Don’t Know Where You’re Going? It’s OK. Like it or Not…You’ll Get There Anyway!

October 18, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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If You DontKnowWhereYoureGoing Don’t Know Where You’re Going? It’s OK. Like it or Not…You’ll Get There Anyway!How does it hap­pen? You wake up one morn­ing and you dis­cover that you’re in a place you didn’t expect to find your­self.  I’m not talk­ing about any of those movie scenes where the char­ac­ter wakes up in a strange bed after a wild bach­e­lor party, even though it’s hap­pened to some in real life. What I’m talk­ing about wak­ing up one morn­ing (or sit­ting in an office or doing some par­tic­u­lar chore or job) and hav­ing a minor epiphany of your life. You dis­cover, or rather yet remem­ber that when you were younger you imag­ined your­self liv­ing another kind of lifestyle or doing some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent than what you’re doing now. What hap­pened? Why did you end up where you are right now and not where you thought you’d be? Read more

Aligning Actions with Values: Set the Example

October 2, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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LeadeByExample1 300x210 Aligning Actions with Values: Set the Example

Yes­ter­day, I was read­ing an arti­cle about the sen­tenc­ing of a beloved New Eng­land city mayor for receiv­ing a bribe while he was in office. The inci­dent in ques­tion was com­mit­ted about three to four years ago by way of him accept­ing work to be done on his home at a greatly reduced price in exchange for favoritism on con­trac­tual bid­ding for work need­ing to be done for the city he gov­erned. I say this mayor was beloved because even while he was being tried, hun­dreds of city res­i­dents flocked to the cour­t­house where the trial was occur­ring in order to show their sup­port for him. Dur­ing this mayor’s time in office, he cleaned up much of the city he gov­erned. Re-allocating funds for edu­ca­tion, clean­ing com­mu­nity neigh­bor­hoods by giv­ing police more resources to do their job,  chal­leng­ing processes that were (in his eye) not work­ing and mak­ing changes in key gov­ern­ment offices and posi­tions in order to help save the city from unnec­es­sary expenses and to  Read more

If You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be at This Time in Your Career…

September 17, 2010 by · 5 Comments
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UnhappyCareer1 191x300 If You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be at This Time in Your Career…If you’re not where you thought you’d be in your career at this moment, then you need to ask your­self some tough ques­tions and decide for your­self what you need to change in order to move closer to where you want to be.

The other day over lunch, a col­league of mine asked me what steps I took to get to where I am in my career. At first I was a lit­tle puz­zled by the ques­tion com­ing from him. William has always given me the impres­sion of being a “go for it” type of guy. When I asked him what he meant by the ques­tion, he told me that he wasn’t where he thought he would be at this point in his career and wanted to know what I did in order to get to where I was in mine. This was really an inter­est­ing ques­tion to me com­ing from him. Here we were, 10 years after Read more

Should A Leader Swear?

August 1, 2010 by · 5 Comments
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Profanity 300x300 Should A Leader Swear?A pro­lific leader by the name of Spencer W. Kim­ball once noted: “Pro­fan­ity is the attempt of a fee­ble mind to express itself force­fully.” How many peo­ple would agree with that state­ment? It’s also been men­tioned that a per­son who uses pro­fan­ity to con­tin­u­ously express them­selves is only show­ing their lim­ited com­mand of basic lan­guage skills. Most, if not all lan­guages, have mul­ti­ple ways of express­ing them­selves strongly for just about any type of sit­u­a­tion with­out the use of swear­ing or the use of pro­fane lan­guage. Some­times though peo­ple find the need to cuss in order to get the point across to others.

When given the choice of using pro­fane lan­guage, some freely choose to ver­bally let loose like the most tal­ented sailor as the say­ing goes. But what good is it to cuss? Read more

Give a Gift without Expecting Something in Return

June 19, 2010 by · 11 Comments
Filed under: Leadership, Mentoring, Networking 

In the work of French soci­ol­o­gist, Mar­cel Mauss, it’s stated that “Gifts are never free!”. That when some­one gives another per­son a gift, they are always expect­ing some­thing rec­i­pri­col in return from that per­son. Now how much truth is in that really? Many of my friends and asso­ciates have argued with me when it comes to the notion of there being no such thing as a free gift. Some even have gone so far as to say that one should be wary of an unex­pected gift giver appear­ing before you and giv­ing you a gift. Espe­cially one you didn’t ask for. Is there really such a thing as a free gift? I say there is. Read more

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