I was recently called out by @Handshake20 regarding my whereabouts – online and offline. Offline, you do not see me attending as many events. Online, as you can read from my blog, there have not been as many posts. Partially because of a self-imposed fast on all media on the Sabbath, which has been sporadic and hard to do, but very helpful.
My role with the City of Roanoke was very public and I interacted with a lot of people – all of whom I am grateful to have served. After a stint with Rackspace and now the Director of Undergraduate Career Services for the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, I have tried to be more laser focused and am trying to learn the word “No”.
I read a great post by Seth Godin and he asked where do great ideas come from. One of his answers was “not from watching TV” and from “reading books”. Here are some books/ideas that have influenced me and may be helpful to others:
- 80/20 Principle – Focus on the 20% that yield 80% of your results. It applies to many aspects of your life.
- 7 Habits – Focus on Quadrant 2 activities like relationship building. Slow is fast and fast is slow.
- Strength Finders – Focus on developing strengths (mine are Activator, Responsibility, Connectedness, Belief and Command). Yours?
- Purple Cow – Focus on the remarkable. It is your most effective marketing strategy.
- Purpose Driven Life – Focus on personal faith and serving others. It’s not about you!
- Next Generation Leader - Focus on leading others and not on the 2% you will unintentionally intimidate and threaten.
Therefore, I am behind on new technologies and the details of social media and out of the loop on local issues. What have I missed? It is more about what I have gained. Thanks for asking @Handshake20.