This past weekend, while sifting through my twitter feed, I came across a quote from the great UCLA basketball legend John Wooden that really resonated with me. Coach Wooden says that we should be more concerned with finding the right way than in having it your way. Good stuff, right? I can’t think of a better way to explain getting past personal differences than this. When we begin conversations with our students, as early as the first day in kindergarten, we do our best to send the message that ‘you are in charge of you’; students who walk the path of leadership need to make that decision on their own, each day. We explain to our students that leadership, and Habit 1: Be Proactive, isn’t as much about following a set of rules, but about doing what is right.
When we talk about Habit 4: Think Win-Win we often focus our conversation towards conflict resolution, but Coach Wooden’s quote has me thinking differently. When we talk with our students about finding a win-win we tend to focus on finding a solution that everyone can agree to, but we have been stopping short of explaining it as finding the right way. I believe there is a significant difference between these two. Perhaps Coach Wooden’s way is a better method of explaining it, finding the way that is right for everyone.
Speaking of what’s right for everyone, our Condit cats have been actively doing what’s right this holiday season beginning with our collection for operation kindness. Did you know that in conjunction with the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce we provided Thanksgiving dinner for over 60 families in need? Did you know that this partnership has continued and our gift collection will be the largest we have ever had? Did you know that Mr. Kenny’s truck might decorated as a sled in the very near future? As we close up 2014 and look forward to a nice, recharging holiday season I am thankful to be a part of such a generous and caring Condit community.
Enjoy this holiday season, take time to relax and recharge over the winter break. We have lots of exciting work ahead of us and it will take our combined efforts to make sure it is done the right way.
Happy Holidays, I’ll see you in 2015.