Friday, October 14, 2011

Staying Consistent

Having posted on a consistency challenge yesterday, traveling most of today to spend time with family, and not having the skill or knowledge to post from my phone, I find myself up later than usual producing a post and catching up on work and email. I read a couple of items today that bear repeating and continues the conversation from yesterday. Not only did I challenge myself to be more consistent with yesterday's post, but I also sent an email to teachers about the benefits of consistency. One of the responses that came back to me was that consistency also had to begin with leadership.

I couldn't agree more.

If leaders aren't consistent, how can they expect their constituents to be? We tend to see that in our political leaders quite often - crafting speeches and responses that cater to the group to which they are talking - but it can certainly occur in leaders at all levels. One suggestion for leaders would be to ask the people you work with about your own consistency. Honest self-reflection can also help a person determine the level of consistent action he or she is taking. The following quote from Dave Kekich says it all: "Achievement comes from the sum of consistent small efforts, repeated daily.”

1 comment:

SherryC said...

I like consistency, but only if it is going in the right direction. I have seen teachers that are consistently doing the wrong thing in their classroom and that is a cycle that needs to be broken.

I wondered if you were going to be able to keep up with your blog on the road! Glad to see you at it!