Author Dave Newell

Dave Newell

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

Leadership Applied Conflict

Why Perspective Matters in Conflict

When I experience conflict (or what I often call, misalignment) with someone, I can feel energy moving through my body, I get butterflies in my stomach, and I almost feel flush. Not only do I have the physical experience, but I get caught up in my head, running scenario after…

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Where are your eyes looking?

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? When I was 15, I got my first job working at a golf course on the maintenance crew. We got to work at 6am, done at 2:30. My title at the time was “Grunt,” (official) because…

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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