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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

MAY
06
2018

The Florida Effect

Listen to the following audio clip of Dr. Kevin Elko speaking on The Florida Effect 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,
APR
25
2018

The Seven Last Words of an Organization

By: Robin Huebner, Guest Contributor “We never did it that way before.” I am sure that we have all heard this response to new and innovative practices developed to meet the changing needs of our students and communities.  These seven words are a quick and often automatic response
APR
25
2018

Introducing Guest Contributor, Robin Huebner

Robin Huebner is a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) and educator.  Her work focuses on social and economic justice policy solutions for individuals, families, and communities.   She is CEO of Access Professional Group, which responds to funding challenges by
APR
11
2018

Planning Time and Return on Investment

By: Dr. Faron L. Hollinger The vital relationship between effective planning and successful outcomes in education, business, politics, and all other professions is undeniable. According to noted author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar “if you aim at nothing you will hit it
MAR
28
2018

Self Respect

Listen to the following audio clip of Dr. Kevin Elko speaking on Self Respect 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 Orleans
MAR
12
2018

Set the Temperature Goals

Don’t wish your way through your leadership experience with your team– set goals so you know you will achieve success.
MAR
12
2018

Introducing Dr. Ed Nichols, Recognized Thought Leader and Guest Contributor

Ed Nichols is a former teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in public education for 30 years. He holds a Doctorate and Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from the University of Alabama.  He also holds a Bachelor and Masters
FEB
28
2018

The Winning Emotion of “Enough”

Listen to the following audio clip of Dr. Kevin Elko speaking on Enough 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 Orleans
FEB
14
2018

Helping Families Initiative Successfully Heads Off Crime and Saves Society Money

The Helping Families Initiative (HFI) that began in Mobile 15 years ago seeks to expand in Alabama to enable more families and schools to turn young people away from crime and toward more productive lives. Former Mobile County District Attorney and state school board Vice