OMG - it's knitted!
When it comes to mother-love, there are few things more authentic and personal than a hand-made, knitted dress.
Unfortunately, in virtually any decade after the automobile was invented, there’s pretty much nothing in the world that will ruin your chances of personal klout in real life than a polyester knit dress worn in tandem with your younger sisters at the same bad-ass school.
Talk about killing chances for your kid to survive the new playground equipment in East Van; in 1970s Vancouver, I had a Klout score so low, the number hadn’t yet been discovered, let alone explored in math class.
And while I sort of — kind of — get what mom was trying to achieve all those hours she spent knitting dresses that delved really deeply to discover the relationship between Zellers Polyester blue and personal hell, I’m sure she never quite understood the implications.
When we’re young, confidence and acceptance is important. When we’re older, it’s pretty much a required asset if we’re going to make our way in the world for ourselves and those who depend on us.
Confidence isn’t easy, no matter how you come by the clothes on your back. But it’s absolutely the key to personal ‘Klout’.
So try to surround yourself with people who would rather die than see you squander your potential, focus on opportunities that stretch your imagination and tell everyone else to check their head (games). Life’s too damn short.
Leaders of all previous eras, unite! The #usguys have issued a challenge to describe 21st Century leadership at #usblogs.
At one time, leaders were the men or (rarely) women with the biggest sticks — in many cases, it was simply the person with the power to ground you, fire your butt or otherwise make life miserable if you didn’t tow the line.
Although autocratic leaders still exist, the truth is their leadership style is going the way of the dinosaur. But, like the rubber toys above, if you’re flexible enough, even a dinosaur can find the right situation and survive to shout another day (though personally, I don’t know anyone who truly follows anyone who shouts to get results).
Adaptation seems to be the key to successful leadership, because anytime we deal with issues that involve the human element, complexity is part of the equation. There is no one leadership style that works in every situation.
Leadership is really the ability to move a group towards a common goal. So it does kind of make sense to understand your own style and know which situations work best for you.
And on that note, I guess you should call me if you need a revolution. Here’s how I measure up:
- 25 – Change-oriented leadership
- 22 – Visionary leadership
- 22 – Ideological leadership
- 18 – Participative leadership
- 17 – Leadership theorist
- 13 – Executive leadership
- 13 – Action-oriented leadership
- 10 – Goal-oriented leadership