As I began to prepare for this year’s SBE Leadership Development Course, I decided to review the very big binder of last year’s course. Each time I go through it, I find something new to inspire me. This statement – It is your attitude at the beginning of a difficult task that, more than anything else, will bring about a successful outcome – was my inspiration today. It makes me think of how Rodney Vandeveer, the instructor for the leadership course, started many a morning asking people if they ‘saw the sign’. Well, after looking around, you would hear that person ask, ‘No, what sign?’, at which time Rodney would say ‘the sign that says smile’. And I have to say, it always put a smile on everyone’s face within earshot. Rodney really is talented at setting such a lighthearted, fun and welcoming tone in the classroom.
Here’s a picture from last year’s course that I love! Although a little fuzzy, I can feel the fun and camaraderie partnered with all the concepts being learned and shared in this room. – Kimberly Kissel, SBE Education Director