Idea

This idea came as we toured Egypt on our honeymoon. If you looked around the bus, you saw a true diversity of people and characters; each one special in their own way. It was about 20 of us under the care of one guide, who more than just being an expert on Egyptology, knew how to manage people. His professionalism addressing the group and servicing each need inspired me to take a closer look. I thought to myself “there’s something to be learned here.”
In 2009, I heard of the death of Michael Jackson. Knowing I’d never see him in concert, I took my wife to see the movie that captured his final rehearsals.  Putting his controversial past aside, I was impressed on his drive for perfection when he instructed a piano player on how to get the pacing just right, or how a song shouldn’t start without his cue, even overriding the director on when special effects should take place. I thought to myself, “we should all be artists in our own office, but how do you learn that?”
And more recently, I saw President Obama give a State of the Union address and got a flashback to his election winning commentaries on that Chicago stage. It’s not that I follow politics that much, but when this guy speaks, I’m inspired. There was something in what he was saying, but more importantly the way he said it; and that, I hadn’t learned in college either. So I read up on his skills looking to improve my own, but more importantly fill a void.

Like these, there are many examples along the way that sparked a simple idea in my mind…”write these down before you forget them” From leading a group, to creativity & perfectionism, to public speaking, I noticed there are lessons all around us; taught not in books or school, but by people who have these skills naturally. So how do you turn human behaviors into managerial skills, when they’re not listed in your university curriculum?
In the first season of an American TV show called “Heroes”, there was a character that could take away superpowers from others with his touch, collecting them all over the course of the show. By the finale, he became the most powerful character and saved the day. If we could do the same collecting lessons through observation we’d raise to the top of the superhero list.
Through this blog, I’m turning “business-skill-collecting” into a hobby.