Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch

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I recently listened to an interview with the Arizona Diamondback’s Manager Kirk Gibson where he spoke about creating a culture within his players and his club.   He referenced a book by Davis H. Taylor, The Imperfect Leader,  where Taylor believes “culture eats strategy for lunch.”  Basically what it means is if you don’t have the right culture, you don’t have a shot. You can have all the talent and all the strategy and all the systems in the world but if you don’t have a good culture, you’re not going to go anywhere.  The same can be said for our schools and our classrooms.

This past week as we started back in our new year, I had the priviledge of watching my teachers and staff build upon our culture that embraces a scholarly attitude which includes creative and critical thinking, a sense of kindness, belonging to a team, and the importance of communication and colloboration.  What a joyous first week we experienced!

As we start this new school year, think about what type of culture you want in your school and classroom.  What are you going to do to create that culture and maintain it?

As always, be joyful in your thoughts!


4 Responses to “Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch”

  1. Mindy says:

    In my class we a using the theme of the bucket book. We talked about how we should always be nice to each other. We discussed how we are a family at school and we should always help. I’m looking forward to having a great year with my students.

  2. Rhonda says:

    I agree with Mindy. The second graders in my class spent quite a bit of time last week collaborating about what “teamwork” and being “kind” to each other means and looks like. I have a fantastic class and have already seen many examples of this already moving into place…

  3. Jen Mewhorter says:

    A few kids on the second day of school whimpered because their special was library. They said reading was boring. I think a classroom culture that promotes a love for reading is so important. I already have books galore in my classroom environment with story book characters, both for me and for the kids. I think having that exposure, with read-alouds, and hands-on reading time fosters an enjoyment for reading. I think having students collaborate on projects that use text as a source of information, as well as communication, will help to build students’ understanding that reading is also a valuable tool in learning new information. I want to promote a classroom culture that shows how vaulable reading is to education.

  4. Mrs. Hamman says:

    I liked Jen’s response about creating a culture of readers. I’ve been rereading The Book Whisperer to remind myself of ways to create that culture. I also am trying to create a culture where hard work is the norm. I agree with the ideas Coach Thorne shared in her speech to us about how people (including kids) will give you exactly the amount of effort that you accept from them. I need to make my class understand from day one that nothing but their best effort will be accepted.

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