LM, Episode 489, 3/29/21

Half way through Twyla’s tenth year of teaching at Navajo Schools outside Altus, OK, she asks me, “Did you know I had a staff meeting on the third Thursday of the month.”  When I respond I didn’t, she says, “Neither did I.”  For 9 ½ years, if she was at school on time, someone would stop by her room and lead her to the meeting and she never noticed a pattern.  

She apologized to the Superintendent, Mr. Montgomery, saying, “Why didn’t you say something to me?”

He said, “Mrs. Rader, you are a great teacher.  You have the kids’ best interest at heart and you have many fine qualities.  Adhering to a schedule is not one of them.”  I dream of someday being so good at a job everyone will overlook my eccentricities.

Two or three years after we moved to Missouri, Twyla received a $2,000 check from Navajo School.  Mr. Montgomery had written a note that the school had been honored for the last year she taught there and he was dividing the cash award among all the teachers who were there that year and that is one reason the teachers at Navajo go above and beyond the call of duty, including making sure they’re at school on time on the third Thursday of the month.  Mr. Montgomery is the personification of integrity.  He could have easily used Twyla’s $2,000 for something else, she would have never been the wiser, but it wouldn’t have been the right thing to do.  Twyla often said she would never want to disappoint Mr. Montgomery.

Today on Management Monday, I hope all of us will try to live up to Mr. Montgomery’s example of leadership.  It will pay you back with loyal, honest, and hard working employees.  Have a great week and always remember laughter matters

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