As you may have heard if you follow the major business stories, Twitter just named their founder, Jack Dorsey, permanent CEO. This is interesting as he, not long ago, left Twitter and founded payment processor Square. But now - with full force - he's back, and the business community seems excited about it. While they look to the future of what Twitter may do (as we will likely do Friday), let's take a look to a past interview that Dorsey gave at Oxford University to find out what leadership like his can teach us.
So, this week my mind has been filled with Lego. There is a community event I've been participating that carries a Lego theme, my son wants a Lego party for his birthday tomorrow, and I've got about a million and a half Lego related articles with my name tagged on them via my Facebook connections. As a result, nearly everything I've tried to think of for today's article has expectedly shifted towards Legos. Then it hit me, we can learn from Legos, especially the Lego movie. Here are 5 leadership lessons from Emmett and the gang.
In case you've been living under a rock for about a decade, I should let you know that I'm a huge self-improvement junkie. I think that none of us is strong enough, fast enough, smart enough, talented enough, or skilled enough to ever stop getting better. There will always be room for improvement until the day we die. With that in mind, understand that I will often recommend something that will fit in to the self-improvement category. Today is one of those days.
So, I know that some of you out there are Game of Thrones fans. With the completion of the season finale, I feel like now is a good time to draw upon some of the leadership lessons that can be learned from it. Now, there are a ton of leaders in the show, many of whom are no longer breathing. With them come several leadership styles that can be learned from. Today, we're going to take from one of those leaders that may easily be... *ehem* ...overlooked.
So, I'm finding that the occasional study of a fictitious leader is both interesting and educational. You see, the leaders that are portrayed on screen get the opportunity to be somewhat perfect examples of a leadership attribute. We get to watch these leaders literally live out every bit of their existence on camera, as they don't exist off camera. That means we can't miss one of the times they display great leadership in the same way we might miss a great example of, to pick a name, Bill Gates' leadership. Now based on the title, you might think I'm going to talk about Han Solo and his heavily debated cantina scene. However, I've got a different smuggler in mind.
My brain has been on hyperdrive the past few weeks, and here's a big reason. Today's leader, Andy Frisella of 1st Phorm, is a down and dirty, no BS kind of leader. I've been following his Instagram feed (@AndyFrisella) and his brief videos absolutely fire me up. Today, I want to share a video he did with SecretEntourage where he offers three simple tips for any up-and-coming entrepreneur. It's only a 5 minute video, so definitely invest this time.
I've loved baseball since I was a kid. Of all the sports I can get excited about, baseball is the one I always come back to. I don't really follow players or team stats, I just love to watch and play the game. I've got my favorite teams, and I've got the ones I don't like so much, but as long as the game is well played I'm interested. And in life, I've always looked to the great players to learn lessons. Since today is a big day in baseball, we're going to look there for our leadership lesson.
I recently picked up a book that, in all honesty, I only decided upon because of its brevity. It was called The Greatest Power Thinker Who Ever Lived, and it was an analysis of Jesus Christ as not just a positive thinker, but a Power Thinker. The concept of a power thinker is a person who strongly believes that nothing is impossible. The book, a brief 37 pages (although condensed it would have been 12 pages), was written by the late Dr. Robert Schuller, founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA, and it gave me insight into the way this minister thought during his life.
Sometimes the best examples of leadership come from the minds of creatives and not from the real world. The reason is simple; characters in books, television, and other medium are often created to be the representation of everything humanity strives to be. Today, we will learn from one of the greatest examples of what humanity should be. We'll take a look at Marvel Comics' Captain America and learn his greatest trait.
Today took me a little far out of my routine, and caused me to have a neat perspective on teaching leadership. You see, today my kindergartener participated in a jog-a-thon fundraiser at his school. It was cool to watch him get out and have so much fun exercising. However, it was the opening conversation that struck me. You see, the fundraising company that was running the event has a mission of building young leaders in the community. Let me tell you, it's already an organization I can get behind.