In all my years of being either an employee, leader or a consultant, the one thing I believe to be consistent is that eventually I could work with almost anyone. In the early years I didn’t think it took all that much skill, but over time I realized the way I worked was more of an anomaly than I’d ever dreamed of.


To say I can break my tactics into 3 easy steps isn’t totally legitimate. The three leadership tips I’m going to address seem like common sense, but maybe there’s no real concept that’s common anymore. After another week where someone in a major position of power was shown to have been abusing it for decades while someone younger in a similar position of power also abused his authority, it seems like a timely lesson on how to not only lead but behave oneself is in need of teaching.
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It’s the beginning of the first full week of October, and in central New York we’ve had some pretty funky weather. Last week we had 4 days in a row in the 90’s… in September no less, and that was followed by 3 pretty cold days. We all know it’s going to get colder and, based on history, we could even have snow before the month is over.


There are a lot of people who let the weather guide their moods. When it’s bad, they’re sad. When it’s good, their spirits are lifted. The problem seems to exacerbate itself when we work traditional 5-day weeks and Monday is the bad day… whether it’s just because it’s Monday or because the week starts off bad.
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I’ll admit that I don’t know a lot of young musicians these days; my mind’s still stuck in the 70’s and 80’s, the first when I would have still been considered a young person and the second a young adult. It takes a pretty big name (sometimes lol) for me to know who someone is, let alone impress me.


Not Taylor Swift

I’m going to assume that the majority of people who read this will know who Taylor Swift is. She’s one of the top musical artists in the world today. She’s #2 in record sales (if they still call them that) for artists under the age of 30; that’s pretty heady stuff. I can’t say I love everything she puts out, but there’s a lot of it I like.
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Years ago I was having an email conversation with a friend of mine. The topic of discussion was success, or lack thereof. It morphed into why neither one of us was rich, which then led to these two questions: why do we sabotage ourselves; what is it that holds us back?

sabotage

I needed time to think about my response. I did so because I felt this topic deserved some serious thought. I hadn’t thought much about the concept of sabotage and success until the question came up, and I had to think about it in terms of myself and others.
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Every once in a while, I’ve needed to listen to who I call the “big loud guy”.  Most of the time it really is a big loud guy, bigger than I am in most cases (and I’m not small) and louder than me. That’s going a long way because I’ve been told that I can be a big loud guy. When I was an employee, even in leadership positions, I always seemed to have a specific type of ally, someone who was larger than life, self assured, and was always there for me… and it was almost always a big loud guy.


Big Loud Cow

The big loud guy hasn’t always been male; matter of fact, my first big loud guy was a woman. 🙂 The big loud guy doesn’t have to be big or a guy obviously, but loud is definitely part of the job description. The thing about the “big loud guy” is about how they come across to others. To some they can seem intimidating; to others, they’re big pussycats.
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