“Leadership is not magnetic personality; that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people’, that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter F. Drucker
As a fresh graduate entering the business world, I was immediately fascinated by the concept of leadership. An ambitious young man, I wanted to be successful. I wanted to be the best I could be. It wasn’t that I wanted to be “the boss”, but I had this unquenched desire to lead. And so throughout my career I’ve taken note of different leadership styles and approaches in the hope I could develop one of my own, stealing “with pride” the best from others. Continue reading
“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb
“The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.” – Chinese Proverb
It’s that time of the year again, the time in which managers sit down with their team members and provide feedback on their respective performance over the prior year. And while these reviews should merely be a confirmation of performance feedback that management provides throughout the year, they are an opportunity for a deeper discussion on the impact of that performance and the trajectory it foretells for us as individual contributors.
Understanding one’s performance in the recent past is always helpful. But what I’ve found to be more important in these reviews are the discussions around professional development – the opportunity it provides for each individual to establish a formal development plan and improve their performance as a member of the team while positioning them for future growth as an individual. Continue reading
“You spend a lot of time thinking about what to do when the time comes. I kept asking up above what was working. You needed a hole, you needed people to help you out.”
[Danica Patrick – comments from her Daytona 500 post race interview when asked about her strategy on the last lap]
Unless you haven’t picked up a paper or watched the TV this last week, you no doubt heard the headlines about this year’s Daytona 500. It was the first time in history that a female driver won the pole position for any NASCAR race. But this wasn’t just any NASCAR race – it was the Daytona 500, their most coveted event. Because of this, the hype for this year’s race was bigger than any other in history. Continue reading
“Thanks Dad. The party was cool.” – Amanda Wright
(OK, maybe she didn’t actually say this, but I’m sure she thought it) 😉
This past weekend was my daughter’s 13th birthday party. She and four of her best friends celebrated their ‘coming of age’ with a huge birthday bash for 100 of their closest friends. Forget the traditional parties where you have 8 to 10 of your closest friends over for cake and a magic show with Bozo the Clown. This is something entirely different.
So, as the trend goes (at least in the area of Houston we live in), throughout their 7th grade school year the girls and guys pack up in groups of 3-5 and host ‘13th Birthday’ parties for almost their entire grade level. The parents hire a DJ, rent out the local community or recreation center, and decorate like there’s no tomorrow. All for three hours of 13-year-old ‘partying’. Continue reading
Well, it’s finally over. The 2012 Olympics in London finished last night, with one of the most memorable closing ceremonies I’ve ever seen. As I sat and watched that ceremony, I couldn’t help but be struck by the power and beauty of the Olympic games. For one small moment in time a collection of athletes from around the world come together to represent the best in what their country has to offer. They do it for the pride. The pride that comes in working hard to achieve something. The pride that comes in succeeding where others can’t. And the pride that comes from overcoming obstacles, setbacks, and hardships to accomplish something great.
If you were like me, you spent several nights these past few weeks watching the games. It didn’t matter that the airing was time delayed, that the events had already been decided. It was just as dramatic to watch as if it was live. I found myself watching late into the night – Swimming, Gymnastics, Volleyball, Rowing, Diving – none of these sports I have ever participated in, but all of them captivating my attention. Continue reading