Being Thankful is a Virtue


By Linda Fisher Thornton

Cicero’s quote reminds us that if we want to act on the important virtues that create a just society, we must first see the world with a thankful heart. 

Why is seeing the world with a thankful heart so important?

It helps us think beyond ourselves.

It keeps us aware of the good that others do for us.

It helps us consider our wants and needs with an attitude of plenty.

Today, may you go about your appointed rounds with a thankful heart. 

If you want to learn more about how thankfulness can be transformational, Jeff Haden shares 40 Inspiring Motivational Quotes About Gratitude with us at


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Webinar “Leading For the Future”


By Linda Fisher Thornton

Many leaders wonder how to prepare for an uncertain future – one that is filled with complexity, changing expectations and an increasing global awareness about ethical responsibility.

On October 13, 2015 I will be presenting a webinar for CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association For Human Resources) that explores strategies for helping leaders and organizations prepare. Below is a description of the Webinar and a link for registering to attend. 

“Leading For the Future: Responding to Increasing Ethical Expectations”

Expectations for responsible leadership are increasing, and any ethical mistakes can be highly visible on social media. University administrators and faculty members must adapt to this new high-visibility environment, and HR can help through leadership development programs and by having an understanding of what it takes to sustain an ethical culture. 

During this webinar, you’ll hear about trends in ethical leadership and gain an awareness of the level of ethical leadership that is expected in a global society. You’ll get an introduction to the 7 Lenses® model — a kaleidoscopic view of ethical leadership described in Linda Fisher Thornton’s book 7 Lenses. You will learn about ethical culture as a human performance system aligned around positive ethical values. You’ll also walk away with practical strategies for building a proactive ethical culture and helping your institution’s leaders stay ahead of increasing ethical expectations.

Presenter: Linda Fisher Thornton

Chief Executive Officer, Leading in Context LLC and

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Richmond SPCS

I hope you’ll join me to learn more about how to prepare for the future of leadership. You can register for the free webinar at this link: CUPA-HR Leading For The Future Webcast.


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Future of Learning 2011

Learner-Directed Learning

In today’s complex, connected global society, people prefer to learn in their own ways, at their own pace, using the resources they choose. They enjoy following their curiosity and creating their own meaning. Adapting to this learner-directed style of learning is creating an ongoing challenge for leaders and organizations.

The Networked Workplace of the Future

In “10 Principles for the Future of Learning” on the Ecology of Education Blog, Jason Flom describes a picture of connected, networked learning that  is decentralized and self-directed and has no “expert” authority at the helm.

According to Dr. Miriam Leis, Foresight Researcher, in “The Future of Learning 2030”  we are dealing with changes that include:

  • The decreasing half-life of knowledge
  • (Need for) growing interdisciplinarity
  • Rising life expectancy
  • Growing complexity and expectations
Engaging the Networked Learner

Self-directed, networked learning is inherently engaging. Networked learners already know how to find information fast and they have little patience with dull educational experiences.  Corporate learning has to engage learners at that level, too, in order for them to see the value in the experience.

In this evolving “Learning Future” we will need to embrace the technology, social media and collaboration needed in today’s global society, give up any thought that we “know” a subject and focus on how to engage the already networked learner.

Leaders Adapt First, Then Help Others

To lead responsibly, we need to understand and approach learning at multiple levels:

Level 1: Adapting to Changes

As leaders we are responsible for continual learning and adaptation as the world around us changes.

Level 2: Helping Those We Lead Adapt to Changes

As leaders, we must model continuous learning and adaptation, and coach others as they need help adapting to change.

Level 3: Helping Our Organizations Adapt and Learn

As we adapt and support the learning of others, we help our organizations stay current and relevant as times change.

Questions for Reflection

  1. How will I stay adaptable so that I can support the learning of others?
  2. How will I need to change my thinking?
  3. What will I need to start doing?
  4. What will I need to stop doing?
  5. How will I need to change how I lead in order to respond to the evolving future of learning?
  6. What fears will I need to put aside to succeed in this new learning environment?


For more, see new book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?

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