Monday, July 25, 2016

Quote of the Week - Jack Welch

Jack Welch is perhaps one of the most recognized and storied names in business today. His rework of GE and basically using the hedgehog principle (from Good to Great, although I'm not aware Jack Welch ever connected it to the book).


I love this picture of one of my boys, in his Cub Scout uniform. As an Eagle Scout myself, I am very proud of my young Scout, and know the impact that Cub and Boy Scouts has on a young boy / man. In fact the Boy Scouts works almost exactly to this quote. When a Cub, the boys are taught by adults who are more knowledgeable and experienced. As they move into Boy Scouts, the leadership and education becomes more about the older boys teaching the younger, with adult guidance. In this way, you start by growing yourself, then you learn to grow others. Vital skills, shared by Jack Welch in this quote. 

Special thanks to my wife, Erin Morey for helping with all these quotes / pics. 




P.S. Sorry about last week's lack of posts. I'm not sure what happened, but what I had scheduled disappeared. I am traveling for a convention, and will make sure there are posts for Wednesday and Thursday this week. My apologies!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Quote of the Week - Thomas Fuller


Thomas Fuller was (1601-1661) an English Churchman, Historian, and Author, although I could find no reference to him as a sailor. Regardless of his history with vessels of water, his statement is correct, especially today. As Gandhi once said, "I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people."

Strength is no longer the primary or sole factor attributing to leadership.  Skill is required in this day and time, because people have options and knowledge. You cannot force a person to follow, and the more you try, the faster your team will run.

What skills are necessary for a leader? Vision, Planning, Problem Solving, Communication, in point of fact the list is long. However, sometimes the greatest strength isn't of muscle but of will, yet another factor or leadership.

Rather than ask what skills are necessary, instead, lets ask what skill is most often missing? What are your thoughts? Comment below and let me know, let's start a discussion!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Top 300 Leadership Blogs for Executives, Managers, and CEOs - Feedspot.com




This week I was preparing a series of blog posts on Risk Management, related to another Morey's Law, when I received an email from Feedspot.com. Feedspot is a RSS consolidation website, and they recently released the top blogs to follow in a variety of categories, such as Gardening, Skin Care, Sales, HR and (yes) Leadership.

Feedspot.com has acknowledged the C4Leader Blog as one of the top 300 (#221) Leadership Blogs for Executives, Managers, and CEOs! Names you may recognize that favor the list: John Maxwell, Robin Sharma, Mark Sanborn, and many more. I am honored and humbled to be included in this list, and felt it was worth sharing with my followers / readers.


If you want to see the entire list it's available here. I'm thrilled with the recognition, and I look forward to continuing to share my knowledge and experiences in leadership for many more years!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wacky Wednesday - Pokemon Go







Over the weekend I became aware of a new craze, and I'm pretty sure most of the connected United States did as well. An Augmented Reality (AR) game came out called Pokemon Go! The idea behind the game is that you wander the real world in search of Pokemon. There are points of interest (Pokestops) to earn rewards, and Gyms to battle your Pokemon. Since my children are Pokenuts, my wife downloaded the game, and now I have it to.

Last night, I went out to a popular shopping area for a bite to eat with a friend. He wasn't familiar with this new phenomenon, so I started to point out the roving hoards of people with their eyes glued to their cell phones, most of which looking like people who you wouldn't find typically enjoying the fresh air. The majority of stores and resturants closed at 9 or 9:30, but at 10:15 there were still people wandering between points of interest gaining Pokemon and rewards. My friend called it "The Night of the Living Dead." The only thing I could say was that this is just the first major example of where AR will take us.

Now, I've learned that the National Park Service is developing a "Catch the Mall Pokemon Hunt" to be lead by National Park Rangers at the National Mall in Washington DC!










Add to that the Texas Department of Public Transportation is tweeting about it, and I think we can call this a legitimate phenomenon. As the Department of Transportation says, PLEASE don't hunt for Pokemon while behind the wheel. Distractions are dangerous, whether it's Pokemon or responding to an email









Finally, be careful and make sure you aren't disrupting people or, for that matter, recordings. Here is a local news anchor who walked through a Forecast as she searched for an elusive Pokemon:


After all, you gotta catch them all, but please be careful!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Quote of the Week - Abraham Lincoln



During this time of Presidential Election Cycle, I provide a powerful quote from perhaps our greatest president, who many might argue was the spark that caused a lot of adversity. Think about the candidates today, and how do you think they will respond while holding the "most powerful office on the planet?" I hate to say it, but both sides have people who shudder to think of the other candidate getting office. Is this the leadership this country deserves? It's the leadership that we are voting for, and some would argue what our system has wrought. 

On a more local scale, when you are in a leadership role, does the team serve you, or do you serve the team? Your answer is the test of character. What caliber of character are you displaying as a leader?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Value of Doing the Dirty Work



Mike Rowe had a show on Discovery called Dirty Jobs, where he would explore the dirtiest, nastiest work that people were paid to do. He did this to shed light on another side of America, and to show that people can (and should) take pride in that work. I've realized that taking the time to do the Dirty Work with your people can also help you earn the respect of the people you are trying to influence as a leader. In one particular experience, I found myself wandering a drilling rig.




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wacky Wednesday - Model T Vending Machine


This isn't a painting, and it's not photoshoped. Apparently this was taken in 1936 Chicago by a photographer names John Gutmann. I wonder if Japan used this as the baseline model: