Refreshed, energized and challenged. Those are just a few words to describe how I feel after the incredible learning experienced last week at the AASA Leadership Academy. From start to finish, this was one of the most engaging learning experiences during my educational career. The collective talent, visionary thinking and optimism of the cohort is incredible. I feel blessed to learn alongside this group the next 10 months as we work to build our leadership capacity.
Little could be more painful that being in the clutches of a bear trap. Just thinking about that word is enough to conjure thoughts of oversized metal blades clasping the limb of an unsuspecting animal or hunter. I like to use the term “bear trap” to describe circumstances that we can easily avoid or fall victim to in our daily lives.
Earlier this month, I was reminded of the dangers of perfectionism. The pursuit of perfection, for any audience can erode confidence and diminish results. On February 26, my schedule included a half hour meeting with a civic organization to plan the launch activity for an upcoming fundraiser led by one of our student groups. This should have been an easy task except that the need for perfection got in the way.