Pivot with Perseverance

Pivot with Perseverance

Pivot with Perseverance

Pivot with Perseverance

By: Amanda Kopischke

Pivot with Perseverance is one of Incubate to Innovate’s ChangeMaker Mindsets™. For many of us, we are facing a world that we did not expect.  Anxiety increases as we race to keep up and keep ahead of the game.  Solutions from the past are no longer working in the present. Strengthening adaptive capacity is greatly needed!

The mindset of Pivot with Perseverance asks a critical question: How can I embrace the challenge and opportunity life brings? The power of pivoting while using perseverance allows words, actions, thoughts, and attitudes to work together for good.   

Adaptive capacity is defined by Heifetz, Linksy, and Grashow as “the resilience of people and the capacity of systems to engage in problem-defining and problem-solving work in the midst of adaptive pressures and the resulting disequilibrium.”

I quickly learned that I was abiding in a state of constant frustration in a rapidly changing world and I needed to learn to Pivot with Perseverance.  The deeper transformative work was recognizing that pivoting for me was not the issue.  It was realizing the opportunities I had to pivot where my thought patterns, attitudes, and words could shift in a more positive direction in order to lead more effectively.

Pivoting with Perseverance is beautiful in how it changes your position, strategy, and trajectory, but it does not EVER distract from your overall purpose.

What areas of your life do you need to practice Pivoting with Perseverance?

How can you embrace both the challenges and joys that life brings? 

Are there people in your life that can help you to pivot and persevere? 

Ronald A. Heifetz, Marty Linsky, and Alexander Grashow, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Organizations and the World, Kindle ed. (Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2009) Ioc 4888-89.


The following post was taken from the ChangeMakers for Impact network, a part of Incubate to Innovate, a company that provides educators with best practices, tools, and an online collaborative network to transform teaching and learning experiences and environments using innovation to prepare students with 21st-century skills. To learn more, please click here.

Fall Fest 2019

Fall Fest 2019

Come out and celebrate Fall Fest 2019! There will be a pepfest, sporting events, volleyball tournament, and even the chance to get a FREE Chick-fil-A sandwich.

Fall Fest Schedule (all events are in the p.m. hours)

Thursday, September 19

  • 2:30 p.m.-Pepfest in the gym celebrating fall sports, plus the Staff vs. Students volleyball game
  • 4:15 p.m.-Girls’ Soccer game (at Noble Sports Park)
  • 7 p.m.-Volleyball game (at MCA)

Friday, September 20

  • 7 p.m.-Football game (at Providence Academy)

Tuesday, September 24

  • 5 p.m.-Boys’ Soccer game (at Noble Sports Park)

Info You Should Know:

  • Any student that attends the girls’ soccer game on Thursday, September 19 will receive a coupon to redeem a free Chick-fil-A sandwich at the volleyball game that night!
  • There will be a high school volleyball tournament during the week of Fall Fest. The winner will play the staff at the pepfest on Thursday.
  • Thursday, September 19 will be a Spirit Day. Any student wearing MCA spirit wear will not have to be in dress code!

Breakfast with Brian – Wednesday, Sept. 25

Breakfast with Brian – Wednesday, Sept. 25

The first Breakfast with Brian will be held on Wednesday, September 25 in the Coffee House. Please make note of the new start time of 8:15 a.m.

If you are new to Maranatha, you may be wondering; Who is Brian and why do I want to have breakfast with him? Great question!

Breakfast with Brian (BWB) is a unique opportunity for our parents, grandparents, and friends of the Academy to gather together one morning with the Head of School, Brian Sullivan. During your time together you will hear the latest information and updates about Maranatha. In addition, every BWB will have a special guest speaker that will offer special insight to a variety of topics including, parenting, mental health, relationships, and more.

As an added bonus, every guest will be treated to a free cup of coffee and a breakfast item from The Coffee House!

You will not want to miss out on this special time together.

Meet Maranatha – Wednesday, September 25

Meet Maranatha – Wednesday, September 25

Since when has the way things have always been done a good enough reason to keep doing them? At Maranatha Christian Academy, we’re not afraid of standing for something different—and, well, maybe that’s exactly what makes all the difference. Here, excellence is measured not only by the obligatory test scores and sky-high academic standards, but by the unquantifiable. Curiosity. Perseverance. Faith. We’ve built a place where our students can learn from themselves, each other and all of us, a place where failure is embraced and big questions serve as a golden opportunity for teachers to show wide-eyed minds where to look, but not what to see. If this sounds like a distinctly fresh, particularly intentional approach that’s not at all what you thought about school, then we’ve reached our passing grade. Because that’s precisely the whole point.

We invite you to learn more about Maranatha Christian Academy and its innovative approach to education at our Meet Maranatha event on Wedensday, September 25 at 9:30 a.m. You will be invited to have a cup of coffee with our Head of School followed by a tour of the school by our Principals. This is a wonderful way to see the Academy in action and learn if the school is a good fit for your student.