You’ve taught them since they were born. Except for a couple higher math classes at the local co-op or community college, you’ve inculcated your students with just about all the academics they possess. They are ready scholastically to tackle college. According to many studies and sources, they are ahead of their contemporaries by one to two full grades, have learned to study, and are ready to learn.
But although they are ready academically, are they ready to lead themselves and others through the tumultuous college years when you aren’t there to be their leadership? What leadership skills should you pass on? (more…)
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
~Stephen R. Covey
Measuring your leadership ability isn’t difficult. Like 1979 United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher used to say,
Being a leader is like being a lady—if you have to go around telling people you are one, you aren’t.”
Maybe you’re a level one leader—a Positional Leader—the lowest level of leader, given this position by someone else. You didn’t earn it, you were just given it. I might dare say that many, possibly most leaders are a level one leader—and many never (more…)
We homeschooled our five kids from the beginning to the end. 27 years. Graduated them all. For us, we wouldn’t have done it any other way. If we had it to do over, we would do it again. And again.
Over the years—since the kids graduated and got on with life, got married, had some of our grandkids—we’ve had conversations about their homeschooling experience with us over the years. The good, the bad, the ugly. (more…)
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
I ripped the watch from my wrist and threw it across the room, shattering it against the wall. The fragments scattered in a small semi-circle underneath the wall clock—a fitting and ironic end to an otherwise perfect morning…”
I just learned a new lesson on reflection—while I was reflecting on an incident that happened 39 years ago. Cool.
I spend time every week going back over my life remembering things that happened so I can share the stories to illustrate points at speaking engagements. I was going over a particular story from college and as I got to this point in the story, a horrible thought came over me (more…)
We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment.” —Jim Rohn
I got a text 15 minutes before a leadership coaching session, asking if we can postpone. He had a pretty exhausting music gig the day before, his guests didn’t leave until 2:30am, he didn’t get to sleep until 4:30am, and he was woken up early the next morning by an unscheduled visitor. He was afraid (more…)