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Steve Poling

Kimberly,
It seems you have taken the thoughts right out of my head. Although I don't get phone calls asking for my leadership services:)

I know what you mean about the struggle to continue on or move on. It is a tough conversation with yourself on what is best for the school vs. what is best for you/your family/your career.

I have always believed that if the right job comes along at the right time, then I will know and as I explore it, the doors will open and things will fall into place. You know it in your gut.

Great thoughts and thanks for sharing what most of us wouldn't say outloud.

brian saxton

Kim,
It must be nice to get those phone calls. I to am often conflicted about changing positions, I don't get any phone calls though, but it is still tough. I first look to my family, will it be more time away, less? Then to my health, hinder or help? My biggest conflict is "am I ready?" Which I can't even come close to answering. In reading your posts here and on G-Town Talks, it appears that you are ready for anything. I know that you students and staff would be dissapointed if you left, but if you broaden your umbrella maybe you can help even more people.
As I always tell my neighbor, more work opportunity is probally better than no work opportunity.
Good Luck

Neil Rochelle

Life is short Brian. As long as you aren't bouncing from one district to another every 3 years, I see nothing wrong with people that make a move to further their professional aspirations and at the same time make decisions that are for family. Life is short! Remember what you want that tombstone to say to be cliche`. Dedicated educators, made our organization strong, etc... Or, loving father, husband,.........
For many of use Type A personalities, it is a balance. I look at it as balance over time. Sometimes that balance is tipped slightly to one side and over time, it moves to the other side.
When all else fails, go with your gut. You'll know when the right opportunity sparks a fire.

Melissa

We are always reinventing ourselves. We are learners. We are getting better year after year. We are helping more and more kids be successful. We are recognizing all the good things we are doing for communities. But after a while, does there need to be a new lens to keep us fresh as we tackle the challenges in education?

What a challenging thought for all of our school leaders! Should I say or should I go? (Isn't that a song from the 80's?) Let's face it. We do not leave jobs because of boredom. We do not leave because we hate what we do. WE LOVE what we do, and so we begin to question ourselves of why we would want to leave in the first place. Isn't it scary to think of leaving our friends, our colleagues, our students and our school family? Isn’t it scary to think about leaving all of our hard work behind in fear that it will get lost in the transition and with someone new?

I recently began a new job, and it was not an easy decision to make. As Mr. Rochelle so nicely recommended in his post, I went with my gut. I knew that I loved what I did, but there was something inside that told me if I am talking about other positions and looking at the newspaper for future possibilities, there must be something inside of me that is saying, "It's time!" I, too, accepted phone calls and pondered those calls for days when I received them as I thought about jumping ship and joining another team of educators. I thought about letting people down and how I would leave behind an organization that has treated me so well.

I do miss the old position, especially people because this business is about the relationships! BUT I can not tell you how excited and rejuvenated I am in this position. In reflection, I am sure that leaving the past organization is a great time for them to rethink what they are doing with my position. This will give them an opportunity to see possibilities with a new lens as well, to get someone new that has a spark to change something for the better, and someone who comes to them with some viewpoints that are different than mine. So I take these thoughts as exciting, hoping a bit of my legacy will carry on, and I will begin to build a new legacy here with new people, new colleagues, my new school family!

Scott Elias

Tough decisions, Kim, but isn't it nice to be recruited? This time of year it seems to be on a lot of our minds. I just blogged about my difficult decision to leave a good job in my current district for a lateral move to be closer to home.

http://snipr.com/1n81z

Best of luck to you!

JC

Why do we go? I left a district with whom I had been for 7 years for a District that appeared to offer more...the more is the part that one really needs to ponder...At some point as an administrator, you become so "hungry" to make more happen, to learn more, to find a place that really matches your spirit and goals...I believe that those of us who are the type
A personalities need to realize that we have the potential to build the team...as difficult as it may sometimes feel, when there is that tug of war within about going or staying, we need to realize that we have the power to build and continue to support the team and to take the team to new heights. The grass always looks greener but the true reward comes from being able to make a difference. The challenge is remembering that we are making the difference for students and that the reasons that make us want to go are often the same reasons that do not move things forward for students...those are the very reasons to stay:)

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