The Excellent Employee

*Part One of a Six Part Series on The Excellent Employee Excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. —Aristotle Nobody willingly pays a person to be average or mediocre. Or at least, they shouldn’t! And individuals shouldn’t…

App Yourself—Welcome to The Age of AppLightenment

“Now!”, thus spoke a good App to me, “Click on my icon and you shall see, treasures of knowlendge and wisdom so fine, to help you make the most of the daily grind, Excellence, you may claim, if but you will, open me up and take your fill!” App Yourself, by J. Diamond Arnold (A…

The Hero’s Journey—Applying the Epic to Your Career

Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end, after he plundered the stronghold on the proud height of Troy.  —The Odyessy, by Homer Your career is an epic journey! Or, at least, it should be—something that Homer…

Leadership Lessons from the 2011 World Series

The drama unfolding in the 2011 World Series of Major League Baseball is nothing short of epic. The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals have been engaged in a week long back and forth battle that I’m sure even the Greek gods would envy. Now last nights, dramatic, Game 6, instantly known as one of…

Profile in Future Leadership—The Rise of Marco Rubio

Like it or not, the 2012 race for President of the United States is on! No matter your political point of view, there is an air of excitement (if not at least some curiosity) to see who will rise through the ranks of their party as the nominee for President. Of course, the 2012 election…

A Brave New World of Knowledge

O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world! That has such people in it! —Shakespeare‘s The Tempest, Act V, Scene I While driving down a Southern California freeway recently, my son and I observed a billboard promotion of a major league baseball team. After some debate…

The Conditions of Unconditional

“Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice, but limited.” –Duke Ellington I recently took on a media project at work that would be both challenging for me as an individual, as well as an exciting opporunity for my team. The scope of the work was well within the range of my experience and area…

Adjust Yourself!

“”There has always been a saying in baseball that you can’t make a hitter, but I think you can improve a hitter.” —Ted Williams Baseball players adjust themselves. You may notice this if you take in a game this opening day weekend at the ballpark. Observe the players closely and watch as they step into…