Thu, 06/20/2019
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ISANNELeads Blog 2016

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A crisis planning meeting probably isn’t the place where one would expect to have one of those lightbulb  moments. You know, when you’re sitting in a meeting and you finally figure something out on a level that you never have before? This happened to me one day when I finally figured out why-as Director of Communications-I felt so frustrated with the crisis planning committee. Why were we only talking about things like active shooters and hurricanes and other catastrophic nightmares that the National Incident Command System addresses?
Our journey from Monday afternoon to this morning has been a progression of thought, of getting to know each other and ourselves, and of how to return with improved awareness of effective leadership.
I am inspired by what can be learned from work in other schools.
I know more about myself, which is enlightening and confusing at the same time.
I am reassured that my organization is doing really good work, but still has room for me to bring back ideas for improvement.

This experience at ISANNE Leads has been so valuable to me.  The content has been informative and thought provoking.  Every day has been packed with speakers and activities, and I have a notebook full of information to sift through and reflect upon and then hopefully make some changes in the way I approach my work life as well as my home life.

Perhaps it speaks to my quirkiness that from the body of speakers and content presented this week, I am stuck on Pat Bassett’s youtube of a half-naked dancing man and his equally awkward first follower starting a dance movement.  I love how that video so directly demonstrated the power of the first follower in helping a movement evolve and grow.  As the narrator said, “The first follower is an underappreciated form of leadership.  The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader.”

The beautiful brick and clapboard buildings of Tilton’s green campus and the mild New Hampshire summer weather may have you thinking that ISANNELEADS is a vacation.  Don’t fool yourself; this is no vacation.  The gilded ceilings and fine millwork of our meeting space gives you a sense of comfort as you slip into your chair and prepare to learn about leadership, but this comfort is fleeting.  This week is designed to make you uncomfortable, or rather make you comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Contrary to the selfless nature of educators, this is a week about you. 

I had no idea what to expect out of this week at ISANNELEADS. The (intentional) lack of communication about schedules and agendas didn't help. I expect that a number of posts have started like this and that I'm not alone in experiencing that pre-conference anxiety. 

I was not sure what to expect from this conference. Who was going to be there? What were we going to do? Would it be another one of those conferences that I felt was a waste of time? Well the answer to the last question is definitely NO (thankfully since my school has invested the money to send me here). The topics covered by the presenters are very well-thought out and diverse. Today was the half-way point and Hans Mundahl came this morning and gave a memorable presentation on ideas. Really interesting topics on important work vs.

My mind has been stuck on this question posed to me, “What will be your legacy?” For a day and a half, I have been trying to form my personal mission statement. In honesty, this has been one of the hardest assignments I’ve ever had. What do I want? What is most important to me? Where do I see myself? What qualities do I possess and what qualities do I want to possess?

Well after two informational packed days HUMP day has arrived here at IsanneLeads and there is  no better way to start it than with Hans Mundahl.  His energy was through the the roof and the topic of "where do new ideas come from?" was thought provoking.  From "rabbit holes" to break out sessions he has us thinking outside the box and challenged us to do so going forward.

I originally decided that I would blog about the speakers of the day. However, recently changed the theme to the progress of my mentor group (group yellow).