Nov 17, 2008

Aspects of Leadership :o)

At my PMI Meeting several weeks ago, we had a guest speaker for lunch, Lisa DiTullio, a Project Management Consultant. Her keynote speech was on the subject of Leadership. One of the opening quotes was "You know you have experience and knowledge...others see it as arrogance." I have to admit this struck a chord with me as I have had that type of feedback before. Not that a certain amount of arrogance is a bad thing - I am good at what I do, I have been around the block several times, and I can say that I am right more than I am wrong. You can call that arrogance, but I think it is more accurately reflected as experience and confidence.

Lisa likes to focus on four ways to LEAD - Listen, Encourage, Act, and Delegate.

Listen: Listen to suggestions without judgment, and say "Thank You."

Encourage: Please, Thank you, I'm Sorry, I don't know. Are you comfortable making these statements.

Act: Set Expectations, Establish the Ground Rules, Follow-up.

Delegate: It means "letting go." You need to make sure the expectations are clear.

Make sure you maintain a balance. Know what is important, but live by your rules :o) I believe that these aspects of leadership are applicable in our every day lives. I know I do my best to live by these attributes, do you ???


  1. I agree, these guidelines can apply to any aspect of one's life, professional, personal, social. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. LEAD can be applied to child rearing too. Great entry, Ken.

  3. Ken, I can really identify with what that speaker and you say about experience! I think that people MUST gain some wisdom and knowledge as they grow older. For me, I am a retired Chrysler worker, but also a Disabled Vietnam Vet, writer, welder, carpenter, Christian [serious student of the Bible], etc.

    I hope to read more of your posts from now on.

    Warm Regards,
    Tom Schuckman
    heli-gunner tom

  4. These are wonderful guidelines, and can definitely be applied to all aspects of our lives. :)

  5. Hope you're enjoying your evening.

  6. As usual I read a great entry! I believe this goes with every day life as well. I hope you have a great day tomorrow! I'm glad to hear your event went well, and you two enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for the mention, and will nominate you as well. That is when I look into learning how to do it.

    Best Wishes,

  7. Nice and concise. So true about the 'arrogant' part ... what most consider 'arrogant' is really envy dressed up as a critique

  8. Oh thanks for sharing this. Good information on leadership.
    Have a good week.

  9. We need a speaker like that in our schools to teach our young some good guidelines.

    Oh......and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

    Hugs, Rose

  10. hi ken, hope you are having a good evening, sounded like a good menu beth had planned and...
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! take care mrs t x

  11. Very interesting chat, Ken. Arrogance is one thing, but it's the combination of arrogance and ignorance that is the venom of management.


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