Planting Seeds

November 13, 2017 at 3:57 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s spring time here in Australia and the gardens are blooming. I love this season, warmer weather, being back in the ocean and of course the incredibly beautiful flowers, plants and trees that are in full bloom. It’s had me thinking though about the journey through the various seasons to get to this point. Seeds need to have been planted and tendered to if we want to reap the benefits when it’s finally time for them to blossom.

“Leadership’s not a title. It’s a behaviour. Live it.” – Robin Sharma

I love how we’re able to plant seeds right throughout our program experiences and within our ongoing communication with our client schools. There’s nothing like the feeling of creating fertile soil as participants open up to the key messages and themes that are explored within the day. You can see it in their eyes, body language and engagement, when something resonates deeply there’s a physical response. One such example in the last few weeks or so has reminded me why we’re so passionate about the development of leadership potential in Primary Schools. What a privilege being on this journey is.

“Leadership is about the decisions you make, and the actions you take each day. The world is waiting. Leadership is a choice – and it starts with you.” – Alyse Nelson

It was the end of a great day with 113 Year 5 students. I’d been so impressed with their engagement, depth of thinking and contributions right throughout the program. As the students began moving back to their classes at the end of the day a few came up to me to shake my hand and say thanks. I was incredibly grateful for all their reflections but it was the final boy who had hung around who really humbled me with his heartfelt remarks. He said, ‘I just want to say thank you because before you came I thought leadership wasn’t for me, now I want to put my hand up and lead’.

“Recognise that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make positive impact on others.” – Shep Hyken

Wow, I could tell this had taken a lot of courage for him to come up to me like this and share his reflection. I was so humbled and thanked him for that, as well as his efforts throughout the day and the difference he’ll be apart of making as a leader. How often do we get trapped into thinking that something isn’t for us because of a perceived lacking (a particular skill, attitude or behaviour), rather than owning that a leader uses their daily thoughts, words and actions in purposeful ways to create ripples (e.g. not just standing on a stage giving a speech at assembly because you’re wearing a leaders badge). When we embrace and make real anything it comes to life, and the energy that’s created throughout that process will inevitably be felt by others.

“When I found my why, I found my way. When I found my way, I found my wings.”

We don’t need to be elected to be a leader. Leadership isn’t a badge or position. As the John C. Maxwell quote suggests, ‘It is about one life influencing another’. I really am so privileged to be surrounded by so many inspiring leaders each and every day.

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Making The Most Of What Is

November 5, 2017 at 11:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wisdom comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be expressed in so many different ways, by so many different people. Sometimes in its articulation it can resonate oh so deeply. But I still find lived wisdom, expressed through embodiment, to be the most powerful teacher of all.

“Instead of lamenting your fate, create your world.” – Hazrat Inayat Khan

The other day during a program experience, all of us in the room again were apart of this type of really important remembering. This is why we choose experiential learning as our vehicle of facilitation. Learning by doing, with reflection, opens ourselves and the participants up to the deepening of connection to self, others and the world around us as we remember together. The example I’m referring to on this occasion related to how various individuals and their groups within a particular challenge embraced and made the most of what is, rather than lamenting and getting stuck in fighting what if. It became a powerful reminder for us all.

“The man who wastes today lamenting yesterday will waste tomorrow lamenting today.” — Philip M. Raskin

We’re all very human as we navigate our way through the full spectrum of emotions each and every day. Life’s challenges, big, small and everything in between, are an invitation to lead (use our thoughts, words and actions to make a difference for self and others). It’s definitely not about perfection, instead about connection, contribution and progress. So when certain designs that had been made by particular groups began to crumble during the activity there was an invitation awaiting those participants. It’s not that they didn’t feel disappointed, frustrated or envious, they just chose around these emotions with wisdom, finding creative, playful and empowered ways to stay involved and making a difference. This is what the other groups were doing as well, its just that it was more visible in their cases.

“It is not the joy that makes us grateful. It is the gratitude that makes us joyful.” – David Steindl – Rost

With wisdom we remember that we’re all able to chose exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically. With wisdom we remember that our daily thoughts, words and actions matter. With wisdom we remember that our journey will involve both successes and challenges, remembering that, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill. With wisdom we remember that we are all capable of making a difference in our own and others’ lives. And really importantly, with wisdom we remember we are all in this together!

“The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day.” – Anonymous

Thank you to all those around me each and every day who remind me to embrace and make the most of what is, instead of lamenting and getting stuck in fighting what if.

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