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Ten Reminders

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From a successful (female) leader. Work-life integration, not work-life balance. Not everything you do is essential; You must let some things go. I’ll say it again. Pick the battles – at home, at work, with yourself. Delight at being at the table, But never lose sight of what skills you already bring to the table.... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/06/02/ten-reminders/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=13947&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
From a successful (female) leader. Work-life integration, not work-life balance. Not everything you do is essential; You must let some things go. I’ll say it again. Pick the battles – at home, at work, with yourself. Delight at being at the table, But never lose sight of what skills you already bring to the table.... […]
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The Power of Hype

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I was in a seminar once in which the facilitator ran the following exercise: After breaking into groups of three, a designated ‘leader’ holds a conversation with a designated ’employee.’ The third person acts as a ‘hype person’ for the leader.  A hype person, if you aren’t familiar, interjects into the conversation between the leader... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/the-power-of-hype/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=13900&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
I was in a seminar once in which the facilitator ran the following exercise: After breaking into groups of three, a designated ‘leader’ holds a conversation with a designated ’employee.’ The third person acts as a ‘hype person’ for the leader.  A hype person, if you aren’t familiar, interjects into the conversation between the leader... […]
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How to summon a Laura

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I’ve never sat in an office for eight hours a day, five days a week.  I always forget to mention this quirk when I’m interviewing, but apparently no one assumes that I can sit in an office with any sort of consistency. It all works out fine. Working with young folk has always been one... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/how-to-summon-a-laura/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=13888&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
I’ve never sat in an office for eight hours a day, five days a week.  I always forget to mention this quirk when I’m interviewing, but apparently no one assumes that I can sit in an office with any sort of consistency. It all works out fine. Working with young folk has always been one... […]
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Content is

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This is a memory post. It’s been a very long while since I’ve been content.  There are a lot of reasons.  The post-PhD blues.  The sudden left turn in my career plans.  Home stuff. Parent stuff. Lots of stuff hit me pretty hard. To be discontent is to be restless.  I’ve spent a long time wanting... […]
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Notes on Yves Saint Laurent

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Black YSL dress with a intricate tassel statement necklace and rope belt
There is a Yves Saint Laurent exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  It should be expected that I draw significant inspiration from museums, because connected learning was born in informal learning spaces: libraries, museums, fanclubs, and online communities. YSL did not disappoint.  Most striking was the integrated use of process and product to... […]
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Changing the game

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A long time ago, I was in a job I didn’t like too much.  It was a matter of interpersonal dynamics rather than a problem with the job itself. In some ways, the fact that I wanted to succeed so badly made everything worse. I worked hard, I did what I was told, I was... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/changing-the-game/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=13641&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
A long time ago, I was in a job I didn’t like too much.  It was a matter of interpersonal dynamics rather than a problem with the job itself. In some ways, the fact that I wanted to succeed so badly made everything worse. I worked hard, I did what I was told, I was... […]
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What brave looks like

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A while back I was talking to someone about power struggles and leadership.  At the time I was new in my position (this was a couple of positions back) and, just by being present, had upset the power dynamics in the office. There was a lot of boundary testing and partially disguised storming.  It was... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/what-brave-looks-like/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=13550&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
A while back I was talking to someone about power struggles and leadership.  At the time I was new in my position (this was a couple of positions back) and, just by being present, had upset the power dynamics in the office. There was a lot of boundary testing and partially disguised storming.  It was... […]
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Dusting oneself off

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 It’s an interesting phrase that can mean a couple of different things. Today I mean it in terms of trying again after a failed program. I was talking with someone the other day who had been a part of numerous failed programs, each of which was based on a specific instructional design meant to promote... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/05/24/dusting-oneself-off/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=13503&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
 It’s an interesting phrase that can mean a couple of different things. Today I mean it in terms of trying again after a failed program. I was talking with someone the other day who had been a part of numerous failed programs, each of which was based on a specific instructional design meant to promote... […]
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Tassels and mortarboards

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I have this person in my life – I hesitate to call him a friend…more like a self-designated, long-distance mentor.  He likes to challenge me when he thinks I’m getting solipsistic. That time I temporarily included “Dr.” in my Twitter name.  That time I played around with what self-promotion might look like in the middle of... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/tassels-and-mortarboards/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=13445&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
I have this person in my life – I hesitate to call him a friend…more like a self-designated, long-distance mentor.  He likes to challenge me when he thinks I’m getting solipsistic. That time I temporarily included “Dr.” in my Twitter name.  That time I played around with what self-promotion might look like in the middle of... […]
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On Shame (Strategic Thinking in Action)

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I was watching a diversity panel years ago (and at a different university than my current home), and there was a lone white man up there on the stage. I suspect he had important and relevant knowledge to share but he didn’t seem to know what it was and the panel never really got to... <div><a href="https://googleguacamole.wordpress.com/2017/05/22/on-shame-strategic-thinking-in-action/">Read More</a></div><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=googleguacamole.wordpress.com&blog=76251458&post=13364&subd=googleguacamole&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
I was watching a diversity panel years ago (and at a different university than my current home), and there was a lone white man up there on the stage. I suspect he had important and relevant knowledge to share but he didn’t seem to know what it was and the panel never really got to... […]
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