There is a theme in your life that when you think about it you get lighthearted and you will have to be distracted to be brought back to reality. When you begin to talk about it, your eyes sparkle and you come to life. The search for that theme is an exploration of what you have done, and what people highlight when they tell you how you have affected them. Our personal theme is something we bring in our encounters with others—it guides us in how we execute our tasks and responsibilities. A theme contains philosophy, boundaries and mission. As a leader, I know that I cannot live up to it completely. It will curb my style, and if I fail, it is because I have failed my theme. As you think about leaders, notice how their personal theme is made visible in what they say and do. It is very difficult to be a leader and keep one’s personal theme hidden. It has to be allowed out of the cage; it is visible through words and actions. Authenticity and integrity are evidenced through theme.
Manna for Today – Fresh Daily
With this, sometimes oh so tedious pandemic that just seems to go and on, there’s a risk that overwhelming fatigue and despair can settle into my spirit. As you process the latest pivots to your school’s learning delivery, perhaps you’re feeling this same sense of fatigue and despair.
Leadership, Self-Knowledge & The Enneagram
Do you know your Enneagram type? Before you stop reading, hang in with me here.
Leading Through Challenges - Building Strong Cultures
Back in August when I offered to write some reflections for this month’s newsletter about leading through challenges, I was thinking about the significant challenges that leaders in schools faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teaching for Transformation Comes to Edvance!
Edvance is excited to announce its partnership with the Christian Teachers Academy and PCCE in bringing Teaching for Transformation (TfT) to Edvance affiliate schools.
Finding Meaning in Waiting
Advent is officially here! Many of us have experienced our first snow fall of the year, and the days don’t seem like they can get any shorter. We now eat our dinner in the dark and perhaps yearn for the lengthy days of summer.
Healthy Leaders: Resilience
Advent: hope, peace, love, and joy. The anticipation and celebration of Christmas is a highlight in our lives and in the lives of our school communities. And then there is Advent in 2020.
Continuing the Conversation...
How do we as school leaders continue to navigate the very tenuous space in which our schools exist as we deal with issues of diversity, inclusion, and hospitality? How do we welcome “the other” into our midst even while many in our communities are wondering if “the other” should be issued the invitation?
Leading Through Challenges: Trust
As leaders during a global pandemic, we are in the middle of one of the most poignant litmus tests of trust.
Maintaining Connections with Families who Withdraw
In these uncertain times, some families may have made a choice to withdraw their children from your school. As a school leader, it is easy to take these departures personally and even to feel a sense of failure as these families leave.
Multiplying Our Strength
In Developing the Leaders Around You, John Maxwell shares that “A company cannot grow without until its leaders grow within.” Everything rises and falls on leadership.
Stand Firm... and Move On
This year, the first day of school is unlike anything most of us have ever experienced.
Build Your Houses
If you’re like me, you’ve spent a lot of time over the last three months reading articles online, searching for some message that will put into words the anxiety and unsettledness you may have been feeling—something to help make sense of the swirling uncertainty that has overtaken our world during this pandemic