PMP:040 How Do You Positively Respond to Apathy?

Last week when I was hosting a webinar for school leaders, an overwhelming number of responses were made about the challenges of overcoming apathy.
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How does a leader initiate positive changes when others resist, don’t seem to care, or only comply half-heartedly?
There’s so much to unpack in that question. In this podcast, I try to hit on a few important points.
Listen in for the complete discussion. Here’s a summary of the show-notes:

7 Tips for Responding to Apathy


1.Don’t expect others to drive for you; if you don’t maintain momentum and enthusiasm, no one else will do it for you.
2. Don’t expect others to be excited to take on additional responsibilities if you’re unwilling to alleviate them from other ones that may no longer be necessary.
3. Strategize, plan, and schedule change. It won’t happen on its own.
4. Be willing to have the uncomfortable conversations.
5. Move the needle where you can. You’re not Superman or God. Work on the areas you can control, one at a time.
6. Surround yourself with others who share the same values and grow your leadership influence exponentially.
7. Look for the positives and celebrate them.
At the end of the day, no one can control the apathy in other people. You must first begin with your own attitude. Then decide what priorities are non-negotiable. Continue to lead forward; others will either follow or if they become too uncomfortable, they may decide to join another team. Listen to this week’s podcast for more explanation on these ideas.

Now It’s Your Turn

What are some ways you’d suggest for responding to apathy when leading others?

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