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March 2nd, 2013 by Gallagher John No Comments

During my run this morning, I was listening to Michael Hyatt’s podcast entitled: “The Fine Art of Delegation – Part 1”.  I had wished I had pen and paper to take notes on this one.

delegation sticky

Mike described the 5 levels of delegation as:

  • Level 1: Do exactly what I have asked you to do.
  • Level 2: Research the topic and report back
  • Level 3: Research the topic, outline the options and make a recommendation.
  • Level 4: Make a decision and then tell me what you did.
  • Level 5: Make whatever decision you think is best.

This is a great way for leaders to set expectations, as well as delegate.  When you assign a task as a leader, do you use these specific expectations?  Imagine how effective you could be if your reports knew exactly what YOU wanted as an output.  That’s a novel idea, huh?

Maybe you are a not a leader in ‘title’.  How often are you assigned a task where you don’t know the exact output?  Use these levels to manage ‘up’.  When you are assigned a task and the output is unclear, ask your boss the question… Do you want me to make a decision on this (level 5), or just research and make a suggestion (Level 3).

How frequently do you ‘think’ you know what your direct report or your supervisor ‘wants’, and come to find out that the output is not what was expected?

I love when I learn something new and find myself saying, “If I had learned this 2o years ago…”.

So, whether you are a leader in position, or influence, do two things: 1) subscribe to Mike’s podcast.  It is fantastic.  2) Try out these 5 levels of Delegation.  Let me know how it goes by commenting below.


January 20th, 2013 by Gallagher John No Comments

It’s Sunday morning.  Before heading off to church, its time for a good cup of coffee, watching last night’s DVR’d Saturday Night Live because I am too old to stay up that late, John Hagee yelling at me a bit AND, a facebook chat with my little’ brother Michael Gallagher.  Often, we chat over a cup of coffee and try to solve the world’s problems(or hopefully, at least 1 or 2 of our own!)… Today, I pinged him for a blog topic.  AND, he gave me a thought on our key-chain cards.

kroger card on keychainWe love these cards.  It only takes a few minutes at the register to sign up and there are all kinds of benefits to receive.  Why can’t we use these cards for some of the other challenges in our lives, though…?

  • Why can our grocery store keep count of my purchases on a key-chain card which then affords us the opportunity to save up to $1.00 per gallon of gas, yet my federal government can’t provide us an easier way to do our taxes?!
  • Why can our pharmacy use a key-chain card to send us an update of when our prescriptions may need to be refilled, yet our doctor’s office can’t keep track of when our last tetanus shot was????
  • Why can our fitness membership card (and the fitness place is owned by the Health System!) allow us to scan our key-chain card when going to work out, yet when we go the same doctor’s office owned by the same group they make us fill out the same stinking paperwork every time we go in and they STILL have the wrong address!!!?

There has to be easier ways, right?  We need another cup of coffee…

What’s your “key-chain card” that you couldn’t do without?  AND, what problem do you wish could be solved with a key-chain card?  You can comment by clicking on the Comment tab at the top of the post.


January 3rd, 2013 by Gallagher John No Comments

Luke 12:34 says: “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (NIV translation).  I wonder if Twitter would have existed nearly 2,000 years ago, if this might have also read, “Where your Twitter lists are, there your passion will be also” (social media translation)… Maybe not… But, I do think that the types of folks you ‘follow’ on Twitter and the types of tweets you publish are indicative of your interests/passions.  They certainly are for me.


I tend to use Twitter as more of a personal development tool to follow topics (lists) that interest me.  Today, I am following these types of tweeters:

1) Lean tweeters – There are 68 people in my list who generally post tweets about Lean (Toyota Production System).  The current vocation I choose is as a Senior Consultant in the implementation of Lean.

2) Leaders – I have a list of folks(abut 60) that I follow who write and tweet about the topic of leadership.  Leadership and personal development have been a passion for me over the 20 years of my working career.

