In a nutshell, Collins’s research identifies professional will as a common element of great businesses. He explains “professional will” as doing what is necessary no matter how hard it is and looking in the mirror, not out the window, to account for poor results—never blaming other people, external factors, or bad luck. Also, he believe it is looking out the window, not in the mirror, to credit the success of the organization—to other people, external factors, and good luck.
It is tempting to view ourselves already as a great school. In many ways we certainly are, but we should think of it like this – we are a good school moving toward greatness and the work we do during the remainder of this year will push us closer to it. I think this perspective is especially valuable this year as Maryville R-II works through a strategic planning process to create its new Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. We need to realize that while focusing on all the things that need to improve we aren’t being negative. We are simply working to move from good to great.