Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - The Expert

Sadly, I've sat in meetings like this and try hard to not be THAT Project Manager. I have friends (mostly engineers, but it happens to me as well) who are regularly called into meeting and leave with this experience.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Frack-up vs. Failure


I am going out on a limb here, but in honor of Battlestar Gallactica (which I started watching on Netflix again, and recently celebrating its 10 year anniversary), this week's lesson is the a difference between Frack-up versus Failure. 


from snippetstudios.com

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - God Grant...

There is an old phrase that I essentially try to live by:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


I have a friend who is going through some hard times right now, and I found a version that might be more appropriate for her:

Primitive "Coffee and wine" serenity prayer wooden sign - your color choice
From Etsy

Monday, April 7, 2014

I Don't Know

I was sitting with an Engineering Manager last week, and he asked me a question that I've heard a lot from younger leaders (particularly new project managers in very technical industries):

You are in a meeting with a customer, and he asks a question, you don't know the answer. What do you do?

I responded: I tell the customer "I don't know, but..."

Image courtesy of ratch0013 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wacky Wednesday - Brick Wall

http://rlv.zcache.com/management_posters-r772244001aa54e7992e119c2bb8e21bb_w72_8byvr_512.jpg Are you building the brick wall that prevents other from accomplishment or are you demolishing the barriers to explosive results?  


From Zazzle.com

Monday, March 31, 2014

Busy Weekend

My Faithful Readers:

The leadership lesson for this morning is to be straightforward with your team. I had a very productive weekend with the family. My oldest son played his first flag football game, then we went to a Cub Scout event. The side-effect of these events is that my allergies turned into a massive sinus cold / headache and I didn't get the blog post ready for the week like I normally do.

I will post a more in depth blog post tonight. Thank you and keep working toward your leadership goals!

- Matt

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dominos

Since I talked about Tetris earlier in the week, I came across this article:



Image courtesy of graur razvan ionut / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 Chris Brogan (the author) is Publisher and CEO of Owner Magazine, a business magazine helping you improve your worth by growing your capabilities and connections. In the article he talks about how your decisions can have compounding affects. You stay up late, so you have a harder time getting up to go to the gym, which may make you late for work, etc., etc., etc.  The question he asks in his write-up is: What decisions are you making without much thought?

It's a good question, and falls in line with the Tetris article. Mistakes stack, accomplishments disappear. Are your decisions, even the smallest ones, working towards accomplishments, or towards making mistakes?

If the answer is mistakes, then you need to start looking at the next falling block (Tetris or Domino), and plan ahead for it. Keep yourself from getting knocked over by the blocks. Adjust how they fall, even minutely, and you can change the course to something more beneficial to you. Enough little changes can net some big results.

The only one who can move the blocks is you.