Start with Why
by Simon Sinek
All dates meet at 4:00 pm ET
|October 7, 2020||Book Club Kick-off and Introduction|
|November 12, 2020||Part I – Discussion Questions
Chapter 1 states “every instruction we give, every course of action we set, every result we desire, starts with the same thing: a decision.” How does this apply to education? Does education (or educators) use a series of effective short-term tactics until we get the desired outcome/result we want? If so, what is an example?
Referring to the first paragraph in Chapter 2, do you believe school districts offer the same programs, with the same quality and level of service? Why or why not?
Does the field of education use manipulation (i.e., fear, aspirations, peer pressure, and novelty/innovation) to get their desired outcomes? Explain.
How would you define loyalty in education?
Is transactional or transformational leadership more effective for successful organizations? Which type of leadership do you find to be more effective in education? Is the type of effective leadership in education different at the state, district, or classroom level?
|December 8, 2020||Part 2 – Discussion Questions
What is the “Golden Circle” and how can it be applied to education?
The author uses Apple as an example of a company that starts with why. Do you agree with Sinek’s example? How is this example related to trust?
Is it hard for a school or district to determine their purpose, cause or belief (their WHY)? Why or why not? Do charter, private, or magnet schools find this easier? Is it difficult for schools/districts to stay true to their WHY? Explain.
Do you agree with the author’s statement that “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it?” Is this true for public education? Do people “buy” WHY we educate? Explain.
The author states “absent a WHY, a decision is harder to make.” Do you agree? Explain why or why not.
How do you know when you have found your “WHY” and it is right?
|January 12, 2021||Part 3*|
|February 10, 2021||Part 4*|
|March 10, 2021||Part 5*|
|April 22, 2021||Part 6 and Afterword*|