Symptoms, causes, and real problems

One challenge of leaders is to sort through symptoms and causes to find the real problems an organization faces. The community will struggle to treat the symptoms or employ the wrong solutions until it is correctly identified and remedied.

This video looks at a case study from a school district to help sort through the differences. Asking and answering “Why?” questions can help discern the real problem. In this example, a good decision was voted down by the board members.

If you are a leader that engages in cronyism and favoritism, you tell your board and staff that it is acceptable. Do not be surprised when they join you in that behavior. In school cultures, favoritism is particularly pernicious in that it trickles down to how students are treated.

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