Guest contributions:

04.22.13  Uncommon Leadership 

04.02.15  Switch and Shift  

05.13.15  Better Practice Team Performance

05.29.15  Better Practice Team Performance

07.08.15  Switch and Shift 

07.14.15  Better Practice Team Performance

10.05.15  Switch and Shift 

Stacey's Reading List...


"Tribe of Mentors" by Timothy Ferriss

"Shortcut" by John Pollack 

"Seeing What Others Don't" by Gary Klein

"Several Short Sentences About Writing" by Verlyn Klinkenborg

"The Birkman Method - Your Personality at Work" by Sharon Birkman Fink and Stephanie Capparell

"Creative Intelligence" by Bruce Nussbaum 

"Improv Wisdom" by Patricia Ryan Madson

"Training To Imagine" by Kat Koppett

"Quiet" by Susan Cain

"Where Good Ideas Come From" by Steven Johnson

"A Whole New Mind" by Daniel H. Pink

"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman 

"Rework" by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson  

"The Leadership Pipeline" by Ram Charan, Stephen Drotter, James Noel  

"Life:  Selected Quotations" by Paulo Coelho 

"Deep Change" by Robert Quinn

"The Power of Full Engagement" by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz  

"The Way of the Shepherd" by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak  

"Developing the Leader Within You" by John Maxwell  

"Mr. Peabody's Apples" by Madonna

"Orbiting the Giant Hairball" by Gordon MacKenzie




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Social Media: "I'm probably doing it wrong!" (part 3 of 3)

This is the final post in a 3 part series where I’ve shared my perspective on the questions that I’m asked the most (mainly around emotional intelligence, reading interests, and social media).  This post looks at how I handle social media.  And it should probably come with a warning label:  the following contains high snarky-ness.  Don’t say you weren’t warned.  

Social media is a tough arena for me to navigate.  It’s loud and ubiquitous.  It’s as if the designers forgot to install an off switch.  As an introvert, the constant cacophony makes my head hurt.  But unless I plan to live under a rock, or move to my own island (don’t laugh, you actually can buy an island - these are things introverts know), learning to cohabitate with social media is a necessity. 

The view from my perspective. 

It is mind-numbing the amount of tweets that fall into the “I’m so great…look at me…this is what I’m doing / eating / watching / wearing / complaining about.”  Closely followed by the insane number of tweets featuring miss-spellings and bad punctuation.  With very little effort you can find both in the same 140 characters.  Somewhere the grammar Gods are crying.  When “what color is this dress” nearly crippled Twitter bandwidth, I wanted to weep for humanity. 

But – and this is an enormous but – there is also amazing content by gifted thinkers who are using this platform as a voice to rally the human race.  To start real conversations with real implications in real time.  And that is simply brilliant. 

My favorite use of twitter…?  The “favorites” feature.  Any tweet I “favorite” becomes neatly tucked away for future reference.  Cloud storage at its finest.  (Whatever that means.  Sigh.) 


I am fascinated by what goes viral.  It tells us something about the culture of our society.  What exactly, I’m not entirely sure.  Take the following videos for example: 

*  Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball  762.m views (3.42 minutes)

*  What Does The Fox Say…?  507.8m views (3.45 minutes)

*  Lil Bub Magical Yule Log.  2.7m views (This is an hour long video of a cat in front of a fireplace.  The cat does not move.  I kid you not.) 

*  Sir Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity…? 8.0m views (20 minutes)

*  Susan Cain – The Power Of Introverts  3.8m views (19 minutes)

Pop culture and the love of cute cats and woodland creatures aside, as the intellectual content or the time commitment increases, views decrease.  Rapidly. 

And then there’s Kahn Academy, an education platform that reaches 7 million students a month with free education.  Some 300,000 teachers around the world augment classroom learning with these videos.  What does the fox say indeed! 


Perhaps since I’m not conducting a job search, I don’t maximize the potential of this platform.  I do however find it to be an amazing electronic Rolodex.  That’s pretty handy. 

The ability to publish a post, share an update, follow influencers, and join groups creates a wealth of information and a level of strength that comes from massive connectivity.  It also appears to offer personal validation that might be lacking in traditional face-to-face exchanges.  I’m impressed by the amount of good will continuously offered within a host of networks.  

One thing still makes me laugh though – the profile content.  In the quest to advocate for skill sets and prove self worth, the embellished language and over-used corporate jargon is hysterical.  It’s like playing buzzword bingo!  It’s all about the “value-added holistic approach using dashboard metrics and leveraging systems to navigate the gray in a disruptive innovative environment where boiling the ocean creates greater thought leadership”.  Eye roll.  Just once I’d like to come across an entry that reads “I’m good at fixing the copier”.  Every company wants that candidate.  They could set their own salary.  Long live the electronic resume! 

Social media is a part of our lives whether we like it or not.  So really it’s a matter of our attitudes as we interact with it.  And isn’t that the truth about so many things in life – it’s a matter of attitude. 


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