In spite of my excitement and enthusiasm for Strengths and the process of becoming a certified coach, I’ve had to take a step back and just focus on getting my job done. I still have a full-time job at James Madison University, which I actually love, and it is taking a lot of my time. The first two weeks before classes start are the busiest time for the Dux Leadership Center, where I am the director.

This year we completed 24 separate training workshops for other departments across campus, helping them prepare their student employees for working this semester. We did all of those workshops in 11 days. It’s intense! But, I coach and prepare my team of student employees, helping them tap into their Strengths, and give them the authority to make decisions and do their job. They have always delivered in spectacular fashion and this semester was no different!

Which reminds me, I need to share a bit about “intent-based leadership,” since that’s the method I use to lead and guide the student employees, and all the work we do, in the Dux Leadership Center. I’ll make a note and bring it up in the future.