Does what I do make a difference to anybody?

Published by Lori Pickert on January 27, 2015 at 10:19 AM
I was going to share this on Facebook but decided I wanted a permanent place on the blog for it, so I can reference it again and again.
Think of this applied to school — and then to family.
Max De Pree’s Twelve Questions to Leaders
Does what I do count?
Does what I do make a difference to anybody?
Why should I come here?
Can I be somebody here?
Is there for me any rhyme or reason here?
Can I “own” this place?
Do I have any rights?
Does coming here add any richness to my life?
Is this a place where I can learn something?
Would I show this place to my family — or am I embarrassed to show it to them — or does it just not matter?
Is there anybody here I can trust?
Is this place open to my influence?


Comment by Amy Chionis on January 28, 2015 at 04:11 PM

Just what I needed today. I spent a long morning/afternoon working in classrooms and shuttling kids and feeling overwhelmed. And then I applied these questions to my kids' schools and realized that the answer was YES across the board.

Just because I am not getting my "me" time today doesn't mean I'm not doing something that means a lot to me and my family, and that has added a lot of richness to my life.


Comment by beth lehman on January 29, 2015 at 07:03 PM

oh, this is good. it applies to so many areas of life!!

Comment by Shaun on January 30, 2015 at 04:55 PM

Lori! I have not read the blog in a while but as I was recommending your book to a new homeschooler it came up again. Wow. This was a post just for me.

Comment by Annette Bannister on March 29, 2016 at 06:09 AM

Hi Lori, I am new to your blog, and I am thankful for all of the hard work you have done sharing your ideas. I have learned a great deal. My thought on this post was that these are great questions for our kids. Do they have leadership capacity within our schools and our families? I think most people ask these questions intuitively in any environment they find themselves in. When the answer is no to too many of them, they tend to shut down. Of course, in some environments, we are there to follow a leader/mentor in order to learn or do, and we might have a delegated task. But even within that independent or group activity, our own contribution should be something we can "own." Great thoughts for my life. Thank you for sharing.

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