A Note from our Director:
Communication happens naturally
you make things safe
When I need to reboot or analyze my actions, I revisit a book that was given to me many years ago called
Managing by Values. Recently I dusted it off and browsed through the pages and landed on a page with a text box in the middle reading: "Communication happens naturally when you make things safe."
Our work is hard! We are in the process of trying to change systems that have existed for over 150 years and have structure that is entrenched and difficult to move. This makes for challenging conversations about core values and core beliefs.
I firmly believe we are all doing this work because we want to do what is good for kids. But, the problem that exists is; we do not always have safe spaces to have strong, honest communication, which can lead to structural change.
So my question is - How do we make that happen?
I believe we, as the listeners, need to notice the moment of discomfort and stay curious. We need to listen with our ears, our eyes, our hearts and our minds. And to realize we don't always need an answer, or the "fix", sometimes we need to just listen, be present, and be a thought-partner in this journey.
For us to make significant changes in our systems, we have to trust one another and be open to truly hearing our partners' thoughts.
Think about how you can make "things" safe.
In collaboration for All Students' Success,
Northern California Career Pathway Alliance
Mission: The NCCPA facilitates the creation of integrated educational
pathways and career success for all high school and community college
students, while fostering economic and workforce development to benefit students, employers and the community.