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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

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.
JAN
15
2019

Introducing Akribos Professional Associate, Ms. Felicia Simpson

The Akribos Group is pleased to announce that Ms. Felicia Simpson has joined our team of Professional Associates.  Ms. Simpson is the Partnership Coordinator and Grant Administrator for the College of Education at the University of Alabama. She received her B.S. in Elementary
DEC
12
2018

Holiday Greetings from the Akribos Group

The Akribos Group would like to take this opportunity to extend to each of you our warmest thoughts and best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! Our sincere desire is that the joy of the season will greet each of you and your families with abundant blessing.
NOV
27
2018

Cynefin

If you consider that when I was in college in the early 1980s, the world population was 3 Billion people. Today the world population is 7 Billion. While death by disease, war, and famine are down significantly the complexity has more than doubled. Take a look at just one
NOV
14
2018

Brushing

Listen to the following audio clip of Dr. Kevin Elko entitled, Brushing 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 Saints,
OCT
30
2018

THE JOURNEY, A “Person First, Student Second” High School Freshman Curriculum

By: Kathleen B. King, Akribos Guest Contributor   Unprompted notes given to me by a few high school freshmen:   “I barely have any friends. Everyone thinks I am weird and ugly.” – Rachel   “I have been having problems studying. I study really hard and the day
OCT
16
2018

How to Increase Adult Engagement and Motivation

Do you look forward to going to work most days? Do you feel that your work matters? Are you part of the decision-making process in your school or district? Do you use your unique strengths and talents most days? If you answered, “Yes” to the above questions, it is highly likely
OCT
02
2018

When Trajectories of Change Cross

Trajectories are easy to draw, hard to accurately predict, and easy to miss. Think for a moment about how scientists at NASA might compute the trajectory of a rocket that must land on the asteroid Ceres in ten years. That calculation has to be precise, knowing where Ceres is