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    Wendy Cain
    Adventurer
    @wendycain

    My name is: Wendy Cain.  I live in Knoxville, Tennessee but will always call West Virginia “home”

    I teach:  A variety of leadership development topics.  My primary network are members and leaders in Lions Clubs International (LCI), the world’s largest service club organization.  I have taught throughout North America and a couple times internationally.  Although the topics apply broadly, I have been active in volunteer organizations my whole life (4-H as a youth, service fraternity in college, and 20+ years as a Lions member/leader as an adult), and really want to build a community for these change agents to come together.

    Why I signed up for The Great eCourse Adventure:  I have a concept for a site “Leadership Library” to serve this target audience, however I have not pulled the trigger and implemented.  I’m hoping the step-by-step and accountability of GEA will help me get off the fence!

    What kind of e-course I want to create:  Leadership development that focuses on bite-size and actionable steps over time.  You don’t become a better leader by going to a leadership conference, but by actually decided you’re going to do something different.  It’s the little things done consistently.

    What makes me come most alive is:

    • Connecting with others who are passionate about making a difference in the world
    • Hearing from someone who was touched by my message or learned something from our interaction
    • Helping volunteers and/or non-profits become more efficient/effective to better serve their cause

    What else:

    I am an engineer by training; very logical and analytical.  I am generally “all about the content” and expect creativity will be a challenge for me in this process.  However, I’m also convinced that the variety is needed to engage those who are participating to actually act on the material and see the results I know are possible. . . rather than just consume the next great idea.  I feel good that this program and the wonderfully supportive community will help with those weak spots.

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    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Welcome to the mountain Wendy. What a gift to have you and all of your experience here around the campfire.

    I am thrilled that we get to be the ones to support you up this mountain and bring your vision to life. No doubt, we need more true-hearted, effective leaders in the world who are dedicated to making a positive difference.

    I’m really excited to help you take your ideas and processes and turn them into a creative, engaging experience for all your future students.

    Let us know if you have any questions at all.

    We’re ALL here to support you (all the way up to Launch Summit)!

    #29756

    Deanna Gibbons
    Adventurer
    @teenlaunchacademy

    Welcome to the mountain Wendy.

    Creativity will kick in as you start trekking up the mountain, I assure you. And we are all here to help support you and your journey in bringing your “thing” to life!

    #29811

    Andy Freist
    Mountain Guide
    @andyfreist

    Welcome Wendy!

    Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself 🙂

    We will indeed do our best to give you the firm yet gentle nudge to create a course you’ll truly be proud of!

    I am definitely looking forward to test driving your course, as leadership is a big part of my life.

    Glad you’re with us!

    ~Andy

    #29813

    Andy Freist
    Mountain Guide
    @andyfreist

    Welcome Wendy!

    Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourself 🙂

    We will indeed do our best to give you the firm yet gentle nudge to create a course you’ll truly be proud of!

    I am definitely looking forward to test driving your course, as leadership is a big part of my life.

    Glad you’re with us!

    ~Andy

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    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    How you been doing Wendy? Curious how high up the mountain you’ve made it and where you need support?

    #30548

    Wendy Cain
    Adventurer
    @wendycain

    Hi Bradley.   I’ve been off the mountain for the last couple weeks (part of my schedule), as I was on the planning team for a leadership conference for nearly 2,000 people!   It was a great success, and I’m nearly recovered to get back to work on my course.

    #30550

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Awesome to hear Wendy. Congratulations on the successful event. 2000! Must’ve been a huge undertaking and project.

    What were some of the top lessons or takeaways from the experience that you think could be beneficial to other people wanting to plan events?

     

    #30595

    Andy Freist
    Mountain Guide
    @andyfreist

    Awesome Wendy!

    Glad to hear it was a big success 🙂

    Would love to hear about your biggest lessons from the experience as well!

    ~Andy

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    Judy Brenneman
    Adventurer
    @judyb

    Hi, Wendy –

    Glad to read your intro and update–and wanted to add my two cents re: creativity. “logical and analytical” is *not* the opposite of “creative.” Your thinking style might not fit into some of the popular definitions of creative, but you are human and you are, therefore creative. Add to that your experience as a trainer (and understanding your audience, which you clearly do), and *wham*! Creativity galore 🙂

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    Wendy Cain
    Adventurer
    @wendycain

    Thanks, Judy!  Great point that logical and analytical is not the opposite of creative 🙂  I tend to think of creative in the artistic sense, rather than innovative and imaginative.  The latter more often applies to me, so I should shift my thinking and celebrate that!

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    Tree Franklyn
    Adventurer
    @tree

    Welcome Wendy! I completely agree with Judy above! 😀

    Innovation + imagination + logic + analytics = a great blend of colors!  Doesn’t have to be one or the other, black or white. This is a great combination for creativity.

    Looking forward to our climb together.

     

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    Bobbie Jo Van Den Plas
    Adventurer
    @bobbiejo

    Hi Wendy! I love this:

    ..really want to build a community for these change agents to come together.

    What kind of e-course I want to create: Leadership development that focuses on bite-size and actionable steps over time. You don’t become a better leader by going to a leadership conference, but by actually decided you’re going to do something different. It’s the little things done consistently.

    Awesome!!! Super excited to see your vision come to life!! 😀

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    Laura Koller
    Adventurer
    @laurakoller

    Welcome Wendy!

    I can feel that logical, analytical vibe from your introduction.  What a wealth of knowledge and experience you must have!

    Like the others who have spoken before me, though, I agree that logic and creativity need not be separate beasts.  According to Steve Jobs, “Creativity is just connecting things.”  It’s about noticing relationships between things that others haven’t seen before.  With your background, it’s likely you already have some creative approaches to your topic – things that you noticed that are now obvious to you, but entirely novel to someone else.

    I look forward to seeing what you will create.  I’m so intimidated to look up the mountain right now, and I know I’m going to need all kinds of guidance in moving forward on this project.  But it’s those bite-sized steps that make all the difference moving forward.  That’s what I’m telling myself right now, anyway!!!

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