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Joshua Dupont Posts

Passion

Allow yourself to feel passionate about your job.

Get attached.

Fall in love.

It’s okay to nerd out. It’s okay to talk people’s ears off about the things you like.

It only makes you happier and more of an asset in the future, so find something you like about your job and focus on it.

-Josh

Versatility

Disclaimer – this post is not meant to dissuade you from specializing. Once you find that thing with which you have a fierce connection, by all means, specialize. Go after it an inch wide and a mile deep. But if you are still looking for that magic nut you want to spend your whole life cracking, you’ll have be open to shifting tides and rolling with the punches life throws at you. Follow the course of progress wherever it leads – we all know the technologies we depended upon a decade ago are now the punchlines of jokes. Never stop learning, and you will increase your marketability every day.

Don’t miss opportunities when they present themselves at inopportune times simply because they aren’t what you imagine yourself doing forever.

-Josh

Initiative

Where there is a spark, you see fire. Where there is a pattern, you build systems. The one who takes the initiative, 100 times out of 100, is going to be the one with the head start, and the one with the head start is by definition the leader.

Here’s one to write down – never complain about a problem without at least the beginnings of an idea about how to go about solving it. In fact, never complain about problems. Problems happen.

Problems are fun!

Attack them – that’s what they’re there for, and if you need help, bring others in on the attack. Formulate a strategy and take it down.

Dependability and Reliability

In times of chaos, people seek out stalwarts. As a reliable leader, you will be where people expect you to be. You will do what people expect you to do. When storms strike, people need a lighthouse to orient themselves to. Be that for them. Invite them to depend on you.

Where there is fire, you are there putting it out. Where there is gold, you are there mining it. Where there is struggle, you are there working to ease the burden of others. And where there is celebration, you are there to revel in your successes, because for a leader, your successes are everyone’s successes – remember to spread them around.

-Josh

Communication

This is a big one, y’all. Clear and prompt communication is a hallmark of a leader. The beginning, middle, and end of a job depend upon it, and never underestimate the importance of courteous communication – especially for those dealing with client-side interactions. Ask how someone’s day is going, and be sincere about it. Make a personal connection, however brief, and that connection will be stronger. Don’t waste time, though – professionalism is a mark of good communication as well.

I can promise you this – make your points quickly and answer questions succinctly, and when you open your mouth people will listen.

Answer your emails. Join LinkedIn. Tweet. Blog. Return phone calls. Communicate.

-Josh

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!