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Bill provides a quote from Anne Lamott. I began to read her work recently and found it humorous and inspiring.

When we have principles and are grounded, there is no need to run around trying to impress. We stand as beacons casting a light all around us inviting the world into us and joining the world as full participants.


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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. Inner calm, peace of mind that exists in a gifted few, attract the unfocused mind in droves.

    A leader of a athletic team is not always the loud boisterous player .

    Jim Brown said very little, others thought him to be superman.

    Some make us feel safe about the unknown

    • I agree Marty. Sometimes we lead by example with few words. Jean Beliveau was the captain of the Montreal Canadiens for years. He once told a rookie who dropped his jersey on the floor that was not the place for the jersey. He did not have to say anything more. I think the leaders of the era of Jim Brown and Jean Beliveau did not always speak and their words were measured to make a great impact.

      • We have progressed or regressed from walk softly and carry a big stick to our current flamboyant wide reviewers who spell team with an “I”
        Narcissist and individuality have replace take one for the team

        Players try to separate themselves for adulation

        Funny concept fir a world champion

      • I agree. It is so different watching sports today where there are wild celebrations and pointing at me. Being a champion is more than being a one person team. We have moved well beyond the world of John Wooden, Vince Lombardi, and others who connected living to playing.

      • Sorry wide receivers ( football)

  2. I’ve read a lot of Anne Lamott and enjoy her so much. I’d never come across the lighthouse quote, though. Good one.

  3. I’ve also discovered Anne Lamott thanks to Dr. Bill and am also finding it illuminating, thoughtful, grounding and funny. Great minds think alike 🙂

  4. Loving lighthouses and Anne Lamott’s wonderful writing, I am so grateful for all of this inspiration, and the reminder of that fantastic quote of hers I’d forgotten about. Shine on….

  5. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    People tend to gravitate to those that are emotionally stable, or grounded. Lovely thought. 🙂


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