Hi everyone! I have started a weekly podcast. It’s all about positivity and creativity, music and stories. I’ve called it “Good Morning, Good Morning!” and it’s main mission is to start your day off right. Take a listen. If you like it, let me know, and subscribe to it. I have some show notes on my Patreon page. That’s at http://goodmorninggoodmorning.com. Here’s episode number one – “For the Love of Ninjas.” Enjoy!
I sat down at the piano again, y’all. It feels good to be writing again – I just need to make sure to keep the momentum going. Here’s the latest installment. It’s a bluesy number, so the lyrics are a bit repetitive. Enjoy!
I want to believe you but I heard it all before (2x)
I was there when you first promised me
Remember darling you swore
Now lyin’ is easy when it feels like a victimless crime (2x)
But it can crumble apart. It happens eventually every time
They’re gonna believe you but I heard it all before (2x)
If they knew what I know
They’d probably kick you right out that door
You ain’t what you’ve done you are what you do (2x)
If you don’t live in the past
Maybe you’ll let yourself find you
Because we want to believe you but we’ve heard it all before
Oh we want to believe you but you’ve burnt us before
Look at my face
And tell me that’s not you anymore
Cause we’re gonna believe you if you don’t lie anymore
It’ll take us some time to build back that rapport
Just remember people will give you
What you’re asking them for
People will give you what you’re asking them for
If you’re lyin and cheating, they won’t take it no more
Karma will find you, and she’ll settle the score
I’ve been feeling removed from my music for quite some time recently, but yesterday I found myself drawn to the piano. I sat down and wrote a song. It’s been a long time since I’ve put something like this together. I’m happy to be back.
Feeling the pain and reeling from shame
The nights are the same as the days were before
Winning the race and beating the pace
The trials we face we needn’t face anymore if we don’t want to
Expanding the light, and breathe into the night
We’re just borrowing life from the ones here before
If we could see through the dark if the shadows would part
We could walk through the park knowing who we were as a person
And I know we’ll find a way
To discover what we were before
We’ll find the door
The rain will pass, and we’ll sail out from this shore
And find ourselves brighter day
With our brothers and sisters from the war
Not in pain anymore
We could close our eyes in peace forevermore
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!