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The Pyramid of Excellence: Survival Stage


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Everyone starts somewhere.


You may have just opened a new center. Or maybe you’re coming through the other end of a crisis.


Either way, this major phase of transition has placed you in the first stage of the Pyramid of Excellence: Survival.


Survival isn’t inherently bad. In fact, it can be connected to beautiful moments of surrender, opportunity, and hope.


It’s also finite: Most centers only exist in Survival for a few months. During that time, there are a lot of questions and decisions to make.


In this week’s podcast episode, we’re diving deep into this busy period of a center’s life to help you better understand what it looks like and what you can do to move through it as gracefully as possible.


Join me for a conversation about:


  • What causes a center to hit Survival, even if they’ve been around for a while
  • The different characteristics of a center at the Survival stage
  • Specific steps for getting out of Survival and moving to the next stage


If you recognize yourself and your center in this conversation, don’t despair. Now is the perfect time to find the beauty in where you are and make a plan for moving forward.


Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

If you’re feeling the pressure, this is a wonderful time to join our Owner’s Only HQ and Director’s Inner Circle membership programs. No matter which stage your center is at, we can help you get the tools you need to thrive.

Or, if you’re looking for resources you can implement quickly, consider enrolling in our on-demand Delegate to Elevate Workshop. This 90-minute workshop will help you learn what to hand off, so you can start to calm the chaos.

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More about the show:

If you are an Early Childhood director or owner, prepare to transform your school and life with the Schools of Excellence podcast. Tune in each week to learn from Chanie Wilschanski, the founder and host of the Schools of Excellence Podcast and a mom of 4 little kids. Each episode will be packed with tools and strategies – equipping you to build schools with higher staff retention, teacher motivation, parent partnership, collaborative culture, and beautiful quality of life.

Every week, Chanie shares the truth about the journey to excellence, the strategies that are working TODAY, and the mindset about the critical decisions and choices that you make every day which impact yourself, your teachers, parents, family, and children who you serve every day.

In addition to weekly solo episodes, she’ll also be inviting industry leaders and the changing makers of the landscape of education to give listeners the inside knowledge of what it takes to sustain excellence.

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