I wake up to my alarm, go for a morning run, walk my energetic little dog, throw together a salad for lunch, and get dressed for work.
I hop in the car and join the daily 15 min huddle attended by all Chiefs and VPs where we do one minute whip-arounds to provide an update on one key metric, our priority for the day, highlights of our schedule for the day and an update on the prior day’s priority. We answer quick questions at the end. Our daily huddles are a great way for us to keep each other accountable for priorities, share information and avoid transactional email traffic.
I stay on the line for a few extra minutes with our CEO to get on the same page around materials I am supporting for an upcoming Board meeting.
I arrive at work and reflect on the previous day, making sure I’ve captured next steps from all of my meetings in my to do list. I also catch up on email and am excited to start the day with an almost clean inbox.
I setup the room for our weekly Leadership Team meeting, making sure Skype is setup and the video is working for our remote participants, pulling up materials for the meeting, and putting up flip charts we will use as part of one of our discussions.
I help facilitate our Leadership Team meeting. This week, the CEO and I have setup a conversation in which we prioritize investments we will make in our FY 20 budget.
I facilitate our weekly Strategic Planning team meeting. Per our weekly tradition, we start by sharing highs and lows from the past week. We also each share a few shout-outs we’ve written to recognize each other on the team and a few people outside of our team for their contributions over the past month. One of our team members then shares some research she has been doing around how we should think about expansion opportunities and we jointly problem solve a path forward. We wrap up by sharing highlights from education related news articles we’ve read recently to keep ourselves up-to-date.
I don’t always make time to step away for lunch, but today, I take a break to have lunch downstairs with one of our Area Superintendents. We worked closely on a project several years ago. I really value her expertise and mentorship, so we have recurring lunch catch up time set aside once a month.
After coming back from lunch, I lead a quick project management training for the Finance & Accounting team during their monthly team meeting. Each team is launching a process to codify and identify efficiencies in their work, and the CFO wanted to me share some work-planning tips and templates to help them kick off the process.
I catch up on emails for about 30 minutes. I then have some concentrated work time that I use to pull data and build some slides for an upcoming Steering Committee meeting we have with a couple of board members, members of the leadership team, and a few consultants who are supporting us in finding a pathway to financial sustainability for our schools in Washington.
To wrap up my day and week, I have a “Meeting with Myself”, a concept I learned from a Together Leader training we did as a Home Office about two years ago. I quickly skim my calendar and my notes from the past week to make sure I’ve captured all next steps in my to-do list. I then pull out my priorities for the next two weeks from my to-do list. Finally, I plan my next two weeks, looking forward in my calendar at the meetings I have coming up, blocking off work time to prepare for them, and filling in remaining time with work blocks to complete my priority to-do list items. My Meeting with Myself helps me feel ready to put work aside for the weekend and enables me to dive straight back into the work when I’m back in the office on Monday morning.
I jump in my car to head home. I call my best friend and chat with her about her week, which makes the commute go by much more quickly.
I come home to my dog who is dancing with excitement to see me as always. We take a long walk around the neighborhood.
I go over to my friends’ apartment. We cook some dinner together and play a few board games.
I head back home, take my dog for one more walk, and get ready for bed.