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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Midvaliean
MIDVALE, UT

Our school boards are embarrassing. I work with them everyday (my company sells products to schools). The culture of "I can't" is saying it real nicely.

stowaway
Salt Lake City, UT

Michael: I know your board colleagues and superintendent. They are good people, working together to make a difference. It's hardly leaderly to single them out for public criticism in a letter to the newspaper. If your goal is truly effective change, I bet you'll have better luck with collaboration. Give it a try.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

I know how this school board member feels. However, we/I have in the last few years figured out how to make things work better.

Sometimes culture of "I can't" means more than the connotation given here. Here the connotation seems to be "I can't" because "I won't spend the time to figure it out". It's a lack of will or even laziness. However, often "I can't" means much more than that. For instance it might be "I can't see how this would work because...." or "I don't think this is a good idea because...." and this is usually followed by reasons that the person who says it believes in, sometimes deeply.

Success is more about collaborating, valuing others core beliefs (if you can help each other really elaborate them), and finding win-win situations. It is not compromise where some one loses, but win-win. A book about how to make meetings work really help our group turn it around.

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