Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 2 - (Page 8)
It is not that
gets equal, but
gets what they
need that will
jettison them to
Getting the Most Value
NEVER BEFORE HAVE there been so many tools available to help schools and their students succeed.
But even the best tool won’t deliver results if it is not taken out of the box and utilized. As school owners and leaders, we must commit to getting the most value out of the tools available to us.
Following are ﬁve tips that can help your school use its tools effectively.
1. Analyze your toolbox. Are your tools rusty or obsolete? Is it time to replace antiquated systems
with new tools that can perform the job more efﬁciently?
2. Do you have the right tools? Making do with an ad-hoc system can be just as dangerous as doing
without a tool. Ask your staff
whether the tools they use are
meeting their needs.
3. Innovate. There are always
ways to improve how work
gets done. Read about concepts such as lean manageWHEN IT COMES to thinking outside of the tool box, beauty
ment and total quality. While
school students and educators are in a league of their own!
these topics often focus on
But that’s no reason to rest on our laurels.
manufacturing, the principles
Successful educators are always looking for new sources
of efﬁcient processes apply to
of inspiration to push their students to the next level. When
an instructor shares his or her curiosity with a class of beauty
4. Measure. Anecdotes are nice,
school students, he or she is modeling the importance of
but documented results speak
continually asking new questions. Remember, the greatest
louder. From attendance to
tool a teacher has is a creative mind.
retail sales, incorporate meaHere are a few “out of the toolbox” ideas to inspire your
surement metrics in your
• Take your class on a ﬁeld trip to a modern art museum.
While you tour the facility, talk about how artists con5. Celebrate. When an idea
nect with their audience and the angles, ﬂow and use of
moves your school forward,
color that bring together an artist’s vision. Ask students
celebrate the victory.
to share how the artwork inspires them.
What about you, dear reader?
• Assign your esthetics students a case study. Ask them to
Are you far enough outside the
document the results of a skin treatment plan on a model
box to innovate? I recommend
two excellent books that remind
• Hold a reverse job fair and invite local salons to come in
us of how precious every stuand check out your students’ work.
dent is and how education, no
• Sometimes it’s all about semantics. Instead of asking
matter how humble, can transyour students to “journal,” encourage them to blog.
form lives. It is not that every
• You’ve heard it before, but leverage technology. Instead
student gets equal, but every
of having students create a vision board with poster
student gets what they need
paper and cut-outs, encourage them to create a virtual
that will jettison them to greattour of their future salon, including a brand and logo
ness. Please read The Rainbow
Troops by Andrea Hirata and
Don’t be afraid to borrow other educators’ ideas. Check
Chief Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s
biography My B eloved World.
out Dan Cavanagh’s article about challenging the status quo
Both remind us that it is the
on page 27 for more ideas on jumpstarting creativity in the
student who will point the comclassroom. If you have an out-of-the-toolbox idea you’d like
pass, but we who must provide
to share with readers, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greatest Tool
| B E AU TYLINK | T H I N K ING OUTSIDE THE TOOL B OX | 2013
AND DAN CAVANAGH
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 2
Message from the AACS President and CEA CO-Chairs
The workings of Washington
Unite to Build a Community
The Ultimate Software Review
A Student's Perspective
The Professional Nail Industry & Schools
Step by Step
Challenging the Status Quo
And then there’s compliance
Forward to the Future
Listserve Q & A
Beauty School Budgeting
Skin Care Council
The Digital Classroom
Outside the Beauty Box
Getting Outside the Box
Beauty changes lives
A Profound Impact
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Financial Aid Servicers
New School Members
Upcoming 2013-14 Events
Index to Advertisers
Beauty Link - Volume 5, Issue 2