2My Background Many years as a teacher and coach MS principal HS assistant principalDirector of student servicesSuperintendent of schools- Anamosa, IAConsultant and state coordinator of SAMs in Iowa
3Who’s Here? Principals? SAMS? Central office administrators? Higher Education?Others?Why does this topic interest you?
4Bus as the TopicSchool buses– direct connection to each of our schoolsHow many of you rode a school bus as a child? As an adult in a school district?Funny stories of buses- my experienceNoises/energy in a bus– focus of this breakout
5Positive Energy- Where it’s at! Positive people and positive teams produce positive results, and the essential ingredient is positive energy.How do me accomplish and maintain that in each of our schools?
6Context of the bookFlat tire- forced to take the bus (not happy about the situation)Driver of the bus– “this is no ordinary bus, this is MY bus and you’re going to enjoy the ride”Everything happens for a reason- even flat tires. You can choose to look at those events as a curse or a giftNegativity was getting in the way of a lot of things
7Everyone has Challenges Bus driver– “everyone who gets on this bus has problems and challenges in their life”10 rules for the “ride of your life”Rule #1: You’re the driver of your bus!Take the wheel and change direction if need be
8Rule #2 Desire, vision, and focus move your bus in the right direction Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want (complaining, etc.)On the bus– “we’re winners, not whiners”E+P= O (Events +Perception= Outcome)
9Rule #3 Fuel your ride with positive energy Positive energy is necessary to take you where you want to goEvery day we have the choice between positive energy and negative energy(Story of the two dogs inside)- p. 49One good shot (golf)Feed the positive dog
10Rule #4Invite people on your bus and share the vision for the road ahead“I am not bound to win, I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to the light that I have”– Abraham Lincoln
11Rule #5 Don’t wasted your energy on those who don’t get on your bus Don’t try to make them get onYou can’t drive anyone else’s busThe goal is not to better than anyone else but to be better than you were yesterday
12Rule #6 Post a sign that says “No energy vampires allowed on your bus” Your positive energy and vision must be greater than anyone’s and everyone’s negativityYour certainty must be greater than everyone’s doubt.Positive energy is like muscle. The more you use it the stronger it gets.
13Partner Discussion Who are the energy vampires in your setting? How do you handle them?
14Rule #7Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride.CEO (chief energy officer)A life touches a life that touches a lifeSchools and their effect on others every single dayDevelop other CEOsPeople are always buying you and “your energy”
15Rule #8Love your passengers- make time for them, listen to them, recognize them, serve then, bring out the best in themFocus on bringing out the best in each personHelp them discover the value (the gold) inside themselvesWhen you bring out the best in others you can’t help bringing the best in yourself
16Rule #9 Drive with purpose What is your larger and greater purpose?Schools– various “jobs”- food service, custodians, etc. Each has a link to a greater purpose (my experience with job shadows)When we drive with purpose, we don’t get bored or tired and our engines don’t burn out.
17Rule #10 Have fun and enjoy the ride “The goal in life is live young, have fun, and arrive at your final destination as late as possible, with a smile on your face”
18So, Where do We Go From Here? Think of what our schools would be like if we all operated using the 10 rules of the Energy BusAngry parents, community membersKids not learning as fast as we want them toAdministrators leading with vision, purpose, and as CEOs
19Most important skill for anyone who wants to harness the power of positive energy! Ability to put yourself in someone else’s placeEmpathetic people are superb at recognizing and meeting the needs of clients, customers, and subordinates.They seem approachableThey listenThey praise others for their successesThey try to see the other person’s “movie”Remember the words of Todd Whitaker– Treat everyone as if they are good (even if you know they aren’t always)
20Mimic the Masters Make others laugh Make your positive energy contagiousVideo clips: Lucille Ball, Snow
21Jim Sorenson- “Fierce Conversations” Can you be nice with positive energy and still have those fierce conversations?AbsolutelyWe can and should have fierce conversations at timesOur careers, our schools, our districts succeed or fail gradually and then suddenly, one conversation at a timeThe conversation IS the relationship (we build emotional capital through deposits or withdrawals all day long)All conversations are with myself and sometimes they involve other people.
22Quotes“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves”-- Sir James Barry“We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others” –- Helen Keller“As I grow older I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do”-- Thomas Jefferson“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”-- Helen Keller
23Summary of 10 Rules You’re the driver of your bus Desire, vision, and focus move your bus in the right directionFuel your ride with positive energyInvite people on your bus and share your vision for the road ahead.Don’t waste your energy on those who don’t get on your busPost a sign that says NO ENERGY VAMPIRES ALLOWED on your busEnthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the rideLove your passengersDrive with purposeHave fun and enjoy the Ride