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From Dragging Feet to Complete Buy-In

Jessica Winkler - Thursday, October 16, 2014

Twenty one schools from all over the globe. China, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Indonesia, Kenya, Thailand…just to name a few. The Network of International Christian Schools and Oasis Schools had brought in their school directors from all across the world to be encouraged, to train, and to give them a venue to recruit for staffing. I have been working with this organization now for 18 months and have fallen in love with the leaders and their passion for teaching children from all nations. I had the privilege of training this group in mentoring and leadership development. We have been doing a pilot with them over this past year to create a mentoring culture in two of the schools. The results have been significant. As I find frequently, there was some feet dragging when the idea was presented to the pilot group of directors last year. Where would they find the time? Would this just be another “program” added to already pressed schedules? But yesterday the two schools piloting the program were able to enthusiastically recommend the mentoring initiative. Their problem was no longer earning employee buy-in but instead finding more time for the mentoring pairs to meet more often. Even they seemed a bit surprised at how well things have gone. A tribute to the power of human relationships and mentoring. 

If these schools experiencing stretched resources, limited time and energy have found mentoring to be a welcome tool, you can too. You may be feeling like them, stretched, limited and low on energy. Why not give the power of mentoring a chance to encourage you? Who might you work with in a mentoring relationship? Who might you ask to speak into your life? Don’t wait.

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