Olympic fever has been strong recently. The world watched (and rightly wondered what was happening) the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio almost 2 weeks ago. Since then, the world has been captivated by the stories of triumph and defeat, success and failure. My social media feeds are consumed with stellar commentary and sarcasm from celebrities and regular folks alike.
The year was 1980. A group of college hockey players stunned the world by beating the Russian team at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. The Post-It Note debuted in the U.S., forever changing how people decorate their desks. “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen was a #1 hit. And two famous groups were born: CNN and the Millennials
“He never seems to understand what I am saying.” “No matter how hard I try, she just does not get it.” These kinds of saying are common in our offices. Whether we are team members or team leaders, we often find ourselves trying to communicate more clearly. And despite our best efforts, we still fall short. Communication is a large …
I, like many of you, saw a recent article that highlighted those with the title “millennial consultant” that charge outrageous amounts, some upwards of $20,000 per hour. When I first saw that number, two thoughts entered my head: 1) That is ridiculous. 2) If I can get that, I can have a four hour work week like Time Ferriss and make $4 million per year (Yes that number is right. Do the math).
My toddler loves Mary Poppins & the Sound of Music. Just a few days ago, I realized that both movies have the same plot. I also realized what they teach about leadership.
Millennials have caused change in much of our society, but how can we proactively lead change in some of the most difficult issues we face?
How can we be more intentional in our leadership? People want to follow someone who is moving in a clear direction. This one question helps you clarify how you can be more intentional today.
Rehearsals. For any musician that plays with other musicians, rehearsals are part of the routine. They are like the meetings you attend at work, but significantly more fun. In an ideal music rehearsal, everyone attending will arrive ready to rehearse. Readiness indicates that the musician spent time to prepare alone: looking over the music, noting any trouble spots, preparing their instrument, …
“Our future leaders are the next generation.” These kinds of statements are common, but they are untrue. Future leaders are not just those born between 1980-2000. If a leader is one who has influence, then what does it mean to be a future leader?
Education. We would all say that it is important, but we would disagree as to the best path for education. School? Life experience? Self-discovery?
As we grew up, many people told us that education was important. “Get your degree!” “College will open the doors to your DREAM JOB!”
And so on.