Reflecting on the Here and Now

Hi blog! Hi readers! It feels like it’s been forever since I was here. In the last few weeks, I have not felt very mindful about anything other than my stress levels. But after an emotional week, I unwittingly did the best thing possible for myself. I booked my entire schedule today with back-to-back, individual meetings with all of the members of my department. This could have been a stressful day, as I had little free time all day as the door opened and closed to let in the next person every half hour. But it was exactly the day I needed.

From the White House: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABarack_Obama_looking_through_the_Oval_Office_door_peephole.jpg

From the White House

This was a day full of one-on-one conversations about people’s strengths and goals for future growth. It was about leadership and learning and communication. It was about celebrations of big and small successes. It was a great day!

Sometimes we need these reminders:

  • Face-to-face meetings with individuals are important.
  • Closing the laptop and taking time to talk is valuable.
  • Many people struggle to name their own strengths, or to celebrate their own successes.
  • People appreciate being heard.

When we spend so much time working hard in the day-to-day tasks, we forget to take time to reflect on the big ideas. Building in time for reflection creates a powerful habit. I am grateful that my schedule today gave me exactly what I didn’t know I desperately needed, as a leader, a learner, and a colleague.

  • How does your schedule support your needs as a leader or learner?
  • What habits are you working to develop?
  • If asked, what would you say your strengths are?
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About Amy's Reflections

Director of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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4 Responses to Reflecting on the Here and Now

  1. daywells says:

    Amy,
    What a beautiful day with your people. One of the most powerful mentors in my life has been a woman who knows where the REAL work lies. It is in the interactions with people. She always has time to discuss instruction, strengths, and challenges. Learning to understand our own strengths and weaknesses seems to me a life long endeavor. Great pics on your blog post today. They add to the intrigue and content.

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