The last post asked: "What skills do you have and contributions do you make that make you essential to your organization? Like most people, I would like my boss to regret eliminating me or my position should he make the misguided decision to do so.
But I also look at this from another perspective. Were I to suddenly disappear from my place of work, my community or my family, I would hate to think that the people I care about would be left in a difficult situation.
There is some irony in these observations:
- The proof of effect parenting is independent children.
- The proof of effective teaching is self-directed learners.
- The proof of effective administration is empowered workers.
- The proof of good leadership is a vision and philosophy that continues when you are gone.
Ethically, I believe I am always working my way out of a job, not creating situations where success or sustainability depends on my presence.
As a librarian what would continue after you are gone?
- A climate of intellectual freedom, a respect for a diversity of ideas?
- Students with good information seeking, evaluation, use and communication skills?
- An atmosphere of inclusiveness and welcome in your media center?
- Excitement about learning?
How long will your passions, your policies, your philosophy remain when you are no longer there to shore things up? How do you shape your organization's climate beyond doing important daily work? What long-term efforts are you working on?
If Kirk's indispensability is the theme of the last post, perhaps Obi Wan's ongoing guidance, even after being zapped by old Darth, is the theme here. A paradox? Perhaps.
Will your students and teachers hear your voice, feel your force after you meet your Darth Vader?