Getting Out of the Way

Getting out of the way.

There are a couple of fantastic projects that are happening at the high school. One is the creation of a mental wellness center. The other is the building of an Agile Learning Lab. For the first project, we found a few motivated, smart community partners and gave them access and got out of the way. I was stalling on getting the Agile Learning Lab going because of how busy this year is. And then I started having conversations with students about it, and I found a student who had not just passion, but also an incredible skill set. I gave them a vision for it, and in the last 72 hours, they have invited in a crew of his friends to help out, gotten a list of orders together, taken apart the computer lab that was there, organized the space, and come up with better ideas than I ever had. Again, my role here seems to be inviting, empowering, and getting out of the way.

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I've read the book — Empower — and I still forget it. Just invite, empower, and get out of the way.

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This also connects directly to one of the principles of Agile: "Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done."