Saturday, August 13, 2011
THE LEADERS WAY: Putting the best with the best
By: John C. Maxwell
10:53 pm/Saturday July 16th 2011
(The Learning Captain's Note- Have you wondered why many good, intelligent, reform oriented and well educated educational leaders find it hard to transform their respective stations in the shortest possible way? The article below will give us an idea.)
Imagine that you get a call from a nationally respected headhunter. She represents a company that wants to hire you. In fact, she’s offering a signing bonus and a 20-percent pay increase. Your authority would increase, and you would get an ownership stake in the company. It’s a job you know you could handle, with responsibilities you know you would enjoy.
The drawback? You would work on a team with a reputation for mediocre work. It is known in the industry for doing no more than what it takes to get by, and there’s no indication that the leadership at the company plans to change that. Mediocrity is so much the rule at that company, in fact, that you’re a little concerned that they would want you. Do they really think you’d fit into that culture?
Despite the material benefits, many of us would turn down such an opportunity, rightly recognizing that it fails to satisfy one of our most basic needs – the desire to work with people who share our commitment to excellence.
The best want to work with the best. In fact, just one weak link can dramatically influence an otherwise strong team – ultimately leading to turnover among the best producers. So if we want to recruit and keep the best people for our teams, we have to recognize the importance of a strong weakest link.
We can demonstrate the impact of the weakest link with some basic math. If you have a five-person team and all five people are “10s,” then you might add that up and say your team is a “50.” But what if one of those people goes into a funk and becomes a 5. Now your team is a 45, and its effectiveness drops by 10 percent.
That’s a pretty big impact, but it still falls short of reality. In the real world, synergy exists, so our impact on a team is more like multiplication than addition. One and two doesn’t equal three in teamwork; with synergy, one and two can equal 10.
Consider the previous example but with multiplication. 10 times 10 times 10 times 10 times 10 equal 100,000. But 10 times 10 times 10 times 10 times five equal only 50,000. One weak link reduces the team’s effectiveness by a whopping 50 percent.
Clearly, the way to keep good people is to keep them around other good people. When good people find themselves working with people who are not carrying their share of the load, dissatisfaction creeps in. Pretty soon, the productivity of the really good people begins to fall off too. They lose motivation for excellence or they just get worn out from carrying someone else’s share of the work. Eventually, the best leave for greener pastures.
Everyone on a team needs to add excellence, which means leaders first need to place people in roles that make the most of their gifts and talents. But a person with the right skills and the wrong attitude is still like the proverbial bad apple that spoils the whole batch. So if you want a team that experiences low turnover and high success, fill it with people who are both capable and committed to doing great work.
(This article is syndicated from the The Philippine Daily Inquirer which was granted with the permission from The John Maxwell Company and Inspire Leadership Consultancy. For your training needs on personal and organizational effectiveness please call us at 687-2614/706-4853. For more details visit us at www.inspireleaders.com.ph)
Selected DepEd Orders and Memoranda
- Guidelines on the Recruitment, Selection and Placement of Personnel Pursuant to the DepEd Rationalization Program Under Executive Order 366 s. 2004- DO 50, s. 2014
- Amendments and Additional Provisions to DepEd Order No. 45, s. 2007 (Institutionalization of the Supreme Pupil Government in All Elementary Schools Nationwide)- DO 48, s. 2014
- Constitution and By-Laws of the Supreme Pupil Government and Supreme Student Government in Elementary and Secondary Schools- DO 47, s. 2014
- Guidelines on the Implementation of the Alternative Learning System for Persons With Disability (ALS for PWD) Program- DO 46, s. 2014
- Protocols for Travel Authority Requests for Official Travel Abroad- DO 43, s. 2014
- Guidelines on Resolving School Year (SY) 2014-2015 Learner Information System (LIS) Data Issues- DO 42, s. 2014
- CLARIFICATION TO DEPED ORDER NO. 20, S. 2014 (Additional Information and Corrigendum to DepEd Order No. 31, s. 2012)- DO 41, s. 2014
