Iowa Specialty Hospital

Greg's Greetings

March 23, 2020

A couple weeks ago, senior leadership had the great honor of listening to a presentation on Leader In Me. Mrs. Kakacek, the elementary guidance counselor, along with four 5th graders and two 2nd graders came to the hospital and shared what this program that they are doing in the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows school district is and what it means to them. 


Leader In Me unites students, staff, and families around a common goal to prepare students with college, career, and life-readiness skills that are necessary to thrive in today’s ever-changing, fast-paced environment like: critical thinking, creativity, self-discipline, vision, initiative, communication, relationship building, good achievement, public speaking, global awareness, social-emotional learning, teamwork, listening skills, time management, leading projects, self-directed learning, valuing diversity and problem solving. 


Leader In Me has 7 habits:

1.      Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)

2.      Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)

3.      Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)

4.      Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)

5.      Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)

6.      Synergize (Together is Better)

7.      Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

The kids did awesome during their presentation. While sitting, listening to their words I couldn’t help but think we all could use a good reminder on these 7 habits. They are just as true at 49 (yes I just turned 49 last week) as they are at 10 or 7 years old.  Out of the mouth of babes comes to mind.


Until next time……

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