Tuesday, September 14, 2010

My School is Broken!

I just finished watching Seth Godin on one of his TED talks (located below). I began to think to myslef: How many systems do we have in our school systems that are broken?  How many need leadership like the people reading this to step up?  I know we can't solve all the problems in our building but we also shouldn't stand for anything less than the best for our kids and our community.

I often say to myself:  "We have to do a better job," when thinking about something that happens during the school day.  I don't beleive there has EVER been a day I have been at any school building when I've said, this was perfect, it can't be better than this."

Enjoy the video, think about what's going on at your school in your job, at your company and take steps to make change.  The last thing I want to be is someone who complains about something.  That's not my style.  I just fix it.  So don't admire the problem, fix it.

Seth Godin at Gel 2006 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.


1.     The not my job people
a.     When you see something that does work and you let it happen.
b.     When you see something and there's a sign to help navigate the problem.
c.  No one steps up to fix it.
2.     Selfish jerk
a.     Use the ability to tell a story to hurt your customers.
b.     Officially licensed apparel
c.  Make something more difficult than it needs to be
3.     World changed
a.     Someone is designing a model in another era (hello education!)
4.     I didn’t know
a.      Someone removed from the situation designing the process.
5.     I’m not a fish
a.     Person designing isn’t the one that is going to use it.
6.     Contradictions
a.     Blood stop instead of band aid.
b.     Professional gum - seriously?
c.     Windows operating system for wine - that doesn't make sense. 
7.     Broken on purpose
a.     Jimmy Chu shoes – not for shoes, for fashion


  1. You create opportunities by performing, not complaining." - Muriel Siebert

    - well said champ!

  2. What if it is meta-broken? I define meta-broken as a Dilbert-like state achieved when attempts to fix a situation result in further breaking by people removed from the situation who will never use the fix.