Building a Culture of Care
It all starts by creating an environment where people feel cared for,supported,and nurtured- p.79
I just returned from a long weekend spent with my daughter and her family, including my 2 year old granddaughter. Spending time with a toddler always puts things in perspective. As a long distance grandparent traveling to a different region of the country for a few days, spending time with my middle daughter and family (who just happens to be my only child who does not live close by) it has taken me a couple years to resist swooping into town to try to impose my point of view and way of doing things upon her and her family. Instead, I try to be present in the moments we have together, listening, offering guidance when asked, getting to know my granddaughter, just being a mom and grandma. My advice and guidance would not go far at all if I marched into town and tried to get my daughter to “fix” things, or to do things my way. I could easily focus on all the things I think she and my son in law should be doing as parents, but instead, I simply put down my phone, refuse to spend my time watching television, and spend my time getting to know my granddaughter. We eat meals together, read books together, sing, dance, play dress up and finger paint. We get to know each other.
My 2 year old granddaughter will adamantly but simply refuse to do things imposed upon her from a grownup’s point of view. She spends her days trying to innovate-taking toys and finding new ways to use them; taking foods and finding new ways to eat them; making up her own rules, for her own games, in her own language. In order to play along, I needed to see things from her point of view.
By the end of the long weekend, she trusted me and wanted to be with me. (I wish I had taken a picture of her carrying around my copy of The Innovator’s Mindset, pretending to read.) For my daughter and son in law, I was simply leading by example, spending time interacting with my granddaughter.
It is impossible to inspire change without getting to know your people-whether it is your students, your colleagues or your children.