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Leadership Lessons From My Rear View Mirror

I am not sure who coined the phrase “experience is the best teacher” but I certainly do agree.  Reflecting back, past experience has been a very effective teacher for me.  Some of the most powerful and memorable lessons have been born out of specific situations and personal relationships.   Some of those situations and circumstances were characterized by success and celebration while others were delivered through the school of adversity in the university of hard knocks.  The personal relationships that have had the greatest impact both personally and professionally are those that taught me to graciously treasure the moment or courageously weather the storm, depending on the circumstances that confronted me in this often unpredictable journey called life.  Their influence and example has prompted me to share and hopefully inspire and encourage others on their professional journey as well.

Based on the premise that experience is an extremely valuable and effective teacher, I want to share with you “Leadership Lessons From My Rear View Mirror” and I invite your attention to the graphic illustration above.  We are probably all familiar with the well-known proverb that elephants never forget and I have chosen the image of the elephant with specific purpose in mind.  Beyond the proverbial context, consider that cognitive scientists tell us that the elephant has excellent long-term memory and is capable of remembering experiences for long periods of time.  They also tell us that the elephant is the only animal known to recognize their own reflection in a mirror.

I believe that the elephant in the rear view mirror symbolizes the value of long term memory and the importance of learning from our past experiences.  I also contend that the elephant in the rear view mirror symbolizes the critical importance of self reflection and recognition of our own strengths and weaknesses.  I encourage each of you to take a look in the rear view mirror of your professional journey and remember that the lessons of past experience hold the potential for future accomplishment and success.

FLH

SEP
18
2018

Live Full and Finish!

Listen to the following audio clip of Dr. Kevin Elko entitled, Live Full and Finish by clicking on the image below.         Dr. Kevin Elko has served as a performance consultant for The Pittsburgh Steelers, The Dallas Cowboys, The Philadelphia Eagles, The
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04
2018

This ONE act will POSITIVELY change the way you LEAD

Go ahead and put away any unfinished leadership book because I am going to tell you one way that you can positively affect your leadership capability. Let me illustrate with a story. A couple of weeks ago I received a text from Fred, my banker. I love living in a small town.  I
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21
2018

I Get To

Listen to the following audio clip of Dr. Kevin Elko entitled, I Get To by clicking on the image below.       Dr. Kevin Elko has served as a performance consultant for The Pittsburgh Steelers, The Dallas Cowboys, The Philadelphia Eagles, The Miami Dolphins, The New
AUG
07
2018

Leading Change: What Will You STOP Doing in the Year Ahead?

By: Julie M. Wilson, Recognized Thought Leader and Akribos Guest Contributor   The summer professional development season is upon us and I have been enjoying working with several schools as they continue the work of translating their pedagogical and curricular vision into
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25
2018

Unity Over Self

Listen to the following audio clip of Dr. Kevin Elko speaking on Unity Over Self by clicking on the image below.     Dr. Kevin Elko has served as a performance consultant for The Pittsburgh Steelers, The Dallas Cowboys, The Philadelphia Eagles, The Miami Dolphins, The
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10
2018

How to Run Creative Meetings

For some people, Creative Meetings are the best kind. There are no wrong answers in these contexts, since the objective is just to generate ideas. You don’t need to do the hard work of coming to a decision, rolling out key information in a memorable way, or motivating team
JUN
19
2018

Engaged Learning for All-That Means You, Too

By: Julie Wilson   Many schools and districts are working on strategic plans that include at their heart a vision of graduating students who are lifelong learners, with indispensable ‘must-have’ skills such as creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. Thanks to the
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19
2018

Introducing Julie M. Wilson, Recognized Thought Leader and Akribos Guest Contributor

Julie Margretta Wilson is Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for the Future of Learning, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping transform the factory model of education. Julie has over fifteen years of experience in organization development and change
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05
2018