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Break the Cycle of Excuses with Personal Accountability


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This episode is a re-air of an episode I did a few months back and I wanted to do a throwback to it for a couple of reasons.

  1. Because I’ve been getting so many questions from leaders around how to stop the cycle of excuses
  2. Because creating a culture where people really level up and take personal responsibility for their actions is the premise of everything that we’re doing at the Summit of Excellence.

In this episode, I discuss breaking the cycle of excuses. 

Everyone makes excuses.

We’ve all made excuses, and we will continue to make excuses.

But what does it take to break this cycle of excuses and encourage personal responsibility in our schools of excellence?

It’s not about eliminating, it’s about learning how to break the cycle.

Allowing the cycle of excuses to continue is normalizing behavior and work ethic that is completely against our values, morals and ethics.

If you (or your staff) spend most of your time giving justifications rather than leaning in and learning, it’s time to break the cycle of excuses for your center. Listen in, as I share tips on how to do this.

In a nutshell, I speak about:

  • How genuine reasons and excuses get mixed up – and how to differentiate the two.
  • Tips for breaking the cycle of excuses and why it is important to do so.
  • How to shift the culture of giving excuses in your school of excellence.

… and so much more!

To listen to the other episodes in the Break The Cycle series listen to episodes #56 & #57.

Resources and links mentioned in this episode:

The School Leadership Toolkit:

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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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