Friday Link Around – Graduation

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It’s graduation time! Graduation pictures are appearing on my Facebook feed: smiling grads and proud parents. In honor graduation day for so many, this week’s Link Around is all about the grad.

Top 10 Commencement Speeches

Time Mag: Graduation gift ideas

George Saunders has excellent advice: be kind

Inspirational quotes for graduates

Buzzfeed: 31 Grad Party Decor Ideas

Stylecaster: 25 more (just in case you didn’t like any of the first ones)

Write those thank you notes: WSJ: The Lost Art of the Handwritten Note (you can get my favorite book on the subject here)

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My book, The 5 Be’s for Starting Out, makes a good gift!

In a world full of “no” and “don’t”, The 5 Be’s For Starting Out is a positive vision of who to “Be.” Based on a lifetime of mentoring young adults, The 5 Be’s is a roadmap to living a healthy, fulfilling, and successful life!

 

 

 

Check out PatioWisdom.com!

Or if you’re feeling more “whimsical,” try Patio Wisdom for a little inspiration and humor!

Inside are the musings from Living a Life at Full Speed, where wisdom comes from the School of Hard Knocks. It’s wisdom born of adventure and hardship, joy and pain, victory and defeat…and everything in between. Illustrated with the author’s own photos, and narrated with quips and memories, Patio Wisdom will leaving you in tears and stitches!

 


Mickey's Rules for Leaders eBook CoverMickey believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 28 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.

Mickey is the author of seven books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating Teams and The 5 Be’s For Starting Out. He’s a frequent contributor to industry publications and blogs.

Friday Link Around – Mother’s Day

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Dad, me, and Mom, Graduation Day, Texas A&M University, August 14, 1987.

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day! If you’re reading this and haven’t done something to honor your mom yet, you still have two days!

My Mom was always a strong presence in my life and my family–and along with what my Dad she taught me a great deal about how to be successful in life. As one of the “Great Women in My Life,” Mom taught me to love God, to love words, and to love life. I wrote a piece at Catholic Exchange some years ago about her and the other “Great Women” in my life; you can find it here. She died in 1990, and I think of her often, especially during milestones in my life or my family’s life. She would have loved hearing about my adventures Mom never met my kids, but I’d like to think that through me she’s spoken to them anyway.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

 

The history of Mother’s Day

AskMen: Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

FamilyLife.com: Ten Ways to Honor Mom

Book Suggestion: The Art of the Hand Written Note

Shameless Plug for My Book (If Your Mom Likes Motorcycles)

#OptOutside with Mom in a National Park

DecentFilms.com: Top 10 Movie Moms


Mickey's Rules for Leaders eBook CoverMickey believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 28 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.

Mickey is the author of seven books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating Teams and The 5 Be’s For Starting Out. He’s a frequent contributor to industry publications and blogs.

Friday Link Around: Business and Intentional Leadership

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Durango-Silverton Line 1976Last weekend I was honored to participate in the Inaugural Intentional Leadership Conference, held by the Hollingsworth Leadership Development Program at Texas A&M University. The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M has a long and proud tradition of leadership development, and I’m certain the ILC will add to that tradition! Be sure to “Like” their Facebook page to see the pics!

The ILC’s theme was “Corps to Corporate—Intentional Professionalism” so this week’s link around is all about business and networking.

Fast Company Magazine: Lessons from Epic Fail Startups

Entrepreneur Magazine: Networking is about relationships

LinkedIn: Most Fortune 500 CEOs don’t use social media

9by9Solutions: The “Deification” of Leadership?

LinkedIn: How Lego rebuilt themselves

LinkedIn: How a Silcon Valley manages his time

Aggie Muster Day was yesterday, here’s what that’s all about.


Mickey's Rules for Leaders eBook CoverMickey believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 28 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.

Mickey is the author of seven books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating Teams and The 5 Be’s For Starting Out. He’s a frequent contributor to industry publications and writes for his own Leading Leaders blog, and GeneralLeadership.com.

Good Friday Link Around [UPDATED]

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It’s Holy Week in the Christian calendar, so this week’s links are all about Easter. As a trivia, history, and liturgy “geek,” I think this stuff is interesting so I’m bound in my geekness to share it with you!

The days of Holy Week have their own names, beginning with Spy/Holy Wednesday, then Holy Thursday (sometimes Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and of course Easter Sunday. Why Spy Wednesday? What the heck does Maundy mean? Well, “Spy Wednesday” because that’s the day Judas agreed to betray Jesus, and “Maundy” comes from the Latin phrase from that day’s Gospel.

From Wikipedia:

“Maundy” is derived through Middle English and Old French mandé, from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos (“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you”), the statement by Jesus in the Gospel of John 13:34 by which Jesus explained to the Apostles the significance of his action of washing their feet.

In the Catholic Church, Thursday through Sunday is called the Easter Triduum. Which of course, means “Three Days” in Latin. See? That high school Latin is coming in handy!

