A Sense of Occasion

Michael Pawelke | Sep 2, 2013

A critical social and leadership skill is the ability to have “a sense of occasion”. In many ways this competency falls under the categories of situational leadership (the ability to adapt one’s leadership to the need), as well as emotional intelligence (EQ – where we are able to empathize, read the emotions of others, and then respond appropriately). Having “a sense of occasion” means we know how to read environments and occasions.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 states: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Well, today and tomorrow is registration and this is our week of welcome. In this “season”, having “a sense of occasion” means doing everything we can to welcome and assimilate our students. Yes, registration is a carefully thought out process (thank you to all who make this process smooth) – but let’s have fun. Let’s engage parents. Let’s introduce new students to returning students. Let’s roll with a little chaos and laugh off the few bumps along the way. I know today is a statutory holiday, but if you have a chance to briefly walk through Edwards Chapel, do so and offer a welcome to our new and returning students.

Partnering together for a great week of welcome,

Michael