“If you see a turtle on a fence post, you know someone helped him get there.” I’ve been reflecting on that saying lately as I settle into my assistant superintendent position. Many people have offered encouragement, guidance, and much needed support throughout my journey. I realize that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the people who were placed in my life. So my question for you is who have you helped along the way?
Each of us has an obligation to reach back and bring someone along with us as we journey through life. I’m often saddened when I hear comments such as “He/she will just have to learn through their own mistakes,” or my favorite, “If I help them, they may do a better job than I can.” You may say that these comments are not the norm but I beg to differ. These sentiments, whether vocalized or merely demonstrated through actions, are present in each of our work environments.
So I offer a challenge to you today. Call one person in your organization and do one the following:
- Offer your support
- Help them avoid a potential landmine with one of the written or unwritten policies
- Have lunch with them to help them brainstorm ideas for one of their current challenges
- Call to see how they are progressing with their new position
- Send them a note of encouragement
This list is finite but the possibilities are infinite. This is just the beginning of what you can do. Each one of us is in a different job situation but everyone of us can do something. I encourage you to do something today to help someone else. My name is Dr. Pamela Moore (@DrPammMoore) and I am proud to say that I am a turtle sitting on a fence. I would like to offer my deepest appreciation to all of those who helped me get there!