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Do you feel comfortable tooting your own horn?

This is something I have struggled with. I am not very good at saying I am good at this or that. Others tell my story better than I do in that sense. I never thought of it as humility, although I suspect it is part of it. A bigger part is that I was raised by a parent who insisted we not talk that way about our self. In many ways, I see it as a virtue.



In our era of consumerism everything seems to be a matter of sale, including employment. Job hunters are often expected to “sell, sell and sell themselves” with self-confidence considered as one of the key selling points. 

As Broadside points out on her blog, you’ve got to have “the brass-knuckled self-confidence” or “fake successfully and project consistently… to meet the right people, say the right things, answer with the requisite ballsiness… Anyone modest or self-deprecating is quickly and easily trampled by the brazen, who will become your boss.” You are expected to be “chest-beating and telling everyone how amaaaaaaaaaazing you are.”

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I thought about that while scanning environment for interesting opportunities. Would I feel comfortable tooting — or blaring — my own horn?

Well, if I was desperate for a job to feed my children and that was the only way of getting a job, then yes…

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About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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  1. Hello, I thought I would stop by and say hello and let you know that I do read your posts all the time but in the very busy life that I live I can usually only find the time to ‘like’ a post as I rush by. However, you also reblog posts often which I pick up on my reader and the way wordpres works that then takes me through to the other post rather than your reblog so my comment or ‘like’ ends up on their post. That is a flaw with wordpress I think.
    Anyway, I just thought I would let you know that I appreciate your wisdom and insight and the ‘searches’ that you save me for some interesting and intellectually stimulating reading.

    • Thank you for the wonderful comment Elizabeth. It is greatly appreciated. I am not always sure about the way the likes record. Sometimes they find there way to both blogs, mine and the original one. Other times I am not sure it works that way.

      Similar to yourself, I the likes which I leave are a product of busyness. I see your likes frequently and I understand the time press. As well, I find others have said what needed to be said and there is little more for me to add by way of a comment.


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