Over the last 2 1/2 years, I’ve written about my youngest son, the Goon, and his perspective on the world. His preferences and choices tend to challenge some gender roles. As his father, there have been moments that were heartbreaking along the way.
Our journey watching his unique choices began when, as a 3 year old, he picked out his own footwear for the first time. His choice? A pair of purple and silver Dora the Explorer sneakers. I wrote about the separate-but-similar reactions that The Queen and I had at the time. We wrestled with the opposing instincts to support him in expressing himself while still concerned for the social conflict we were sure he’d face. Society does not allow one to challenge its mores without consequence.
Back in January I served up a steaming hot helping of Fan Theory related to the Marvel Living Universe. (MLU? It’s my term and a better one than “Marvel Cinematic Universe”. I mentioned it here.) Minor spoilers ahead for The Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Still with me? Excellent! Let’s get our geek on!
My digital world has expanded — ever so slightly — again. I will occasionally post pieces from this blog over to the blog at RallyPoint. I’ve often referenced my time on active duty in the US Air Force. No surprise — my military service was a key experience in my life. It certainly shaped my perspective on leadership. I’ve leveraged many lessons learned in the service into success in my post-military career.
Six months after I left active duty with the US Air Force, I was thrilled to be hired by Wal-Mart into a leadership role in their Logistics division. I had operated as a leader in smaller groups in the USAF and could not wait to apply my military experience into a civilian career. Everything looked good – except for that pesky Open Door policy that Wal-Mart was committed to…
I’ve just returned to work after a vacation with family and dear friends from my US Air Force days. One of those friends, James (quoted here) has recently retired from active duty. In one of our customary late night socializing sessions, C-Dog asked James, as James was discussing his post-military career plans, what he was good at. James’ response?
Ah ha! A favorite theme! Maybe time for a quick observation on another essential element of leadership: appreciation. Continue reading