Jordan Collier

Friday Thoughts: Culture & Responsibility

Seth Godin is one of the smartest marketers on the planet and he happens to be one of my favorite authors, so this past Saturday I was thrilled to attend his Leadership Workshop. Seth took us through seven key components of leadership and provided a platform for all 545 attendees to work together in breakout discussion groups (using Slack— a messaging app for teams).

The three hours flew by as the 13 of us in Room 45 shared, debated, challenged, and questioned each other as we tried to break down and understand the leadership components Seth presented.

Here are two key takeaways for me:

  1. Culture defeats everything. You get the culture you deserve, and everyday, you have to wrestle with which corners you are willing to cut. Establishing the culture you want will drive everything you do going forward.
  1.  You are given authority, but you take responsibility.

The longer I’ve been at CAC, the more I’ve grown to love it, and as my kids get older, the more excited I am that they are going to be Mustangs. Like most places, CAC has a culture unique to itself, and it’s our job to protect and nourish that culture.

For our school to be a positive learning community, we have to continue to work hard to protect our culture, to reject complacency, to build relationships with students, and to innovate. Also, we must be proactive, consistent, and relentless with our own learning, growth, and development.

Today’s cyber day is one great opportunity for us to be innovative and to leverage technology in ways we never have before, but every day provides us that same opportunity. 

Remember:  We are at our best when we all take responsibility for creating the culture we deserve. We have a great thing going— let’s keep it up!

Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Secondary Principal

Jordan Collier is the secondary principal at CAC. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, Jordan was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Each week, Jordan shares his Friday Thoughts with the CAC faculty and staff, and an excerpt of that is shared on The 'Stang.

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