Leader In Me - Ingleborough P.S.

The Journey Starts With Me

Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood & Sharpen the Saw

May/June 2015 Issue #2

Dealing with Stress and Uncertainty

Welcome Back Ingleborough Eagles!

Firstly, we would like to thank all of you who took time out of your busy schedules to peruse our first issue of the LEADER IN ME Ingleborough Newsletter. We hope that you were able to gain new strategies that will help you become the best you can be. Within the first issue we attached two Google surveys. The first survey asked you to send ideas, experiences and insight into the 7 Habits journey in your personal and professional life. Our second survey asked for feedback about Accountability partners. The responses provided were helpful and will be shared in this issue. If you would still like to share your insights and feedback about Accountability Partners, feel free. Simply access the survey by clicking on the link below.

To begin this issue, we would like to review the 5th habit, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood. Habit 5 focuses on listening to each other. The reason this habit is the topic of this issue is because it teaches us the highly effective practices of empathetic listening and respectfully seeking to be understood. As we busily wrap up another successful year at Ingleborough Public School and embark on unsettled and uncertain strains in our profession, we may find ourselves feeling stressed, hurried and insecure. When we feel this way we tend to become irritable, tired and experience a loss of enthusiasm. To prevent these feelings, being proactive is always the best way to go, but, let's be honest, life moves so quickly that things (deadlines, events, unforeseen circumstances) can sneak up on us. The best way to cope through these unsettled times is to reach out to the people around you. Talking to colleagues, your accountability partner, spouse/partner and friends is the best way to release stress and gain perspective and clarity. When you take the time to listen, really listen, to the people around you, you may find solace in the fact that we are all experiencing the challenges in a similar way. Try not to provide advice, just spend the time listening to each other. Then, if possible, reach out a helping hand when the opportunity presents itself. It is amazing how small acts of kindness can make a HUGE difference. Similarly, these emotions and challenges are being experienced by our students as well. Try to take the time to stop and listen to them as well. We have the power to change their day. To close, communication is the key to understanding, most people don't want advice, they just want someone to listen.

Accountability Partners (AC)

Thank you to the people who provided their feedback about Accountability Partners. If you would still like to share, please click on the link below. Some of the benefits of having a partner shared by the staff included:

-kept me on track with my fitness program
-talked to me about stressful situations and how to deal with them

-was someone to run to Tim's with ;-)

Don't forget that we all need people around us to hold us accountable, personally and professionally. These are the people to help us achieve our goals.

Be sure to spend time talking to and listening to your AC as the year winds down. It could be just what you need!

Leader in Me - Insight, Stories, Links, Questions - OUR JOURNEY

Our Leader in Me experiences are extremely valuable. Experiences in life provide us with a wealth of knowledge. This knowledge is powerful, unique and can be empowering to the people we share it with. In our previous issue, we asked you to share your insight with the Leader in Me team so that we could learn from each other. In many ways as our knowledge deepens and we gain experience, we approach wisdom, which can only be done when we share what we know and have done.

The following link was shared from the previous issue:


If you would like to share, please click the Google form below.

10 Day Challenge - Leader in Me.org

  • Identify a personal or professional relationship that challenges you the most—one where the communication is poor, ineffective, or even guarded. Spend the next 10 days consciously listening with the intent to understand. Once you are confident the other person feels understood, you can share your own point of view with respect and clarity.

Too Much to Do? Don't forget the 4 Quadrants!

When life start to get busy and you feel overwhelmed, be sure to remember the 4 Quadrants of Highly Effective People. Our goals should be to spend most of our time in quadrant 2 and minimal to no time spent in the other 3 quadrants. When you exist in quadrant 2, you feel in control of your life and more confident in your decisions.

What to do if you are stuck in quadrants 1, 3 or 4. This is when you need to reassess your priorities.

1. Make a list of a least 8 things that are priorities.

2. Set attainable goals to work down your list.

3. Use small steps to achieve these goals, have forward motion.

4. Think of the tasks in a different way, If you think about it differently, you may approach it differently.

5. Seek help. Ask a colleague or friend how they might get the task done or get caught up.

6. Try to change your routine when it comes to completing tasks. Do work in the early morning instead of late at night.

7. Get lots of sleep.

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Tell Us!!! How are you going to "Sharpen the Saw"?

Share how you plan on recharging over the summer. Travel: http://www.ontariotravel.net/en/home Relax: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/05/24/20-ways-to-relax-unwind/

In closing...

We hope that you have enjoyed the first two issues of the Leader in Me - Ingleborough Newsletter. Next year, we hope to continue sharing new ideas and insight into the 7 Habits. Enjoy your well-deserved rest Ingleborough!!


Your LIM Team