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Accountability

When you do a job, what’s next? Where are you? Are you accessible for follow-ups? And more importantly, do you follow up? When I think of accountability, I think of someone who takes the time after a job is done to evaluate their performance and pursue a continuing dialog. I know that person is going to back up their work, and I know that I can trust them to be there when the shit hits the proverbial fan.

A task is not complete until it has been reviewed, so follow up with your work. What should change next time to make the task more streamlined and efficient? What are the processes to build or adjust that will automate aspects of the task and free more time? Ask questions about the end results and the workflow experience with your colleagues and clients.

These are important aspects of leadership. Add them to your arsenal. Only you can make the required effort to add that final luster to a job that leaves everyone feeling acknowledged and valued.

-Josh

2017 Madison Media Institute Commencement Address

I was honored recently to speak to the graduating class of 2017 at the Madison Media Institute. It was a wonderful experience, and I was inspired by all of the students who had accomplished so much already through their time at MMI. I saw a lot of hope and excitement in the faces I saw, and I know that they will meet with many successes as they travel their diverse paths. Thank you for the opportunity, and congratulations to all of the graduates.

I am inspired to expand upon the leadership aspects I covered in the speech, and will be doing so in the next series of posts to this website, so stay tuned!

-Josh

Song of Power – Power of Song

Song can add power to words. Music creates a magic beyond that which words alone can achieve. It is not simple, though – only the perfect combination of rhythm, melody, and harmony can set fire to the emotions smoldering beneath the words.

Taking Notes?

The ability to jot down a quick paragraph can follow us anywhere. Whether on the phone or on a notepad, the ability to quickly empty the brain and take one’s thoughts out for a stroll is a great way to develop critical thinking, creative thinking, and communication skills – make sure you take advantage. Hell, it’s (virtually) free! 

My note taking… 

  • Field Notes notebooks for quick thoughts 
  • Office Depot steno pad for long form 
  • Google Keep for writing in bed, at the movies (kidding!), or while driving (KIDDING!!!) 

Stretch

  • Stretch out your body – try a little light yoga after waking up in the morning. I enjoy a simple “Sun Salutation” (I learned it on the Nintendo Wii!).
  • Stretch out your mind – make time for reading every day. Fiction or nonfiction, it doesn’t matter.
  • Stretch out your soul – find a way to be creative every day. For me, I try to sit down for fifteen minutes each day to play and write at the piano.
  • Stretch out your heart – when interacting with other people, lead with love. Imagine the best in them. It may seem like you’re leaving yourself open and vulnerable, but take the chance. It can expand your everyday relationships to something more meaningful and powerful. As we age, our default becomes cynicism and skepticism. Fight it!

Every Day – Inspiration

Find inspiration every day.

  • Read a chapter – Right now I’m reading “A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould’s Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano” by Katie Hafner.
  • Quietly sit – Go to a park and absorb some nature. Go to a coffee shop and absorb some commotion. Feed your senses.
  • Listen to a “brand new music” playlist – All of the streaming music services have a collection of cutting edge releases. Check them out!

Light a spark. Set your creativity ablaze! 

-Josh 

One-Hundred Songs

w00t! Ding! Hooray! It’s been one-hundred days since I began posting a new song video every day on Facebook and YouTube, and it’s been a wonderful experience so far. It’s interesting to see the results of so much “practice-time” every day. I thought I was getting a lot just from performing several times a week, but this is RIDICULOUS! Kids, don’t let anyone tell you practice doesn’t pay off 😛

Anyway, I thought I would record a special one for number 100. It was tough holding off on this one for so long! Enjoy 🙂

-Josh

A Depeche Mode Fan

One of the most enjoyable concerts I have ever attended was seeing Depeche Mode at The Woodlands in Texas back in 2001 on their Exciter Tour. It was an amazing show, with the band positioned in front of a giant high definition video screen (which they gradually made more and more impressive use of as the night progressed). One song from their Exciter album won me over big time. I still think it’s one of the most beautiful songs I know – perfect in its simplicity. Here’s my take on it…

Ah, what a tune! Here’s another DM song for ya (maybe a bit more recognizable!).

Thanks for taking that trip with me down Depeche Mode Boulevard! Are you a fan, too? What’s your faorite DM tune?

-Josh

I’m Going Back Home

Later this month, Francie and I are going to head down to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for my [gulp] twentieth high school reunion! It’ll be a fun drive down – we usually do the 1,015-mile trip in one go, although we’ve never tried bringing the cat in a sedan before (she usually just finds a quiet place to curl up and sleep anyways). Even though it’s going to be in the absolute dead heat of summer, I couldn’t be more excited to go home and reconnect with everyone from Long Beach High. Here’s to heading back home…