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Category Archives: professional development
Noise abounds as people tell us what we should and should not. Perhaps we do the same to others. I stood in the back of an auditorium in New Mexico. In ten minutes, I would be introduced to an audience … Continue reading
Incompetent and fear-based managers rely on rigid scripts. Sam Wasson’s Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art provides lessons for transformational leadership. As early Improv players experimented and developed the art form, they learned the power of two … Continue reading
Those who don’t understand the importance of relationship building to affect culture change are not leading but simply taking a meandering walk. At the end of this month I’ll address an audience in Austin, Texas on strategies to motivate people … Continue reading
Teaching and learning need to remain inextricably connected. A few weeks ago I had the honor of being placed in the songwriter’s spotlight at the Atlantic Beach (FL) Songwriters’ Night. I was humbled to get the invitation and once I was … Continue reading
Just consider the hourly wage of each person tied up in a workshop. Is the R.O.I. worth the lost wages and service? I have written elsewhere on this blog about the benefits of meaningful professional growth opportunities and collegiality. Today, … Continue reading
The power of this reflective practice exercise lies in its ability to help us discover not only what we do but why we do it. Regardless of our calling, we can all point to those critical (or significant) events that … Continue reading
May your 2015 goals lead to your actions and your actions lead to your dreams. In May of 2010 I made the decision to begin my first blog. I had 3 goals: Experience a new (for me) aspect of social media … Continue reading
Professional growth benefits the organization and the people it serves. Just as importantly, the growth can stimulate and sustain personal resilience. The end of every semester brings with it a balance sheet of sorts. What went well? What could have … Continue reading
What guides your personal and professional life? This week’s blog post challenges us to examine what guides our actions. For the past several years I have become a lot more intentional about my direction. I have always been goal directed—but I … Continue reading
It takes more than exchanging an email address or a business card to build meaningful connections. It’s early morning and I’m sitting in the San Diego airport as I write this week’s blog. For the past few days I had … Continue reading