Unity of Effort in a Positive Direction for educators is a framework in which organizational structures operate successfully. The
concept is to ensure and assure that every “frontline” individual has the support he or she needs to perform and deliver to those
being served by the organization. In a Unity of Effort framework, the entire organization concentrates on supporting front line performance
and delivery in a way that the front line can have the very best performance so that students can receive the very best education
and experiences. Rather than a concept, the framework includes practices that are geared toward student success. This interview details
the success of a program that would be helpful in any district. Some Delaware schools as well as supplemental education programs have
noted success using the system developed by J.Bert Freeman.
The Team Approach Bookends series feature books that are helpful to managers, supervisors and human resource development (HRD) practitioners.
J. Bert Freeman's book, Taking Charge of Your Positive Direction, is featured in this interview.
With excerpts from the book, Taking Charge of Your Positive Direction, by J. Bert Freeman
Consistent Positive Direction
includes communication skills, approaches and techniques that move us closer to the outcomes, results or successes that we want instead
of moving us farther away. As leaders, teachers and parents we can increase the positive direction impact that we have on others.
The emphasis is on direction. One useful technique is called the “Art of Offense”.
Respect is at the core of relationships and relationships are what make today’s families, businesses and organizations work. When
respectful behavior is exercised toward others under any circumstances, it adds value and meaning to relationships.