Five days later, I’m still recovering. Black Friday or should it be called Zombie Day (as a friend of mine already called the local shopping zone Zombie Land). From the fighting in the isles, waiting in the frigid cold, to the checkout lane that never moved – I decided to attempt Black Friday again. At 4am, I’m beyond loony – not realizing at 9am, I’m to be in the kitchen cooking Thanksgiving Dinner as my immediate family celebrated Thanksgiving on Friday of this year. Continue reading
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
What requires you to make change in your life? Is it a friend willing to go down the journey of change with you? Is it a friend willing to nudge you or drop kick you in the rear if you don’t make change you keep talking about?
It’s obvious change is a fact of life. If you have not figured that one one, please let me know what planet you are living on as I would like to join you. Why do we change? Is it to make our lives better? Improve the lives of others? Personal gain? Self-development? Have a lasting impact on others?
For me, change has been away of life as I have lost count of the significant life changes in the past 12 years Continue reading
It’s Saturday night and I’m wondering if my phone this time will update correctly with the time change that is about to occur in my area. I sit and think about my office and the new music studio hobby room, thinking about needing heavenly intervention to organized the two rooms – especially before tax season with having two side partnerships.
Day 10 is quickly approaching from where I had my tonsils and adnoieds yanked out (well the first few days that’s what it felt like). Amazing what the human mind will dwell on when all you can do is sit, sleep, and stare out the window.
As I’ve been winding down 2011 and preparing for 2012, I have spent a lot of time looking at the object in the mirror, me. It is so easy to distort the image to be what we think it should be, but the mirror never lies.
Well these days, I think I’m changing up how I do blog posts and focus on content vs format.
To speak of change, it seems that every class and seminar that I have been to lately focus on change and human behavior (including my present graduate class).
The central theme is that we can’t change people. The change has to come within. Ironically, I laugh at this when I see Corporate America trying to change people to fit the idea “corporate” associate instead of just working with who they have. Guidelines, maybe we need a few, but just how many guidelines are required before you loose personal identities that lead towards shutting down creativity and then loosing your chance at the latest invention, solving your budget crisis, taking your organization to the next level?
The next time you like to change someone, think twice. Think rather, how may I use their uniqueness? If behavior is still an issue, have some emotional intelligence to confront and manage the situation. That associate turn around may become your highest performer.
Until next time, enjoy the season change,
Wow, when the train starts rolling, it doesn’t stop! That is so true for my own personal life and probably true for many of us. This summer was a pivital change in my life as I enrolled in to a regional unversity’s Masters in Education with a focus in Human Resource Development program (aka, now known as Human Performance Improvement). Shall we not forget I am working on my project management certification as well. In the midst of this, a couple of hobbies that I have in music and digital photography are beginning to turn in to side business adventures – yes, I’m investigating certificaiton classes for them as well. (We will not even count my normal day job that is funding all this). This almost reminds me of my junior and senior year of college being heavily involved in campus leadership activities and some how graduated without going insane. Sleep? Who needs it right? Continue reading