Part of Social Leadership is not having the answers, but creating the space, and respecting those who do. Julian Stodd ‘The Price of Gratitude’

David Hopkins recently started a new blogging series focused on paying it forward. It revolves around the hashtag #OpenBlog19. Although I was not explicitly tagged, he opened it up for anyone wishing to participate. So here is my response to the provocation: The most valuable lesson I ever learned’


My most valuable lesson learned is that it is not about having the answer, but instead working towards a solution. It can be easy to get caught in a fixed mindset around ‘best practices‘ and so forth, but too often this overlooks the context at hand. For me this plays out in a number of ways:

In the classroom

In today’s day and age, it can be so easy to be ‘right’. Follow this, do that. The problem is when these beliefs are often different in the next classroom or the class up the corridor. This can create tension that often plays out in the background.

Within relationships

In marriage, there is a constant need for give and take. This is all compounded when family is added to the mix (see Austin Kleon.)

On a project

It can be easy to get caught up in what should have happened or how things should work. However, it is more productive in the long term to work towards a shared solution that moves things forward.


To be honest, this is one of those lessons I feel learned yesterday and am sure I will learn again tomorrow. I am not sure if I am alone in this? As always, interested in your thoughts and opinions. Maybe I have gotten this all wrong?


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