Networks and Communities of Practice

I just read a blog post from the Leadership Learning Community entitled: Networks and Communities of Practice: What is the difference? The article starts stating that those terms are used interchangeably. I have used “knowledge communities” and “learning communities” to represent “community”, which is what really matters to me. A group of people with similar …

Germán Dehesa

Sorry about the post in Spanish. (But what a wonderful opportunity to learn a new language, eh?) Ayer falleció Germán Dehesa. Me dolió saber que tenía cáncer, me dolió aun más saber que murió. Aunque a veces me hacía enojar con algunos de sus comentarios de La Gaceta del Ángel, le tenía cariño, su columna …

Talking about systems

I have been writing a lot at Deliberate Practice but haven’t had a chance to add more ideas to this space, mostly because I have been in “waiting mode”. Waiting for inspiration to write about my future academic work and waiting to hear about my application to the University of Victoria.  I was accepted to …

Applying to grad school

Applying to grad school took so much energy! The process was quite different when I applied to grad school at Monterrey Tech in 2002. I remember filling in the application and writing -on the spot- a statement of purpose. I don’t remember if I had to submit letters of reference or just the contact info …

Concept Dissection

I’m taking the How to Write a Research Paper course at Continuing Studies . The instructor, Tina Villella has been really helpful in pushing me to write in a more concise and specific way.  We are analyzing the paragraph that I wrote months ago: “Create a model of  leadership development that focuses on the  interconnections …

At the end of my study I would like to…

I’ve been thinking about writing a paragraph that completes the statement above; however I’d like to start by analyzing how my perception and knowledge of leadership have evolved. According to Komives et al., the development of leadership identity starts with the awareness of the existance of leaders or figures of authority (the president, a school …

A snapshot of an ambivalent mind

A while ago I had a moment of inspiration and wrote the following on a scrap piece of paper: Together we are stronger than we are alone -Boal Ideas for research: Social Innovation Systems Thinking Theatre-arts Action-research Communities in Mexico Purpose: Motivate to action/change Empowerment Being able to act/understand To see what is missing from …

Starting Point

On May 2008, Susan Komives -one of the most recognized leadership scholars and a woman that I truly admire- encouraged me to pursue a Ph.D.  Months later, a series of events unfolded and I noticed that my dreams and intentions had started to take an unprecedented shape. The Learning Democracy by Doing Conference -Alternative Practices …