Posts Tagged ‘Hubris’

…do you know how to operate your equipment?

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Something interesting happened to me this past weekend that I am compelled to share. I was taking the holiday photos of the children in the home studio, as we usually do this time of year. This year was especially challenging as we added a new one to the mix and he does take a little bit more coaxing than the older kids to strike that perfect pose.We were snapping away, while cleverly trying to keep the kids smiling and engaged. A juggling act, as we were also trying to have them look at the lens instead of my wife, who was standing slightly off camera.

After a bout 45 minutes or so, varying poses, begging, pleading and yelling – my softbox/strobe lights overheated. I scurried to stick on my on-shoe flash (remember folks I am a wanna be photographer here…) and had some serious issues with the camera settings as I had dialed everything in to use the off-shoe strobe flashes. Kids melted down….well I did actually…shoot over. Then, almost summing up the entire session, got the gentle poke of you just don’t know how to operate your equipment. At first my reaction was that of any normal person, angry and defensive…not a good recipe for the current situation….we’ll fade to black here and see how I can draw parallelism to the point I am trying to make.

The reality is that I was relying too much on post-processing (ala – Photoshop), versus really taking the time to learn the mechanics of all the equipment that I have invested in over the years. So there is the hook – do we as leaders of people invest the time to ensure that team members have the knowledge necessary to use the equipment that is at their disposal? At times, we spend money and time on acquiring new products/services with very little afterthought on intelligent sustainability.

Invest in learning as much as we invest in technology…

…make wise choices.


…sell your stuff, the world is ending (again)

May 19, 2011 Leave a comment

So, I’ll start off by saying that I am not a religious individual. I do, however, love to listen to Harold Camping and have done so for many years. I find his choice of words, tonality and pedagogic approach in sharing his views with those that will listen – brilliant.He is of course dead wrong in his conclusions, but it is fun listening to how he got there…

His approach to being fully committed to the extent that he is 100% sure of our collective fate, even after his 1994 doomsday prediction came and went – is the point of this blog entry. Previous postings have touched upon being fully committed, pressing forward and driving for results, leadership from the front…etc.The kind of commitment being displayed by Brother Camping is the antithesis of decency and rational leadership.

The above approach is nothing short of modern-day Hubris (definition: indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power).

People should take note that on the morning of the 22nd, there will be an excuse as to why this particular prediction did not come to pass…and another date will be set by this former Engineer turned prophet.

Lead your people with facts and experience, coupled with intuitive decisions….

…make wise choices


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