’s true for us as individuals is also true for organizations, whether it’s a school district or a company. Organizations are either moving forward or moving backward. And leadership is the key to which direction an organization will go.
That’s why one of the qualities and professional competencies needed by people who work for Worthington Schools is what we call “Continuous Improvement”. Now understand I’m not a big fan of “buzz” words. But I like “Continuous Improvement” because it’s a phrase that says exactly what it means.
And it’s why we use this phrase to describe the quality someone needs to display, both in their personal life and in their work life, to have long-term success in Worthington. You see Worthington Schools wants to be an effective and an enduring organization, which means every day, Worthington Schools, needs to be better than it was yesterday. And for this to be a reality Worthington’s staff also needs to, every day, be better than we were yesterday.
It is impossible (and frustrating) to get better at EVERYTHING- the trick, is to get better at SOMETHING. We can’t fall into the trap of being “comfortable”. Just because we have done things a certain way in the past, does not mean it is ideal. When we catch ourselves saying, “If its not broke, then don’t fix it” or “That’s just how we do things around here,” then we might need to evaluate our process. Remember, our goal is to be better than the day before…!Each day we’ll strive to improve. Over time our small steps should become apparent.