“If I’d had some set idea of a finish line, don’t you think I would have crossed it years ago?” – Bill Gates
It’s easy at this time of year to think of our work as finished. Teachers are planning end-of-year field trips, graduations, even faculty picnics. Students are worried more about summer trips than tests and quizzes. Even the instructional coach just might be ready for a break.
In this rush to the finish, do forget to take a few moments to build relationships. These last fleeting moments need not be wasted if you:
- Reflect on your relationships’ growth (or struggles) this year.
- For relationships that have grown, take time to personally thank those colleagues.
- For relationships that have struggled, design a growth plan for your work.
- Most importantly, remember that you cannot work on any relationship without working on two people, your colleague and YOU! And this work, is never-ending.
So as we count down the days until summer break and close in on the finish line, remember this: “If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.” -Oprah Winfrey