Welcome to the Better Leaders Better Schools podcast.  This is a weekly show for ruckus makers — What is a ruckus maker?  A leader who has found freedom from the status quo. A leader looking to escape the old routine. A leader who never, ever gives up.

Most of us associate writing in a journal with a school assignment or something to do when you get the time. But a journal can be a lot more.

A journal can be a practical tool to help you be a better leader.

In this talk, Aaron Morris shares why a journal can be a powerful tool to help you reinvent, reflect, and redirect your professional life so you can be a better leader …especially when your life changes in ways that you didn’t expect

We hope you enjoy the podcast. All the highlights, resources, and next steps can be found below. Listen to the full episode here and learn more at betterleadersbetterschools.com

Key Talking Points 

  •     Being a leader after you get promoted instead of your coworkers
  •     How to reinvent yourself when an opportunity opens
  •     Giving yourself permission to be authentic as a leader
  •     Using a journal to gain more clarity about your life
  •     “Journal hacks” – How to use your journal for smarter reflection & insight
  •     Being comfortable with yourself
  •     The cost and value of “entering the arena” as a leader

Key Milestones of the Episodes

[5:40] How did you reinvent yourself?

[12:50] How do you even start reinventing yourself?

[14:35] Journal Hack: Using a journal to be a mind dump & detachment tool for clarity

[15:47] Additional ways to detach

[17:03] More journal hacks: Focusing on the mundane, making the “shift”, and more

[25:50] Being authentic & courageous as a leader

Key Quotes

The one thing that has really been an AHA is continuously reflection on who I am..”

 I keep asking myself, “Do I really want to be the person that didn’t leap?”

“Courageous is contagious…”

“Reflection is the key..”

Key Resources 

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts

Don’t forget to catch more episodes and resources at the Better Leaders Better Schools website.

 

About Our Guest

Aaron Morris is a former math teacher (despite having an English degree), who made a transition to a new school after being moved up to assistant principal. When he is not leading,, connecting, or reflecting, he is working on going back to Disney or with his family.

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