You work in a school. Ok, that’s obvious. But just by working in a school you must have a moral reason for doing what you do. And I’ll wager it’s more than just to educate your children. That’s a tool to achieve something else. So what are you trying to achieve?
A great vision paints a picture in our minds, does yours? And the picture illustrates the difference you are trying to make really clearly.
Our brains just love stories! And stories build our cultures, from cave paintings to telling stories about your weekend. This is one of the most powerful ways we can communicate and yet so many visions don’t tell a story. It might be that your whole vision is a story or you use stories to give examples of what you want to create. In schools I hear stories all the time and yet they seem to be lost when it comes to telling the vision. Don’t lose them, use them. I guarantee they will make your vision more memorable. Here’s a great example of vision which is a story: The story of Joseph Martin.
We’re human and we have emotions – and our emotions are our primary drivers. Yes, we’re good at rationalising things afterwards but we often do this to fit the emotional reaction. If emotions drive us your vision needs to stir emotions.
A vision that bounces off someone’s head and doesn’t touch their heart just isn’t going to work.
We want to provide an exceptional, exhilarating and exciting education that equips our children with life-long skills, inspiration and an aspirational future.
You probably have school values – do you talk about them with adult as well as children? Are they part of the vision you’ve painted a picture for?
Values as words don’t tell us enough because those values and show up in the world in a vast number of ways – so you need to help people understand what they look like in your school and when they (and you ) are not living by them.
And if that’s been useful to you here’s a bonus test: Is your vision a vision or a mission?
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