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December 23, 2009

Lately I’ve been thinking about one’s judgment and decision making.  The saying goes, with good judgment, little else matters and without good judgment, nothing else matters.

Judgment is the essence of leadership.  In the face of instability, uncertainty and conflicting demands, the quality of a leader’s judgment determines the fate of the entire organization.

That is the context that the Board of Education and I are faced with as we try to effectively gather feedback from staff, parents and community members.  I have had people share with me the idea that it is about “the process” we use vs. the decision.  While I understand and accept this to some degree, I am also reminded of another saying about the process vs. the results. “The operation was a success, but the patient died.”  So while the process is important, ultimately we are judged on the results.

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