“If we are taking a road trip, do we use our rearview mirror or do we use our windshield?”
-Dr. Rhonda Rhodes, National Distinguished Principal
Episode 3 of The Assistant Principal Podcast drops on Thursday!
I recently received an email that ended, “Please excuse typos because I have an appointment that just showed up and figure this is better than me putting off until later.”
If the sender had waited a day or two, they could have put together a more polished and “professional” email that contained the same information.
Which email has a higher value, later and polished, or timely and rough?
A minimally viable email (MVE?) includes the essential information that is usable right now.
There is a reason that this daily email is littered with spelling and grammatical errors. The value of the email lies in you having it ready for you each morning. Polishing every email would result in a less-than-daily email.
Strategic leaders recognize that the timeliness of information is usually (not always) more important than the polish.