There has to be, I imagine, an art at inspiring others. If you have any real chance at succeeding, you have to have at least some emotional intelligence and an understanding about what it takes to reach another person at an emotional level. Our new vision talks of inspiration and preparation. That’s a tall order, when you get down to it.
But I think the task of inspiring children is easier when we have employees who both like what they do, but also in the case of teachers, love their subject. (It goes without saying that you have to like people, and young people especially!) The motivation that comes from an authentic love for something often is the essence that stays behind, when I think of some of the remarkable teachers in my life. We may not always succeed, and that’s okay. We will try, however. We have to!
I’ve been tasked in my work with the strategic plan to put together a lot of “creative things” for our kickoff, which will be held on February 14th. Among the things I’ve been asked to work on is a video. I’ll be working with Dr. Geyer (script), and no doubt, I’ll be in your schools sooner than later with cameras, trying to capture footage. The task is a fiercely noble one: can we inspire members of our community, our own ranks, our parents, our own selves, our students? Can we inspire everyone to rise to the goals, objectives, and strategies we’ve set for ourselves? One video won’t do that, but it’s got to be clever enough to start conversations. At best, we want folks to agree with us that we work for an extraordinary organization, and together, we can accomplish even greater things.
As a former student of music, I remember the likes of Plato and Aristotle and their warnings about the power of music. It was thought that music could be abused; its power to change the moods and minds of others came with warnings. I remember my friends growing up, and their parents sending similar warnings about some of what they liked to listen to. “It’ll corrupt you!” While I have no desire to abuse music, I did want to use the tools I had to really work on this inspiration stuff. I wanted to share two takes I did with some ideas for music to go with the video.
The music will be in the background, and we’re hoping to have a professional talent help us narrate things.
First, here’s a longer take: Strategic, Take 3. Below, the shorter one.