After watching the video by professor Pumpian entitled Pumpian Fall 2015, I have begun to reflect deeply in my role as an administrator and leader in my school. One of my biggest issues that I have come across throughout my life is this struggle between being a proactive individual to being a reactive individual. I have often found myself on the reactive side and as I have gotten older I have become aware of this. To the point that my reflections are often about this. As a leader I have seen the effect this has on my career to the point that I feel that as part of the admin team I belong to I am not necessarily the one most people would like to work with. I know that in order to advance in my career I need to change this behavior, I know I have a lot to offer as a leader based on the knowledge I posses about education, technology and many other subjects but not controlling my own reactions in the work environment is something that I need to improve in order to become more effective.
So how does one go about making this change exactly? One way I can accomplish this change is to listen before I speak. I know it sounds easy and maybe second nature to many people but for me this is a struggle. Somehow I have made myself believe I can read minds (not really but the way I behave it looks like it). So in order to do this I will practice the method of waiting at least two seconds before I mention a response to a question or a comment. I also plan to create a more detail task schedule in order to accomplish my many task I currently have as the IT admin at our school.
As far as how I will teach this particular habit to my colleague, well one thing I have noticed is that when this particular teacher is disciplining a student, she tends to react. One way I can teach her this habit is by sitting down with her and going through the habit and using myself as an example on how I will work on being proactive vs reactive. I will explain what the concept is, which to me is that you do not put yourself as a victim and that you control only your own actions and how you respond to situations. Then I will explain the steps I have been taking to be proactive, which will include what I mentioned previously about taking a pause before I answer any question or comment and also working on taking responsibility for my actions thus increasing my sphere of influence. I will discuss with my colleague how she sees her self, reactive or proactive and based on that conversation we will discuss steps she can take to be proactive during the week.