I missed my usual blogging goal this last couple weeks because I was very excited to have my first ever visitor from home. I was trying to be a good host and put myself in the frame of mind of a newcomer, thinking back to when I first came to China and when I first came to my master’s school. I realized how much my own attitude has changed in the years since my arrival, how it has become a kungfu attitude. When I first arrived in China, there were a number of things I had accepted as facts about
In 13 (short) weeks, I will be competing — and I use that term loosely — with a team in the Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder Event. To give an overview of the obstacles I am committed to overcoming, I will submerge and swim through an ice tank, crawl through narrow, sloping pipes leading into frigid mud, slither under low-hanging live wires waiting to electrocute, leap over 4-foot high hurdles of kerosene flames, and so, so much more across the distance of 12 miles! Why go through with this? Besides wanting to challenge myself and test my physical limits, the Tough
In the course that some of our students are taking this fall, Excellence in Leadership, one of the drills that we do is list all the qualities that a leader should have. In fact we explore what we would like to see in a number of different relationships. All of them are marked as either being a Skill or an Attitude. Consistently when I do this drill the Attitudes dominate the list, no matter if the relationship is with your parents, teacher, sibling, friend, workmate… it just doesn’t matter, Attitude dominates. In a poll done of the 100 largest businesses
Recently I was at a meeting with a variety of individuals with the goal of working on the bullying that takes place in schools today. Many of the individuals there are motivated and real “rainmakers” when it comes to projects. We would call them leaders. At one point a new person walked in that did not fit the appearance of the rest of the group, and I noticed that many of the others simply did not recognize the person coming in and one of the leaders of the group – rolled their eyes. I am thinking to myself, Here we
The ability to communicate is key to leadership. But communication is more than just talking. A communicator must be able to do more than give a good speech. If they are to have the support of their team they must be able to listen. As we talk about leadership this month we are emphasizing both of these and seeing how the 3 kinds of leaders might use communication skills. Some are not so effective – some are very effective in the influence of others.