I am so sorry for not posting in a very long time. As some of you know I travel and compete every year (for the past few years) to the IBJJF World Masters tournament. So normally for the past few years my summers are very hectic, aside from my family and work, my training goes into overdrive.
Normally I would pick things back up and catch you all up with my QA corner sections in SPaMCAST and things would be good. Unfortunately life got in the way (everything is ok just got super busy) and I couldn’t get my thoughts down on here.
Good news is soon you will all be caught up. The bad news is I will be busy over the next week or so to get all caught. It is not really bad news, I see it as a lighting a fire to get things going.
With the craziness I have been dealing with I have had the opportunity to read a few good books on leadership.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensible Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell. As well I have been re-reading Simon Sinek’s book Start with Why. I needed to get my mind back into the swing of things. I found I started to get complacent and not giving it my best as a leader. There is always room for improvement. As I have always said “I am not an expert”. There are published works out there that state that and it has stuck with me ever since I read it. Being an expert means that there is no room to grow and we all know that is not the case.
So over the next couple of weeks I will be not only catching you all up on my podcasts, I will also be adding more of my views of leadership so that we can all grow together.
On a couple of notes:
My trip to the World Masters got me to the second round for the second year in a row. The experience is something that is hard to describe. There are so many legends in the sport that compete or are there as a spectator I sit there in awe. Don’t get me wrong I want to win and I try to win. It is one of the toughest tournaments out there. One of the best quotes that is used in the sport: “you don’t lose, you learn”. I use that outside of the mats at home and at work. We should all use it.
Secondly, I have been selected to teach at course at QAI QUEST 2019 in Chicago, as well as do a one hour track session. The course will be a very hands on course using techniques to discover the QA discipline Why statement. This is based on Simon Sinek’s books and I am looking forward to finding out what we come up with.
The one hour session is on estimation. We will look at some of the pitfalls and common mistakes that are not intentionally done while finding ways to get around them.
I am looking forward to 2019 in so many ways and I will close out 2018 on QA corner strong with content that will be useful to all of you. Thanks for hanging in there during my absence.