John Maxwell Leadership Reflection


Something that really stood out to me thought watching John Maxwells The 360° Leader videos was the myths he talked about. One is specific is “The Potential Myth” (Maxwell,2013), because in the past I have believed it to be true. In fact, I think I have even argued it was true in many scenarios. In the past I can say that I bought into the Myth quite heavily, I struggled with understanding that I could still further my leadership skills without being at the top. “The Potential Myth” (Maxwell,2013) sounds like a reasonable thing to buy into until you hear Maxwell’s definition of their thinking. “I can’t lead if I’m not at the top” (Maxwell,2013). The quote confused me quite a lot when I first heard it, maybe just because Maxwell lead with only that sentence. Later, he goes on to describe what he meant, “leadership is a choice you make not a place you sit.” (Maxwell,2013) I don’t think anyone could have said it better. Though there are literal jobs you can be hired to do as a leader it doesn’t just make you a leader. Having a title doesn’t make you good at the job. There are different attributes you need to obtain in unorder to be a leader no matter what pedestal you are put on, so whether you’re at the “bottom” or the “top” of anything it doesn’t make you a leader until you are a Leader.


“The Freedom Myth” (Maxwell,2013) is another myth that stood out to me. The myth pretty much states that once you are at the “top” in your business that you no longer have restrictions. In the note package, there is a diagram explaining why this is not true. As you go climb higher on this scale, you gain more responsibility and fewer rights in the operation. If you are a customer, you are pretty much the opposite, with more rights and almost no responsibility in the operation. Though the “top” may sound like the easiest job, with it is responsibilities you’ll want to consider if that’s really what you want. You may not be fit to be that kind of leader as well. Being given more responsibility is more time-consuming and, in this position, you have less flexibility in your decisions. People often are mistaken that you can not lead from the middle either, that is not necessarily true. Many assistances do more leading than a CEO, delivering carrying messages, arranging schedules, and passing on messages. The CEO is often caught up in responsibilities and more written work where the assistance is often more person-to-person. I think that this plays into the “The Freedom Myth” (Maxwell,2013) because the assistant is not at the top but still has leadership and has more freedoms than the CEO.  The assistance also has less pressure more often than the CEO of the company because everything does not fall tho their shoulders.


Be a friend. This policy I could not agree more with. It is not saying suck up to the leader, never should you do that. It means to be a friend to your leader. “A be a true friend hear and understand when you share your deepest feelings. He supports you when you are struggling; he corrects you, gently and with love, when err; and he forgives you when you fail. A true friend prods you to personal growth, stretches you to your full potential. And most amazing of all, he celebrates your success as if they were his own.”(Maxwell,2013). This definition of friendship to your leader is perfect. I don’t agree with the pronouns used, but I agree with the concept. the last line, “And most amazing of all, he celebrates your success as if they were his own.”(Maxwell,2013) relates most to being a friend to your leader. If your leader is doing their job even remotely right, inspiring and motivating their coworkers, then their success is yours. Being in a group setting in the first place, everything is shared. your ups and downs in the operation are shared and affect all, so you might as well do it as a friend. Everything works best with a friend of others and that is exactly what a leader needs. As a leader, you are looking to grow, and having that person be there to support and critique, gently and supportively, is what a growing leader needs. Next time you are in a group with a leader, be a friend.

Learning Center: Jane Goodall

Welcome to my learning center about Jane Goodall. After going through my VR exhibit please take the time to comment on my blog.

Please start by clicking the door then move on to pressing play at the bottom of the exhibit.

If you want to learn more click here and it will take you to the Jane Goodall Institute’s page.

“We can have a world of peace. We can move toward a world where we live in harmony with nature. Where we live in harmony with each other. No matter what nation we come from. No matter what our religion. No matter what our culture. This is where we’re moving towards.”

– Dr. Jane Goodall’s message for #peaceday.

Interview reflection

Unfortunately, this year I was not able to obtain an eminent interview with anyone. I sent about three emails to different experts and received only one reply. The JGIC team sent me an email reply, stating “our team is busy at the moment and hard to get a zoom meeting with their approaching deadlines. Can you perhaps send an email with a list of your questions and we can respond via email!” To follow up I sent them a reply thanking them for getting back to me and sent them a document with the questions on it. I gave them about a week and a half before following up with a respectful reminder email, this is the point that I think I could have made the decision to find a different interviewee. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to make that choice and waited till three days before the deadline to send another reminder email. It was quite a struggle as well because they did reply confirming they could do the email interview and I had put too much confidence in the one interview. In the future, I would set deadlines for myself to make sure that I know when I need to seek out a different interviewee. I was very frustrated when they didn’t reply to my follow-up emails, but they did say that their deadlines were coming up so I should have originally confirmed that they guaranteed could have it done by the due date.

