I have always been a reflective person…maybe even to a fault. I know that I talk a lot. It is hard for me to keep my mouth shut and not offer an opinion or ask a question at meetings. I can be seen as pompous and overconfident at times. I genuinely like to help people. Troubleshooting is a strength of mine and, as a result, I tend to be a fixer. Ok…you get the idea, but the one aspect of me that I struggle with the most and want to change is that I know that I can be a firehose of ideas and thoughts.
To those who have experienced my soaking, I am passionate about what I believe is best for the kids in our schools. My passion can sometimes be a bit much for people. Add to that the animated nature of my personality and you have a full-blown firehose going on! Some colleagues joke around with me about this proclivity to push and throw out idea after idea, but I know that there is some element of truth to their kidding. I really do get it!
My goal moving forward is to work to be more of a sprinkler than a firehose. People will still have the opportunity to get soaked, but it will be at their pace. Watch kids who run through a sprinkler. Some go full bore through it, some stand right on top of it, some hang back to get a little wet. This last type almost always ends up getting soaked once they get used to the temperature of the water or they see others having fun playing. This will be a challenge, but I think it is important for me to make this a goal. One way that I can work on this is to make sure that I am fully listening to those who ask for my help or advice. Truly hearing what teachers have to say will help me to better sense whether they are the run through the sprinkler full bore type of person or one that needs to feel the sprinkles for a bit before they commit to run through it.
My goal for the school year…Be a Sprinkler…Not a Firehose!
5 thoughts on “Be a sprinkler, not a firehose!”
I value you your point, but some of your colleagues will still need the “firehose”. They will need that initial “full power spray” to get their attention. Once we get that firehose spray, we still need the sprinkler for the embers.
Don, I love this. People need to feel there is a problem to be solved to fully appreciate what you have to offer.
I would love to talk about this because I don’t necessarily think that change always has to come from a position of trying to solve a problem.
This is awesome! However, have always respected and learned much from your firehouse spray!
Thanks Teresa. For me it needs to be gauging who can handle the spray!!