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Maximize PerformanceOn Friday, we shared the story about how Dr. Steven Sperry, director of administrative and human resources in the School District of Janesville (WI) uses leader rounding as a process of validating how well “Always Behaviors” are being carried out. Read the post here.

What does leader rounding look like? Here’s an example from two education leaders in the School District of Janesville, Dr. Karen Schulte, Superintendent, and Dr. Steve Sperry. Rounding is so powerful because it not only allows leaders to validate Always Behaviors, it helps us meet employee needs and gain an opportunity to learn what is occurring in their lives. Rounding shows we have concern and care for our employees.

All levels of leadership round. If we’re principals, we’re rounding with our teachers and staff. if we’re district department leaders, we’re rounding with our staff. If we’re the superintendent, we’re rounding with our senior team. If we know that the individual we’re rounding with has a son who just entered his first year of high school, we ask how her son’s day went. It shows we care and that we know about something meaningful in the mother’s life.

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Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence by Quint Studer and Janet Pilcher will help education leaders engage in systematic reviews to diagnose, apply, assess, and validate the execution of strategies across school, department, and school system levels. Learn more about Maximize Performance at
http://www.firestarterpublishing.com/MaximizePerformance. Follow the authors on Twitter at @quint_studer and @janetpilcher.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.