Creative Thinking

So, this morning every message on Facebook, LinkedIn and the newspaper speaks of creative thinking. I have long been convinced that creative thinking skills are mandatory for successful leadership, relationships, education, teaching, you name it! As a teacher/guidance Counsellor/mentor, my imagination has been my benefit, one of my reasons for success. We must see the Read more about Creative Thinking[…]

Can You Teach Instincts?

Two very difficult lessons to teach others are the Law Of Intuition and the Law of Timing. Instincts get you started first in life’s situations. It’s the advantage that helps you win. A successful leader must be gifted in these two skills. You learn them best through good experiences. If you can follow your gut, Read more about Can You Teach Instincts?[…]

Are You Making A Difference?

What’s fascinating to me lately is that everything I’m reading and listening to is about making a difference each day you have that opportunity. This message is in books like Ensouling Our Schools, The Gifts of Imperfection, The Wisdom of Sundays, LinkedIn, and this morning’s minute with Maxwell. Maxwell says, “Do you want to go Read more about Are You Making A Difference?[…]

Tough Conversations

J.C.Maxwell’s fifth “Upfront Expectation” is that “There will be tough conversations.” We all have had tough situations between ourselves and any relationship. Some we choose not to address but in the strong, quality relationships we talk about with each other. It definitely helps to have these tough conversations if we have been upfront about how Read more about Tough Conversations[…]

Be Responsible

Today’s minute with John C. Maxwell is about “Being Responsible for our Empowerment.” We must take ownership for what we are empowered to do. It is our project. We get the credit for the success but we also must take responsibility for anything about that empowerment that we mess up. We must FIX what we Read more about Be Responsible[…]

Growth is Expected!

Today John C. Maxwell’s minute was about “Growth” and that it is a must in any business. “Why? Because I’m growing. We’re growing. The company is growing. Today it’s not an option. When they stop growing, they stop going.” He says that we have a choice to grow or not to grow. And, that if Read more about Growth is Expected![…]

Imperfection is Risky But Normal

This morning I felt the need to continue to read Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection. Although I believe we are all imperfect and fallible as human beings, I struggle with making mistakes just like most people. Yesterday someone pointed out a mistake I made in wearing a scent. I apologized and told her Read more about Imperfection is Risky But Normal[…]

Be a Person of Integrity

The Oxford dictionary defines “Integrity” as uprightness; honesty; wholeness; soundness. In Chuck Swindoll’s quote about what integrity is, he says it is being authentic. I believe we, as educators, parents, leaders and/or employers must be clear about what our expectations are of each person whom we teach, guide or parent. As a mentor, I try Read more about Be a Person of Integrity[…]

Inside-Out Circle for Discussion

The Inside-Out Circle is useful for discovering prior knowledge, drill-and-practice activity, as a review, as a listening exercise – taking turns talking and summarizing. A) Students count off by twos B) Direct “ones” to stand in a circle and turn around facing out. C) Direct “twos” to face “ones” so that they create an outer Read more about Inside-Out Circle for Discussion[…]