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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Tagged? Tagged? How dare you!!!

For some reason unbeknown-st to me..I have been tagged in a multiple move by a fellow horseman of mine...you bastard!!! Now I have to fall on my sword and confess 5 odd things about me that you may or may not give a rats pa-tootie (word?) about. So..odd things...let's see. Uh....well....ahh....um....

1. Sometimes when listening to music I will play the drums with my teeth. Not actual drums mind you, I will click my teeth together with the beat of the drums. It is actually quite difficult, especially when listening to the early years of Metallica.

2. I crack my toes and my ankles in my sleep. This drives my wife nuts...really, no foolin I have been told that it sounds just like snapping a dry tree branch.

3. I created Jackamania...soon to be published..stay tuned.

4. I once scaled the outside of the Winona State Library and reached the 3rd floor (a result of the aforementioned Jackamania).

5. I have a Bobble head collection consisting of; Dante Culpepper, Randy Moss, Matt Birk, Spider-man, The Terminator, Ozzy Osbourne, and Robin from the Teen Titans (don't know how odd that is...but, best I could do).

Sadly....I have no one else to tag...wait I tag Dave...even though he doesn't read my blog ever..not that he knows it exists for that matter.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Uh.....Work and Leadership?

Last week I spent a few days in the state of Florida...specifically Weston just north of Ft. Lauderdale. I was down there for work with one of the folks on my team. I make these trips in an effort to spend quality face to face time providing them with some guidance and perspective on how to do the job. I find that as I travel with these folks I am becoming more and more obsolete. My job these days is to provide these people with the tools and opportunity to do the job and then get the hell out of the way...all the while trying my best to follow the principles of Level 5 Leadership as they were taught to me by my predecessor. Give the people what they need, empower them to do what they need to do, and they get the hell outta the way. If something tanks look in the mirror and take the ownership, if something goes well look out the window and recognize the people for the success. Wise words from a wise man that I couldn't begin to think about replacing if my life depended on it.

I have read all the quotes about leadership like, "don't take the trail commonly traveled, instead blaze a trail over untraveled land", and "live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever", and "every challenge is an opportunity", and the list goes on and on and on. My approach is simple...in the spirit of Built to Last, "Fish for a man..feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime". Speaking of fishing, I am looking for to teaching my son how to fish, play catch, drink beer, smoke stogies, hit on women, kick people in the shins, etc. HA..caught you sleeping!!!! Anyway...on second thought you probably should disregard this entry in the blog as it has no real purpose or direction as I have been suffering from a wicked case of writer's block.

And now an entry from my son....