A Very Busy Weekend

This was a very busy weekend. Today, President’s Day, I did something unusual…slept in. We’ll go to Ventura Beach later with our dogs.

Saturday I did get up at 5am and took off for Castaic Lake for the SCV Chamber of Commerce Santa Colorita 5k Fun Run, helping with parking and photographing the event. I came home, napped for about an hour, edited the Fun Run photos before leaving for a Valentine’s Dance at Sacred Heart parish in Lincoln Heights. We did instant portraits at the dance.

Sunday, both Angie and I had church commitments in the morning. Then we went to the well attended Associated Square Dancers Sweetheart Ball. The Valley Trailers asked me to take their club photo which I did as well as our club, the Sierra Hillbillies. Last evening we attended the Italian Catholic Club Valentine’s dinner/dance at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Newhall. I did not bring a camera. They had a 6 course meal and we overdid the pasta; we should have known better.

Attached are some photos from the events.

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A Busy Saturday

On Saturday I burn the candles at both ends. In the morning I will photograph the Santa Colorita 5k run for the SCV Chamber of Commerce. In the evening we provide instant portraits for Sacred Heart of Jesus Valentine’s dance. We will get home after midnight. I will nap between the two events.

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T*E*A*M Building and Leadership

I received the following from former NFL Referee Jim Tunney and his TunneySide of Sports blogs.

On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS February 1, 2016 #578 Up Next…” Building T*E*A*Ms”
After further review…It was a privilege to have the opportunity to speak to a group of managers from a nearby city government. The primary issue to be dealt with was that many of this city’s departments don’t often get a chance to meet and work together on problems that may be common to each, and so the best methods of solving them remain unexplored. We began by talking about leadership.
All too often people believe that leadership is someone else’s responsibility. Not so! Each of us will encounter situations when we have to “step-up” to take a leadership role. The theme presented in this meeting was “Leadership is not so much about ability, as it is about responsibility! Many often shy away from the “R” word for several reasons: Number one being the fear of failure. “If I fail in that area, I will embarrass myself,” they may say. I stressed that the best way to grow, i.e., to get better in what you do, is to risk failure, knowing that many before you have done that.
Another excuse for not stepping-up is the feeling of not being qualified to be a leader. The emphasis here was “leaders are not born, they are made.” They develop their leadership skills through trial and error. One doesn’t have to go back as far as Abraham Lincoln to find people who have failed over and over before they finally reached success. This management T*E*A*M was urged to adopt the mantra: If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”
We fully explored that theme with exercises designed to improve communication and change, and then progressed to examples of how to build a T*E*A*M. With Super Bowl 50 approaching, we talked about quarterbacks Cam Newton (Panthers) and Peyton Manning (Broncos), who will be first to admit they count on all their teammates to execute every play with their best effort. Should those players approach their task with nonchalance or lost focus, the quarterbacks step up to reinforce the importance to each individual’s contribution to the success of the play. Another mantra materialized: “Keep pounding away.”
As a former high school coach, I practiced the credo that “You build teams by building people.” I always believed that no one intendsto make an error or to perform poorly. But when they do, it is the leader’s job to help each find a better way. It was my intention to “catch people doing something right,” a lesson I learned from my mentor Dr. Ken Blanchard.
Will you build your T*E*A*M by building each member?

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