Maybe you’ve seen it? We’re sure you probably have. A school, a department, and maybe even an entire district - working in silos.
A decision is made and implemented in one department, and nobody else knows about it. Right down the road, or even the hallway, there are others with creative genius waiting to be tapped. Waiting to be asked. But instead a decision is made without any conversation at all.
Does your district operate like this? We’ve all seen it before. And we’ve seen that nothing good ever comes out of “top-down” decisions or brilliance that is kept in hiding.
Now - hopefully you’ve seen a department, a school, or maybe even an entire district, that has the synergy. They have the organization. They’re working together. Ideas are put on the table so everyone can listen and have an opportunity to contribute.
It goes even deeper though. It’s not just about knowing the mission and vision. Are you a part of it? Can you feel it? Are you hand in hand with your colleagues, pushing forward for kids. Moving in the same direction.
Thanks to the use of technology and social media we can no longer hide out in our silos. We can’t “close the door” and keep the awesomeness to ourselves. It’s time that we share, that we collaborate, that we challenge the status quo.
One of our favorite quotes is, “Never doubt that a small group of people can change the world, when indeed it’s the only one that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
Now is your time. Reach out to that colleague down the hall, send a quick email to your supervisor with a new idea asking them to collaborate, bring up some out of the box idea at your next faculty meeting, or find “your people” on social media. Do whatever it takes to bring better ideas to life through collaboration.
It starts with one. One person willing to stand up and say, “I want to work together”. Will you be that one?