Thursday, November 14, 2013


This is an interesting article about how the role of the Technology Director is evolving - in District Administrator (November 2013) magazine. More superintendents and administrators are being exposed to the idea of a technology director who is instructional, collaborative, support, decision-making, and service-minded. This hybrid director is part of the decision-making leadership team (not just the Powerpoint slide-advancer). Source: Joel Adkins (@mradkins) 
What an excellent article! I definitely agree with the points and love the contrast drawn between that new CTO and the PPT slide-advancer.

At a district leadership team meeting yesterday, my Superintendent shared what I immediately recognized as a quotable quote; it resonated so strongly with my concept of leadership as focused on delegation rather than only doing. It went something like this:
"As admins we will be remembered not for what we do, but what we get others to do.”
The transition may be from the person who had all the expertise to DO stuff to the person who delegates the work, keeping sight of the big picture. It’s not an either-or situation for anyone, though. You don’t just DO or DELEGATE. 

And, some folks (Judith Epcke) I shared the quote above with pointed out that “get” might not be the best word. In truth, in some situations, “get” is accurate even as much as we work to use other words like “inspire, engage, empower, enable, require,mandate” instead of “get.” Get covers the gamut of words that fit in. Some are appropriate some times, another is appropriate at others. The role of the CTO now tends to be more collaborate with and empower these days. Since I often fall short in this area, I’ve tried to focus in on this. 

A few weekends ago, my 19 year old Aggie daughter said to me, “Dad, what’s your personality type?”
“I don’t remember,” I replied, “It’s introvert something or other.”
Take the test and then tell me.”
“That’s just like me! Get Mom and James (my 14 year old son) to take the test.”
“Both of you are ESFJs?” I asked incredulously. “That explains so much.”
“Extroverts,” my daughter observed wisely, “suck our energy, Daddy! We require solitude so we can recharge our batteries.” She then went to her room and shut the door. I went to the office and let silence settle in. My wife and son hung out in front of the television downstairs. But our perceptions of each other had changed (and they changed again when we saw this diagram). It’s amazing how many times this comes up in conversation now.

When I asked my team at work to complete the personality assessment and share their results, I was astonished at how well the results matched the personalities. Personality types aside, each team member is incredibly valuable for what they bring to the team and the work we do for the organization.

What powerful insights we all gained into each other. I can’t help but wonder at what “new” CTOs must be like compared to the same people 5 years prior, who may have been more focused on boxes and wires. Would those be introverts and the new CTO be more extrovert? Maybe you’d like to report your results?

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