Other lists that I have are folks who tweet about 3) WVU football, 4) Sports in general, 5) Health Care organizations, 6) political figures, whether they be politicians or media, and 7) Fitness tweeters .  I use Hootsuite to browse these lists periodically.  It allows me to “at a glance” see the topics of interest so I don’t have to go through all the noise associated with a jumbled list.

Do you use Twitter?  If so, do you use lists to follow topics or tweet on those things you are passionate about?  You can follow me on Twitter by clicking on the logo above, or CLICK HERE 



7 must-have running tools for my journey from couch to 10K

August 24th, 2012 by Gallagher John 2 Comments

Over the past 14 or 15 months, running has become a regular habit for me.  I have completed five 5K races and just recently completed my first 10K.  Now, every carpenter needs tools in their tool-belt to do their work.  Runners need tools, also to help them measure, improve, and stay motivated.  Here are 7 tools that go with me on each run that I do:

1) iPod – I am still using the iPod classic that was given to me more than 6 years ago by a friend.  It holds my playlists for different lengths runs, different podcasts that I subscribe to, and I have even listened to 2 books while running.  This helps to keep my mind growing during the time I spend running.  (Does anyone still buy an iPod classic?)

2) Sony earbuds – I tried a few types of earbuds when I started running.  These Sony earbuds are the most comfortable, sound pretty good, and were reasonably priced ($15) (AND, they stay in my ears!)

3) iPod armband (with velcro strap) – When i started doing a little bit longer runs in my training, it was not convenient to hold the iPod, so I needed the armband.  ($15)

4) Garmin nuvi 210 watch – This watch has been GREAT.  It has GPS so I can track and upload my runs to the computer and see where I have run.  I have even used it when playing basketball with the boys, or recently when we walked in Colonial Williamsburg.  ($249)

5) Heart rate monitor – An absolute MUST for me to ensure I am not overdoing it.  This was included with the watch, but I listed it separately as an important tool.

6) Garmin foot pod – This little gadget helps in a couple ways.  It monitors and records my cadence when I run (I am coached to run around 180, but 160 average has been normal for me).  Also, when I run inside, the foot pod keeps track of distance I have done on the treadmill so I can still record my training distances. ($45)

7) Running visor – This seems like a simple tool, but those who know me personally know that I have trouble finding hats that fit me.  This fit AND it provides some side benefits.  It helps to shade my eyes when sun is out, and the built in headband keeps the sweat from running into my eyes. ($19)

So, if you see me out running, I am all wired up.  Not everyone needs this equipment, but because I am process driven and looking to improve, they are necessary for me.  Do you have any suggestions on what’s missing from my toolbox?  What other ‘power tools’ should I consider? 



March 8th, 2012 by Gallagher John No Comments

My story of becoming a bit of a runner this year has been challenging, fun, and is really still in development.  I have learned to appreciate and enjoy running more than I thought I would.  On my iPod, I create playlists with music that last about the time I need to complete my runs.  However, sometimes, the music gets ‘old’ for me.  I needed something different. 

Enter the Podcast!

The Podcast is a great way to have ‘entertainment’ while exercising AND get professional development at the same time.  Here is the list of Podcasts that I currently have on my iPod:

  • The Herd with Colin Cowherd – This gets me my daily injection of sports and Colin Cowherd delivers it in a funny, pull no punches kinda way!
  • In the Loop with Andy Andrews – NYT Best Selling Author shares some really good insights about his writings and other topics
  • North Point Community Church with Andy Stanley – This podcast gives me some spiritual challenges in my daily life.  Andy Stanley delivers it in a way that I can relate to, which means he simplifies the Word.  I refer to it as putting it on the lower shelf so it is easy to reach.
  • This is Your Life  with Michael Hyatt – Leadership development, personal productivity, living on purpose.  This new podcast will be full of nuggets.  I look forward to this one each week.
  • Podcast Answer Man with Cliff Ravenscraft – I started listening to this one at a suggestion of Michael Hyatt.  I am considering starting my own podcast.  Need to let that idea simmer a while.

These podcasts give me a good mix of personal and leadership development, spiritual growth, and sports. 

Do you have any other podcasts you listen to that you would suggest?

What do you listen to on your iPod when you are working out?