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The Cesspool (#1 – Reflections from the Frontline)

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Reflections from the Frontline Reflection:  #1 – The Cesspool in Your School

Synopsis: Dr. Duncan discusses how he was warned as a new teacher about patronizing the teacher’s lounge.  The teachers lounge had become the “cesspool” of the school – teachers complaining about students, about the leadership, about each other, etc.  He learned quickly that if he were to become a successful teacher, he will need to avoid this place at all cost and maintain his positive momentum with his students.


In corporate America, the cesspool is not the teacher’s lounge, but the water cooler (or vending machine, coffee pot, etc.)  This has always been the gathering spot for people to exchange (and believe) the latest gossip of the company – this boss is getting fired, the company will be sold, the Japanese are coming to take over, etc.  The disturbing fact about this place is that it was easily believable.  Because of its negativity, people were more eager to believe the sky was falling rather than the reassurance from their management.

I warned my team incessantly – STAY AWAY FROM THE WATER COOLER!  If you have a question, come and ask me or my boss.  As  a leader, I learned very quickly that the only way to have the trust of your team was to be honest with them (good news and bad news.)  This will ensure that they will seek you advice on difficult topics, and they will trust you more than the water cooler.

Therefore, as a LEADER:

1.  Build trust with your team so they can talk to you privately

2.  Talk to your team often



1.  Build trust with your leader so that you both are comfortable with confidential discussions.

2.  Promote positivity amongst your peers.


Dr. Sabin Duncan is the Associate Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute & the Honors College at Hampton University.  He is the author of “Reflections of the Frontline” – a memoir of his experience as an educator.

You can purchase his book at the following links:  iTunes, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Hard Copy.  He is also the owner of Measurable Advancement  – a source for educational consulting and its corresponding blog.

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Chadwick Taylor is Author of KONKERER Leadership

He helps  develop leaders with a servant mentality through individual development

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