October November 24, 2019
Good afternoon VFOT friends and followers. It’s a cold, snowy, crappy day in New England and on top of that, I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to remedy some internet problems this afternoon. Not exactly how I planned on spending my Sunday. No good act goes unpunished as they say….and having a WiFi outage while there’s a lot of schoolwork being done in the house is causing some stress. First world problems, right?
The past couple of weeks have been eventful. Lot’s going on and more travel….so let’s get to it.
Most of my pro-reading during recent weeks has been tied up with staying ahead in the textbook that my students are using for our Leadership in Context class. In the past couple of weeks, we covered chapters on Transformational Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, and a couple of other theories.
I’ve found myself being distracted with recreational reading, so I haven’t made too much progress with either Blink or Lethal Force. I just have to get my head in the game and push through both of those.
I finished The Operator, and moved on to Lions of Kandahar, by Major Rusty Bradley (Bradley, Rusty. Lions of Kandahar. 2015. New York, NY: Bantam Books.) That inspired me to move on to another similar title, Level Zero Heroes, by Michael Golembsky (Golembsky, Michael. Level Zero Heroes. 2014. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.) This one was fascinating. Golembsky served as a JTAC controller with a MARSOC Marine Unit, during some intense fighting in Afghanistan. Both of these were great reads.
Other Learning Opportunities
In addition to continuing to work with my students in this semester’s Leadership class for the college, I also had the opportunity to travel back to Gainesville, FL during this period. This was my 8th trip to Gainesville to work with GPD’s in-house leadership academy. This is always an impressive group and I’m grateful that I’ve had this opportunity to work with them. I know that there’s going to be some changes for next year. I don’t know what that will end up looking like, but I hope that I get to continue this association.
After returning from Gainesville and taking the weekend to catch up and rest, I spent the beginning of last week participating in the RISE program at the Kripalu Institute. RISE is a mindfulness and resiliency training program focused on using breathing techniques and movements to stay centered and connected. It was a great program and I wish that I had taken it when I had earlier opportunities. I took a lot out of the three days.
Despite all the travel and training, the past couple of weeks haven’t been without fun. C and I celebrated our 3rd Wedding Anniversary. We started with a lovely dinner out at the Gramercy Bistro. I had not been before. I don’t know how I managed to not know about this great little restaurant. It’s a great atmosphere and the food was phenomenal. We continued the celebration on that Tuesday night with a quite night at home.
While I was in FL, of course I took the opportunity for a night out with my colleagues from GPD. Those guys are always a good time and I really enjoy the time that I get to spend with them.
When I came home, we had dinner plans with another couple that we’ve become friends with. They turned it into a little dinner party. Coincidentally, the other couple invited consists of one of my work partners and his wife, so a little professional socialization was accomplished as well.
Date night this week was at our old standby, Flavours of Malaysia. It’s always good….and good for the soul.
Through both of these busy weeks, I still managed to fit in a few sessions of Jiu-jitsu each week and I’m grateful for that.
Well, with the WiFi still down, I’m limited as to where in the house I can work. Maybe that’s a sign that I’m just supposed to relax and watch some football. That sounds like a plan. So, until next time…
Be Safe, Keep the Faith, Do Good Work, 1*