Friday, July 1, 2011

web site

Just found a really interesting web site...The Purposeful Leader. Check it out at

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Huge honor

I am feeling hugely fortunate and honored as a woman social worker and leader. I recently found out that I will be the first woman dean at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. What a personal honor and great step for all women social work leaders!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Resource

I've just found a resource that has some interesting materials on leadership. The Journal of Healthcare Leadership is an open access (i.e. free to readers) peer-reviewed journal. It can be found at

Happy reading!

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Leaders work to move systems forward and aim for transformational change. This is great,and results in positive growth; but transitions, even truly positive ones, are hard. One of the big challenges of leadership is to be positive about change while acknowledging the difficulty of transition.

Saturday, May 14, 2011


It seems to me that one of the challenges of leadership is to get change processes moving without doing too much of it oneself. Do too little and you don't build any momentum. Do too much and no one else feels any ownership. Titrating that dichotomy can be tricky...I wonder how others do it?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


"The largest question facing the human race is not when will you learn, but when will you act on what you've already learned." - Neale Donald Walsch

Leadership and action are inextricably intertwined. However, action without thought, and thought in isolation from others, are both meaningless. So leaders need connection, contemplation, and action.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Last week I had a chance to lobby on the Hill for NASW, promoting the Social Work Reinvestment Act. I was surprised at how easy it was...staffers were interested in what I said and I think I actually made a difference. Goes to show you that having passion about your topic can make you a really convincing and engaging speaker.