Tolerating Good Enough For Long Enough To Create Excellence
When you sit down to draw with a 4-year-old, you know you’re not going to get the Mona Lisa. Kids don’t have the capacity for things like perspective, texture, or—let’s be honest—simply coloring within the lines.
So, if that’s the case, then why do you expect perfection out of your most inexperienced teachers and newly hired staff?
In a world that glorifies immediate results, we’ve gotten used to demanding the very best out of everyone, all the time.
But life doesn’t work that way.
People need time to adjust to expectations, learn new skills, and reach a certain standard, and that journey will look different depending on the person.
Effective leaders recognize that everyone has a learning curve, and they provide the support their teams need to experience growth on a timeline that makes sense.
That’s what leads to excellence.
On this week’s podcast episode, I’m addressing a topic that may be a difficult pill for leaders to swallow, but one of the most important lessons they can learn: The value of tolerating “good enough” for long enough to achieve excellence.
Join me for a conversation about:
- What it means to tolerate “good enough”
- The difference between expectations and standards
- The impact of setting realistic expectations
- Questions to ask yourself to identify what’s good enough
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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.
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