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"It's time" for a new blog design

February 7th, 2010 by Gallagher John No Comments

It has been nearly 2 years that I have been blogging and I thought it was time to upgrade the content and design. I did this for a few reasons:
1) I wanted to make the design more personalized to my leadership style
2) I wanted to add more information (you will see a new multi-tab format with Pocket Change, About, Resume, and Contact tabs to go along with the Home page)
3) I wanted to have the ability to add more customizable content to the sidebars.
4) I wanted to develop better tracking mechanisms
5) I wanted to make it easier for you, the reader, to provide your comments, so that we can have more than a dialogue and learn from each other.
6) I wanted an easier to remember domain. The new domain is www.johngallagherblog.com . To me, much easier than john-gallagher.blogspot.com

I believe this design does that AND MORE. Special thanks to Ryan Lang for putting the design together and fielding all of the questions I had about tweaking. He was very patient with me!

Look for some more posts upcoming explaining the features in more detail. I am excited about this ‘facelift’ and hope that I can continue to add more value to you with this blog. Let me know what you think!!

John

How are a Gas Balloon and Leadership alike?

December 13th, 2009 by Gallagher John No Comments

I have been wanting to write about this for a while.  I recall sitting in my office early this year and drawing on a napkin a picture of a helium balloon with the sandbags on the side.  The science of a gas balloon is such that to fly higher,” the pilot throws out ballast

Is Notre Dame a prestigious program and/or head coaching job anymore?

November 29th, 2009 by Gallagher John 1 Comment

Another disappointing loss for ND tonight. The tough part is listening to some of the prognosticators say that ND is not prestigious anymore…Does any other TEAM basically have their own national television contract? Can any other TEAM say that every one of their games is televised…every year? Can any other TEAM say that the biggest game their opponent plays EVERY year is the Notre Dame game? Notre Dame IS prestigious and Robert Smith (ESPN studio analyst) doesn’t understand what he is saying when he says that Notre Dame can’t afford a prestigious coach since Weis’ buyout is so large.

Now, I do believe that Weis should forego a majority of the buyout since I believe he should be fired for ’cause’. Even HE said when he was hired that 6-5 just wasn’t good enough! He’s right. 6-6 isn’t good enough, either.
Notre Dame IS a prestigious program. Notre Dame IS a prestigious coaching opportunity. Notre Dame WILL return to prestige in terms of the elite winning programs. 11 National Championships, 7 Heisman trophy winners. It’s not just football…It’s Notre Dame football!!!

Don't hold on TOO long

November 20th, 2009 by Gallagher John No Comments

So, as I look at what the kids may want as a gift this year for Christmas, I am often amazed by technology and how it has changed how we learn. I had been considering purchasing a guitar for my son. Then, I saw this blog post by Tim Stevens with a new “iPhone app” to play the guitar. Spend a couple minutes viewing this:

So, I can either buy him a new guitar and go through the pain of trying to force him to learn to play or finding a spot in the closet for another over-sized gift, OR I can purchase the app for his iTouch for $3.99. Now, I know all of the comments: It is more important for him to learn how to play the guitar rather than just hit buttons on a phone…right?

Sure, and it’s more important for kids to learn cursive than type in Word….
and it’s more important to learn how to divide using long division rather than using a calculator…
and it’s more important to read a book from a hardcover rather than purchase an e-Reader and read on my smartphone…RIGHT???? Maybe.

So, what does this have to do with Leadership and Relationships. I will tell you. It is our TIME! You see, as I have said in previous posts, our time is something that we don’t manage. We only have so much time. AND, how much of it do we waste on ‘stuff’ and ‘relationships’ and ‘worrying’ …on holding on to things that we want to get better if we just give it a little more time?

Well, at some point we have to say that our time is much more valuable for things like family and taking care of ourselves rather than worrying if our hand writing is perfect and if our ‘friends’ will be angry if we don’t come to the Tupperware party. My challenge to you is this:

1) Make a list of the things most important to you
2) Compare that list with what is on your calendar(handwriting, guitar playing, Tupperware parties, figuratively speaking)
3) Where there is a match, leave it there
4) Where there is a dis-connect, make a choice – Either it needs to be on the list of #1, OR you need to Let it go…Not so easy.

So, I think I may take up the electric guitar with all the time I am going to free up…

Have a great weekend, friends!

Who is going to write YOUR name on THEIR list?

November 6th, 2009 by Gallagher John 1 Comment

The following is info that I did not create.  It was something that I learned and have subsequently ‘SWIPE’d(Steal With Integrity Practically Everything) becuase of the meaning it has for me.  I saw this first in a book by John Mawell Titled “There’s No Such Thing As Business Ethics“.  I received it again over the past week from Jim Karger, a friend, mentor, and colleague who pens the blog “CrediblyConnect”  (http://www.crediblyconnect.com/) .

In essence, the exercise goes like this, you don’t have to write down the answers, just ponder them for about 30 seconds for each question.
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress…
6. Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?  Not really that easy, is it?

Now, answer this question(I want you to WRITE the answer to this question!):
Name three people who have had a positive influence on your entire LIFE?  Depending on who is reading this, that is likely at LEAST an average of 40 years.  The questions above only ask you to answer questions for the past 10 years at the most.

Much easier, right?

And the point is…we tend to not remember POPULAR people, but we DO remember those who made a difference in our lives because they cared.

Now, first action item.  Take a look at your list of people who have made a difference in your life.  I want you to choose one and tell them Thank You.  Write them a note(not an email, a HAND WRITTEN note…oh, the pain!) and let them know that you appreciate that they made a difference in your life.  It may be someone you haven’t seen in 20 years.  That’s OK.  If you are reading this, you have access to the internet.  Ever hear of a site called ‘Google’?  Go find them.  If they made a diference in your life, then take the effort to find their address.  You will feel great that you did that and they will appreciate hearing from you.  You never know.  It may re-kindle an old friendship.

Finally, I want you to ponder one more question about this exercise:  Who is going to write YOUR name on THEIR list?  If you can’t think of anyone immediately, then maybe you need to start making a difference in someone’s life in a postive way….TODAY.