I was flipping channels the other night and found the series finale of “What not to Wear” on TLC. I used to love watching that show, wishing someone could help me figure out the whole appearance thing that was elusive for many years.
Working for the Marine Corps as a civilian, I didn’t have much in the way of role models. Women Marines had a uniform and were taught how to do hair and makeup. I had no such guidance and stuck with pants and sweater sets for years.
Our appearance can greatly impact our ability to influence. As leaders, influence is a major component of our success, so our appearance is more important than I realized when I was working for the Marine Corps.
Over the years, I have spent a lot of time focused on developing new processes and governance for organizations. No matter what the expected outcomes, I have found the same general approach and key elements to rule the day.
When I’m asked to explain my approach to much in work or life, I tend to use analogies. Few of my family and friends (with some rare exceptions) understand what I do for a living. Relating the conceptual to tangible things they are familiar with is easier for both of us.
I have found, like life, successful governance is a highway.
I am a firm believer in foolishness at work. That’s right. Foolishness.
Maybe I shouldn’t admit it. Someone might read this and think I spend my days standing on my head or something.
Nothing quite so foolish, so allow me to explain.
Last weekend, I missed making a weekly post for the first time in a very long time.
My son and I were at a family reunion out West. Between non-stop activities, getting reacquainted with family I haven’t seen in a while, and generally having fun chasing around my son and all his new cousins, I decided the post wasn’t nearly as important as what I was doing at the moment.
When our family gets together, people come from all over. Usually, it includes a few people from the “old country” and some extended family members (a few times removed) that my father has met through his genealogy research. This reunion was no different. What was different was my perspective.