First off, I understand that Dagobah wasn’t filled with college students. But the way he went about his life, he could have been an awesome Resident Director on Coruscant. Let’s take some lessons from the Jedi Master about how to hone these skills (whether we have the esteemed position of Resident Director).
Do One Thing Well: Luke, in ESB, makes this sad, pitiful attempt to lift the X-Wing out of the muck of Dagobah. Then he goes into this horrible, whine about how hard it is and no one really understands him. On and on, this guy goes. He’s this little Jedi hipster. Well, Yoda lifts that beast right out and attempts to explain that it’s not about the size, it’s about the focus.
Yoda is all there in the moment. He is not distracted by what’s going on around him, his memories, his future. The goal: get the X-Wing out is his priority. At times being a Resident Director is like being a doctor in an social ER. It’s hectic at times and sometimes a little calm.
And our culture (especially education) keeps using the phrase: multi-task. When I hear this, I can barely hide my eye-roll. For the simple fact it is a myth. Yes, it’s a myth.
You might consider one of these tips to add some more focus to your life:
Shut your door and hang a sign that says: Just need 1/2 hour of uninterrupted time, I beg thee.
Come in 1/2 hour before everyone else when it’s quiet.
Take a walk and think through what is going on. Bring some paper and jot down what pops in your head.
Delegate, delegate and then delegate.
Touch once. Once you touch a piece of paper, when you are done reading it either: pitch it, file it, or scan it.
Behind Closed Doors: He sends Luke into the cave to face his fear. He doesn’t give this detail about what exactly needs to happen, he simply points his little stick to the cave. Luke faces his fear and makes a hasty courageous evolution after that. Yoda runs a solid behind closed doors event. Here are some tips gleaned from that.
So when you are training your staff to confront different situations, don’t have a rigid decision about what needs to happen. Be a bit more open. If your staff are “confronting” students drinking, make sure you have your standards (tone of voice, alcohol disposed of, situation documented), but make sure you are not imposing YOUR style on them—but write up that situation you must.
Advise, Don’t Demand: He lets Qui-Gon screw it up. He advises him, and when it all goes bad, he helps advise further. Granted, he knew about Anakin becoming Vader, who then blew up Aldarran (see previous post), but he didn’t fire old Q.
Next up: I’m not really sure. We’ll get there together. Thanks for staying tune. If you could, please share these articles on good ol’ Facebook.