Leaders Learn

Many years ago I worked with someone who applied for the CIO position in my company, yet they had no technical skills.  They had never programmed, built a server, or installed a network, because they had never worked in Information Technology. What they had done, was design the requirements for an Intranet project that had failed.  Mainly, because they wanted every feature, and the vendor was saying yes to anything because he needed the project’s money through his financially hard times.

The amazing thing for me in this process, was how this person was going to manage something they could not understand.  It was like someone who wanted to manage a medical research project with scientists, but they had never studied medicine, or even organic chemistry.   They had described a cure once, and in their own mind that qualified them. Now this could have been a different situation had this person kept learning through their career instead of relying on their political connections to carry them.  Continuous learning as a leader is essential. Continue reading

The Golden Hour and Leadership


Leadership, just like good photography, has to take advantage of the “Golden Hour” 

Sunset on Mauna Kea Hawaii

Sunset on Mauna Kea Hawaii: Photo by John Tanner

Photographers are acquainted with the term “the golden hour”. It refers to the timing related to where the sun is when you take photographs.  The golden hour is that time just around sunrise and sunset and it usually is no longer than an hour.  Colors and shadows are unique and vibrant, and you can take advantage of the angles of natural light. To catch the golden hour takes time and effort. I took the above photo during this golden hour in 2014 on the Island of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea. Continue reading