Mondays are Better Than Thursdays — Who Knew?

There was a time when I wished 2/7 of my life away — another 3/7 that was just so-so — and only 2/7 that I was really excited about.

  • Wishing Away 2/7: Sunday / Monday – Uggh. Alarm clocks & meetings again.
  • The so-so 3/7: Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday – Nothing awful, but also nothing fantastic either. The middle-of-the-road kinda days.
  • The Exciting 2/7 : Friday / Saturday – Living for the weekend

Opportunity or Catastrophe

It was my first year as Superintendent here in Saanich and I was extremely excited for my new beginning. Our senior team consisted of myself, two Assistant Superintendents and the Secretary-Treasurer (CFO). It was a really good team and one that I knew I could learn a lot from — it was an exciting time.

Within a few months I learned that both Assistant Superintendents would be moving on — one to a new job and the other to retirement. It was going to be a significant loss of institutional knowledge to the school district, including myself.

Was this an opportunity or a catastrophe?


The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to celebrate by enhancing them with gold

It actually depends on your mindset. The ‘sky is falling’ crowd would find all sorts of reasons to despair. The optimist would look at it as an opportunity to find new ways of moving forward. I chose the latter.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There was certainly a small sense of ‘oh-oh’ at the beginning, but more because I hadn’t yet worked out a plan. I found the news actually quite motivating. Yes, there would be a significant shift in the team and a big loss of institutional knowledge, but it also gave me the opportunity to consider how else we might be able to support our schools, teachers and students in a better way.

Being Big Enough to be Wrong

I watch the occasional TED presentation — if you haven’t done so I recommend it.  Each video lasts about 5-10 minutes and they are typically very conversational in nature as well as thought provoking.  Often the speakers are scientists, authors, athletes — someone who is an expert in their field.

One that I’ve watched a couple of times is by Julia Galef:

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