Leadership

As we embrace a new year and a new decade, I believe that courageous leadership is needed more than ever. In this blog I share my reflections on this topic in hopes of inspiring thoughts of what this might look like for you.

Change
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It’s This Thing Called Change

Like many, in the unfolding story of the “Great Resignation,” I’m navigating a few major changes in my life.

I’ve said farewell to a 20-year career in our educational institutions, to an organization whose mission resonated with my soul, and to colleagues with whom I’ve celebrated and mourned so many life events. I am grieving these goodbyes.

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Dirty Dishes
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I’m Sorry I Didn’t Get Back to You

At the bottom of my email inbox sit 3 messages that I have, for months, failed to follow-up on. In fact, it has been so long that any action at this point is probably irrelevant but still, these emails stare at me. I’ve thought about deleting them, as all they do is remind me of my failure to deliver to others on the promises I’ve made with my ideal self.

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Yes
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Leading With Yes

There is a pivotal moment as leaders when we are presented with a new idea: a moment in which we can either squash possibility by immediately analyzing all the reasons it might not work, or nurture possibility by “listening with yes.”

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Unmuted
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Unmuted: Part Three

I have shared how my body and brain have been telling stories “too strong to be muted” in the aftermath of the life-threatening brain bleed I experienced just one year ago. This week I want to share a story of my heart…

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Unmuted
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Unmuted: Part Two

My body is definitely telling a lot of stories these days—too strong to be muted.

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Unmuted
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Unmuted: Part One

I’ve been reflecting on how many times in the past I’ve put myself ‘on mute.’ They are generally times fueled by fears, of vulnerability, of rejection, or my insecurities. I used to spend moments, even hours, agonizing over my choices to speak or stay silent.

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Leap Courageously
Leadership

Just One Day Left

It’s time to LEAP into a new year and I have something to share. I produced my first ever video as a “live” love letter to each and every one of you.

I’m two-thirds ‘nervous butterflies,’ and one-third ‘excited.’

Come join me in welcoming 2021 with this New Year’s Eve Blessing poem.

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Games
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The Tenth Good Thing About COVID-19

Last week we celebrated both Thanksgiving and our now fifteen-year old’s birthday. With both celebrations, I acutely felt the sadness of what used to be and the contrast of how we conduct our lives now amidst a global pandemic. At the same time, I reflected upon what it is I still have gratitude for in spite of, or even because of, the experiences and feelings of loss.

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On Being Remotely Abled
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On Being Remotely Abled

I LOVE working remotely.

In the morning when I wake up, I often take advantage of having a little extra time (no commute!) to snuggle in bed a little bit longer, to let my mind drift where it takes me, or to finish the chapter of a book I am reading. When I get dressed, I delight in my new workwear options. Instead of debating among the 20 possible outfits for the season, I have exactly five that I cycle through every week.

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Pandemic Fatigued Leader
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From A “Pandemic Fatigued” Leader

Last week our kids went back to school—remotely. And while I admit the relief I feel that we aren’t physically sending the kids off to school right now, that we aren’t opening our front door to greater exposure threats of COVID—19, I think we are all feeling a loss.

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Erica Rappelling
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From A “Feeling Bittersweet” Courageous Leader

This week I wrote my final “From Your Dean” email. I am leaving the role to support our college in navigating and influencing our post-COVID future—in ways that allow us to retain fidelity to our core mission, while reimagining the future of what we do and how we do it to best serve those who need us most. While I feel strongly that this is the work I am called upon to do now, I found myself grieving as I struggled to write my goodbye to those who have helped make me the leader I am today.

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Dear White Colleagues and Friends: This is the Time to Be Courageous
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Dear White Colleagues and Friends: This is the Time to Be Courageous

I am no expert on racism. How can I be? As a White person, steeped in whiteness, immersed in systematic and institutionalized racism, and White supremacy culture, I don’t feel I will ever be an expert, even if I made it my life’s work.

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This is Changing Our Lives

Last week my 12-year-old stepdaughter came to me for help in writing her final essay for English class. She was tasked with writing a personal narrative on: How is your life different because of COVID—19? As I put together some questions she could use to generate ideas for her essay, I wondered, “How was she processing these experiences?”

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Leap, and Lead Leaping

Recently I had a colleague share with me, “If the organization wants to go this direction, someone needs to put actual vision and details to it.” My response: create the vision and details if you think this is an idea worth pursuing, and then lead it. Of course, I have a whole blog site called be courageous leadership, reflective of my tendency to leap before I look too long.

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About Erica Barreiro

In love with the equity mission of education, I started my career as a high school teacher working primarily with “at-risk” youth and later taught and created programs to prepare future teachers.  I then served as the Dean for the School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences at a large urban community college for 7 years. As a student of curriculum and pedagogy, I am fascinated by how emerging research and trends in work and learning can be leverage to drive a redesign of academic learning. I am currently engaged at my community college in a one-year fellowship researching, ideating, and facilitating dialog to reimagine post-secondary education in ways that will provide individuals with more agency in shaping their future of work and life in the age of the 4th industrial revolution. 

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