Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote represent 2 very common educational leadership archetypes, which are you?
Wile E. Coyote
Is so focused on a single goal with a single outcome, completely ignoring the bigger picture
Relies on external entities (ACME) to solve internal issues
Never thinks strategically
Looks to short term solutions to long term problems
Never prototypes or tests solutions before implementing them
Is blind to the fact that what he has always down doesn’t work
Tries to solve the problem without building a relationship
Never looks to the future
Has the bigger picture and is ready to respond to whatever challenges he faces
Solves problems using his internal resources and capacity
Seeks long term solutions to a long term problem
Never stops working towards the high purpose (running) no matter what gets thrown at him
Knows who he is working with and how to manage them
There are not only leadership lessons to be learnt from Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote but also team capacity building lessons. My aim this year is to build a team of Road Runners, that way no matter how many Wile E. Coyote we meet, we are ready to keep striving for the higher purpose of awesome student learning.