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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

JUL
09
2019

Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning to Make Decisions and Inform Actions

By: Dr. Ruth C. Ash and Dr. Pat H. Hodge At its most basic, strategic planning generally includes identification of beliefs, mission, and vision of the organization; a review of the current and past strengths and weaknesses; organized goal setting; and action planning for the
JUN
25
2019

All Over Again

Listen to the following audio clip of Dr. Kevin Elko entitled, All Over Again by clicking on the link 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 Saints,
JUN
11
2019

Core Values

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
MAY
20
2019

Build a Team of Teams at Your School

What does fighting a terror-based insurgency have in common with running a school?  Fortunately the daily events are very different. But school leaders can learn critical lessons about managing large, complex organizations from how military, and increasingly
APR
16
2019

Change

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
MAR
26
2019

Door Handles, Inspiration from Dr. Kevin Elko

Listen to the following audio clip of Dr. Kevin Elko entitled, Door Handles by clicking on the link 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 Saints,
MAR
12
2019

The Opportunity Atlas and the American Dream

By: Grant Lichtman, Recognized Thought Leader and Akribos Guest Contributor There is no American Dream without the possibility of upward economic mobility. Education is, at its core, about preparing young people to succeed in a life to which they aspire, which is almost always at
FEB
12
2019

Introducing Akribos Professional Associate, Dr. Karl Hamner

In May of 2018 we proudly announced that The Akribos Group and the Office of Evaluation Research and School Improvement, with The University of Alabama’s College of Education, had formed a strategic research partnership–The Innovative Programming Research Collaborative
JAN
29
2019

Introducing Strategic Pathways

We are pleased to announce the official launch of Strategic Pathways, an innovative strategic planning partnership that combines the deep and powerful experience and expertise of The Akribos Group, Dr. Faron Hollinger, President/CEO, and Education Solutions, Dr. Ruth Ash and Dr.