How Are You Impacting Those You Meet?

I’m still digesting much of the content I took in at the Catalyst Leadership Conference in Atlanta this past October. There were so many memorable speakers and quotes it’s hard to implement everything I learned. This is why it takes time and effort to get the most out of a conference experience.

At the Catalyst Conference, Horst Schulze was a speaker. Horst is one of the founders of the Ritz Carlton. Yeah, he has a pretty impressive resume. He also has a firm grasp of leadership.

photo of expensive buildings

Photo by Macau Photo

Horst is probably best known for his way of viewing work. He instilled in his team members something special. He helped them realize everyone at the Ritz Carlton (from the busboy to the maitre ‘d to the hotel manager) were “Ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen.”

This mindset permeates the Ritz Carlton culture. It was also a highlight of the Catalyst Conference.

Leadership Lessons From St. Patrick

According to Wikipedia, Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Yesterday, March 17th (the supposed date of Saint Patrick’s death), people around the world celebrated the work of Saint Patrick through the wearing of green, eating and drinking green food and drink, and pretending to be Irish.

This year, I decided to study the life of Saint Patrick to see what I could learn about the Saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick was an interesting man, to say the least.

Field of green clovers

Photo by Kelly Sikkema

Below, I will share with you a few of the leadership lessons I took away from my quick study of Saint Patrick. I hope you find him as interesting as I did!

Leadership Lessons From Saint Patrick

1. Imagery is important:

One of the legends about Saint Patrick claims he used a shamrock to teach the doctrine of the Trinity. He showed the people of Ireland a shamrock.

Leadership During The Covid-19/Coronavirus Crisis

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OMG – what are we gonna do it’s the [fill in the global problem plaguing society now].

Ok so welcome back to the show where humans freak out. Put it in a timeline and you’ll get a really interesting drama type movie or in retrospect a mix of a comedy-horror (think https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scary_Movie )

Not looking to downplay anything, the virus is real and there are those affected. At the same time, certainly in the age of social media, the proportion of how bad it really is far more hyped than the plagues of yesteryear. 

Other than quarantine what can we do to maintain the peace?

Social media leaders influencers, it’s time to take a stand! While it’s easy and perhaps more “popular” to say how bad things are, stop and get together and point to how things are serious but it’s not the apocalypse, and there is still good in the world. 

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Valiant’s Bloodshot Movie

A Reel Leadership Article

I’m always excited to hear when another comic book related movie is coming out. I was no less excited to hear Bloodshot had begun filming and Vin Diesel was attached to play the main character.

Bloodshot is a character in the Valiant comic book universe. His first appearance was in an obscure comic, Rai #0. To see the Valiant Universe brought to life was most excellent.

The excitement didn’t die down when the movie released either. I was able to catch the early Thursday showing of the movie. It did not disappointment.

Vin Diesel in Valiant Comic's Bloodshot movie

Vin Diesel as Ray Garrisson

Vin Diesel as Ray Garrison, a slain soldier who is re-animated with super-human powers, discovers he’s being manipulated by RST (Rising Sun Technologies, a nod to the comic book), the organization that brought him back to life. Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pierce), the head of the project, has been changing Ray’s memories. He’s been sent to do the dirty work by making him think the bad guy is the one who killed his wife…

6 Ways Leaders Embrace Change

I’ve shared a lot about change. You know change is going to happen. You know you have to be okay with change happening…

But one thing I haven’t shared a lot about is what you can do, as a leader, about change. We’re going to lot at the things a leader can do to embrace change.

Two pencils on an orange background

Photo by Joanna Kosinska

These are habits and actions that will help you overcome your resistance to change and to grow your organization. You won’t be left holding the change basket anymore. You’ll be the one sprinkling change like a fairy.

6 Ways Leaders Embrace Change

1. Be A Listener:

One of the fastest ways to become a leader who embraces change is to become a listener. As you practice the art of listening, you begin to hear things you used to miss.