Leadership + Communication = Influence?

Throughout my career, I have sat on several team projects. Team projects usually have a defined leader with an official title of responsibilities and duties. Then, there is the unofficial leader with no title and responsibilities that seem to merge among the group. What is the defined skill between assigned leaders and natural leadership? Continue reading


Elf Motivation 101: Insights from Santa!

Photo credit: Axente Ovidiu, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The count down begins.  Santa’s checking the list twice.  He’s finding out who has been naught or nice?  Sounds familiar?  How does the big man in the red suite keep everything going smooth in this chaotic holiday season?  Think of all the Elves, Ms. Claus, 8 Reindeer, and one special Reindeer (Rudolph), how do you keep them all working together?

Santa, being the person that he is, must have exceptional interpersonal skills.  I often wonder how he manages to find each Elf’s strength and utilize this in the workshop. Continue reading

Leadership Lessons from DIY Insulation Install

Leadership, one topic that Americans have learned to not take for granted.  I’m still amazed at the gridlock that occurs in our political system – but that’s a different topic for a different day.  While playing around in my music storage room migrating the unit to be more climate controlled, my weekend was spent installing over 500 sq ft of insulation.  It has been a few years since my hands have been on power tools.  Going through the process I realized several similarities of what it takes to get a small project like this completed to what it takes to be a good leader. Continue reading

Redefining Leadership & Management 2.0: What must it include?

Photo Credit: Ulrik De Wachter

Over a very long weekend that I am “suppose to be resting”, I have spent my time contemplating the coin phrase of “2.0” that is being utilized especially in the tech world.  Can it really apply to management and leadership after all the crisis and disasters we have seen globally?  As I sat around to hear the official word on CEO Tony Hayward resigning from BP, I initially think back to all the Greek philosophy and research Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle performed during their time in looking at politics, people, and community as organisms instead of machines. You have to say, they did have some type of impact during Alexander the Great’s rule!   Continue reading

7 Reasons Why Rejection in the Job Market Is a Good Thing!!

Over the course of my employable life (that being two decades – no I’m not really that old, just started young), I have had been employed in many different fields ranging from retail/business sales, tourism, manufacturing, lodging, post secondary higher learning institutions, banking, and the service industry (I think that covers most).  I have been reading several different blogs and other informative documents on how to land the idea job, beef up the resume, and give the stellar interview.  Well, that helps, but what I want to note is not really for the faint of heart (or sometimes even my own heart).  Being a person of reflection and hindsight, there has been seven different areas of insight that I have personally experienced in my employable life that determines if I land the job or not.  Being rejected for a job or interview is the only true life refining process that will work.  It’s a priceless experience that is free and is open to everyone and is non-discriminatory.   Continue reading