Some of the powerful lessons of life and leadership I learned from Mr. Bickley:
- Faith - Understanding God is a lifelong process that is never completed, but we should never presume to know the mind of God.
- Unflappability - Steadiness under fire from leaders is a hallmark of the best ones.
- Stewardship - Wanting resources and needing resources are two different things; leaders should be able to tell the difference and exhaustively try to provide for the latter.
- Family - Devotion to family is a sure indicator of the depth of our character.
- Affirmation - Support and recognition for those who are "doing the work" on the front lines of an organization is worth its weight in gold.
- Kindness - Even in the heat of battle/argument/debate, civility and courtesy must prevail (warranted or not).
- Humor - See, and help others see, the humor that underlies almost every human endeavor; life is too painful otherwise.
RIP, Jimmy Bickley. A legion of educators (and the students they serve) are better for having known you and served with you.