Carol Lensing – Riding the Energy Bus (Powerpoint Slides)

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

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