Screen shot 2012-12-12 at 11.22.23 AMI just read a great post by Beth Triplett, posted on her Leadership Dots blog (a great blog by the way). The post reminded me of one of my favorite clips from The West Wing, which is here for your viewing pleasure. To set the stage, President Bartlett (Martin Sheen) is playing a game of chess with his aide Sam Seaborn (Rob Lowe) while at the same time resolving a conflict with mainland China over Taiwan.

The West Wing – Look at the Whole Board

How do you lead? “You have a lot of help, you listen to everybody, and then you call the play.” And don’t be afraid.

I don’t get the time to post a lot here…I tend to tweet more leadership stuff these days, but this one was worth it. Thanks Beth!

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Okay, so I’m going to pull back the curtain a little bit on my creative process…sometimes, a conference presentation grows out of a catchy title…I get an idea in my head and then I build the presentation around the title. other times, it is an idea that catches my attention, and I build it out until the title hits me. This is one of those times when I should have rolled with the latter but the former won out…mainly because of the deadlines imposed by conference programming committees. Had I worked the idea through a little, I would’ve come up with a better title (and forgotten about using the colon)…but things are what they are. The Tao – for whatever reason – took this title and presentation in the way that it did…all in all, I think it’s a pretty good mashup of a few ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

So, what did I do over the holiday vacation? Thanks for asking…

The university closes for the week between Christmas and New Year’s…as both dates fell on Sunday this year, I got a few bonus days (always a plus). This is my time to unplug (almost), relax with my family, not get up at 5 AM (or at least return to bed after feeding the cats), run a little more, eat a little more, etc. It’s also time to have significant, focused time in my wood shop.

This year, I had a special treat. A few weeks ago, I came into possession of a very old church pew…rumored to be 100+ years old, native red oak, and no longer serviceable as a bench…fixing it would have been a major undertaking, and the previous owners had no sentimental value attached to the thing. It did, however, have enough sections of decent wood on it to make something…but what? Read the rest of this entry »

Interested in learning about how to integrate work and life?  Check out this presentation that I prepared for the Enrollment Management Division at the University of Richmond.