Category: Influence

  • Legacy and Influence

    Legacy and Influence

    Maybe it’s my age.  Perhaps it’s simply the dawning of a new realization. Regardless of the origin for this motivation and drive, the need for establishing legacy is taking center stage for me. My ancestry is very blurred: I knew my maternal grandmother, but met my grandfather only once or twice before he died—all prior…

  • Are You Disconnected From History?

    Are You Disconnected From History?

    Social scientists tell us that one of the unique characteristics of Western culture in our generation is an increasing disconnection with our history and heritage. Those connections used to provide a sense of identity, a sense of participation in a type of cultural legacy that informed personal identity and sense of belonging. Coupled with the…

  • Making Memories

    Making Memories

    I recently attended a retirement party for a good friend of mine; in fact, my friend and I started our teaching careers at the same time. I moved on to another vocation, while my friend—older than myself—remained in education, and has now just retired. Attending this event was eye-opening on a number of levels: With…

  • The Leadership Course Experiment

    The Leadership Course Experiment

    A few months ago, a team of us designed a 9-week leadership course with an in-class component and a guest-speaker component. During the in-class time we focused on Andy Stanley’s book, Next Generation Leader, and followed with our Speakers’ Forum that featured a 45 minute presentation by one of the 9 community leaders we lined…

  • When You Know You’re Not Enough

    When You Know You’re Not Enough

    The work of leaders is to inspire others with vision, build a team of like-minded people, strategize a plan to move the cause forward and keep reminding the team about the “Why” of their efforts and actions. With all of that in mind, though, there will come a time when every leader realizes all of…