1. Royan Lee

    Everythig you say about leadership always inspires me. Isn't it funny how the people whose paths we cross have an indelible impact on our lives? Imbibe if you hadn't met that principal?

    • George

      Life would be so much different and I don't think that I would be as happy as I am now. Thanks for the kind words!

  2. Mike Nantais

    Another inspiring post, George. I had a Principal like that too, honouring other's expertise and providing room and encouragement to work only leads to good things.

  3. Jerelyne (@jneman)


    This post reminded me of the key points of Drive by Daniel Pink: "This new approach has three essential elements: 1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives. 2. Mastery — the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves." Your post brought me back to thinking about these as I go into the new year – also made search out one of Pink's video and watch it again – now trying to define my sentence:) http://www.danpink.com/archives/2010/01/2question

  4. George, this is another fantastic blog post! I've been fortunate to work with some wonderful principals that give me (and many other teachers) an opportunity to lead in the school: allowing us to use our strengths to help others. This is incredibly fulfilling as a teacher, and allows us to really find our purpose. Thank you for reminding all of us about the importance of this!

    I'm glad that you chose to stay in education because I think you're an outstanding principal and have definitely inspired me numerous times. Thank you for all you do!


  5. I too was in a rut a couple of years back. I suppose I began to look at other ways to change within my current position and technology has been part of that change. While I have implemented things at a much slower pace than I would have liked, I learned some valuable new methods and techniques. I think Jerelyne's 2nd point is quite valid in my recent thoughts – mastery the urge to get better.

    Keep up the good work.

  6. Shawn Ram

    Well put George. Great post, it nice to hear that us little fish out there aren't the only ones that have questioned what we do, yet have pushed through and found new successes, passions and motivations.

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