David Brooks: Balancing Resume and Eulogy

Ever wondered about resume and eulogy and their different virtues? David Brooks presented a crowd with a short presentation that focused on the two, and how we can balance them out. Resume deals with success, while eulogy deals more with finding a connection and community. How one chooses to live is their decision, but good leaders will find a way to create both of these.

Finding a balance can be tough with a lot of different aspects of life. We are constantly faced with tough situations, like balancing work and social life. But how does one do the best they can to create an equilibrium. David points out that good leaders play to their strengths, while constantly working on their weaknesses. And in time, more of a balance can be created. However, there needs to be constant monitoring of eulogy and resume, and how one is building them up. How one acts can determine how one is going for eulogy or resume. But good leaders do a good job of acting equally, and never behaving for personal gain. 

All in all, a good leader recognizes the importance of promoting both eulogy and resume. They know how to use their strengths, and always improve on weaknesses. By doing this, one can begin to focus more on creating an equilibrium between their own success and a feeling of community with others. The video is posted below.

Bugs Money

If one is looking for a show that offers entertainment along with leadership lessons, I strongly advise Pawn Stars on the History Channel. The negotiations that take place educate the viewers on the importance of leadership in an industry like this. We can now look more in depth at the valuable knowledge that can be gained by watching this show.

Pawn shop owners face many negotiations every day. And they are not always the most comfortable processes. Sellers many times try to pressure owners into buying for higher prices, and when they are refused, they can become very angry with the process. Great leaders know how to handle these situations. They know not only what is fair, but how to keep those they are doing business with in line. A strong leader has to stand his or her ground, and most importantly stay level-headed. If the store owners lose their heads, the sellers will do the same thing, which in the end gets no one what they want. Another lesson that is taught in Pawn Stars is the importance of communication.

Simply put, good leaders are good communicators. They make sure everyone is on the same page. Twice in this episode, the employees wanted to be certain they were giving a fair price. They called in experts to help them solve some questions they had in the process. This in turn, got the buyer and seller on the same page. Both parties knew what was fair, which seemed to help the process go along a lot smoother. The buyers used this to their advantage, as they had factual proof to show why they were offering the price that they were.

All in all, many can learn important lessons about how staying level-headed and always communicating is crucial to leadership. The show offers various situations that all teach unique lessons. Below is the video posting for all to enjoy!

http://www.history.com/shows/pawn-stars/videos/pawn-stars-bugs-money?m=5189717d404fa&s=4&f=1&free=false

Jimmy V

The speech given by Jim Valvano, famous basketball coach who passed away early from cancer, was so powerful and gave insight into the mind of a born leader. He knew he did not have much time to live, but you wouldn’t know it if you had never met him or heard about him. His reaction towards his cancer diagnosis was one that all leaders should take note of. No matter how bad circumstances become, how you react determines your character. When leaders are faced with tough situations, they need to embrace them, not shy away from them. How one in charge reacts determines how his followers will react. In this case, Jimmy used his diagnosis to appreciate and see all the wonderful aspects of life, not to pout and feel sorry for himself.

Valvano also took initiative when he found out about his condition. He created the Jimmy V Cancer Foundation to raise money for cancer research. Great leaders can use negative circumstances to create positive ones for others. Jimmy knew how many lives are lost to cancer, and he knew he wanted to do something about it. He could have sat back, and pouted and not tried to make a positive impact. However, he did something that could save many lives one day, and may have already. The leadership lesson here is to care for your followers, or those that you could impact. Even in dark times, do something to create a glimmer of light for someone else.

Jimmy used his cancer diagnosis as a way to love more and try to create better days for all those in his situation. I invite you to watch the link to the video below, and watch how he doesn’t let his condition slow him down!

Undercover Boss (Hooters)

After watching the Undercover Boss episodes Dr. Feinberg presented to us, I was intrigued by the show and how much it had to offer about leadership. I wanted to continue to explore, and tried to find an episode that had a lot to offer. Hooters seemed to be a great choice. The restaurant has been the subject of a lot of controversy, due to some peoples’ thoughts on how it portrays women. As seen in the episode, many people feel the company exploits women with their looks and tight outfits. Also, with the restaurant only having female servers, the way men and women will manage their employees will be different, and this is seen in the episode.

Coby Brooks, the CEO of Hooters, went undercover to find out more about his company. He knew that once his father, who was the owner before, passed away, that morale began to change within the company. His dad often made trips to the Hooters plant, and got to know many employees. However, Coby went the opposite way, and never took the time to familiarize himself with his workers. And he realized this along with the company image was holding the business back. So as all good leaders do, Coby listened to customer opinions, and made proper changes. In response to all the outcry from people about the way women are presented by Hooters, Coby assigned two Hooters girls to a PR company to show the world what their servers were all about. He wanted to show his girls that he viewed them in a much different light than many in the public, and also wanted to show the public the true feelings the company had for these girls. This is one of the many steps Brooks took to better his company.

Another reason Coby went undercover was to see how managers were running the franchises. He realized that the way one man was treating his servers, compared to how one female treated her servers was completely different. The male did not respect the girls working there. He called them prima donnas and made them eat beans without their hands to see which server went home first. On the opposite side, the female manager listened to all her servers and treated them with the utmost respect. She valued opinions and constantly helped them out. So again, Coby took charge and made changes. He sat the male manager down, and told him his actions were inappropriate and demeaning. He got his message across because the male manager made a formal apology to his staff and changed his leadership style up. Then Coby realized he also needed to change the way he was going about his business.

Brooks listened to workers at the plant, and got a good dose of reality. One worker said many workers did not want to work for the company anymore, and many were angry at management. Coby knew how important morale was to the company, as it was always high when his father owned it. So he made a promise to the manager at the plant that he would start visiting more often, and getting to know more of his workers on a personal level. 

All these changes that Coby made were very positive for the company. He did what he needed to do to make changes, and also accepted responsibility and realized his shortcomings in running the company. Many lessons can be learned from these videos, and I encourage more people to check them out. Watch for yourself below!