Author Dave Newell

Dave Newell

Dave Newell is director of the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development.

Leadership Applied reflection

Thinking Back With Depth

Thinking is the way we humans learn. But there are lots of different ways, and depths, to think. Reflection is the mode to extrapolate learning – and simply defined, reflection is thinking back on past experience. We all do this naturally, all the time. For example, I’m not going to have…

Leadership Applied Chambers building at dusk

Do stuff. Learn Things.

As Dewey noted, we don’t learn by doing, we learn by thinking about what we do. The caveat to this statement is that if we aren’t doing anything, we have nothing to think about. In order to think, analyze, reflect, you need something to think, analyze, and reflect on. If…

Leadership Exploration Lucy jumping

The Why, How, and What of You

Have you ever been asked the question, “who are you?” Feels unfair, right? Our identity, the way we define who we are, gets wrapped up in layers upon layers of information, stories, truths and half truths, our version and versions from other people. It’s so much information to process that…

Leadership Exploration which door?

Good! Then…

We all deal with hard. It’s everywhere. This broke, this doesn’t work, this fell through, this isn’t working out, I can’t find it, I don’t have what I need. Hard presents us with a choice: see it as hard and lose heart, or see it as opportunity to learn and…

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Taking a Break

Over the course of the summer here at Davidson, things slow down… a lot. As such, we are taking a break from the blog until the start of the next academic year. Thank you to those of you who have engaged with this blog over the course of the year.…

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