Mr rotimi lecture

Good evening everyone.
It is such a great pleasure to be here again on this platform.
I do hope the weekend has been a great one for you.

Our session tonight is an important one. It promises to be insightful and interesting for us all.
Most especially educators and teachers in employment or seeking employment.

Our session tonight is an important one. It promises to be insightful and interesting for us all.
Most especially educators and teachers in employment or seeking employment.

Our session tonight is an important one. It promises to be insightful and interesting for us all.
Most especially educators and teachers in employment or seeking employment.

The title of this session is VISION ALIGNMENT AND CULTURE CHANGE IN SCHOOLS.

Insight to VISION:

What really is defined as VISION?

Vision can be defined as a broad timeless statement about the long term future.

My preferred definition of vision is captured as;

Vision is a reasoned reality of future expectations.

These definitions helps to put things in perspectives.

What vision really is NOT:
There are clear things that we cannot call a VISION.

1. Vision is not just a document.

2. Vision is not strategy.

3. Vision is not mission.

In summary a vision is considered mission accomplished.
It showcases the projected outcome of an expectation.

However vision of a school is handicapped if its left to stand alone.

Every vision requires some level of enablement.

The true enabler of the school’s vision is actually the Mission of that school.

I would like to explain the school’s mission as the pathway of achievement.
The things we need to do to ensure a realisation of our vision.

Therefore when a teacher gets employed by a school or academic institution, the teacher sign ups to a VISION not just a job.
Unfortunately most educators are Unaware of this fact.

Shockingly employers (school owners, administrators etc) are not also clear about this.

This is why we all must understand fully what Vision alignment really is.

Most educators get on a rough patch with their superiors, colleagues and employees because of ignorance about vision alignment.

Your longevity in your workplace, in a team and within any form of collaboration will depend on this also

So very quickly what is vision alignment?

This is positioning in same direction on a common purpose behind an organisation’s action.

We must realise that change does not result from planned actions alone, but also from the educator’s individual decision made daily across the organisation.
Alignment is a MUST!!!

You probably might be asking or wondering why the fuss about Vision Alignment?

I believe it is a must that we all align with our school’s vision because of the following reasons.

1. It is a test and sign of Loyalty.

2. Your joy as a teacher or educator depends on it

3. Skill are built through it.

4. Relationships are anchored on it

5. Retention & job security is conditioned by it.

6. Your promotion is evaluated by it.

7. The workplace climate is determined by it.

Alignment is indeed a MUST…..

Reality Check:

We all need to start from the very first step to get this right.

You can’t have alignment with something you don’t know, something that doesn’t exist or something you are not familiar
with.

The first step, is to get to know your school’s vision.

Most schools ( including small and great), have a clearly defined vision, mission and set of goals that establish a clear direction, purpose and benchmark for success.

Alignment doesn’t come Naturally :
Three things must take place for effective alignment to happen.

1. Planning: Alignment requires planning from us. We have to figure out a plan and draw up the plan that will help us fit in.

2.Hard work: It will require some degree of hard work. This cannot be disregarded.
Hardwork shows the degree of our input.

3. Communication : Alignment will require us to communicate with everyone through feedbacks, asking questions, etc

We all must be partners in progress,performance and pursuit.
We must pull in the same direction , maintain proper positioning and adjustments where required.

This is powerful

Before I conclude please let me share some tips into the pathway to alignment

1. You must realise you need alignment. Also figure out the place or point where alignment is required.

2. Write them down. Thoughts and intentions are not going to get executed if we don’t express them through writing.

3. Implement : don’t waste an extra time any longer. Excuse and being your alignment journey.

Types of Alignment
1 . Justified alignment
2.Atmosphere Based Alignment
3. Purpose-based Alignment
4. Collective Growth Alignment
5. Profile-Laced Alignment

Benefits and importance of aligning with the school’s vision :

1. Eliminates workplace frustration
2. There is less fatigue
3. It helps staying on track
4. Aids rotation along career path
5. It helps you achieve life balance
6. Alignment improves handling
7. Reduces conflicts and stress
8. Reduces burn outs

Conclusion

We need to understand and accept that it is our responsibility to grow and emerge valuable and irreplaceable in our workplace. One clear way for this to be achieved is through alignment with the school’s vision.

Your expertise will lack value and appreciation if you’re puffed up and at variance with the school and your employer instead of being a comrade and partner in progress.

My challenge:

What’s areas in your school do you need to get in alignment?

It has bee a great time sharing with you all tonight.
I. Afraid this is where I would have to stop tonight due to time and other commitments.

I do hope you have learnt something tonight and please ensure you put them to practise. Thank you very much