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Embracing the Awkward

23 August 2019Meeting people for the first time has the potential to be VERY awkward. What do you do? What do you say? Maybe you offer your hand, or maybe not. Handshakes vary from culture to culture. Maybe you're used to a kiss on the cheeks, a hug between friends, or a turkey, salmon, or butterfly.   Yup. A turkey, salmon, or butterfly.  Since breaking the ice puts everyone in an awkward and vulnerable position, why not embrace it. Acknowledge that you're in a space that few people enjoy being in and everyone wants to get out of as quickly as possible. Shout about it! "We're in this awkward space so we might as well make the most of it!"  Try these three ways to greet someone new AND learn something about that person. With each handshake, find a new person and embrace the awkward. By the end, you'll have met three new people and learned three new things about that person, and possibly about yourself.  Turkeys make a silly, gobble noise. Use your turkey handshake and answer the question, "what do you do that might be silly to others, but makes you feel comfortable?"             Fish often swim together in a school. Use your salmon handshake and answer the question, "what can you learn from a school of fish?"             Butterflies begin as caterpillars and grow through phases. Use your butterfly handshake and answer the question, "what do you need in your environment to grow?"                          Are these weird? Yeah. Will they get your group talking? They sure will. Use what your group learned from each other to build a learning community that values each other’s opinions, thoughts, and ideas. Once you’ve embraced the awkward, that’s when your community begins to grow.   Find your turkey, your fish, your butterfly, and your community. 

Grow.

19 July 2019 Maybe you garden, and you define growth in terms of the flowers that bloom or the vegetables that fill your kitchen table. Sometimes it feels like those string beans will never grow, or the hydrangea will never blossom. “Did I use the right fertilizer? Did I forget to water?” And then one day, as if by magic, your garden is in full bloom, and that salad never tasted better.   Maybe you teach, and you define growth by how well your students can apply their knowledge from one context to the next. There might be some days when you think they have no idea what’s going on. “Did I forget to tell them something? Did I not give them the resources?” And then from the far corner of the room, you hear the most insightful response that changes your perspective, and you smile.   Regardless of what you do, growth happens, so embrace it. (I feel like that should be our catchphrase.) Meet it head-on instead of shying away from it and saying, “I’ll do it next time.”    No. Do it now! Staying in your comfort zone is easy. It’s what you know, and it’ll be there when you’re ready for a break. But for now, step out of your comfort zone, and join us in the stretch zone. You know, that fuzzy area between what’s comfortable and what scares the crap out of you. That’s where growth happens. Because, as one of our Harvard Graduate School of Education leaders recently said, “Great things never came from comfort zones.”   So try that thing you’ve been putting off: implement that cooperative learning strategy that frightens you, plant that fickle flower that you’ve coveted for years, surf that gnarly set, bro, or climb the crux you've been avoiding. Whatever you do, we encourage you to get uncomfortable because great things will happen.  

Cape Ann Partnership Provides GMGI Leadership Seminar

Local Non-Profits Combine Resources and Utilize the Cape Ann Community Foundation Grant to Develop Leadership Skills in Gloucester Biotechnology Academy Students

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