Delusions of Grandeur

Archive for May 2012

One of the ironies of life is how seldom you do things at the time you’re “supposed” to be doing them.  I just finished an MBA.  At no point in time during that entire program until my capstone course did I read any of the popular business books.  You know the ones I’m talking about:  Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, The Experience Economy, Good to Great.  You get the idea.  Part of it was that I wasn’t required to read them.  Part of it was that I hadn’t yet discovered the beauty of having books on my phone (thank you thank you thank you for the Kindle App….you’ve made all that time I spend in waiting rooms productive!!), and part of it was that I wasn’t really that interested.  Sad for someone enrolled in business school, but also a partial commentary on one of the deficits of the way education is set up.

It was actually the capstone course which was much less of a traditional “course” and much more of an overall “experience” that actually got me thinking about these books and in the weeks since my capstone I’ve been plowing my way through them.  Some of it reinforces what I learned in business school.  Some of it puts a more “real world” perspective on things and some of the material in the books is decidedly more optimistic and how things “should” be.  What I find most interesting is that I feel like I’m retaining far more from reading the books and working backwards to the concepts behind them than I did learning the concepts by themselves.  Perhaps it’s because I already know the concepts or maybe I just learn better this way.  The fact of the matter is that I won’t truly know because I don’t have a comparison right now to a state where I don’t know the concepts.  But I intend to find one.  As I work my way through these books I’m finding things that are vaguely connected in other fields, but which are equally interesting and I suspect when I get to those books there will be several concepts I’m not familiar with so it’ll be very interesting to see if the “backwards” learning style is still better for me.

In any event, I wanted to share a recommendation from this reading.  One of the books I picked up was David Cottrell’s “Tuesday Morning Coaching.”  It is one of the books recommended by the company I work for last year after he spoke at our annual company meeting and it’s one I’ve been meaning to pick it up.  I’m about 2/3rds of the way through it and so much of it applies not only to work, but also to a good way to lead your personal life.  He’s done a fabulous job breaking down very broad “life lessons” into accessible plans anybody can work into their own self-improvement projects.

So as we all know I’m pretty terrible at actually updating this blog.  Which naturally in Nikki logic means that I should create a second blog that I can ignore and not update, right?  One of the reasons that I’m so bad at actually updating though is that the thing that is frequently at the top of my mind is Elijah and his progress and information about his diagnosis.  Rather than completely overrun this blog with that information I’ve decided to create a dedicated blog just to that so I can leave this one free for the more trivial stuff that is a bit easier for the average reader.

As many of you probably know, I have major issues with people who constantly post downer status messages about their problems on Facebook and while frequently what I want to talk about is a celebration, the overall topic itself is still a bit depressing.  So for those of you who are interested you can follow the other blog (http://fragileperfection.wordpress.com/) and for those of you who aren’t I can promise that this one will go back to being the much more lighthearted blog that it used to be.  It will also still probably be updated extremely sporadically….because let’s face it, that’s how I roll.

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