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Sunday, 9 October 2005
Guiliani & Jon Stewart
Now Playing: Engadget Podcast, 9/30 & Frou Frou's
Topic: Leadership
Sat. afternoon was an action-packed day, first Giuliani, then dinner with mom and the bro, and then Jon Stewart.

The recap from Giuliani's speech, mostly points from his book on leadership. Here are the six parts of being an effective leader:
  • What are your beliefs: can you set goals and objectives, and talk to people about where you want to go. Who you work for, especially early in your career, can influence what you believe.
  • Be an optimist: besides, life's more fun that way. It means being a problem solver.
  • Have to have courage- it makes you accountable
  • Relentless preparation; how can you minimize risk to improve your chance of success. If you anticipate everything that you can and are prepared as much as possible, then you'll be prepared for the unexpected.
  • Teamwork- as a leader you have to know what your weaknesses are and work with people whose strengths make up for your weaknesses.
  • Communication- being a good communicator comes from studying the five traits above
  • Do you love people? Leaders love working with people.

    Now on to the other main event..perhaps there's some insight here as well: Jon Stewart sold out long ago, packing house while Giuliani still had tons of open seating, hmmm...

    I didn't take photos at the Jon Stewart show b/c I assumed the RIT crowd would be all over it. But I spent five minutes searching for any others who blogged/Flickr-ed the Jon Stewart show. I only found this MSN Spaces blog and these Flickr photos. IceRocket found these and here were Technorati's results.

    The funny thing is that the girl who took the photos was sitting right in front of me, but look at the picture of her waiting in line. I walked in right before 8pm but found a single seat and was probably only 30 rows back. Ha ha, one advantage of flying solo, you can always hustle to the front and find a seat.

    Among all the jokes and social commentary, which were hilarious (his impromptu fun with the person working the closed captioning for the video screen was awesome), the most point on the state of the populace or at least among the youth, was the crowd's answer to Stewart's question on our outlook for the future. Almost everyone booed, someone yelled life sucks, and essentially the sentiment was that people were pessimistic about the future. I sat there shaking my head at this, thinking life is good, if only Americans knew how truly lucky and we are. We have so many opportunities that others would do anything for and yet we don't realize this standing in the world. What a shame.

    Posted by cph19 at 4:24 PM EDT
    Updated: Monday, 10 October 2005 12:13 AM EDT
  • Wednesday, 7 September 2005
    Defining Great Leadership
    Now Playing: Talib Kweli - Lonely People (on repeat w/ the Bose headphones rockin')
    Topic: Leadership
    I've posted before about Collins' book, Good to Great, (and who hasn't honestly, the thing has been on the NYT bestseller list for a long time), and this quote below led me to back to Collins' mantra of getting the right people on the bus:

    Here's a definition of leadership that has stuck with me: Leaders are "people who leave their footprints in their areas of passion." (HBS Working Knowledge)

    Sounds very similar to the Five Patterns book I posted on a couple of weeks ago.

    And I'm back from the Labor Day road trip, 1700 miles in ~28hrs. Here are a few photo highlights, or the only crappy shots that turned out from my camera phone. Remember, though, driving across Kansas isn't usually a highlight unless you stop to see the world's largest prairie dog. Maybe next time.

    Posted by cph19 at 12:12 AM EDT
    Updated: Saturday, 24 September 2005 3:30 AM EDT
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