Friday, August 14, 2015

Leadership Is Lonely

Does that statement hit anyone the way it hit me?

In my life, I have always tried to build collaborative teams that work better together. I enjoyed the WE mentality and consensus building that goes along with growing a healthy organization. It's fun to be a part of the group and celebrate as one.

However, I have also realized that leadership is a lonely, yet rewarding, role to play. In reading an article by Pastor Mark Driscoll, he hit the nail on the head when he wrote the following:

"By definition, a leader is out ahead of his or her team, seeing, experiencing, and learning things before everyone else. On one hand, this causes great excitement and enthusiasm because the opportunity to learn and pioneer is incredibly invigorating. On the other hand, however, the distance between a leader and his or her team is incredibly lonely."

He also said that leaders who build community, often times find themselves on the outside looking in. There is a sense of exclusion and distance when this happens.

The good news, if you feel or have ever felt this way as a leader, it is normal. In fact, it's a part of the process. If you're not out in front leading, you are probably NOT leading. Advice: Embrace the role you've been given and do the best that you can.

TEACH the team what you've learned, but understand that some may not understand the value of the message or direction until they've had the chance to experience what you've experienced. Be patient, loving, and understanding during the process.

VISION cast where WE are going. Along with teaching, describe what life will look like in the future. Explain how the work and effort that goes in today will benefit them tomorrow.

DO what you know is right. It takes courage to do what others won't and confidence to know that your decisions will be appreciated some day, it may not be today or even in the near future. I often hear leaders say, "Find out what the masses are doing and do the opposite."

I'll end with this quote from UNKNOWN.

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He doesn’t set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. In the end, leaders are much like eagles… they do not flock; you find them one at a time.”

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Love The Process

While recently listening to one of my favorite bodybuilders (Simeon Panda​) talk about the motivation to visit the gym, he responded by saying that he just loved the process of building muscle. Sure, he wants to look good, build strength, and amass an impressive physique, but for Simeon it was more about doing what he loved. He continued to explain that it's not about some end result, it's about the daily activities. There is enjoyment in the process.

As I think about my life, I think about where I want to be. I want to be financially free (no debt and no worries), I want to travel the world with family and friends, I want to have the body of my dreams, I want to reach the top rank in my company, I wan't to earn that Ph.D., and I want to be a blessing to others. In many cases, I'm thinking about the end result. What about the process? What about the journey? What about today? What about right now?

I've heard people say, "Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life." According to Simeon, that is exactly what he does. Every day is a new challenge, a new opportunity to be better than you were yesterday, a new chance to help more people, or just a moment to bring beauty where there was none. What makes you happy? As Nike says, "Just do it!"

Champions, wherever you are in life. Whatever you seek to achieve or obtain, find enjoyment in the day-to-day activities that ultimately leads to where you want to be. If everyday is full of love and happiness because you're doing what you enjoy, you'll have a lifetime of great memories. Why celebrate only when you achieve something? Why not celebrate everyday?

Love the process. Embrace the journey. Live a blessed life daily.

Just something to think about. Let's make today a great one, Champions!

Monday, June 8, 2015

NCCU's Information Technology Services Get's Covered

Lookie, lookie! The North Carolina Central University Information Technology Services has just secured its table cloth. Whoop! Whoop! [Enter angelic music]

From this day forth, we can now attend conferences, career fairs, and other events in style. Big shout out to the individuals and teams responsible for making this happen.

It's the little things that can make a big impression. Eagle Pride!

Meerkat vs. Periscope

Meerkat vs. Periscope

Yesterday, I talked about joining Periscope. Today, I've installed it's competitor, Meerkat.

For those unfamiliar, each of these mobile apps provide for live streaming. It's like Snapchat, but in longer form video...and it's LIVE!

My username on both Periscope and Meerkat is "damondnollan." Feel free to connect with me on either...or both.

Now, here is the question, "Which one is better?" Well, according to this article, referenced below, this author says that Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, is a much better and well thought out app.

For me, I have friends and celebrities who are using one, the other, or both. So, until I figure out which one I like best, I'll just use them both.

Check them out and let me know your thoughts.


Hot Air Balloon Ride...What's On Your Bucket List?

This is definitely something that I'm adding to my "bucket list." I've never done this before, but this would be an AMAZING experience. What's on your bucket list?

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