Friday, July 24, 2015

How to be more creative

This was a great TED Talk about how to increase ones ability to be creative.  The five pieces of advice:

  1. Give it  go (don't be afraid to make mistakes);
  2. Surround yourself with people are different from you;
  3. Let go of expectations;
  4. Build upon the ideas of others; and
  5. Keep showing up.

I have been working a lot lately on how t increase my ability to think creatively and I have found these tips very helpful. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Why Good Leaders Care...

I really did enjoy this talk.  Three main points, I derived from it are:

  1. Leaders need to be trustworthy;
  2. Leaders need to be educators; and
  3. Leaders need to empathetic.

In total, the more I learn about leadership, the more I determine that a true leader is really a facilitator for talent.  It is being the person who can be counted on, to clear the path for those work with them to be successful.  It is about being a strong resource and giving every opportunity to succeed.

P.S. I loved the line, "Leadership is a choice, not a rank."

Friday, July 17, 2015

Learning Curve - Initial Lessons

Hi all,

I have not posted in awhile as I have been working hard trying to learn my new role as chair of my department.  Some of the lessons I had inklings of before I started but they have come to the forefront over the past few weeks.

  1. There is a rule subject to another at all times.  When one thinks they know the rule, there is always a proviso or addendum that is attached to it.  
  2. Decisions are not made in isolation.  Everything has consequences.
  3. A sense of humility is required.