Leadership Learning : Just a Step Ahead…..

Thoughts about leading and learning…..

Culture, Curriculum and Community

A friend @Mlynch9395 asked me this week about what the differences were in schools between my current school and home. This is a complicated question and had me reflecting and gathering my thoughts over the last week. It is true that each school even within the same district has its own identity and culture but…

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Positively Oblivious

There is something completely freeing about not knowing the rules, language or social mores of a country. Don’t get me wrong it is also completely unnerving at the same time but I am choosing to find the bliss in it more than the fear. I find myself more present here than at home. Alone with…

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Filling my cup…..

Most of my friends and family know that one of my reasons for leaving Ontario and coming to China was to find a better work/life integration and to work on my personal wellness. I was feeling burnt out and I did not want to get to a point that I was unhealthy, unhappy and negative…

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Know Thy Impact

Recently I had a dialogue with a friend about the impact others have on us and the fact that we really do not know how our words, behaviours or experiences change a person. In particular we talked about how we are negatively impacted at times by situations or people in our work that we face….

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Finding your Swing…..

During the Golden Week holiday I finally sat down to read “The Boys in the Boat.” I knew that I would instantly connect with the story because it was about the USA Olympic Rowing team and their quest for a Gold Medal at the 1936 Olympics and we have been a part of the world…

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Breath in and Breath Out: Leadership in a Time of Crisis

This week in Thailand was spectacular. Sand, sun, sunsets, food, drinks, laughter, friendships and quiet relaxation. During our trip there was a serious event that also stirred some unresolved feelings and memories that required time to process. Kate and I had just arrived at the pool, I stopped to fill up the water bottles and…

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Shedding the Weight….

This is the “Golden” week in China. A time when working families travel to their home province or wealthier families take a vacations to spend time with their family. This is the mid Autumn festival time when you will see the traditional Chinese Moon Cakes everywhere. Traveling in China is a challenge because all Chinese…

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There is no place like home….

DISCLAIMER: I am good I am really really good but sometimes I just miss home! This last week was a great week. I am settling into routines, expanding my radius, discovering and uncovering things. I am more confident and comfortable with the uncomfortable. I spent time at the Canadian Embassy, an NHL game and rocked…

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Culture of Compliance or Culture of Learning

Learning: “We define learning as the transformative process of taking in information that—when internalized and mixed with what we have experienced—changes what we know and builds on what we do. It’s based on input, process, and reflection. It is what changes us.” –From The New Social Learning by Tony Bingham and Marcia Conner This is…

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Leadership Learning

This weekend I had the privilege of attending a workshop on Inquiry Leadership with the majority of our Admin Team. I honestly was not sure what to expect. I thought it would be a workshop on how to lead in an environment driven by inquiry. It wasn’t really about that at all. It was about…

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