Who are you?

Walking through the door, all of the eyes looked at me. “Who are you?”

Those three words are powerful! Was I ready to answer this question?

Can you answer that question? You have a name and a title, but what does this tell others? Is there more to define you?

Many books are written regarding leadership. I know many of the authors of these books and so enjoy reading them. It is so critical to know who you are before you stand before a group to lead. There are no right or wrong answers to your style of leadership.

The Ant and the Elephant written by Vince Poscente, is a parable. I love it because of the action plan you can develop to clarify and continue to work on your leadership.

Leadership is more than the title you hold. It is reflected in your words and actions. What are your values, beliefs, and vision? Leaders reflect at the end of the day how their reflection impacted others through it!

My favorite place for inspiration is Simple Truths! Enjoy one of their videos below. I found an additional one as well! Refilling your cup with inspiration is good for your heart and mind!

“Your off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”~Dr. Suess

No! I can’t! Papers pushed off the table. Feet and chairs are moving. Door slams shut and then the sound of the elevator door opening.

Searching for the keys to the car, I paused. What just happened? I have seen this before, but I was not pushing papers off the desk or yelling; it was one of my students in a classroom.

Frustration points are real to individuals suffering from trauma and injuries. It is beyond the scope of thinking clearly and responding to typical reactions. Understanding the “why” and the “what” behind the behaviors of who you are dealing with help with the solution.

Trauma victims have big mountains to climb, but they can do it. There is no magic timeline of when they will reach it. They need to know when they stumble; you won’t let them fall too far. Safety, security and the ability to make a few mistakes is all they need when they look up and find a strong support system in place. Oh, the places they will go!~Dr. Suess

Trauma-Sensitive Schools information and resources are available on the ASCD website. We have all experienced trauma! If you need help, please ask me, and I will do all I can for you. We are the solution.

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct20/vol78/num02/toc.aspx

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Trauma-Informed Design in the Classroom

Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher and Dominique Smith

Color. Carpets. Configurations. The classroom can create a sense of safety, calm, and invitation to learn—if designed correctly.

Helping Kids Facing Trauma Do Better

Brandi Clark

By building relationships and helping students create their own “wellness tools,” teachers can foster skills for managing challenging emotions.

Podcast: Creating Cultures of Safety in Schools

Authors and speakers Pete Hall and Kristin Souers discuss the work involved to create “nests” in schools—cultures of safety that make everyone feel welcome, nurtured, and free to explore and take risks—and how this work can help us all manage emotions and persevere.

What’s Your Label?

I saw her pick up several different boxes and read the labels.  We were in the grocery store.  She finally placed one in her cart.  “Is that a good buy?” I asked the young women.  She responded, “I was checking the label for calorie count.  I don’t know the cost.”  Oh, thanks. The candy aisle was next, but I am guessing she will skip that one.

What is a label?  A label is a small piece of printed paper or material created to provide information.  But a label is much more.  It can also be a designation applied to an individual or group–a phrase to include a classification, category, or sorting.  It makes selection orderly.  The placement of labels on products required through specific agencies is monitored.  Who monitors the other labels in our society?

A near-death accident left me with lifelong injuries.  As an educator, I had spent years sitting at tables talking in groups discussing the children we served.  The professionals, experts, and individuals who had the children’s best interest in place still had to place labels on them to provide orderly services.  Now, I was the target of labeling.  My medical team diagnosed me with TBI (traumatic brain injury).  They told me I was in the group of disabled.  What?  No one was going to place a label on me!

Fast forward to today, the label is on me, but it does not define me. Why? I decided to get a new label writer. I am now a writer helping others feel inspired, encouraged, become better leaders, enjoy what they do, and most importantly, choose their label! Eleanor Roosevelt wrote, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Create your own identity and live it out loud with pride and inspiration.