Over 13 years ago, a little orange fish swam into our lives. His charm was instantaneous. That fish was Nemo of Finding Nemo.

And we’ve been wanting a sequel to Finding Nemo for just as long.

This weekend saw this wish come true. Finding Dory, a quasi-sequel of Finding Nemo, released to praise from critics. My opinion? Finding Dory deserves those accolades.

Finding Dory picks up 1 year after Finding Nemo ends. Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, begins to faintly remember something she shouldn’t have forgotten.

The memory finally clicks and Dory remembers she has a family. SHE HAS A FAMILY!

Thus, the stage is set for the next adventure of Nemo, Marlin (Nemo’s dad), and Dory.

But, the big question is: Does Finding Dory have leadership lessons? The answer? A resounding yes!

WARNING: Finding Dory spoilers below

Tribute To My Father

June 19, 2016 — 28 Comments

NOTE: This post was originally posted on June 15th, 2012. With Father’s Day being today, I updated the post to reshare it with those who haven’t had a chance to know my father.

Life can pass us by quickly. Days come and go. They blend together. Before you know it, it’s the next big date.

The next big date coming up is Father’s Day. That’s this Sunday.

As such, I’d like to share a bit about my father today.

Picture of my father and mother

My father and mother

His name is also Joseph Lalonde. He goes by Joe most of the time.

He was born in the U.P. of Michigan. Joined the military and served our country. And then moved to Muskegon.

He married his wife and they had three great children: Sharon, Debi, and Joey. Sadly, his first wife passed away after a fight with cancer.

Here’s a hard truth we all have to swallow.

WE HAVE TOO MANY CONSUMERS.

Is it time to stop consuming?

What’s A Consumer?

Typically, the term consumer is bandied about in the retail world. A consumer is someone who consumes a product or service.

They’re paying, sure. But all they’re doing is consuming.

They take the product. Use the product. Return for more.

It’s all about consumption.

The world doesn’t need more consumers.

What The World Needs Instead

Let’s stop being people who continue to consume. We have enough people doing this.

Rather, become a person who contributes.

That’s what the world really needs. People who pour back into others.

Whether that’s through mentoring a young student or serving in the local church or stepping up at work. We can be people who serve the world.

I can do that. You can do that. WE can do that.

Our leadership expert guest for today’s episode of the Answers From Leadership podcast is Sandy Asch.

Sandy is an internationally recognized speaker and author of Excellence at Work: The Six Keys to Inspire Passion in the Workplace. She recently co-authored Roar: HOW TO BUILD A RESILIENT ORGANIZATION THE WORLD-FAMOUS SAN DIEGO ZOO WAY with Tim Mulligan. Asch partners with companies globally to create workplaces that are passionate, focused, healthier and resilient.

Learn how to create a resilient organization

 

What else do you want listeners to know about you?

I am passionate about leadership. Leadership is underrated and I’m excited to talk about that with you. I have a son who’s going into his junior year at Haas Business School at UC Berkeley. He’s a true natural (but I’m not biased).

And a really important thing you should know, I’m a huge fan of Shark Tank.

Warcraft is the latest video game to movie adaptation. The basis for the movie? Orcs invade the world of humans and chaos breaks out.

Having been a big gamer, I was excited to see the Warcraft movie. This adaptation brought feelings of nostalgia for my video game days.

With that, I know there are people who may be confused in seeing Warcraft. This movie is based on the original 1994 Warcraft video game, not the more recent World Of Warcraft MMORPG.

Going in with that expectation, Warcraft exceeded what I thought the movie was going to be.

So, let’s get to the leadership lessons from Warcraft.

WARNING: Warcraft spoilers ahead

1. Use what other leaders have left behind: As Warcraft begins, we see a warrior pick up the shield of a fallen soldier. He found something useful the other man had left behind and he began to use it.