Theater And A Bagel

We stopped in at the Flying V Awesome-A-Thon yesterday. 


How can anything “awesome” not be good? 


Flying V mixes it up with the arts and culture. 


They combine theater with wrestling!


Essentially, this group tries to add adventure and combat to the more staid dramatic performances. 


Anything that brings theater more alive is definitely a good thing. 


We got to sit in on the event organizers doing a live podcast and could definitely see their enthusiasm for “Shakespeare and training” and becoming a success story.  


Anyway, they did have some snacks at the event, and this colorful bagel was definitely the standout. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

North Korea — No Deal!

This is sort of what I feel happened with North Korea and the U.S. at the Summit in Vietnam this week. 


We went into this thinking that the enticement of moving from war to prosperity, like with Vietnam, would set the stage for North Korea to see that truly, peace is the answer! 


But when there is no real trust between the people negotiating, then you get a lot of gesturing, but no real determination to make a commitment–like getting rid of those crazy nukes!


For now from North Korea’s perspective, “one in the nukes is worth two in the prosperity”…and they aren’t going to disarm so easily and give away what they consider their ace in the hole.  


High hopes, lots of drama, confusion and blame, and ultimately a big let down.


If North Korea would give up their nukes, and Iran would give up their pursuit of nukes…WOW, WOW, WOW, oh what a world that would be. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Got Mic

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My daughter went to a cool work seminar yesterday on emotional intelligence and she told me five important takeaways for creating EI health:


1. Self-awareness


2. Self-regulation


3. Self-motivation


4. Effective relationships


5. Empathy


Certainly, exerting self-control and working effectively with others is sort of obvious.


But it is not necessarily easy for everyone to do. 


Reflecting on this, some people seem to need no microphone or megaphone. 


They can’t get off the elevating soapbox and behave instead is as if they are the whole show onto themselves. 


Enjoying to talk alone or above everyone else, maneuvering with drama and theatrics, and being cemented squarely in that center stage.


Perhaps highly intelligent about the subject matter, but often quite low on emotional intelligence. 


Seeing neither the objective nor the team, unable to recognize and respect others or to listen to alternate points of view, it may go on for quite some time before they come up for air. 


Overly extroverted, oblivious, uncaring, or perhaps needy or narcissistic.


Seeming to say, “I was created and stand in the center of the universe and all revolves around me!”


Chasing honor and dismissive as to their way or the highway–threats lurk, right or wrong. 


This is definitely a job for self-improvement and to personal advancement. 


Can EI be learned? 


Perhaps if the person can stop for a sec and just listen and be humbly part of the human race. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Drama in D.C.

Drama in D.C.

Wanted to share two unrelated, but noteworthy items from my week so far…

First, this tree went down right in the middle of traffic in Washington, D.C. today. The BMW on the left was totaled, the van and taxi on the right had their respective front and rear-ends crushed. So much for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

On another note, I taught an enterprise architecture class earlier this week here, and in discussing establishing technical standards for the organization, one student put it well when he dramatically said “everyone loves standards, that’s why they make their own.” 🙂

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)