Is your career insulated?

Is your career insulated?

I don’t take myself too seriously. I also think we are a collection of our experiences and we bring that collection to each job we get. The process by which those experiences are packaged and how new experiences are added to the collection seems very interesting. We are beyond the world of resumes and job postings. There is a way for people to assemble their collection in a way that it aligns with opportunities even before an opportunity presents itself.

Boozestorming

Boozestorming

  A quick (but lengthy) history of storming… In the 1960s, the Don Drapers of the world would start the morning with a brainstorming session. This would generally consist of cigarettes, a decanter of scotch, a few ice cubes and sharply tailored suits. The ideas, like the booze, would flow and creative solutions would manifest themselves. That was the golden era of creativity. Then something happened. I blame political correctness. Twenty-five years later, in the mid-eighties, the sharp suits were replaced with stained collars and yellow armpits. Away went the fancy office meetings with crystal decanters, and in its place were workshops in motel banquet rooms and cheap gin. The focus on creativity was substituted by a focus on productivity. Substance was gone and buzzwords prevailed. That was the age dark age of consulting. I still tremble at the sight of a day planner and cordovan briefcase. Now after another twenty-five years, it is time to return to our creative roots. In 2014 you can still find a flipchart here or there; however, class and sophistication must also return. Creativity and productivity are not mutually exclusive. They are interdependent. Welcome to the generation of Boozestorming. Welcome to “drinking outside the box.” Boozestorming, in some shape or form, has probably existed for several years. It has probably lived without a voice, without structure and without clear purpose. When you really think about it, guys and gals will naturally start discussing topics of mutual interest as they sip on a delightful beverage or two. Or three. Problems get discussed and some even get solved. What if this natural occurrence can be formalized...
Exposed Leadership

Exposed Leadership

Leadership lessons in the most obvious of places. This is not about a fancy boardroom or trendy buzz words. This is about life. This is about the lessons being taught all around any given day. This is about learning to see, relate and apply new information as you take it in. Spend some time exploring your surroundings and discover the next generation of teachers – the streets. I’ve been fortunate during my career to continue to find ways to reinvent normal or stale situations. My life has followed a strange story arc, but it makes complete sense. This is true about leadership as well; the path is varied, but success comes from consistency. I am not a photographer, I am an observer. I observe and take in life lessons from every angle. Leaders need to do the same. So, I’ve taken to the streets. My academic training in organizational behavior and leadership provided me with a valuable theoretical foundation; however, theory works best when applied in the most ideal of situations. Life does not always allow us to operate in pristine conditions. I do not find theories to be worthless, I’m just interested in different applications. Exposed Leadership is my chance to maximize my love of metaphor, urban revitalization, creativity, innovation and leadership in a way that can resonate with others. I have an Exposed Leadership website. I even have some silly prints on Etsy (consider them the next generation of motivational...