Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Getting Lost

I have to admit before GPS I was horrible at navigating. Heck I still am? Is the map saying that road or the next? But one thing I think I do well is keep the main thing the main thing. Beyond that I am really good at identifying the main thing. I would say on Google maps the main thing is showing your driving to the top of the map. (I recently found you can orient it to North always - so confusing) Anyway. What is your direction? Many times I see people and companies orient to; Process (Over people) Technical issues over customer experience Distraction away from what you are successful doing Just some small examples. It is the purpose of leadership to keep clarity and direction right up front.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

What is next

I recently was having a conversation with an Euteneuer that sold his business and he was contemplating what is next for him. This is not unique to business owners, heck I spent my entire career working to get to my current position and now...what is next. Maybe it is ok to not have a next for a while? Let’s face it I am a next guy. Always looking forward to the next. I sturggle living in the moment so maybe I should just slow down and enjoy the current? I don't think I know how to do that! Just because I don't know what is next does not mean I am not preparing for next (Not knowing what it is) Building people, skills and more. Something interesting we did discuss was that both of us have worked from our first job early in life till now without a break. He was going to take a few months to just get some projects he wants done and relax. (Honestly, I am not sure he can do that!) I have always thought this would be interesting, take a few months and have no destination for a while. (I think I need the stress to keep things going) For now, I will keep looking forward with no intent to slow down.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Presenting Part Duo

Presenting is one of those things that if you are interesting you are better than 75%. I think people are stuck on this whole process (Probably because we are taught in school...don't get me started) Things I think are just wrong 1. Sticking strictly to facts (I have google so I can find my own facts" Give me opinions and vision. 2. Slow pace - yep, I can read your slides, I don't need it read to me. 3. Don't underestimate your audiences ability to go fast pace! 4. So much time. the average sitcom is 22 min and most people struggle to stick with that. You think you can keep people entertained for an hour? Stick and move. 5. Questions - most of the time I hate this part of the presentation. 6. People getting stuck in the tech (IE the clicker wont work and so on) be prepared to go without. 7. Tell stories - the more personal the better. 8. Have fun as a group! Just the short list but more to come...

Monday, May 2, 2022

Presenting - Yep still scary?

I have been presenting to new and different crowds lately and usually before now I knew the audience really well. This set of rounds I have been presenting on topics I am not as familiar with (Cybersecurity) and to crowds that I am not exactly sure of their level or wants. So far so good! If you know me at all you know I take a different angle then almost everyone else and that has served me well. One new thing I tried here recently to a more comfortable audience was the select your own journey. I put a dozen topics that vary on length and they select the title. Went pretty well but I under estimated how much time it would take and we only made it through 1/4 of the topics (But hey, maybe they will want me back?) One thing is for sure, put yourself out there and there will always be haters and that is ok. Just keep on getting better!

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

How much transparancy?

I usually have little to nothing to hide and especially in business. But the reality is that there are times that you cannot give the complete picture. Maybe it is relevant to an acquisition or pay or even things having to do with HIPPA. However more than not I see others hide things or treat them like they are top secret? Why? I am guessing that many times I give up too much. What I think about a process, how others have treated people or even mistakes I have made. But sharing any of these can help us grow together? I should probably focus more on sharing my mistakes since they are mine to share. The other part of this is when you cannot share it can make others super uneasy and possibly damage trust. The easiest way of overcoming this is saying that it doesn’t have to do with the person you are speaking with (Assuming it doesn’t…Don’t lie) That is what most people want to know. For now I will try and stay on the side of clarity without giving away anything that shouldn’t be shared.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

I was reminded - let others lead

I was working with another leader yesterday and they were making a point how their supervisor was so involved with their team that they were unable to really lead. There was no excuse from the leader just that many of times the supervisor stepped in during important times and usurped the situation. The why behind it was from a situation that had happend to that supervisor in the past where they had lost control or someone they were managing failed. Hey, I get that, we have all worked with others that we wished had done better. That is when a leader must coach not do. Easier said than done and a good reminder for me to make sure I allow others to lead.

Monday, December 6, 2021

My Weak Spot

Do you have that person that for whatever reason just gets your goat up? Yes GOAT Steve Gilliland – My Secretary Margaret: Hide Your Goat! - YouTube Honestly I don’t have very many of those people but when I run into them my EQ goes out the window. I simply snap (No excuses). I recently started looking at my own behavior to try and identify the traits that cause my strong reaction. Here is what does it for me; • They are not self-aware (But claim to be). That last part is important. I have found the more people state they are self-aware the less likely they actually are. • Bullies – this is a strange one for me. When I witness that I then do it to that person. UGH • People that talk about others Ok, admittedly not a long list and honestly I only have a few people that do this to me. I am trying to be more aware and keep my EQ where it should be.