Monday, September 15, 2008

Reenergizing For The Road Ahead

I know it's been a week and a half since my last post, so I thought I'd let you know what's been going on. I just returned from a four day jaunt to fabulous Las Vegas, where I tried to keep my computer use to a minimum. In a city that never sleeps, it wasn't real hard to accomplish. Instead, I spent my time in a constant sensory overload, with my beautiful wife. A getaway.....just the two of us (which is rare these days with two beautiful daughters). Needless to say the grandparents and sister-in-law had a fun time spending the weekend with the girls.

I know...I know...That picture above looks more like New York. Well, I stayed at the New York New York hotel and casino in Las Vegas. I thought it'd be fun to get a little taste of the east coast while vacationing out west.

So, as the work week is back upon us, I'm playing a tad bit of catch up, while trying to reenergize for the week ahead. Stay tuned!! Stay with me!! I'll have some great content in the days to come!

By the way....How do you "reenergize?" What's your strategy or approach to rejuvenation? Sleep? Caffeine? Exercise? A walk in the park? We all have times where we need to make a conscious effort to reenergize for the road ahead. So what are your tactics?

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarah Palin and Sarcastic Leadership

I must admit that I have not watched much of either political convention. Although I have caught glimpses of both conventions, I decided to sit down and watch Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican National Convention last night. For me, it was an intriguing speech, not by the content of what was said, but more by the context and delivery of how it was said.

I thought palin's speech was riddled with dry, witty humor. More than that though, I felt Palin's speech was loaded with sarcasm. Now, although I most likely will not be voting for this party in the election, I have to admit that I found her sarcasm rather entertaining and funny. See, I have a bit of a knack for sarcasm, and I thought it was neat that she was not afraid to use it. My question to you is: Did she go too far? Was there too much sarcasm in her speech? Should she have stayed away from the sarcastic comments altogether?

See, I'm very intrigued by what your thoughts will be, because almost a year ago (in fact it was my fourth post ever), I wrote about Sarcastic Leadership, and had some great discussion. Many felt that sarcasm needs to be left out of leadership completely, while others felt it was a small ingredient in a large meal; okay to use in small doses. Over the past year I've come to see that sometimes sarcasm is best left out of the leadership recipe, as many people see it as demoralizing and childish. With that said, though, I still love sarcasm, and I still use it when warranted.

So, help me out....I need your opinions! How did Palin do? Was there as much sarcasm as I saw? And, was it okay to use sarcasm? How about in general? Can sarcasm exist in leadership?
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