Once you've followed my instructions for creating a GPS, then you need to follow it. Here are some things that I've found helpful while hiking.
- Don't overuse the GPS. Enjoy the hike.
You don't need to look at the GPS all of the time. You don't need to have it on all the time. If things are OK. Power it down. Enjoy the scenery. Take a few photographs. Relax.
In the same way, boards should use their monitoring mechanism for the strategic plan on a regular basis, but not try to monitor progress all of the time. Some goals are longer term goals and do not need to be constantly monitored.
- Use the GPS for essential course corrections
In the same way, if the school has some minor deficiencies compared to the strategic plan, don't over react. AND agree with other board members or leaders on what the minor and major issues are. I've seen boards spend a lot of board meeting time on minor issues. The board chair needs to regulate this and be strong enough to NOT let that happen.
- Use the GPS objectively
So, there you have it. The end of my GPS analogy. I hope that your school stays on course and gets home safely.