Lovers & Haters

“To escape criticism… do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.”~ Elbert Hubbard As a creator of any kind of content, the middle-ground is the dead zone. Getting lovers gets you haters. For the same reasons that you cause some to “love” you and what you do, you’re necessarily going to cause some to “hate” you and whatContinue reading “Lovers & Haters”

Eighty-Three

83 From a social psychological perspective, group participation is an interesting thing to watch, or not watch in many cases. I say not watch, because most people DON’T actually participate in group settings (or participate very little). They don’t engage, or even so much as display appropriate non-verbal communication letting the speaker know they’re withContinue reading “Eighty-Three”

Feel the Shake

You’ve been there: obsessing about that very important meeting, or event, or opportunity that’s coming up very soon. You’re looking forward to it, but you’re worried about it, and possibly dreading it at the same time. You can feel the tension mounting the more you think about it. You feel all alone in your anxiety.Continue reading “Feel the Shake”

Seventy-Eight

78 Core competencies. Any individual or organization that is not primarily focused on executing their core competencies is suffering significantly. Their effectiveness is compromised. Their productivity is diluted. We all need to be doing the stuff we’re best at doing, and little else, to maximize personal and professional growth. We need to do this for ourselvesContinue reading “Seventy-Eight”

Seventy-Seven

77 There’s lots of stuff out there on what leadership IS. Good stuff, but to truly understand sound matters, it’s also important to recognize contrasts. Here’s what leadership ISN’T: Leadership isn’t management. Leadership isn’t pretending you’re a leader. Leadership isn’t shirking your responsibilities. Leadership isn’t choosing to hide and coast. Leadership isn’t about doing theContinue reading “Seventy-Seven”

Thirty-Five

35 Bitching. Moaning. Whining. Complaining. It’s all some people seem to do. It’s their identity and their attention-seeking mechanism. They’re quick to point out what sucks, what doesn’t work, why it’s never worked, and who’s to blame. They’re easy to spot because their language is laced with self-pity. They’re seemingly incapable of NOT living inContinue reading “Thirty-Five”

Fourteen

14 I’ve always been taught and believed that in the end, nice wins. My leadership and management style reflects this. I choose to interact with others in deliberate ways that entice them to want to buy-in to the greater goals I’m proposing, instead of forcing them to do so by being a dick. YES, there’s a timeContinue reading “Fourteen”