Tattoos are an interesting club. While going mainstream over the past decade or two (moving from sailors and bikers to CEOS and moms), today everyone probably knows someone with a tattoo. Many of us, at one time or another, have even had the crazy thought, “I think I’d like to have one!”
While I’m not a proponent of end-of-the-year goal-setting and New Year’s resolutions (as we should be constantly working these throughout the year), I AM a big fan of looking back and taking stock of the past 12 months. Regardless of whether or not it was a “successful” year, a “breakout” year, or a “shit” year, there’s tremendous value in stepping back and asking a big question, “What did I learn this year?
From where I stand I believe it's OK to wear what you want today but you have to own it as clients and employees desperately seek out authenticity over formality from those they follow and work with.
Over the past few months I’ve been spending a lot of time studying and reflecting on what makes some individuals rise to extreme heights while others simply seem to be settling for a life on the sidelines.
What makes the difference? What are the people that are thriving doing differently? Are they some how more unique and special? Are they blessed with powers and intelligence beyond most? How have they broken through to the next level?
One of my best buds and mentors Ryan Estis is a favorite commentator of mine on the issues we all face navigating a pretty disruptive and ever changing world of work today. One of the issues we’ve been discussing lately is the fact that in the new economy, more and more of what we do is being commoditized.
Women just get it. I can't tell you how many times I've had this thought after working with a leadership team around the shifting of power happening in the world today.
Historically power has been tightly held by a few, typically men, at the top. But the game has new rules. Today that power is starting to be distributed amongst the people. From individual companies and institutions to states and countries, at all levels of society we're moving from traditional hierarchical power structures to more flexible fluid empowering networks.