image9Practices for Being Effective in Role


AMOTHER GOES IN to wake up her son. “Johnny, get up, it’s time to go to school.” Johnny moans, “But I don’t want to go to school. The kids hate me, I don’t get along with the teachers, and the food is bad. Give me one good reason why I should go to school.” Johnny’s mother says, “I’ll give you two. First, you’re forty years old. Second, you’re the principal.”

The humor of the punch line points to how difficult role can be. While stepping into role is a challenge in its own right, being effective in role on an ongoing basis presents a different set of issues. Showing up with our full range of selves, for ...

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