• Change is Hard - Dr. Teresa Moon Blog
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    Change is Hard

    I was a competitive swimmer in high school. My coach encouraged me to become a distance swimmer – which is still an appropriate metaphor for my life. There was a joke that I was last off the starting blocks and first to the wall: slow starts, fast turns, strong finishes, building perseverance and endurance. Thoughts to revisit another time. When I switched to distance swimming, Coach Casci decided I must change my stroke. If you’ve ever been an athlete or a musician, you know a change like this is hard. It was so hard. His coaching ignited a series of personal changes in me. First, I hated him. Only for…

  • Becoming Transformers - Dr. Teresa Moon Blog
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    Becoming Transformers

    In the 1980s, the Japanese playmaker Takara launched a series of toys called the Transformers. Shortly after that, the Transformers film series was released, generating a global sensation and taking us on a journey through an out-of-this-world story. You might know the story. There is war in another galaxy far, far away between the Opticons and the Decepticons. (Not too hard to figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, is it?) They bring their war to planet Earth. To continue the warring, they need to inhabit other bodies, so they take the forms of vehicles. They become working cars and fire engines and helicopters.…

  • Dr. Moon on iWork4Him
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    Dr. Moon Is Not Stressed:
    A Radio Interview

    The title’s a take byway of a recent blog from Dr Teresa Moon, “I’m Not Stressed”, who’s the founding President and CEO of the Institute for Cultural Communicators, and the good Doctor popped by our roaming studio – courtesy of CLA – to chat about how her organization equips youth to integrate lessons from both high-tech and high-touch learning environments for real- world application. Reposted from iWork4Him with permission.

  • I'm Not Stressed - TeresaMoon.org
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    I’m Not Stressed

    “You are very sick. Are you under a lot of stress?” The doctor leaned over my hospital bed, waiting for my reply. I responded, “I don’t think so.” At 28 years old, I had in six months time lost my grandmother, with whom I was very close, and my father-in-law, who died in our home. The mother of two toddlers, I was caregiver for my mother-in-law through her aortic bypass. I was in graduate school while teaching full time. My husband’s health was failing and we were losing his business. That’s when I was hospitalized. I needed a reality check. Self-awareness is an essential leadership competency. I was not self-aware…

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    Membership Matters

    Families are looking for help to guide the next generation. I founded the Institute for Cultural Communicators to be a global community that empowers students through competence, character, and connection. Learn why ICC is changing the world and next-gen leaders by watching the video below.

  • How NOT to Measure Success in Education or in Life - TeresaMoon.org
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    How NOT to Measure Success in Education or in Life

    It was “one of those weeks.” I had finally found a moment to sit on the couch, sip my iced tea, and close my eyes for just a minute.  My eyelids barely touched before I woke up to a scream. “Devin’s hurt!” yelled my older son, Wendell, running through the patio door. Well, six-year-old Devin’s always hurt. I calmly remained in my reclined position. Have you ever experienced that moment of panic when your mind races between “This is an emergency!” and “Don’t get blood on my sofa”…? That’s what happened when Devin walked through the door. I grabbed a clean towel, snatched my keys, looked outside, and realized we…

  • How Can Everyone Be A Leader? - TeresaMoon.org
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    How Can Everyone Be A Leader?

    As I prepare for a new season of equipping more leaders… I’ve been thinking about the approach to leadership of Ignatius Loyola and his followers the Jesuits. Former Jesuit seminarian turned successful investment banker, Chris Lowney, discusses leadership and followership in Heroic Leadership, a study of the 450-year old Jesuit institution whose practices, he asserts, are as relevant today as they were in Ignatius Loyola’s day. In the Jesuit tradition, leadership is defined “not by the scale of opportunity but by the quality of the response.” A similar definition is used by the Christian Leadership Alliance: “Leadership is a process of influence. Any time you seek to influence the thinking,…

  • Evaluating What We Value - TeresaMoon.org
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    Evaluating What We Value

    Sharon sat in the chair opposite me at the table in my school office. Her voice was quivering. She had come to share her difficult news with me. She was going to enroll her son, who she had been home schooling, in the city’s middle school for seventh grade. She was afraid I would be disappointed in her choice. I paused, prayed silently, and spoke quietly (three things I’m not naturally good at). “Sharon, I want you to do what you believe is in the best interest of you son…always!” I wanted to allay any concerns she had about making a decision that pleased me – or anyone else. For…