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.
Leading through Challenges: Leadership Team Health
Close to Morraine Lake, Alberta, just outside of Banff, is a network of trails to explore the area and its beauty. When you venture a few dozen metres from the parking areas, you will come upon a sign indicating the possible danger of meeting up with a bear.
Conditions for Meaningful Connection - Thoughts on Communication
"By what means can the staff of Hamilton District Christian High School (HDCH) nurture our community of practice?" is the research question I developed together with Duncan Todd, HDCH’s principal.
Hold Fast and Let Go
Do you ever find yourself getting tired of the sound of your own voice saying the same things over and over again? Have you run into obstacles this year that in any other year would have seemed so much easier to handle?
Some of you may have met Franklin, albeit virtually. Franklin is a 12-week-old golden retriever puppy.
Keeping the Conversation Going
The ongoing conversation about race and diversity may be making some within our network of Christian schools uncomfortable.
Working Together for the Kingdom
We are entering into a season when school leaders start to lose a bit of sleep as they anticipate retiring board members transitioning out and new board members starting.
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.