The challenge of staying true to one’s priorities in a connected world

Dennis Sparks In a recent blog post Chris Wejr described the challenges of staying true to one’s priorities while living in a digitally-connected world. I encourage you to read his thoughtful post.

Here’s the comment I made on his post:

I really appreciate what you’ve said here, Chris, particularly the significance of having a clear focus based on what’s most important to you. 

I’m sure that most of your readers have struggled with being fully present with the people in front of them given the countless opportunities we have to be connected to a much broader world. 

Such “presence” requires both claritiy of intention and a clear explicit philosophy about what to include and exclude in the digital world, which is the subject of my blog post today.

In addition, it requires that we have the discipline you displayed to eliminate apps (and devices) that diminish the quality of our relationships and of our personal and professional lives.

2 Responses to “The challenge of staying true to one’s priorities in a connected world”


  1. 1 Jane Kise (@JaneKise) September 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Everything about leadership requires being intentional. In fact in our coaching of candidates for a leadership development, we discuss how managers are often overwhelmed with work. Leaders, though, have time for conversation and reflection because they’ve got their priorities straight…

    • 2 Dennis Sparks September 24, 2013 at 6:36 am

      I appreciate your comment, Jane. Intentionality is essential, as is the emotional and social intelligence to manage ourselves and to work effectively with others to achieve those things that are important to us and to the school community.


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