Thursday, September 3, 2015

C4Leader Quote of the Week - Steve Maraboli

Thank you to Erin Morey for this image
This is the first Image Quote of the Week. There are many other people who've said similar items from Antoine de Saint-Exupery to the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland (their quotes may appear later in the Quote of the Day shared with my Social Media groups). In the end the result is the same. It's great to have a vision, but you need to be able to define in detail the end state, so that you know what you are working toward. and how you know you've arrived. This is why SMART Goals or KPIs can be so important. The trick is to make sure that the definition is actually something that will meet what you need.

This is why my first C in the C4 Leader concept is Conceive, because if you are going to lead a team (or yourself) then it is critical that you not only define the "Exactly Where" but also the path to get there.

So WHERE are you Going today?

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

HD vs. Black & White




from HDguru.com

A significant portion of the United States populous owns an HDTV. I would ask you to take that item and imagine a more immersive experience. Imagine being completely enveloped in HDTV, with supporting sound and effects. Can you conceive what Avatar would be like? Or Gravity? Life of Pi? Inception? Imagine being immersed in a world with that level of crispness and awareness for a year. How awesome would that be?





from instructables.com


Now take that away, head down to your grandparent's basement and find the old black and white cabinet TV and turn on I Love Lucy. Would you yearn for the HD experience? Could you tolerate the black and white? Could you learn to love the black and white? Now imagine trying to explain the HD experience to people who've only experienced the black and white cabinet TV. What words would you use? Could you even make the attempt?





Monday, August 24, 2015

Cha Cha Cha Changes!


A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step
- Laozi (More Commonly Called - Lao Tzu)


The last few weeks have been pretty quite for the site, but that's because we've been prepping a lot behind the scenes. There will be changes coming to the site, and to how I interact with people in the very near future.

Website:
A website reboot is coming. As with so many things, there have been delays and even a model rework that will revamp a lot of the pages (as well as adding several new pages to better distribute the information, names to be determined, but look forward to more announcements).

While we wait for the website reboot, my Presentation page has been updated to reflect my current suite of presentations and trainings, as well as to better reflect my speaker one-sheet. If you are interested in my topics, or booking me to speak at your event, please start with that page.

Social Media
YouTube: My Current Channel is C4ELT on YouTube. That channel name was confusing and the channel itself was not well updated. A new channel will be created soon, called C4Leader. I will be posting informational videos on leadership and project management there, as well as my Morey's Laws and other items. It should get entertaining!

Twitter: Again, my old twitter handle was C4ELT. I've created a new twitter handle (can you guess what it is?): C4Leader. I created it a couple of weeks ago, and there is some traffic, but look for it to ramp up in the coming days / weeks.

Periscope: This is a great new item, allowing video instantly from your cellphone, and instant interaction. It can be linked to a twitter account (C4Leader), so go to your stores and download the Periscope app and follow me, because I'm going to be on (almost) daily sharing quotes of the day and other thoughts. If you wanted to get in touch with me, this may be the easiest route with the quickest response!

More to come!

Publication Schedule:
In the past (when I was consistent) I posted on:
Monday - My Own Material
Wednesday - Wacky Wednesday, material I thought entertaining from around the net.
Friday (occasionally) - My thoughts on an article, blog post, whatever from a different site.

this will change (starting next week) to:
Tuesday - My material
Wednesday - The Wackiness Continues!
Thursday - Quote of the Week - A leadership quote with an image that's both memorable and sharable. 
Friday - My thoughts on popular media, articles and blog posts by others, or perhaps a book / movie review. 

I am freeing up Monday for a couple of video series that I am hoping will keep you entertained.

On the horizon:
Instagram
Podcast
Blab.im
Who Knows!?

 As you can see, I have a lot planned for the near future. I hope you find this interesting, and that you are willing to come along with me for the ride!

 If you have questions, please be sure to comment below, as I'd like to start working with you to solve your problems. I look forward to interacting with you, and can't wait to start this journey with you. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

NSA Conference

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I am really excited this week about attending the NSA (no, not that NSA, this one is the National Speaker Association) conference in Washington, DC. I'm looking forward to meeting new people, connecting with other professionals and learning new skills. Next week, we will continue our regularly scheduled program.

Monday, July 6, 2015

If Everyone Is Responsible...


Photo by xedos4 from freedigitialphotos.net
Nearly two years ago I shared a story about a thirty (30) ton lift where more than 15 people were present, with the overall less being that the Leader Takes the Blame. After reviewing the story, there was another lesson to share from that adventure: 

 If Everyone Is Responsible, No One Is

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Deal By Handshake...

... Lasts As Long As The Handshake

Image by ratch0013 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Too often I've found myself the victim of this cliché, more often than not because of people outside the original handshake. I have a tendency to trust people's intentions, and am willing to work with people in good faith until that trust is broken. 

When dealing with an individual, and not a business, this can be an appropriate relationship. However, when dealing with business this will often get you in trouble (not only because of the legal considerations). The reason is that very rarely are deals handled by only two individuals. Without something in writing, you are guaranteeing pain and wasted time which could have been avoided if the deal was written down in the first place.

I'll illustrate a recent example: