Forward Actions, Alignment, and Accountability

Submitted By:
Claudia McGuigan, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

Episode 81: The 9 Steps To Having a Difficult Conversation With One of Your Teachers by The Private School Leader Podcast, Host: Mark Minkus
May 4, 2024

Navigating difficult feedback conversations with colleagues is a task that many would dodge if given the chance. In The Private School Leader Podcast, host Mark Minkus distills the process of delivering such feedback into nine manageable steps. Minkus not only urges listeners to "find the courage" in moments of uncertainty but also advocates for a reframing of these conversations as opportunities to enhance the student experience. Among the top tips, Minkus emphasizes thorough preparation for the discussion, strategically choosing a conducive time and setting, and establishing clear objectives for the conversation by gaining clarity on the desired outcomes. Throughout, Minkus urges school leaders to embrace a collaborative, solution-oriented approach to formulating forward actions as opposed to a prescriptive one. Crucially, each interaction should conclude with a concrete follow-up plan, ensuring alignment and accountability. By following each of the nine steps, school leaders and those entrusted with guiding others will be empowered to deliver difficult feedback with grace, professionalism, and confidence.

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