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Priority Learning Newsletter August 24th 2017 Newsletter

What's New

The Priority Learning Team is designing a flier with information about a pilot day on Strategic Planning that is fun and interactive to facilitate. We have come up with a great design that will capture the essence of the most important elements to focus on, with ideas on how to execute throughout the year. More coming about this and expect to see an invitation to this "free" pilot at Priority Learning soon. 

Early 2018, we are planning and designing an Emotional Intelligence (EI) Qualification program that will focus on 5 days of extensive learning/development in all areas of EI. We will also offer continuing education elements to keep the credits going each year. Amy Wood, Psychologist, will be facilitating this much needed qualification program…we will be focusing on HR experts, medical employees and many more segments of the workplace that is now requiring EI to be learned to help avoid burnout and other important reasons and issues that are prevalent to chaotic and stressful organizations. 

In addition, we plan to be offering an EI series for folks who don’t really need the certification/qualification, but would like to be knowledgeable as a leader in this topic that is so important to us all! 

We hope you are all enjoying this wonderful summer season...thank you for reading our articles!

Empowerment - the Next Steps

Last month I wrote about the prerequisites for empowerment, and promised that I would continue the conversation.  This topic naturally leads me to the biggest stumbling block that most leaders face on the road to empowerment - letting go. I bet anyone in a leadership role out there will know what I mean by ‘letting go’, but just in case it isn’t clear what I mean, then let me give you a quick and very real example:


John is a manager in a small manufacturing organization who entered the organization as a machinist. Because he was a very good ‘find’ for his organization, he was quickly recognized for quality and high-output work.  It wasn’t long before John’s boss recognized John as a person of potential. Within a year John got his first promotion to area supervisor. True to the expectations of his boss, John became a good supervisor for his people and within another two years he received another promotion to section manager.  Along the way, John started to realize that he was working longer and longer hours, and working more at home. His dedication was paying off, and as a result, parts of his personal life began to suffer. Missing family events and being tired all the time was losing its shine for John, and soon all aspects of work and personal life started to suffer. At work, he seemed to have less and less time for person-to-person contact, he was distracted, and it seemed his life was becoming one meeting after another. What he had sought to become as a leader was getting lost in the bustle of work and constant demands on his time. It got so bad that John started to feel like he would soon have to make choices to either let his work suffer, sacrifice his home life, or be prepared to adopt a lifestyle of unending chaos.

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The Learning Zone

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. –Roald Dahl

Back to school season is upon us, and I have to say, that happened a little too quickly. Those hot, hazy days that I kept waiting for were few and far between this summer. Now my living room is full of the belongings of my youngest child, waiting to be packed into the car and delivered to her quarters at school. Taking her back to her small college in Connecticut as a senior is much different from leaving her there, a little lost and definitely alone in a crowd of others just like her, for her first year.

We were both out of our comfort zones just three short years ago. The college selection process was long and arduous, and at times, stressful and emotional. Not only did she move three states away, but she decided in her first week that her chosen sport, field hockey, was no longer what she wanted to do. Instead, she joined the rowing team. Now she is headed into her final year, a co-captain of her rowing team, doing well academically, and with some terrific friends. I am proud, happy, and sad, all at once.

While there were some rocky moments along the way, I knew very well that her growth, and anyone’s growth, including my own, generally only happens when we move outside of our comfort zone and stretch our learning.

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The Leadership Maker

By Ralph Twombly
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  • Leading Through Uncertainty

    Leading Through Uncertainty

    What a time to be in leadership. It is good that you are, we need you, and I hope you are taking care of your people and yourselves.

  • Are You a Wilbury?

    Are You a Wilbury?

    At some point in your life and work, you likely developed a strong sense of what success looks like for you. You realized who you want to be, and perhaps, where you fit. The challenge for all of us, of course, is setting our course and finding our way.

  • Beyond the Pale

    Beyond the Pale

    I’m not at all sure how this happened, but I just looked up and it is the first week of June. The last twelve months have been a whirlwind of change, growth, fits and starts, and the varied experiences that make up a career and a life.

  • Things We Carry

    Things We Carry

    We all carry potential. We all carry burdens. How we explore and move beyond some of our challenges is a wonderful testament to the human spirit.

  • Want to Get More of What You Want?   Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

    Want to Get More of What You Want? Boost Your Emotional Intelligence

    Straight As won't get you very far unless you know how to get along with yourself and others.

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Poll Question

The word "Empowerment" has been, in our experience, a little tough to implement in some organizations. Which of the following best describes “Empowerment” at your organization…

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