Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
- People who are new to Twitter and haven't even figured out how to put their picture up
- People who are new to Twitter and think that by following everyone and contributing nothing they can create some sort of following for some sort of "get rich quick" scheme
- People who have paid others to tell them who to follow and how to get the biggest audience so that they too can profit by the "get rich quick" route
- People who love to watch TV shows and tweet in real time with their friends (Big shout out to the #criminalmindssb in the #twitterdayroom. Hey!)
- People who actually have something to say that is worth reading
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
I believe that too often we find ourselves doing a myriad of things for a myriad of reasons. "This boss wants that, that client doesn't want this, If we do this thing, it'll make a quick impact, if we force the issue, they won't have a choice..." on and on and on it goes.
In order for something to truly have value to an organization, it must first be aligned to the right principles. In a recent interview, Dr. Stephen R Covey was asked to define principles:
“To expand, a principle is a natural law like gravity. It’s different than a value. Values are subjective; principles are objective. Gravity… if you drop something, gravity controls. If I don’t tell you the truth, you won’t trust me-that’s a natural law."
Natural laws. Objective. Black and White. Interesting in these days of everything being subjective (if you believe the media), that we should be discussing principles. those things that at our core influence the development worthwhile values.
This is not to say the we are perfect in living in concert with our principles day to day. We are human and we make mistakes. I am more concerned with how we strive to live in a way that is true to right principles in both our personal and professional lives.
In our personal lives, i think it is more clear to us the impact of not living in concert with right principles. If we lie to our significant other, the impact is usually very immediate and very painful. So I believe most people are more honest in their personal dealings with the people that matter most to them.
It's the professional lives that are most concerning to me when it comes to people acting in principled ways. It is often easier to gloss over or side-step the true motivations for a change we advocate than to delve into the hard work...finding the root causes and working to eliminate them. Getting to the bottom of the issue, regardless of the pain it might cause, is the right and principled way to go about solving a problem...not going with the easy answer because it will be accepted more readily than the harder right answer.
Back at the Academy, part of the Cadet Prayer was: "Make us to choose the harder right over the easier wrong and never be content with a half truth when the whole can be won."
Simple. Forthright. Honest.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic", delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
I know that my place will never be with those "cold and timid souls."
How about you?
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
- Keep an open mind
- Believe in right principles
- Speak up
- Keep faith with God and Family
- Trust in yourself and your abilities
I will be exploring each of these in future posts as I work through the details in real life. I view the upcoming weeks as an experiment in my ability to exhibit true leadership by trying to understand each of these in context and build something synergistically within my chosen work and my life. Hopefully, there will be things to share with you that may provide help and insight into your struggles as well.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
So...there I was....having endured 6 hours of blistering criticism...tired....down-trodden...and a little bit angry....almost on the verge of self-pity....okay, quickly sinking into self-pity...
You've been there, right? You have just a crappy day, nothing goes right, seems like the deck is stacked against you....you start to doubt yourself and your abilities...you are on the edge of just running as far and as fast as you can...
So what to do? Well, for me, it was a nice steak, a glass of red wine, a Facebook chat with my little girl who is 2400 miles away, and a talk with the one who loves me most...my wife, and a good solid 8 hours of sleep. Good stuff, right?
When you find yourself in the midst of a potential setback, you gotta realize that you are the same great person you were before someone started in on you. You are still the same talented, driven, wonderful individual you were before. Remind yourself of that and get on with setting things to rights.
It's all between your ears.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Happy New Year to all of you!
What promises are you making for the New Year?
It really is a good time to begin anew many things you would like to accomplish. Personally, I committed to finishing what I start. And I plan to start quite a few things this new year!
I wish you all the best and hope to share the starts and finishes of many endeavors here with you this year.