– Ellie Johnson

Practice Interview Reflection

Practice Interview Reflection
– Ellie Johnson

Having a chance to participate in practice interviews has given me a great opportunity to reflect on my previous skills. It allowed me to critique how in the past I have interviewed people. Interviewing was not taught throughout my middle school years, and I’ve only ever had a chance to practice being the interviewee. I appreciated the feedback I got from my evaluator. They caught things that I wouldn’t have seen, such as elaborating on my questions to get more detail from my interviewee. This feedback could help me in the future, especially in any future interviews I do to get the most out of it. I could use this feedback to strengthen my interviewing skills. I also thought that I could work on my introduction to improve my interviewees understanding of TALONS. There were times I felt that I could summarize a bit more on what TALONS is about to keep it brief. I tried to stretch out the introduction and head back to the feedback my evaluator gave me, the interview is meant to learn more about the interviewee. I struggled with understanding how my interviewee was answering my questions, I felt that I needed them to elaborate on their answers and give me more content. I struggled with asking follow-up questions because they wouldn’t go off course from their first answer. They would stick with their short answers from previous questions and not give me much to go off. Part of this confusion however was also because I didn’t have the interview knowledge to ask specific questions and left them with broader wide-open questions. This made it difficult for both of us to work as an interviewer and interviewees.

Commenting Reflection Gr.9

Reflection on commenting

During the commenting phase, it gave me a great opportunity to learn more, not just about their eminent pick, but about different writing styles, organization, and the visual aspect. I learned from reading others’ posts, one of which would be the visual aspect of the blog itself. I left my blog relatively basic but seeing others inspired me to change and individualize my blog. I found that including pictures in their blogs made me want to keep reading. I also saw the difference in writing styles, the differences in the righting made it seem like ‘their own’ writing stiles. You could see the individuality in the way it was written. Through commenting I did struggle with finding criticism and I didn’t want to negatively affect their self-esteem. I struggled with commenting critique that I needed myself as well. Though this may have been a struggle I also could find some constructive criticism for myself. It helped me Identify the positives and negatives in my writing, and allowed me to improve my blog.

Jane Goodall Eminent post

Jane Goodall has always been my role model, pursuing her dreams, and inspiring others. Ever since I was A kid, I’ve always looked up to Goodall. For my six birthdays, I got a graphic novel biography about her life, and what a huge impact she has made. She has always been my role model, succeeding in a scientific world largely dominated by men. Starting at a young age, Jane pictured a life living in the jungle. She dreamed of a life with her stuffed chimpanzee, named Jubilee. Her mother was her supporter’s biggest supporter in this dream. “If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.” That was what janes mother would say. Though she struggled to start and pursue that dream in the start, she never faltered, taking all opportunities with open arms and every risk. Although it did take time to get to her dream. Jane faced many obstacles, such as the cost. not have the money to pay for college, nor to pay for her tuition to go to Africa. She worked countless hours for a full year before she ended up making enough to catch a ferry ride all the way to Africa. She ended up making groundbreaking discoveries within her field of study as a primatologist. She has found similarities between humans and apes, giving us a whole new perspective on the world we live in. Jane never gave up, every high and low of her life. I’ve always admired her for that, as well as her passion for animals. I’ve always wanted to pursue, job Submerged with animals. That’s why I’ve always wanted to be a vet, and hearing Jane’s story, all the ups, and downs have always supported my dreams. She has always been a determined, outgoing, and passionate learner. Jane is extremely brave, taking risks not only for herself but for so many others. She never on her dream, never faltered on knowing where she should be. I’ve always aspired to have qualities like her, as she believes everyone has an impact. Speaking of impact, I think that Jane will never really be forgotten, She changed the world’s perspective on science. Finding similarities between humans and apes is what got us starting to think that we are so similar to them. Jane Goodall has always been a memorable person from the day she started her research, placing a building block that she made into a tower.

Jane Goodall foundation

A goal that I have for my upcoming research is to learn a bit more about the modern Jane Goodall.

Digital Footprint Assignment

1. How might your digital footprint affect your future opportunities? Give at least two examples.

Everything that is in your digital footprint can affect your future, such as your job opportunities in the future. if your footprint contains irresponsible behavior it sets an example to your interviewer giving you a less likely chance to obtain the job. It can also affect personal relationships with family, friends, and peers.

2. Describe at least three strategies that you can use to keep your digital footprint appropriate and safe.

  1. Keep your personal info of the internet.
  2. consider your audience and who could see it.
  3. use a  identity protection service to keep personal information safe.

3. If you could go back in time, is there anything that you would do differently online? Think of what advice you would pass on to your younger self or other students.

There isn’t anything that I would do differently online. Some advise to a younger me would be keep a private account on socialmidia.

Training Post

You are now going to create your very first post. In a separate tab or browser window, go to your Dashboard on the left and go to  Posts -> Add New.

1) Title – Create a title for your blog post. Your title will be: Digital Footprint Assignment

2) Body – This is where you place your content of the post – text, videos, pictures, etc. Follow the instructions on the Digital Footprint Assignment page to see what questions you need to answer here.

3) Tool Bar – In your toolbar you can “Add Media” and “Add Documents” into your posts, this is the best way to create visual representations. You can also change fonts, hyperlink, etc.

4) Publish – Here is where you control what items are public and private. You can also control when they are published to your website.

5) Categories – Here is where you choose where you want your post to go. This is your digital binder with all of your subjects. Make sure to categorize each post with the relevant subject. E.g. Categories -> English

6) Tags –  Here is where you tag posts with one or two of the most readily applicable Core Competencies. These tags can help you find things quicker on your blog and help you stay organised. E.g. Tag -> creativethinking

7) Publish – When you are done, simply “Publish” it. If it has been edited, press “Republish” to update with the latest version of the content.