It is my privilege and my joy to present the Skagit Valley College BAS in Applied Management Class of 2020.
Over the last two years, we have laughed, we have learned, we have cried, we have celebrated, we debated, sometimes we argued (but always with respect and always from an evidence-based point of view). We’ve watched our members thrive and we’ve supported each other through our struggles. We’ve witnessed engagements (3), welcomed new family members (1), and high-fived new jobs (6). Above all, we became a community with connections, friendships and associations embedded in the shared experience of being the inaugural cohort of the program.
This group of people are among the most honorable that I’ve had the pleasure to know and I am proud of their accomplishments and their achievements. I know that for each one of them, the future is so bright, they will all need to wear shades – you got this Class of 2020, you got it!
Check out this article by neuro scientist Amwesha Bannerjee. Bannerjee talks about how her fear of public speaking kept her from sharing her research publicly. She describes how she overcame that fear – by acknowledging and accepting that the fear was a normal function of the brain and over time, embracing that fear.
Fear has kept me from any number of things. A fear of math kept me from pursuing a degree in Economics and a career in finance or banking. A fear of not being a Renoir or a knitting ninja kept me from painting and knitting. And a fear of change kept me stuck in a career that was becoming less and less fulfilling as each day went by. As I look back, I realized that I embraced the fears by accepting that fear is completely normal when I doing something I don’t know how to do – by embracing my inner learner. As a result, I’ve moved from a stifling corporate role to my passion of learning, teaching and coaching, I knit, I paint and I teach Accounting. One thing I’m pledging to put more attention to is my fear of being a duff on the golf course – I’m going to work on embracing that fear this summer.
Curious about you : what fear are you ready to embrace or have you already conquered? How?
This article is a wonderful embodiment of advice I was given in 2004, when I became a General Manager at Philip Morris International. The Region President, one of my best bosses told me “love your people and they will love you back and achieve miracles for the team” I’ve gone out of my way to love “my people” even sometimes it’s the last thing I think they deserve. Almost with exception, the results have been spectacular- for the people, the organization and for me,