- Establishment, Merging, Conversion, and Naming and Renaming of Public Schools, and Separation of Public School Annexes in Basic Education- DO 40, s. 2014
- Implementation of the Flexi-Time Work Schedule for the Non-Academic Personnel of the Department of Education- DO 31, s. 2014
- Corrigendum to DepEd Order 53, s. 2013 on the Implementation of the DepEd Rationalization Plan- DO 27, s. 2014
- Guidelines on the Utilization of the Human Resource Training and Development (HRTD) Funds for FY 2014- DO 25, s. 2014
- Additional Information and Corrigendum to DepEd Order No. 31, s. 2012 (Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of Grades 1 to 10 of the K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum (BEC) Effective School Year 2012-2013)- DO 20, s. 2014
- Guidelines on the Abot-Alam Program- DO 17, s. 2014
- Guidelines on the Utilization of Downloaded Funds for Adopt-A-School Program- DO 16, s. 2014
- Hiring Guidelines for Teacher I Positions Effective School Year (SY) 2014-2015- DO 14, s. 2014
- Implementing Guidelines on the Direct Release of Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) Allocations of Schools to the Respective Implementing Units- DO 12, s. 2014
- Amendment to DepEd Order No. 50, s. 2013 (Additional Provisions to DepEd Order No. 59, s. 2012 – Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Selection and Hiring of ALS Literacy Volunteers)- DO 10, s. 2014
- Implementing Guidelines on the Integration of Gulayan sa Paaralan, Solid Waste Management and Tree Planting Under the National Greening Program (NGP)- DO 5, s. 2014
- Adoption of the Modified School Forms (SFs) for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools Eeffective End of School Year 2013-2014- DO 4, s. 2014
- Ortograpiyang Pambansa- DO 34, s. 2013
- Reiterating DECS Order No. 53, s. 2001 (Strengthening the Protection of Religious Rights of Students)- DO 32, s. 2013
- Clarifications on the Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of the Language Learning Areas and Their Time Allotment in Grades 1 and 2 of the K to 12 Basic Education Program- DO 31, s. 2013
- Additional Guidelines to DepEd Order No. 16, s. 2012 (Guidelines on the Implementation of the Mother Tongue Based-Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE)- DO 28, s. 2013
- Implementing Guidelines on the Allocation and Utilization of the Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd) Program Support Fund-DO 26, s. 2013
- Revised Guidelines on the Transfer of Teachers from One Station to Another- DO 22, s. 2013
- The Philippine Accreditation System for Basic Education (PASBE) Supplemental Guidelines to DepEd Order No. 83, S. 2012 (The Implementing Guidelines of the Revised SBM Framework, Assessment Process and Tool)- DO 20, s. 2013
- Amendment to DepEd Order No 58, s. 2012 (Revised Implementing Guidelines on the Provision of Teaching Aid and Transportation Allowances to ALS Mobile Teachers and District ALS Coordinators)- DO 19, s. 2013
- Guidelines on the Implementation of the National Competency and Certification 2013 Program- DO 18, s. 2013
- Strengthening the K to 12 Basic Education Program Delivery System for Elementary Education- DO 14, s. 2013
- Guidelines on the Granting of Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) For the Department Of Education (DEPED) Employees and Officials- DO 12, s.02013
- Policy Guidelines on the Implementation of the School Readiness Year-End Assessment (SReYA) for Kindergarten- DO 5, s. 2013
- Amended Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 8190 (An Act Granting Priority to Residents of the Barangay, Municipality or City Where the School is Located, in the Appointment or Assignment of Classroom Public School Teachers)- DO No. 3, 2013
- Guidelines on the List of Approved Supplementary Reading and Reference Materials- Additional DO NO. 119, S. 2009
- Policy Guidelines on Hiring and Development of Kindergarten Teachers- Additional- DO No. 81, s. 2012
- Adopting the National Indigenous Peoples (IP) Education Policy Framework- DO No. 62, s. 2011
- Adoption of KRT 3 Quality Assurance and Accountability Framework (QAAF) DO NO. 44, S. 2010
- Assessment of Reading in Public Elementary Schools- DM No. 143, s. 2012
- Career Pathways for High School Students- DM No. 149, s. 2011
- Ranking of Honor Pupils and Students; Clarification on the Computation of Co-curricular Performance- DO No. 23, s. 2012
- Creating the Schools Sports Events and Activities Unit (SSEAU) and Dissolving the Task Force on School Sports (TFSS)- DO No. 79, s. 2011