Biblical Leadership

cognitive functions
cognitive functions

In the past couple of weeks through my employer, I’ve taken and received results back on leadership/personality types. In summary, I took the Meyers Briggs test for the first time since early college (forgot what I was but I think INFP?)  and was a bit surprised to learn that I am classified now as INTJ.  The parts that kind of surprised me were the Judging over Perceiving and Thinking over Feeling. In some ways after thinking about it more it makes sense but I guess I usually see myself as too soft when it comes to people so thus good to see I’m starting to be able to see the bigger picture better.

I also received feedback in the form of a 360 feedback survey. I had done this two years ago when I was part of the Fresno Unified Leadership Cohort, but the time and context is quite different in the business world now than coming from a classroom teacher! My main feedback before was confronting people; and it still is one of my weaker points.

In church this morning the sermon was on David and Goliath – not so much the grandiose things, but about how David just needed to ‘show up’ to be used by God to do great things.

One of my own biblical leadership heroes has always been Nehemiah because he:

  • Was bold in asking for money and time to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem
  • Asked God to simply “Strengthen his hands” (Neh 6.9)
  • Was resolute in times of darkness and attack
  • Was not a flashy leader, but led from example and resolve

In light of my personality type assessment, 360 degree feedback comments and essentially how I’ve been feeling lately at work, excited to continue to ground myself and lead from example into the future. I am most excited about being able to integrate my passions for “open everything” (educational resources, open source software products, open pedagogy/open educational practices) into my day job as opportunities present themselves.


A different kind of birthday celebration

Recently I had a birthday! 32, woohoo.

It’s a little different today than any birthday I’ve had in the past 10 years. It was the first time since 2004 that I have not been in a classroom, in Fresno, and the first time I’ve been a dad!

On a more somber note, on June 10th 2015 I was in a car accident that totaled our Rav4. I was coming back from a trip to San Jose for the new job. Near Hollister, there was a flashing red signal at Rd’s 156 and 25. Due to the fact this is an open case/hasn’t settled I won’t explain the rest but suddenly was IMAG1875hit on my right side. I remember being rolled and seeing the ground through the windshield as outside sounds suddenly got louder and Switchfoot playing on the radio got quieter. Then I was right-side up again facing the opposite direction of traffic. As I checked to make sure everything was still working I knew better than to try to get out of the car through the airbags that were everywhere and the broken windshield. Within a few moments people were there, helping me out and pretty soon I went to the hospital in an ambulance (calling Meagan on the way) for a CT scan that cleared me.

I’m happy to report that aside from physical therapy that will hopefully clear up some lingering back and neck pain, I’m fine. The car has been replaced (We got a mini-van thinking ahead!).  I still started at OpenEd on June 22nd.

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 10.26.48 PMThe CHP report had 2 out of 3 witnesses corroborate my view that the other driver ran the flashing red light.  According to witnesses, the car flipped at least twice as it changed direction (probably went end over end). I thank God every day that Meagan and Madelyn were not with me, that I was relatively unhurt (so was the other driver). I’ve certainly been more mindful of life, quality time spent with family and friends, and am working on getting a will and all that sort of thing too!

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