Thu, 06/20/2019
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ISANNELeads Blog 2016

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This week has really helped drive home the importance of thinking big, thinking forward, and facilitating the opportunity for those I serve in leadership to do the same. Pat Bassett’s presentations on “the big shifts in making education more current” gave some great resources and ideas for the tools and practices that I should be looking to use in making the necessary big shifts at my school, many of which are already being discussed and experimented with at our school.

This morning our ISANNELEADS group learned from Hans Mundahl, President of Hans Mundahl and Associates.  Hans focused his lesson on where new ideas come from and with so, drew on 5 facets that when combined, make, creative thoughtful leaders.  These 5 facets are, focusing, making, connecting, publishing and failing.

As I reflect on the past 2 ½ days at ISANNELEADS, I can truly say that I feel blessed. Blessed to be here in this place, with these people, in this time, and at this point of my career. As I drove home yesterday, I couldn’t help but think about how transformative this process has been.

Sensing, feeling, judging, perceiving, thinking. We all use all of these sensory skills (hopefully) everyday. How we use these mental acuities and how much we employ any one of them determines how we take in information and make decisions. Or at least, that’s what psychologist Carl Jung believed.

As I arrived at ISANNELEADS I was filled with hope about what the week might hold. My father taught me when I was young that good leadership comes from people who know themselves and lead from their authentic selves.

Day 2 at ISANNELEADS was a whirlwind. Some of us have joked that the schedule is deliberately full to give us a sense of the time commitment involved in being an independent school leader.

It has been both a full and fulfilling Day 2 of ISANNELEADS. Both the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Firo-B Leadership reports so concisely captured my strengths and my gaps or “blindsides” that I feel I now have a framework to guide my own personal growth.

Tonight’s speaker was Phil Peck, Head of Holderness School.  He has recently completed research on how to nurture leaders in Independent Schools.  “In the next seven to ten years, 70 percent of sitting heads, the baby boomer generation, will retire.” This fact is a powerful one for us to take in as we consider leading in our schools and the potential for pursuing headship in the future. He shared that in order to be a head of an independent school you will need to be a CEO of a business, and an executive director of a non-profit, you are a principal, and a superintendent.

This seminar comes at a moment of significant change for me as I step into a new leadership role, but I've spent most of the day thinking about the equally momentous change facing the faculty of my program.  Listening to Pat Bassett's presentation on "Change Agency" tonight, I've begun to shift my attention from my personal transition, as I become the interim head of semester school, to the faculty's challenge of accepting a new leadership structure under a somewhat unknown entity.  It helps that I've had a year with them to get acquainted, but none of us have yet experienced the arrangem
Upon arriving at ISANNE Leads it was clear that this would be a full week of learning and an opportunity to think critically about myself and my leadership role at school. This is exactly what I signed on for, both with ISANNE and with my role at school. While there were many things put out there for us to think about today, the ideas that stood out most were the tips for being strong leaders. Most came from Patrick Bassett's sessions, but some came for observations during our collaboration time in the afternoon and during discussions at meals.