Massive Shout Out

July 30, 2018 at 8:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I had a different post planned and ready to go for this week. It’s ok, it can wait. I feel like this one that you’re reading now can’t though. I’m too inspired not to write it down and share it with you.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward

Today I was again reminded of the incredible passion, commitment, and authenticity that educators and school communities embody each and every day. So this post is a massive shout out to recognise and celebrate that. It was such a pleasure to support another great group of students at one of our client schools, but what made the day extra special was the conversations I was apart of with the teachers as well. I’m so lucky to have these conversations regularly. This massive shout out goes to all those positively impacting young people in their care.

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

There was their enthusiasm for kicking off their school leadership program with our L.E.A.D. with Courage experience today. There was reflections on what they had learnt from last year (our first year supporting them) and how that had guided their development of this year’s program to follow today as well. There was exciting future projects they’re working on to most effectively provide real leadership in action opportunities for the students. There are plans in place for teachers and the Principal to gain further learning/training so as to embed at a deeper level leadership development within their school community. The list just kept going and going.

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We’re constantly inspired by the challenging work involved in responding to and navigating the 21st Century learning environment. Like you, we believe strongly in the potential of each of the participants within your care. Education is such a complex and interdependent puzzle, with so many important pieces needing to come together to support the growth and development of individuals and groups. We love being a small piece of this puzzle for our clients. Educators and school communities, thank you for your work!

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The Really Important I in Team

July 9, 2018 at 7:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Words matter. They help shape our thinking, and if we’re not mindful can really have an adverse effect on our individual and shared ongoing thoughts, words, and actions. It’s always interesting though when we try and simplify complex themes through catchy sets of words. We all do it. Catchphrases get repeated and carry certain messages, albeit interpreted slightly differently by us all.

“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It’s about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell

One that comes up a lot within our spheres of influence is, ‘there’s no I in team’. It’s usually when a participant is trying to articulate the intangibles whilst working together with others. We get it, it’s hard to sometimes pin point exactly what purposeful skills, attitudes and behaviours are being used as a group of individuals transform into a team in front of your eyes. But what about the really important I in team that allows all this to happen?

“True leaders bring out your personal best. They ignite your human potential.” – John Paul Warren

The I we’re referring to is not the egoic I. The I we’re referring to, the really important I in team, is influence. The egoic I is driven by control: What’s in it for me? How do I get others to do what I want? I know best. With influence as the compass a leader emerges knowing that their thoughts, words and actions matter as it’s the way they make a difference for self, others and the world around them. They also know and embody that others thoughts, words and actions matter also.

“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.” – James Buchanan

We love watching this come to life as participants take on challenges within a program day. We also love fostering language around what’s happening so that participants can more effectively process, own, and maximise their contributions within their spheres of influence. Developing leadership potential has a lot to do with the quote above this paragraph. We’re so fortunate to be in the position of engaging, challenging, and inspiring participants who are, can, and will ‘be the change they wish to see in the world’.

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard

Think of someone within your spheres of influence who embodies this really important I in team: Influence. What is it about the way they think, speak, or act that opens up opportunities for them to positively impact those their surrounded by and help transform groups of individuals into teams? What could we learn from them as we too make a difference for self, others, and the world around us as leaders? What’s one thing we could do more often that would open up more opportunities to choose influence over control within our interactions? Thanks for being on this journey with us!

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head – that’s assault, not leadership.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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