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7 Questions with Guy Higashi

Name: Guy Higashi

Current title: Director, Online and Graduate Programs

Current organisation: New Hope Christian College

Served as President of Pacific Rim Christian College Hawaii and New Hope Christian College. Guy was the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Formational Leadership with Lancaster Bible College and Capital Seminary. He continues with work with LBC/Capital but is currently the Director of Online and Graduate Programs at New Hope Christian College.

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader in the education sector?

Sustainability of a small Christian College

2. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I wake up at 5 am to exercise, do my daily devotions in the Bible. I read a book and eat breakfast at 6:30. Then chores before leaving for work at 7:30. Work at the college from 8-4. Try to get admin meetings in the morning and early afternoon when I’m at my best. Have dinner at 5 pm. Come back to the college for evening activities if they are going on. Go to sleep before 9 pm.

3. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

Learn to run in “your lane.” Find the place in Leadership where you can contribute the most and find joy.

4. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

“Mission Drift” by Greer and Horst. It documented compelling stories about how organizations have drifted off their mission and offers insights on how to remain mission true.

5. How do you find and keep great leaders in the education sector?

Find those with the DNA of the organizational culture and empower them to contribute to the organizations well being based upon who they are

6. What's most important as a leader in the education sector for developing a culture of wellbeing in your staff and students?

A balance between having a culture of “debriefing with hands off the table”, celebrating wins, and giving people permission to experiment and take risks. To have a bias for action and to be proactive rather than reactive.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader in the education sector so far?

I love graduation! I enjoy seeing a student walk across the stage to receive their diploma remembering where they were when they first arrived on campus and to see where they are today!