I read this on Linked 2 Leadership (I’m put a link at the bottom) last week and it’s kept me thinking.  The author compares a leader’s core values to that of the core strength of an athlete.  He suggests that without an athlete’s core strength he cannot stay in balance and perform optimally.  I think we could make the same connection to a school’s core values.  For a school to stay in balance and function optimally the teachers, students, parents, and administrators must align their actions and decisions with school’s established core values.  What is the impact when this doesn’t happen? 

The Physics of Core Strength

Dancers, athletes and gymnasts depend on core strength to achieve excellence. In the video notice, no matter how extravagantly she moves her arms and legs her core remains steady. Core strength comes from deep muscles around the pelvis working semi-automatically to maintain balance and connection between our legs and upper body.

We all rely on our core strength to sit, stand and walk.When we ask our bodies to do something out of the ordinary our core muscles must work harder. This excessive demand can become uncomfortable. We may lose balance and fall over. Dancers and athletes enhance balance by training their core, allowing them to do more adventurous movements.

What we see is “effortless” performance.

They also refine conscious and unconscious sensing systems feeding back to support yet more adaptation to changing demands.

Consider your personal and organisational core values as a dancer might exercise their core strength; holding you true and level whilst you experiment and  innovate. Start from the mindset of the novice by exercising a particular value, trust for example, be curious about your reaction to trusting.

How do others react to you trusting them? You might end up moderating your value to “smart trust.

When values don’t fit, you sense imbalance, an uncomfortable internal tension manifesting as feelings of hypocrisy or dishonesty. It you feel such sensations, rely your senses and know this value can’t really be yours; it needs modifying or rejecting. As you assess each core value in turn, testing your response to exercising it, you create your authentic immutable list!


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