Pocket Change

Pocket change is an area where I will share various items including leadership quotes, stories and tips that have impacted me and I hope can add value to your personal and professional life as well.

Not 1…Not 2…Not 3…

by John Gallagher

You never know when you’re going to find a great deal.  Well, I was out and about in Boston this evening and stopped into this little sport store and HIT THE JACKPOT!  I felt like Lebron…




by Gallagher John

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.


by Gallagher John

Maybe the best words from ANY of the Rocky movies:

Defintely better than “Adrian, Adrian…we did it!”

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by Gallagher John

Someone shared this video on facebook and I just loved it.

As adults, we become too mature to do things like this.  But, reallly, wouldn’ you feel better if you just walked through a few puddles this year rather than around them?  In fact, JUMP INTO the puddles and make a splash… And, let your kids do it, too!!


by Gallagher John

“I’ve suffered a great many of catastrophes in my life.  Most of them have never happened.” – Mark Twain

What is causing you anxiety or fear today that is likely NOT going to ever happen?

Pocket Change – Samsung Note — Looks really cool

by Gallagher John

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I have to admit this looks really cool.  Looks like AT&T first, though in the US.  I would just go ahead and buy spare stylus’ right off the bat!!!  I am looking to reduce # of tools I carry.  Would still need to carry my iPod with this, though.

What do you think?  Would you buy one? 

Pocket change – Cool Gadget for iPad

by Gallagher John

Now, if I only had an iPad!!  On my list for 2012…


How to get back 3 billion hours of productivity in America

by Gallagher John

“The standard 1040 form now comes with an instruction booklet that is 172 pages long. Each year, Americans spend 6.1 billion hours preparing their taxes. That is the equivalent of 3 million people working full time. By simplifying the code, we can free people to work on more productive pursuits — growing the economy, generating income and helping to close the deficit”  – USA Today 1/26/11

If we apply Lean principles and cut out half the waste (definitely achievable), we would cut 3 billion hours of waste out of Americans’ time, giving us more time to spend with families, and be more productive on value-added activities.

How many hours do YOU spend preparing your taxes?

Embedding a YouTube video into a WordPress post

by Gallagher John

This was a helpful post recently when I was attempting to embed my video blog post recently.

How to embed a YouTube video into a WordPress post

If you don't plan your time, someone else will – Time Blocking

by Gallagher John

Priority Management is critical. Time Blocking is a great tool taught to me by Building Champions. This article in Fast Company simply reinforces the use of that tool.

“If you don’t manage your priorities and time, everyone and everything else will!”Coach Raymond Gleason

Pocket Change – Now THIS would be a cool journal/calendar

by Gallagher John

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Better have good writing, though. Technology continues to change SO rapidly. Remember when it was cool to have a PALM (even before it was a Palm phone!)?

Resource for your leadership presentations – Movieclips.com

by Gallagher John

Movie clips and movie scenes at movieclips.com.

Often, I like to use clips from movies to tell a leadership story. Here is a site with over 12,000 searchable movie clips!! Hope it helps.

Pocket Change – How to Whip the Ends of Rope

by Gallagher John

I got to teach a group of 5th grade Cub Scouts how to whip the end of a rope at their meeting tonight. I had no idea how to do this. Thank goodness for YouTube!!!

via YouTube – How to Whip the Ends of Rope by TIAT.

Pocket Change – The State of The Internet

by Gallagher John

YouTube – State of The Internet.

Pretty cool video on the ‘state of the internet’ – What stat in this video fascinates you the most?

Pocket Change – Leaders Keep it Simple

by Gallagher John

Connectors Keep It Simple | GiANT Impact.

Good article on simplicity from John Maxwell and Giant Impact.

Pocket Change – Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership

by Gallagher John

I wonder if the Chargers still think they made the right decision when they let Drew Brees go and kept Philip Rivers?

Pocket Change – Our Deepest Fear

by Gallagher John

I watched Coach Carter last night with my family. There were several leadership moments in this movie, but to me, none more powerful than when Cruz finally explained his deepest fear.

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Pocket Change – Everyone Communicates, Few Connect

by Gallagher John

Pocket change – Good Government

by Gallagher John

“A wise and frugal government which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Pocket Change – Leadership Development

by Gallagher John

Pocket Change – “Find someone with the ability and willingness to learn, and then invest a lot of time in their lives.” – John C. Maxwell

Pocket Change – "Don't Bankrupt Your Leadership"

by Gallagher John

Pocket Change – “Don’t bankrupt your leadership” – by John C Maxwell – http://ping.fm/aKRiy

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by Gallagher John

Great article on investing in relationships by John C. Maxwell http://ping.fm/715IS

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by Gallagher John

What a profound post about deliberate practice. http://ping.fm/tTIxd

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by Gallagher John

What a great post I wanted to share from Michael Hyatt about 7 ways to keep your spirit up in a down economy. http://ping.fm/pBCV3

'Pocket Change' and relationships

by Gallagher John

When Chris and I first got married, I brought along the “Bud Light” bottle bank when we moved to St. Louis. When we got some extra pocket change, we ‘deposited’ it in the bank. Over the first few years of marriage, we had enough Pocket Change that added up to buy a new TV, and have spending money on a trip that we made. Pocket Change can add up.

In relationships, we have Pocket Change. When I spoke to a group of college students a few years back, I used a story that I had learned about Pocket Change and relationships. You see, when we build relationships, we, in essence, build up Pocket Change. Each time we build a relationship – be affirming, write a note, even smile – we build up our pocket change in that relationship.

We can also lose that pocket change. When we lie, talk about someone behind their back, or don’t keep a commitment, we lose that pocket change through a ‘hole’ in the pocket…and it’s HARD to get it back. You need some help from someone, you reach in to your ‘pocket’ for some change and find the hole and only pull out lint! So, don’t deplete your pocket change with your relationships due to lack of character, integrity, and trust. It takes a while to build it back up! But, when you do build up your Pocket Change, the payoff can be enormous!!

With this post, I am going to start a snippet on Pocket Change – small leadership tips, quotes, stories, that I hope can add value to your life.

So, is your pocket change building up, or is there a hole in your pocket?!

Quotes of the day – From Jim Collins (Good to Great)

by Gallagher John
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"We must all suffer from 1 of 2 pains"

by Gallagher John

I heard this quote on a conference call today. It made me think!

“We must suffer from 1 of 2 pains: 1) The pain of Discipline 2) The pain of Regret. The difference is…Discipline weighs ounces, but Regret weighs TONS!!! ” Bill Hart – Coach at Building Champions.

Which pain do you suffer from? I don’t think I like my answer alot of the times!!!