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Feb25
Look on the Inside, Not the Outside (Revisited)

Look on the inside, not the outside.  

I know we’ve covered this in many postings before, but I just read an interesting article by Amy Joyce entitled Fashion Leads By A Nose in The Washington Post this morning which I think you’ll find interesting as well. You can get it at HERE.  

The article focuses around some negative stereotypes of nose-piercing and tattoos in the workplace.  

I then clicked over to my favorites sports news site and read about the stock of NFLQuinn draft candidate Brady Quinn whose stock is plummeting through no fault of his own (save a terrible performance in the Sugar Bowl.) and he wonders why considering he has yet to throw a pass at any of the screening workouts. 

Both bring the point back home: Look on the inside, not the outside.  

As a society, we are pre-occupied with external stimuli. People watching. People judging. I had my bi-monthly pedicure yesterday (I know, I know…read the title of this article again and stop giggling!) and spent the 60-minute procedure reading the latest gossip in People magazine. All sorts of info on Brittany Spears’ new haircut, Anna Nicole-Smith’s post-mortem court battles, etc. We love looking at others and making Storybritneyfrontkabcjudgments.  

The danger, and this is mentioned in Joyce’s article, is that we make a snap judgment on somebody which, with our constant observation, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. In other words, the people in our cross-hairs will fail if we just wait long enough. We don’t want our perceptions proved wrong.  

So this week, let’s all make a commitment to look on the inside first and quit making judgments base on nose piecings, tattoos, or men who get pedicures. You might be surprised just how interesting and special these people are on the inside.  

Not telling you what to do, just offering a suggestion!

Feb24
Tone Artesians a Leader into Deeper Water or Drowns Discussion
Whenever I teach leadership skills online, I suggest that Internet discussions still have a way to go. Do you agree? Sign into any online chat room to discuss corporate crime, health care at work, or global opportunities, and you’ll see what... Continue Reading
Feb22
JetBlue Leadership Stares Down Crisis
In a time where being a victim and the "blame game" has become popular, JetBlue CEO Dave Neeleman stood and acknowledged failure after JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) experienced its worst operational failure in its seven year history.  Failure and embarrassment... Continue Reading
Feb15
Kindness Creates Unity for Leaders
As a leader you are constantly thinking about how to bring unity of vision and purpose to your team.  While there are several strategies and exercises to promote unity, think about this quote from the German philosopher Goethe, "Kindness... Continue Reading
Feb14
Random Acts of Kindness and Leadership
You may have known it was Lincoln’s birthday on Monday. But did you know it was Random Acts of Kindness Week?  Sponsored by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, this week inspires people to practice kindness and to “pass... Continue Reading
Feb10
Who is the REAL Celebrity?
Much of the news these past few days circulates around the death of Anna Nicole Smith.  While she was quite provocative in life, her persona seems almost greater now in the past couple of days. She's not the only one... Continue Reading
Leaders Who Tap into Right Brain Organization
Leaders at the cutting edges of change, organize for growth in creative ways that less productive firms miss. Does your firm run from problems, or plan for solutions? Organization skill here ... is to problem-solving ... a bit like a second canoe... Continue Reading
Feb 5
SuperBowl Provides Lessons in Leadership
“The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there” was spoken by the fifteenth U.S. President, James Buchanan 150 years before SuperBowl XXXXl between the Indianapolis Colts and... Continue Reading

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