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Leadership & Character | Pound Ridge, NY

Group photo from the C2C in Pound Ridge, NY on November 16, 2018

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Pound Ridge, NY on November 16, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Character and Leadership can be seen in many different situations from professional settings, personal experiences/relationships, or seen from afar. Regardless of where it is present, the same traits are seen throughout.
  • We spoke about selflessness and possessing a team mentality
  • We agreed that the connection between Wake alumni is special – “Wake helps Wake”

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Leadership & Character | Sarasota, FL

Group photo from the C2C in Sarasota, FL on November 16, 2018

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Sarasota, FL on November 16, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Character is often shown in the worst of times.
  • Character is doing what’s right when no one is looking or when it isn’t popular.
  • Helping our fellow man/woman and putting others before self is a sign of character.
  • We heard stories of children, bosses, parents, and even ducklings. Character shows up in the small things we do and has a large impact on others we lead. We asked ourselves, “how do you create opportunities to model exemplary character?”

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Leadership & Character | Winston-Salem, NC

Group photo from the C2C in Winston Salem, NC on November 14, 2018

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Winston-Salem, NC on November 14, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We discussed how we have all seen character in our younger generations. Children always have something to teach us.
  • Character and Leadership can be defined as not following the beat of everyone else and the willingness to help others no matter who they are.
  • We need civility with those around us and fully understand that everyone is human and has something to bring to the table. We never know what is going on with the person next to us so we need to show compassion and understanding.
  • We should be transparent with our own self and think about “reading backward”.
  • There is more good in this world than the opposite; we are all alike in some way; appreciate what you see everyday; let’s take the next step and continue the conversation.

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Career Development | Winston-Salem, NC

Group photo from the C2C in Winston-Salem, NC on November 14, 2018

A group of Wake Forest Staff members gathered over lunch on November 14, 2018 to discuss Career Development.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • We each shared the story of our first job and discussed the insights and lessons we gained from that experience. We spoke about the things we carry with us from those experiences and the things we have decided to leave behind. We found many common threads between our stories and felt more connected to people we had either just met or didn’t know very well beforehand.
  • Many of us shared stories about learning to work with and gaining perspective from people who are different from ourselves – whether the diversity was in age, gender, background or thought.
  • We discussed the advantages of being adaptable but decided that holding true to your values was essential.
  • We talked about taking initiative and exercising an inner drive to prove yourself – taking pride in your work and using it as a way to discover and cultivate your true self.
  • We agreed that skills are transferable and that the relationships you foster within your work environment are incredibly important. We all found value in the time spent together to learn more about each other and many of us expressed that we will continue to search out this type of connection with others.

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Leadership & Character | Aurora, CO

A group of Wake Foresters gathered over dinner in Aurora, CO on November 13, 2018 to discuss Leadership & Character.

Overview and highlights of our Call to Conversation:

  • Much was discussed about small acts of character done consistently over time. “It’s all about the small acts – just do something.” It is the emblematic small acts that accumulate to the big moments.
  • Character can be interchanged with integrity. What would make me a better person? Bravery and kind little acts. It comes down to how you treat people every day. How you stand up when no one else will. We discussed grit being a key word – having the grit to do this consistently.
  • We can be humbled by the exhibition of character in others. How often do we look at the virtue of others, and learn from it? Does what we are defining as character need a model?
  • There are more people beyond good and bad people. Point of view is key. People with good character are not immune to the decision process about doing the right thing.
  • It is the truthfulness of the actions that count. Character is the undertone of someone we admire. There is an inherent kindness in the people in the stories we shared. It is the inclusivity of kindness to others. You exhibit the behavior you want to see in others. It is all about becoming better humans.

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