The means or the end?
No plan ever survives its collision with reality.
We often coach well-intentioned leaders who are serial planners, and inevitably when we try to drive home the point that you actually need to do the work, we will start with a smile and no plan ever survives a collision with reality.
But we’re not going to say this anymore.
Because for the serial planner, it's simply not true. The inertia that plagues many school districts and schools is all too often poorly masked by lofty, beautifully crafted, and jargon-filled plans and mission statements that aren’t affected by reality.
Many well-intentioned plans lose track of the problem that is being solved and become the ends and not the means.
The very best plans, of course, are malleable and adjust to the needs of the students, teachers, and community. Plans should be active documents and if they are printed, they should be dog-eared and wear their fingerprints and coffee stains proudly.
Many years ago, a well-traveled priest was presenting on a PD day and showed us his Bible. It had stains from many Italian dinners and looked like it had been in and out of one too many carry-ons; it was well-worn and impactful long term plan.
Shouldn’t district and school three-year plans be well-worn, with red ink and post-its, and not stare back at us unscathed from a website or wall?
Is the plan a means or an end that needs to be protected, even in the face of a hurricane, fire, protests, or pandemic? How about colliding with all of this and more?
No plan ever survives its collision with reality? Nah. Too many do, but surely no impactful, responsive, and empathetic plan ever completely survives its collision with reality.
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