ED’s Perspective: Start Strong, Finish Strong

By Gail Connelly, NAESP Executive Director Communicator January 2012, Volume 35, Issue 5 Remember the old song, “it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish”? The song celebrates the commendable characteristics of persistence, optimism, and resiliency—attributes shared by the vast majority of principals I’ve met in my NAESP career. Today, however, the song for principals, especially early career principals, has a different refrain: To finish strong, you have to start strong.