Here is another great story about who’s really in charge from the bookLeading Narratives, a great book of stories from Dan Spainhour. Use code Marotta20 for a 20% discount.
All the organs of the body were having a meeting, trying to decide who was in charge. The brain said: “I should be in charge because I run all the body’s systems, so without me, nothing would happen.”
“I should be in charge,” said the heart, “because I pump the blood and circulate oxygen all over the body, so without me you’d all waste away.”
“I should be in charge,” said the stomach, “because I process food and give all of you energy.”
“I should be in charge,” said the rectum, “because I’m responsible for waste removal.”
All the other body parts laughed at the rectum and insulted him, so in a huff, he shut down tight. Within a few days, the brain had a terrible headache, the stomach was bloated, and the blood was toxic. Eventually, the other organs gave in. They all agreed that the rectum should be the boss.
Point of the story–it’s our people, all people, that make an organization, a school, a community. This story makes me laugh each time I read it.
As the Principal of my building, I ask you the question: Can the school run if I’m not there? Sure it can. Can it run without the custodial staff? The kitchen staff? The students? The teachers? Keep that in mind, as well as this story as you continue to lead. #Respectyourpeople
“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”
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