Archive for April, 2011

it all starts on the soccer field…

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
My daughter recently began playing soccer for the first time on the 3 and 4 year old team.  As you might imagine, the games are both fun and quite hysterical.  At that age, the kids may (loosely) learn something about the actual sport but what they are really learning is a foundation of lessons that will serve them well throughout their lives.  They are learning about individual contribution in the context of team and how to support one another to a common goal.  They are learning that success takes practice    Read More

a conversation in leadership

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
A powerful speech delivered by Xerox CEO Ursula Burns to MIT students.  It is a long video but if you can hang in there, you will definitely find it worthwhile!

URSULA BURNS - A CONVERSATION IN LEADERSHIP

Her key points:

  1. Be authentic (yes!)
  2. Listen enough to hear what people really want (what they say and don't say)
  3. Get followership
  4. TAKE A STAND.  Declare something.  Saying what you think sets a stake for people to either argue or support you (LOVE this!).
  5. Have objectives and be    Read More

lessons that only experience can bring

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
As a West Pointer, I rarely confine my posts to things specifically related to the Academy or the  military but I think you'll agree that this inspiring speech has relevance for us all.  It is lengthy but well worth every word.  Enjoy! _________________________________ Dining-in speech at U.S. Military Academy by LTC Guy Lofaro: "Let me say before beginning that it has been my pleasure to attend several dinings-in here at West Point and hence I have some basis for comparison. You people have done a fine job and you ought to congratulate yourselves.    Read More

on connecting with your boss

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
I recently came across a blog post that gave several tips to the reader for "how to get along better with your boss".  The "tips" included things like: - Laugh at your boss' jokes - Share an embarrasing story and - Ask them questions you know they want to answer Seriously? Having been in the trenches for a while, I had visions of some poor young millenial in the boss' office with the "tip cloud" in his head - laugh at joke. check. share embarassing story. check. Have boss think you're odd and inauthentic. Check    Read More