Saturday, January 06, 2007

Recycling: Remember that repetition is good

Just back today from Mobile where I'd been working with a client, facilitating the 7 Habits course and assisting with creating a customer service focus for the unit members. Read today's Robert Kennedy's About: Private Schools post and thought it sounded both right-on-the-mark and also similar to something he'd posted during 2006.
When a boarding school has only a handful of day students, the school basically can control the school community's dynamic. Everybody is confined to the campus. Rules and regulations can be enforced. A parent who lives a thousand miles away from the school needn't worry about her son hopping in a day student's car and heading off to enjoy God-knows-what! Unfortunately a private school located in a wealthy suburb will attract a higher percentage of day students than one located in the boondocks. Combine expensive European cars and spoiled teenagers with substantial cash. Add a gorgeous luxury home with no parents present - they are at work, of course. The result? Well, I'll leave that to your imagination.
Turns out that Mr. Kennedy was, indeed, recycling. He'd posted the same post in early March, and I'd already blogged about it.

Just because Mr. Kennedy had already blogged about it doesn't make it any less true or important. As a matter of fact, recycling and repetition is good.

Interestingly, when I blogged about this post last time, I'd also just returned from facilitating the Seven Habits material.

Every time I facilitate the Seven Habits course, I learn something. I've facilitated probably close to a seventy or more offerings of the course over the last decade, and every time, I learn something new: I learn something about myself or about a principle or those around me or organizations or tools for effectiveness. Every time. Repetition can be good and helpful.

Many years ago, I had a colleague who said that people had to read or hear something seven times before it would sink in. She'd read somewhere that to get a message across, it was best to use multiple mediums (such as email, websites, posters, memos) so that people would see the message multiple times. And then it would sink in.

Those people who live in small boarding school communities with high concentrations of boarding students and a focus on boarding schools already "get it." For the rest of us, we have to see the message more than once.

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