(Issue #540) My Community Has A Sense of…My Community Struggles With….

Growth (professional and personal) benefits the community
and the people it serves. Just as importantly, the growth
can stimulate and sustain personal resilience.

The concept of resilience—the ability to connect adaptability, recovery, discovery, and growth—has been getting a lot of play over the last six months. Individuals, families, and larger communities dig deep to cope with the sacrifices and challenges they confront.

The following comes from the last section of my book Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019; pp. 191-193). I hope you can find a nugget or two that can help you help the communities to which you belong.

…The evolution of a team, organization, or community depends on continuous growth. Forward looking leaders understand the importance of continuous growth opportunities for their followers. Development should not be hit or miss—and it should never be considered a luxury. The leader must have a plan and that plan must consider the needs of the team members as well as the team as a whole.

And, it takes work. Disciplined work. Balanced work. Consider how meaningful professional and personal development can provide a sense of:

  1. Bridge building
  2. Collaboration
  3. Consistency
  4. Doing
  5. Followership
  6. Intentionality
  7. Joining the pieces of the puzzle
  8. Leadership
  9. Listening
  10. Perseverance
  11. Persistence
  12. Humor
  13. Reflective practice
  14. Support
  15. Vision
  16. Willingness to fail
  17. Willingness to learn from failure
  18. Work

Growth (professional and personal) benefits the community and the people it serves. Just as importantly, the growth can stimulate and sustain personal resilience.


  • Discuss the 18 items above with a community member. Create two lists. Title one: “Our Community Has a Sense of….” Title the other list: “Our Community Struggles When It Comes to….” From the larger list (18 items), choose the top five for each of your lists. You have identified your strengths and challenges. Add other descriptors if needed.
  • Based on your lists above, what is your next step?
  • What other questions do you need to address regarding this topic?

Video recommendation for the week:

Filmed in Atlantic Beach, FL at sunrise, “Professional Growth and Personal Resilience” gives you a chance to pause, ponder, and breathe.

Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.

My new book has been released.
eBook ($2.99) Paperback ($9.99). Click here.

Roxie Looks for Purpose Beyond the Biscuit.

Well, actually, my dog Roxie gets top billing on the author page for this work. Without her, there would be no story.
Click here for more information about the book.

In the meantime, check out her blog.
Nothing like reading observations through the eyes of ,and from the paws, of a dog.

And you can still order:

  • My book, Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019), (print and e-book) is available on More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
  • Check out my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017). It has been adopted for teaching, learning, and coaching purposes. I conducted (September 2019) a half-day workshop for a community college’s new faculty onboarding program using the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.

My podcasts can be found at The Growth and Resilience Network®.

You will find more about what I do at www.stevepiscitelli.com.

©2020. Steve Piscitelli
The Growth and Resilience Network®

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