Creative, Thoughtful Leaders

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. While I wouldn’t consider myself the most creative person, thru what we have learned this week, to stay in line or ahead of the demands of Independent Schools, one must think creatively.  Below is a brief recap of each of the 5 qualities that make up where new ideas come from and creative, thoughtful leaders.

·         Focus

o   Focus on a task that you want accomplished, it could be something that is out of the norm – trust that others will follow into place

o   Focus on creating a “to-do” and “to-don’t do” list.  This will help focus your efforts on tasks that need to be completed first

o   Focus on distinguishing between tasks that are “urgent” and those that are “important”, how do you clarify between the two to make sure those “important” tasks or projects are not left behind

o   Actively make your day what it needs to be.  While there are always things that come up, go into your day with the focus of what you need to accomplish and how you are going to get it done

·         Make

o   Make an idea---think outside the box

o   Make time for idea---block off a chunk of time once or twice a week to focus on moving your idea down the road

o   Have an end goal---what are you trying to accomplish?

·         Connect

o   Innovating by yourself is almost impossible. For this bullet, I draw back to the first bullet under success in finding your first follower.  This is vital in taking on a new, innovative idea

o   External---Is it ok if the people you need to connect with are not in your community, sometimes the best advice and guidance we get is from outside sources

o   Internal---Create a culture of people who are willing to learn and be innovative within your community, talk to them about new ideas and how they could benefit their work

·         Publish

o   “Communication tools become interesting when they are technically boring”--HM

  • Ex: it is boring to set up a blog and go thru the process, but people like reading them

o   Pod casts---while simple in thought and boring to someone who may be “techy” create a message that is easy to learn from

·         Fail

o   Being willing and able to fail is actually a positive part of being a creative, thoughtful leader

o   Failing when the stakes are low can be very beneficial

o   Important to see where failure has happened and learn from mistakes moving forward

o   We often tell our pupils to take “risks” and not be afraid to fail, so it is important that we do the same.

This morning’s conversation was definitely one that brought me out of my comfort zone.  Earlier this week, our group found out the results of our Myer’s Briggs self-assessments.  From this, it was reinforced to me that creativity (among others) is an area where I tend to lack, so it seemed appropriate this lecture came at the right time.  There will always be room for each of us to grow as creative, thoughtful leaders.  With an open-mind and a willingness to grow, each person at our conference will be able to achieve the impact they want as leaders.