There is more to life than drawing a paycheck, more to achieve than retirement. When my time is up the words on my tombstone will not be “He did his job adequately”. I will be significant.
A leader can extend his reach beyond his presence, can ensure achievement not through personal effort but through development of other leaders, those who can carry a vision forward without direct supervision. Leaders create other leaders.
To learn we have to be engaged. An effective educator can do more than just present information in an organized manner. An effective educator can establish the connection with every student that enables their engagement, their commitment to learning.
I learned Spanish at about the same time as English, raised in other cultures as a matter of routine. I have learned to see different cultures as an opportunity to learn new things, to see life through a prism different from my own. There is always something to learn from the world around us and exposure to other cultures grants some of the greatest learning opportunities.
" If you get, give. If you learn, teach - Maya Angelou."
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Alright, its been a while since I published anything here. Until today, at least. There’s a good reason; I took time off from writing here to write a book. It’s published now, so its time to get back to thinking too much, reading too much, and generally pursuing my heretical dreams of teaching people how to be a leader, instead of teaching them what leaders do. Focus on the roots, and the fruit will take care of itself. It’s good to be back! I’m working on a second book...
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