Let it Go


I’ve always appreciated the fact that when one door closes, another one opens. Last week, I realized that some of things that were on my plate needed to be removed. I had been holding onto those for far too long when those things no longer brought me joy. I mainly kept those things out of obligation because I felt that if I didn’t do it, then who else would? However, I’ve come to the realization that I don’t need to keep banging my head against the wall–that there was a world out there in which my efforts would produce more joy and have a greater impact in the long run.

Door closed.

The Turnaround Leadership class that I’m taking this semester has opened my eyes to how I view myself as a leader. I have been learning about the role of empathy, how to cultivate skills to be a more effective leader, and how to better assess tensions among (what seems like) polarizing educational reforms.

Better yet, I have made connections among colleagues in the educational field who have introduced as well as offered opportunities that will allow me to hone my skills as a research-practitioner. Right now, I’m excited at the prospects before me and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m ready for a new challenge.

And another door opens.

#bringiton #challengeaccepted



The Rider, Elephant, and the Path

In my Turnaround Leadership class, we have been learning about ways to influence and enact change within our organization. The Heath brothers’ books–Made to Stick and Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard–are now both on my To Read List. Unfortunately, I don’t think that I’ll be able to read both books in its entirety while still working on my dissertation. #sigh #toomanybooksnotenoughtime

However, that’s not say that I haven’t already gleaned some important concepts that are applicable in my position at my school. I like that the Heath brothers made the concepts so simple to remember:

  • Direct the Rider
  • Motivate the Elephant
  • Shape the Path

The video included in this post gives a great synopsis of how to approach change in any organization. I definitely need to keep these concepts not only in my backpocket, but forefront in my mind.