Ernest Hemingway may or may not have written the first six-word novel: For sale: Baby shoes, never worn. Other writers took up the challenge.
Then came six-word memoirs. My favorite: Not quite what I was planning.
NPR’s “race-card project” asks listeners to “distill your thoughts, experiences or observations about race into one sentence that only has six words.”
Workers have expressed their six-word views about their jobs. A favorite: He led by example. How refreshing.
School communities benefit when principals and teacher leaders can concisely sum up important ideas in six words. When leaders take the time to engage in the demanding intellectual process of distilling their ideas, they are more effective and influential.
A few years back I coined the term “six-word leadership tool” to capture the ideas expressed in my blog posts and elsewhere. Here are a few with links to the posts they summarize:
Here are two “six-word leadership tools” that I created for this post:
• Express important ideas clearly and concisely.
• To influence, have proverb-like clarity.
What six-word expressions sum up your views regarding leadership, teaching, and/or learning or an important aspect of them?