Being a young executive in education, all I have are dreams and visions where to go—unadulterated, raw, and organic.
How I’d wish I have this small amount of wisdom I’ve gained, several years back. I could have implemented them right away. I could have been earning the fruits of those seeds of innovation sown.
But that couldn’t be the case. Even the Scriptures says, we grow not in a day but daily.
Daily it is to
1. Practice brain switching and not just multi tasking. Less is more, and less is digestible. With so many things going on around, I need to see what needs to be done first, who do to do it, and until when are they going to do it.
2. Empower through delegating tasks to appropriate people. ours has a different setup because we have different calling. Each day, our vision grows stronger so the pressure to accomplish things, even in sizable amount, tremendously increases too. More people are needed, more task must be filled in, in lesser amount of time.
3. Think about so many things all at the same time and manage crisis and dead ends. The questions I have to face each day are become real more than ever:
a. How do you ensure that the 700 lives inside the classroom is safe every single day?
b. How do you ensure that they learn while having fun and have fun while learning?
c. How do you ensure that they understand the rules more than following them? People who lacks knowledge of where to go, cast off restraints.
d. How do you ensure that the teachers are always in a lifelong learning mode?
e. How do you ensure that we are instruments for nation-building and that we contribute to the larger sum of forming a collective Filipino consciousness?
4. Build relationships through all possible media. I am impersonal. And I need to learn more to become a people person. But amidst these, I have to show that my lines, Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and all are available as much as everyone can talk to me.
5. Create networks and utilize these networks to deepen knowledge, skills, and attitude transfers. Our playing field will be asia. We are producing, preparing, and prepping up our students to take in roles into the ASEAN sphere. I need to know people more. Communicate with people I haven’t met yet. Pool all resources available and be always above what I have previously accomplished.
6. Supervise macro details and scrutinize micro details. I admire my President/CEO for juggling so many things at the same time, I always tell myself, he could preach at least 3 services on Sundays, do management and visioning all at the same time.
7. Prepare the “toppings” and “icing” while ensuring that the cake’s texture is consistent and it tastes well. We are scrutinizing our curriculum content. We are making sure that or assessment and instruction are embedded to a level-appropriate and age-appropriatecore curriculum.
The tasks that lie ahead does not call for one man to accomplish bit for a group of people who have the passion to go beyond themselves and push for reforms today so that the future may gain.