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The Best Research is Me-search

Aug 21, 2021

by Aubrey Patterson


I know in my heart there's got to be a better way!

Do you too often land on this thought while lying awake in bed at 2 am, after a long day or dealing with some tough issues?

This is the kind of non-researched cardiac assessment we all do.

Much like real medical assessments, middle-of-the-night cardiac assessments for educational leaders can be painful yet lead to brighter days.  

The best research is me-search

Unfortunately, much impactful creativity begins with a breaking point, digging into a problem that’s eating at us, and finding a solution. 

We don’t really do our best work when we know the answers, but instead when we need the answers. 

These same axioms apply to the problems we encounter in our organizations. 

Most great answers, pathways, and systems begin with a healthy dose of cognitive dissonance and an even healthier supply of humility.

Leaders are not discovered in the limelight; (they) gain respect on difficult terrain, after taking a few blows and being shaped by the problems they encounter. (John Maxwell) 

Which of your struggles seems unsolvable right now? 

Your biggest problem may also be your greatest opportunity to grow. How we lead others in difficult times might be our chance to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. (Maya Angelou)

The best research usually begins with some uncomfortable me-search.



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