Archive for March, 2010

Recently I watched the new Alice and Wonderland and the quote “I believe in six impossible things before breakfast” stuck with me. At first it was just a unique quote that defined the type of adventure I hope to have in my life, but the more I thought about it the more I realized what a profound statement it is really. I think of my Great Grandmother who is 90 years of age, or even more extreme Neva Morris (now 114 years of age) and how much that statement would mean to them. Imagine for a moment you were able to go back to when Ms. Morris was 7 years old (1902 for those of you not wanting to do the math) and told her and her family such preposterous claims as:

One day people will fly; a person will be able to travel anywhere in the world in mere hours;  man will walk on the moon;  you will have the ability to not only talk with but see a person anywhere in the world instantly;  you can be in your backyard talking with someone in china… checking the weather… getting the news … finding restaurant ratings around you… all with a tiny device that fits in your pocket; that we will have prevented and found cures to numerous diseases and viruses; you can watch any event in the world live in your living room; you will have access to more information instantly at the touch of a button than all the libraries you could visit in a lifetime; there will be buildings nearly a mile tall….

Just imagine for a moment what that would be like. How people would laugh at you, tell you that you were crazy, tell you how impossible that sounds. It’s never going to happen.

Funny isn’t it how we define impossible. How many times has that one word prevented a monumental discovery; a technological advancement; a medical break-through?

They say necessity is the mother of invention… I say dreamers are the artists that paint the canvas of the future.

Don’t let anything stop you. Don’t give up on your dreams. Follow your heart and passions. Pursue your dreams with courage, stamina, perseverance… knowing that not every door will throw itself open for you, some may even close, or worse many may be locked tighter than a vault. Learn from every experience, every failure, every valley and every downturn. Continue dreaming, don’t give up, live the life you have imagined.

Yes, Nike was right, you can do it!

“All our dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them”
-Walt E. Disney

I came across the “Manager Cheat Sheet: 101 Common Sense Rules for Leaders” online tonight and decided to go through and pick out one trait in each of the areas I need to work on. So, in complete honesty, here they are. Feel free to do the same and repost in the comments. I will definitely write posts dealing with mine individually later on.

The Full List Link

Body Language– “Take your hands out of your pockets” – Ok, this one is actually one of my better areas and something I always watch, but I know I am guilty of this while standing around in a meeting or group of people.

Meeting Deadlines– Delegation- This is an area I really need to work on. It’s hard for me to let a project be ran by someone else and not be crazy involved within it. I know I would get a lot more accomplished if I got better in this area.

Getting along with Employees– “Don’t Micromanage”- This one deals with the previous area as well. It’s hard for me to entrust employees with an area, but something I am actively working on. This Spring Practice Season I am going to try and delegate on the field film management to one of my interns.

Manage Yourself– “Be open to constructive criticism”- Ok, this is another problem area I realize I have. While I actively invite criticism of my work and leadership style, it is often hard to swallow and I get defensive either with the person or within my own thoughts.

Boosting Productivity- “Do your least favorite tasks first”- I’m bad at putting off something I don’t really want to do until last thing in the day, which inevitably gets pushed back to the next day, then the next. Maybe if I tackled it first without allowing myself to move on more things would get accomplished?

Manage Finance and Resources- “Spend only when it’s necessary”- Ok, this is more of a personal issue than a business/leader issue, however both affect each other. I may be known to splurge a little on things that aren’t really that important to me.

Communicate with Clients- “Don’t be afraid to say you don’t know”- While this necessarily doesn’t deal with clients in my job at Georgia State, I am the type person that will dance around a situation instead of saying I don’t know and then figuring it out. Working on this actively though.

Keep up with Change- “Test your Contingency Plans”- This is another area I actually excel in. I love change and adopt it eagerly. But this is the area I’m least developed in within this region. I am getting good at it though, in video you can never afford for something to go wrong!

Resolving Problems- “Fix what’s broken”- Don’t place blame, but fix it. Yeah, that is something I am working on.

Go above and beyond- Ok, this area I actually do pretty well in too. Being empathetic to personal problem would be my lowest score in this category though.

Ok, you’re turn. Whats your top area to work on in each? Maybe just pick out a top five from the whole list?

Lunch Break

Posted: March 10, 2010 in Lunch Break
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I saw this Music Video for Ok Go’s song “This to shall pass” and was immediately impressed with the creativity.  It’s a one shot video, which means they didn’t stop the camera from the beginning to end. That is incredible! Not only that, but the entire thing is a Rube Goldberg Device, a thing were one action causes another, and another, and another. It’s pretty creative! Check it out.

First I would like to say– if you’re still around reading– thank you! I realize it’s been nearly three months since I last posted anything on this blog. I did so well for a few years keeping you updated on my life, my thoughts and other random things. I realized how much I missed putting my thoughts to paper, or in this case keyboard, so therefor I am going to attempt, yet again, to keep this thing rolling!

Now that I have apologized I will continue to the name sake of this post, The Highlands.

This weekend I had the opportunity to film a wedding in Highlands North Carolina for an incredible family. My work started weeks before however as I assembled the birth through engagement photos into a piece to show at the Rehearsal Dinner. Saturday morning I embarked on the drive to The Highlands with a good friend of mine, Kylie. Of course as we drove up the mountain we saw an incredible Waterfall and had to find it. After driving around in Sky Valley for a while we quickly figured out this was not an easy task. We eventually decided just to park at the top of the mountain and then hike up to at least get a good view. It was actually very enjoyable, although very cold!

After driving back down we stopped an awesome country store and talked with the elderly lady at the counter for a while, it turns out she had a lot of great recommendations for waterfalls, unfortunately due to our hour of aimless searching we had no time to continue our exploration.

On top of the Mountain

Arriving in The Highlands I was quickly amazed at the charm of the small town. The wedding was taking place at Old Edwards Inn which was an incredible blend of relaxed luxury (yes, I stole that line from their website). The place is one of the top resorts in the South East and it definitely lived up to the reputation!

Upon arriving we headed out to The Farm at Old Edwards Inn which is where the wedding was to take place. This was also where Kylie, Alice, Brenda and the rest of the Seven and Company Staff were staying. Seven and Company is an incredible Salon you should check out! With only a few minutes before the Rehearsal I headed over to the Dinner Location to ensure that everything was in order to play the DVD.

The Farmhouse

The rehearsal was good, although very chilly as we stood outside in a semi-heated tent. Following the rehearsal we all headed over to the Dinner Location which consisted of some great Bar-b-q and Ribs. While heading to the Dinner I realized I needed a few more cables in order to capture audio at the wedding and my parents were kind enough to drive them up to me! The DVD played and everyone seemed to enjoy the photos streaming across the screen.

Tomorrow continues Wedding Production Part 2 covering the Wedding and the Incredible Hotel I stayed.

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