Vintage Leadership Thinking …

5 Leadership Posts, Circa 2009

Click the link above for some Vintage Becky Robinson before she became Weaving Influence and a major force within up close and personal leadership development

If you knew Becky’s work then, you’re in for a nice trip down Memory Lane and just maybe some new insight from revisiting her earlier thinking.

 If you are not yet familiar with Becky’s work, grab a cup of your favorite seasonal beverage, get comfy, and prepare to learn.

Either way, I Double Dog Dare you not to engage in reflective learning of the highest order, as you consider her words and images to discern their meaning in your life.

Becky writes from both her heart and her mind, with an eye for the everyday things in life which may us better leaders, regardless of position, title, or politics.

It doesn’t get much better than this if you care about leadership with a personal and very human edge to it.

Boosting Becky’s work without any hesitation in the Heartland  … and everywhere else on the planet.  


Personal Note for Becky (if she sees this):  Under 12 minutes:)

Very Inspiring ~ Part 1 …

I was speechless for a while, which is not my normal state of mind.

I blog for a number of reasons, but being nominated for awards is not among them.   Getting a message that someone thinks so highly of what I share that they are doing so is really just pretty nice.

Thanks to David Kanigan, who inspires me to dream larger, look around more often, and be a better communicator.  Sometimes the value of an honor is in the honor itself, but sometimes the value lies in the stature of the person who is giving the honor.   This is one of those times.

To be inspired, visit his blog “Lead.Learn.Live”… better yet, subscribe.

You can see the award HERE.

Now I have to share seven facts about myself with you all:)   Some of these may have been previously disclosed or at least hinted at over the years.

1)  I am a progressive liberal  and believe strongly in inclusion, social justice, fair play, equality, and whatever else keeps people inside the circle rather than outside.  My children regard this aspect of me with some mistrust.

2)  I have dueling degrees in Counseling and Leadership & Management.   Sometimes they overlap nicely or support each other, and sometimes … not so much.   At times, the business sense wins the day, but other times, I’m all touchy-feely, sensitive … well, you get the picture.

3)  I once had a full-time job as an assistant director of a nursing school, while also working part-time both as an addictions therapist in a hospital treatment program and teaching graduate classes in counseling.  I was a glutton for punishment and apparently did not require sleep at that point in my life.

4)  I am a sucker for intelligent and well-romantic comedy films.  Think When Harry Met Sally” or “You’ve Got Mail” … wait, maybe I just like Meg Ryan.  I think everyone deserves the experience of ending up with someone you love.

5) My dream job was as the primary corporate learning officer (before this title became popular, unfortunately) for a national non-profit organization.  I got to be part of almost everything that went on, had the freedom to run my own show most of the time, and was highly visible at corporate employee and board events.  Plus, they had these really neat logo shirts …

6)  I learned how to work effectively with people on several college campuses while running student residence hall programs.  Do not ever let anyone tell you that student development work in higher education is “fluff”.  It’s down and gritty, constantly challenging, and will test your physical, emotional, and ethical strengths.   I cannot imagine a better management training program.

7)   I have operated both M48 and M60 tanks while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve.  I can drive ’em, shoot ’em, and command ’em, but don’t ask me to fix one if it won’t go.  I once had the pleasure of being so sure of myself as a young captain that I kicked our Division Commander (a general) and his staff off a live fire main tank gun range for safety reasons.  This action met both my desire for power and my need to protect others at the same time.

So far, I’ve covered the first three of five requirements for this award and I’m already exhausted, but in a very good way:)

To accept the award, the rules are:

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you – DONE
  2. Post the award image to your page – DONE
  3. Tell seven facts about yourself – DONE
  4. Nominate 10 other blogs
  5. Let them know they are nominated 

Part 2 is coming … stay tuned.

Still feeling very pleased to be so honored in the Heartland …



50 Blogs and 5 Ways to Handle Them …


Sigh … just what we all need ~ a nice long list of blogs to read.

… and this list is being touted as Must Reads – real blue ribbon blogs.

Thanks to the folks at OnlineMBA for providing us with this attractive nuisance:)

 Why is this a hassle?

Because many of us, and certainly me, already struggle with volumes of content that washes over our computers every single day.

In this online  and connected world, the options for information and advice are endless.

For someone like myself who indulges my mild Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder (ADHD) and maintains active interests in a number of diverse areas, the availability of blogs, newsletters, white papers, and so on can spell “Overload” followed closely by “Overwhelm”.

Add in a dash of compulsive behavior, which translates as “I have to follow everybody” and there you have it.  A recipe for an early death due to information overload.

However, as I review this list, I am pleasantly surprised to see many which I already read.  That’s good.  All I have to do is figure out what to do about the rest.

Why is this important?

One simple phrase:  Professional Development. Continue reading

Steve Wheeler explains Personal Learning Networks …

No, that is not Steve Wheeler to the left … bear with me for a while.

In the olden days, we went to school and learned from professors and possibly some of our fellow students.  Usually when we left school, we also left these relationships.  This was our first Personal Learning Network (PLN), although we did not call them by that name then.

After school, we worked and our PLNs expanded to include bosses (if we were lucky), colleagues, and professional gurus.  Some of these relationships happened during the give and take of the workday, while others took place at professional development events both large and small.  Relationships were somewhat dependent on our job and our career field.  Our PLN changed as our career aspirations and situation changed.

Maybe we had a friend or two, maybe someone who had a special skill who we learned from as well.  Well, that was then and this is now.

A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is those people from whom we learn and with whom we share knowledge and information of value.  

The online world has transformed this concept by allowing us to create and grow a PLN with a wider reach and stronger power.

Forget silly updates and stupid photographs, never mind the inane games and celebrity updates … this is one of the real values in social media.

We can now connect with others globally in ways simply not available to us in the past.  At one time, I would get no closer to the stars in my interest fields than an occasional seat with hundreds of others in a crowded hotel ballroom.  Now I can send a message directly to one of my “idols” and more often than not, receive a personal response.  We might even “like” each other or become “friends”.    The chance to develop a true relationship now exists … which is better than being one of thousands with an autographed copy of their latest book.

Laugh if you want – social media provides the opportunity to connect and learn at a level unimaginable just a few years ago.

Steve Wheeler explains Personal Learning Networks (PLN) and why we all need one in a helpful article that focuses on the use of online media such as Twitter, LinkedIn, and the like, as well as the increasing number of high quality professional blogs in many areas.  It’s a good read and I recommend you click the link.

Now consider these questions:

Who is in YOUR Personal Learning Network AND hoW WELL ARE YOU USING THEM TO LEARN?

Who else needs to be IN YOUR pln and how will you connect with them?

What do you have to share that someone else needs to know?

Trying to share, collaborate, and grow my PLN in the Heartland ….