US Soccer #Symposium18

thank you for attending one (or many!) of MY sessions!


Houston's Keynote: 
what gets in the way?

Quick Recap

  1. Our number one job is Kindness. It is not a question of whether or not kindness is good - it is about asking ourselves the question, "What gets in the way? For me? For the people my organization serves?"

  2. There are four things that prevent us from Kindness:

    1. Incompetence. I don't know how to do it, so of course I won't practice! Nice is Reactive, Kindness is Proactive. We must intentionally practice Kindness daily and teach connection through laughter, creation, and empathy.

    2. Insecurity. If I am scared, I get selfish. We all live with Lies in our Life like:

      • The fear of not being perfect

      • The fear of not being accepted

      • The fear of failing

      • The fear that comes with shame

    3. Inconvenience. If I don't feel like it (and I don't have a clear WHY), I probably won't do it. We are ALWAYS in a rush between "Building A" and "Building B," so we must MAKE time for Kindness and help people find clear WHYs in their life.

    4. Inconsistency. We need to be reminded more than we need to be taught! Kindness is a practice and sometimes when we try to do EVERYTHING, we end up doing NOTHING very well. What is one way you are committed to daily Kindness in your life?

Downloads

-KINDNESS DARES & QUESTIONS FOR EMPATHY
-Slideshow Slides
-@COMPLIMENTCREATIONS

Breakout Session:
CharacterSTrong Culture

Quick Recap

  1. “Culture goes much deeper than a mission statement. It is how group members actually behave, repeatedly and habitually.” -James Hunter

  2. Culture exists in three circles: Clarity, Competence, and Consistency. Oftentimes, organizations have 2 of the 3, but that leaves us with a few problems

    1. A Culture of No How: We know what is important and we see/talk about it often, but the staff or students don’t have the skills to bring the vision to life. It is a culture that is busy, but not productive.

    2. A Culture of No Why: We teach a lot of skills, we talk about our culture often, but there is no deep buy-in or clear, unifying purpose. It is a culture that is busy, but not passionate.

    3. A Culture with No When: Inspiration doesn’t mean application. A big message with little follow through is like going the gym ONCE. It is a culture of inconsistency - a culture of good ideas, but no habits.

  3. A CharacterStrong Culture is when all three intentionally intersect. We do this by creating deep purpose in students and staff, teaching the competencies required for compassion and connection, and creating simple, practical ways to consistently weave these SEL and character conversations & skills into the daily fabric of our organizations.

Downloads

-CharacterCard Image
-CharacterCard Process


CharacterStrong Curricula

Educator Trainings

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APRIL 21 & 22: SUMNER, WA
SUMNER MIDDLE SCHOOL
$279/per person until 4/6
Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm
Sunday 8:30am-12:00pm 

APRIL 11: RIVERSIDE, CA
RIVERSIDE CONVENTION CENTER
$279/per person until 3/31
8:30am to 3:30pm

APRIL 19: VACAVILLE, CA
HAMPTON INN AND SUITES
$279/per person until 3/31
8:30am to 3:30pm

MAY 3: EL PASO, TX
EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
$279/per person until 4/20
8:30am to 3:30pm

MAY 5: DAVENPORT, WA
DAVENPORT HIGH SCHOOL
$279/per person until 4/20
8:30am to 3:30pm