No surprise to those who know me, but I found myself reflecting after a busy day of work.
The N2 team had two very good meetings. I learned that, yes, it is possible to be in two places at one time, or almost one time. Our first meeting went very well. The organization commented on the fact that they have connected with every person on the N2 team in some way in the past, and were very complimentary about the work everyone has done. The entire meeting was made possible because of the connections the N2 team has made with people over the years. Because of the positive relationships some on the N2 team had with this particular organization, it opened the door for some meaningful conversations about how we might collaborate to make a difference in the lives of the schools in Texas. I am hopeful exciting things will come from this connection!
I learned that it takes exactly 45 minutes to get from downtown Houston to the west side of Houston.
Another member of the N2 team and I had a great meeting with a school district to talk about planning for their future. When we shared our team, the superintendent and others were extremely complimentary about the work he knows we have individually and collectively done in public education over the years. It was telling to hear the group talk about the connections they had with many of us and I was reminded once again about the power of connections.
As the district team looked at some of our work, it was easy for them to see the commitment and dedication we have shown. It was easy for them to see how N2 has had such a positive impact on districts across the state. At one point the superintendent stated that N2 “hit the nail on the head.”
When I left home that morning, I had several meetings on my mind. I wasn’t really sure where I was headed for my first meeting because my GPS and the organization’s website led me in different directions. After I figured out where I was going, it hit me that there may be many ways to lead transformation, but that transformation cannot be led effectively without being connected to others leading in transformational ways. And, it made me thankful for being connected to the N2 team! We have a powerful team and we are all headed in the same direction!!!
So, as finished my meetings for the day and I arrived at the hotel for the evening, I realized that as I was thinking about all my meetings, the only thing I forgot were my clothes for the next two days. Yes, I left them at home! So, the next day looked very much like this day; full of great work and fabulous connections. In fact, it looked exactly the same! I didn’t think I could get by a third day on the same outfit, especially with some of the same people in the room, so I made a quick trip to the mall. I wonder what will come of my connections there!
It was a great day and a great reminder about the importance of connections!