Monday, July 18, 2005
Kathy Sierra starts to talk about cliches but the best idea I got out of the post was the "trap of professionalism". We have all seen it. "Professional" work that has all the passion and soul beaten out of it (usually by a committee or managers). And "professional work" is never "risky".
Take a chance. Push the boundaries. You will find out that someone might actually pay attention to what you say !
One other thing about Kathy's article ... it had a link that led me (indirectly) to this site:
Where I found the following quote ....
"Whatever you do will be insignificant but it is very important that you do it." - Gandhi
The next thing you do, whether it is a personal note to a friend or a brochure for your company will certainly be forgotten in a hundred years but it will be forgotten much sooner if it is not done with passion. Passion for doing important work!
That's my point. Create passion in your work and your life! It is so much more fun than the alternative!
Monday, July 11, 2005
The article at the link below by Jess Halliday, editor of NutraIngredients-USA.com, is brief, but based on a strong idea. Check it out:
If Hippocrates (famous for the "Hippocratic Oath" that all doctors take) said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food", why don't doctors treat ailments with food more often than drugs? The short answer... drugs make money. Food is cheap. Drugs are the fast answer. The magic bullet. Food takes preparation and work. Food takes planning and discipline.
The article goes on to explain some legislation being introduced as well as other background. I recommend taking a look ... and thinking about how your life could be improved by better food choices.
I know I will be thinking about it !
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
The best way to really understand Leadership is as a "Vector", but let me explain what that means. Back when I was in engineering school, I learned about vectors as part of the physics and dynamics of objects.
Definition of VECTOR: From http://physics.about.com/cs/mathsforphysics/g/vector.htm
A quantity in which both the magnitude and the direction must be stated. Force, velocity and field strength are examples of vector quantities.
- Note that distance and speed are scalar quantities whereas displacement and velocity are vector quantities. Vector quantities are often denoted by boldface type for with an arrow above or a bar below the symbol.
Clearly as a leader you must have a Direction ...
Examples: While speed (like 30km/hr) is a scalar measurement, velocity (30km/hr North) is a vector, consisting of a speed and a direction (north).
- A leader must have a strong vision. A goal is needed to generate desire by painting a picture of the results that are possible through action.
- Difference between Speed and Velocity .... speed is only a measurement and it does not have a direction.
Secondly, a leader without Motion is simply one of the crowd ... A leader must
- take Actions,
- Get out of the crowd,
- Boldness counts, especially in your chosen direction.
The last element of a Leadership Vector are the two C's ... Credibility & Confidence.
- You gain both through Experience and by accumulating Results
- To achieve results you need Personal Discipline and Tenacity to bounce back when, not if, you fail.
As A.L.Williams said, "If you want to be great, you first have to be good. If you want to be good, you have to first be bad. If you want to be bad, you first have to TRY." Greatness breeds confidence, but it all starts by TRYING.
TRY the Leadership Vector. It can be used by anyone can use in their life, no matter whether you are leading a Fortune 500 corporation or just yourself.
Decide where you want to go. Set a Direction.
Take Action. Put plans in Motion.
Build your credibility and confidence through results.
You have the leadership in you. Find your VECTOR and it will make your dreams come true.
Present to WestConn Toastmasters, Danbury, CT
July 6, 2005 at the Wooster School.