Habit 4: Think win-win

Saturday, June 23, 2018


Reflection: How can we ensure that everyone is getting something out of this? That is the question that was on my mind for this habit. I’m in a weird spot because I was traveling to Italy this week and therefore, was trying to look at multiple situations for this reflection. I noticed it right away at the airport. Gate agents have a hard job. They have to keep 300 plus people happy that are about to get on a 9-hour flight that is now delayed. I’ve traveled enough to know that not all gate agents are created equal. Some are friendly, others not so friendly. It happens, we have our days. This particular gate agent was very friendly and kept us all in the loop so we weren’t swarming the desk with the same question. In reflecting on this scenario, I’m reminded of my classroom when I get the same question over and over and over and over. After this, I’m wondering, “If that many students have the same question, did I explain _____ enough/correctly/clearly?” It isn’t always the students who aren’t listening. Sometimes, I need to reflect and ensure that I am communicating clearly so that we can all work together – some may call this a win-win situation.

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