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Reframing Managing Parents and Decisions to Caring for Parents and for One Another, Together

The news is an understandable flutter with parents and teachers upset about the myriad of possibilities of what school will look like when our students need to return in just weeks here in the US.

I’m wondering if schools and school districts might consider ‘caring for parents’ versus ‘managing parents’. I’m wondering what open dialog about cares and concerns look like on all sides and how discussion might unfold by just changing our lexicon.

I’m wondering how all involved could shift partnering by viewing care for one another — administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and all involved for envisioning what the academic year holds. If dialog is only happening on one side and decisions are being passed down then we’re missing the opportunity and message of the times — listening to one another and moving toward solutions together. …


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Framing Our Covid19 Experience for Home + Work

How are we curating our environments at home and at work to allow for our maximum engagement, considering everyone’s needs and continuing to care for ourselves? This is a tricky dance any day of the week, add months of a global health challenge and some reconfiguring and recalibrating is a conversation starter.

As a licensed mental health clinician and a parent, I’m mindful of how I am discussing and living in our current climate in my household. …


What post pandemic visions are you holding and helping to reshape?
What post pandemic visions are you holding and helping to reshape?

Post Virus Vision and Images: What Are Yours?

As someone who prefers strength based approaches to change and who admittedly was finding the pre-covid world exhausting, I’m holding positive images for a postcovid world and what that could look like.

When I think of a day in history that I lived through, that I’ll never forget, it’s September 12, 2001. I remember distinctly how people returned home to be with their families and loved ones and how life slowed, gave way to kindness and everyone saw life through the lens of lives lost and what matters most. As the days unfolded I remember people speaking more gently, yielding to others in traffic and even Hollywood delaying the release of films that may have been considered too violent for the times. …


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Virus Update: System Reboot+Preparing for Launch

This chaotic time is a birthplace for new design thinking. Any organizational leader whether it be a parent, principal, CEO or little league organizer has been given an invitation for a complete recreation.

We have an opportunity to reflect on what was working before, is it still applicable in this current climate and what is applicable in our post virus experience? Will our processes lend themselves for considering each voice?

Where we don’t have knowing, we have discovering. When we ask our stake holders, when we engage our whole system from bottom up, we garner learning together. That is when whole system engagement results in comprehensive transformation and when we continue to function in this way, when we consider this needs to be an ongoing process, we create living containers that cultivate trust and pride in our systems that we co create on an ongoing basis together. …


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Virus Induced Wake Up Call: This is Mission+Vision Critical

This global pause is awe inspiring when I consider that every possible distraction outside of our homes has been removed and inside there are no sports on television and no daily race to the next activity. There are no obstacles to looking into and investigating ourselves and our communities and cultural norms — at home, school, work, play or in general.

I’m not built for the pace we were keeping pre-Covid-19 (and honestly, none of us are) and I’m one of those people who tries to be mindful of our calendar and over scheduling. It seems I’m the least able to keep up. My young sons and their dad have boundless energy. …


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Covid-19 Solution Fatigue + Permission To Be Human

I’ve been leaning into the global pause and managing my own as well as my family’s collective mindset. It’s no small task and a role that’s fluid depending on any one of our fluctuations in managing our emotions in this never before seen experience of our lifetimes.

We’ve settled into distance learning and have carved out our spots for working on our laptops and video conferences. …


This is me standing by a sign promoting a kindness rocks event where families could come and paint their own rocks.
This is me standing by a sign promoting a kindness rocks event where families could come and paint their own rocks.

A Sleuth for the Common Good

When Covid-19 was just making it’s way into the news here in the US just a few weeks ago, I honestly was anxious. Ok, maybe not anxious at first but I was taking note and keeping informed. Each day a little bit more about it crept into the news and globally the impact was building momentum. …


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Why am I Reacting This Way to the Death of Bush 41?

George Herbert Walker Bush passed away last week and the news stories were flooding in across the channels — no matter your political leanings.

I watched and listened to what the anchors were saying on various channels so I could take it in. I noticed my throat was getting tight and I was getting teary. Usually when this happens, I take notice because it means something is shifting inside me and I need to start to ask the questions around what’s happening for me.

I wondered, I didn’t know the man. I empathize that this family has lost both parents in a matter of 7 months and that the holidays will be different for them this year. I remember it was for my family when we lost my parents 4 months apart from one another. While I was happy for them, their loss still weighed heavy on me — especially at the holdiays. It’s been 5 years now and the sting is less. Was that it, I wondered, was that what was triggered for me? Maybe a little. I do know what it feels like to lose your parents so close and I remember distinctly what the holidays felt like even up until last year. …


Employee Engagement: How to Curate Safe Environments

As an Appreciative Inquiry and positive psychology practitioner , Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), wife, and mother, I am interested in the intersection of home, school, work, and play. How aligned are we across these domains of life, and how does that impact our engagement in them?

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In need of translation…

I was driving home from dropping my children off at school when I heard a news report regarding employee engagement at work. It referenced a study conducted by Ultimate Software and The Center for Generational Kinetics. The study posited that employee emotional safety was a huge indicator for employee engagement. …


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Trident Aircraft: Easton, MD Headquarters. Appreciative Inquiry meets an aviation company head on.

For two days at the end of July I had the honor of facilitating SOAR, a strength based paradigm with its origins in Appreciative Inquiry that stands for Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results with the leadership team of Trident Aircraft. The process engages stakeholders of an organization to design solutions together that will move the organization forward.

The solutions and ideas generated took into account what’s called the triple bottom line: people, profit and planet. The leaders of the organization spent two days convening and some meeting for the first time, becoming part of the next chapter for this amazing company that encompasses charter sales, flight training, fuel sales, aircraft management, brokerage and maintenance. They’ve won a five year contract for the US Naval Academy’s Powered Flight Program and are training future Naval aviators. …

About

Andrea Kane Frank, MS, LCPC, CAPP

Wife, mom, Appreciative Inquiry and KINDNESS practitioner who is interested in the intersection of home, school, work and play.

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