For months, I had followed and been very intrigued by those writing and tweeting about The Innovator’s Mindset, but just never got around to purchasing the book. It was Cyber Monday that I decided to begin shopping online for some good books to read over the upcoming Christmas Break. The Innovator’s Mindset came up again in my search, and once purchased, I just couldn’t put it down. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t buy this book sooner! Reading this book, I felt that every word on the page were the same thoughts and ideas that I had in my head. I even changed my plans for my last staff meeting before the break, with inspiration and ideas from the author, George Couros.
I was really glad to have begun reading the book before the holidays because I ended up ordering a copy for all the Innovation Reps on my team at school, which arrived just in time, as a Christmas present to my Innovation team. What I absolutely love about the Innovator’s Mindset, is that George Couros is from Alberta. It was encouraging to read about schools in Edmonton being innovative within the same education framework, knowing that we could do the same at my school, here in Calgary. I am really looking forward to my first staff meeting after the break, so I can meet with my team, and learn about what got them excited, while reading The Innovator’s Mindset.
As I began my holidays and finished up reading my copy of the book, George inspired me to create two new goals for 2017: to begin blogging again and to schedule more time in the classroom. “Educators would all benefit if we decided to take our own advice. One way we can do this is through blogs… consider this: every opportunity to share with others on a global scale makes you think more deeply about what it is that you are sharing in the first place…This is why it is so important to spend time in the classrooms, see what teaching and learning looks like, and then help to create a better tomorrow for our students and educators.” By spending more time with the educators and students at my school, I will have more innovative ideas to share and write about.
I’ll also be honest, that this is not the first time that I have started a new year, with the goal to begin blogging again. However, thanks to my new morning routine, inspired by another book I read over the holidays, The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod, I have scheduled time each morning to write and work on blogging.
As I return back to work on Monday, I feel more inspired than ever to become a better leader and even more motivated to write and work in collaboration with educators at my school and all over the world, developing the innovators of tomorrow!