by Cathy Abraham
As professionals, we will strive to:
- Be punctual, respect time limits for agenda items, and plan to stay for the entire meeting.
- Communicate openly and directly.
- Be courteous, listen attentively, and be respectful of other points of view.
- Participate fully in the group exchange, and not engage in sideline conversations, cross-talk, or distracting behaviors.
- Be flexible and open to change and new ideas.
- Stay on task and not divert attention to other unrelated topics.
- Assume positive attentions by others, giving them the benefit of doubt.
- Be solution-focused, seeing opportunities, challenges, and possibilities and not dwell on past slights, roadblocks or excuses.
- Strive for consensus in decision making; if an impasse is reached, a simple majority vote will be used. Respect that decision, even if it is not your preference.
- Make decisions based on what is best for the children, families, and center â€“ not on personal agendas or what is expedient or easy.
Adapted from "The Director's Toolbox" (NLU)