The Eastern churches won’t be celebrating Easter on the same day as in the West. Why you ask? Well, it’s because they use the Julian Calendar and the Western churches use the Gregorian Calendar. Yes, that’s right: Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory XIII are still running things!

Ever wonder about the word, Easter? The actual proper name of the day is different between East and West.  In the West, it’s called the Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord–”Solemnity” being the highest rank feastday. In the East, it’s called Pascha (English: Passover).

Besides the interesting historical and liturgical aspects (well, interesting to me anyway!), there’s other traditions, too.

Easter Bunnies? Easter Baskets? Colored eggs? The History Channel has a good rundown here. Wait, flying bells in France? 

For Christians, Easter follows Lent–a period of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving–and so as you can expect there are many traditions that center around food. Germans have lamb, in France it’s, well, lamb and asparagus, in Mexico aquas frescas, in the UK is–ok, more lamb–AND hot cross buns. In the Pacific, the Chinese apparently often eat at a buffet. No, really. Here in Hawaii kalua pig is the standard Easter fare.

In my family, we have a tradition of making what we call “Easter Bread” to have for brunch on Easter Sunday. It’s a recipe that came from my mother’s family when they emigrated from Naples, Italy. The actual Italian name was probably “Torte di Pasqua” (Easter Pie), and contained various types of cured meats, cheeses, hard boiled eggs, and herbs. In Rome, a little north of Naples, it’s called pizza rustica.

My family’s recipe was clearly heavily Americanized, with pepperoni, bacon, ham, swiss cheese, provolone, hard boiled eggs, and parsley. It seems Great-Grandmother got to America and had to make do with what she could find here. I’ve done some research, and I think I’ve gotten a recipe that’s probably closer to the original. My Gramma was pretty tight-lipped about the recipe, but as mia famiglia dispersed around the country, I’m passing it on to you so we keep the tradition alive:

Easter Pie (makes one 12” pie, serves 6-8)

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Ingredients:

Crust
3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (adjust as necessary)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp coarse black pepper
1/3 cup water (add more if needed to mix flour, but be careful!)
3 eggs well beaten

Filling
3 oz salami or other cured meats
5 oz ham
2 oz crumbled pancetta
2-3 hardboiled eggs (whole or chopped, whatever you like)
3 oz pecorino romano cheese
3 oz provolone cheese
1-3 oz mozzarella or other cheese as “filler” to stretch the filling as desired
Italian seasonings (we use basil, oregano, and parsley), about 2 tbsp

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Combine ingredients for crust and work into a ball. Ball should be moist but not sticky. Separate the ball into two equal portions, one for the top and one for the bottom. Roll them very thin to the size and shape of a medium pizza (bigger is better). Place the bottom piece of dough on a baking stone/pizza pan sheet.

Chop ingredients for filling into small pieces, except for the hard boiled eggs.

Roll the dough balls into disks, and place one on your baking sheet. Round pizza sheets work best! Place the hard boiled eggs on the bottom of crust. Cutting them in half long-ways works best. Mound the filling up on the bottom dough, then cover the filling with the top piece.

Trim the excess dough, making two braids, four “pretzel” shapes with three loops each (about 1 1/2 inches across), and a crown of whatever design works. Serrate the edge of the pie, that represents the Crown of Thorns. Criss-cross the braids, those represent the whips with which Jesus was beaten.

Place the one “pretzel” in each quadrant made by the braids, each represents the Trinity (three loops). Place the crown on top, that’s Jesus’ crown as King of Kings.

Brush the whole pie with egg yolk, sprinkle liberally with sugar, and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees, checking often to make sure it doesn’t burn on the edges. Cover the edges or crown with foil as needed. When cooked all the way through, let rest for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Enjoy warm or cold. Some like to dip it in marinara sauce as well.  Buona Pasqua!


Mickey's Rules for Leaders eBook CoverMickey believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 28 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.

Mickey is the author of seven books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating Teams and The 5 Be’s For Starting Out. He’s a frequent contributor to industry publications and writes for his own Leading Leaders blog, and GeneralLeadership.com.

Friday Link Around – All (Well, Mostly) Business

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Durango-Silverton Line 1976This week’s Friday Link Around is all about the business of, well, business.

To begin, are performance reviews value added? Red Balloon founded Naomi Simpson doesn’t think so–she sees them as at best incomplete and at worst a source of office bullying. What do you think?

You probably already know I hate meetings, but if you have to go to one, here’s some meeting etiquette tips every professional should know.

Over at Inc. Magazine, Travis Bradberry (author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0) has six things you don’t owe your boss.

Of course, once you get your team built, you have to retain those team members. Some of your employees are leaving, and not for the reasons you might think.

Think networking is valuable? Greg McKeown, writing for Harvard Business Review, doesn’t think so. His opinion is 99% of networking is a waste of time. If that’s true, I’ve wasted a lot of time!

Finally, because no one can be all business…a little levity via Armstrong and Getty. Who doesn’t love happy piggy noises?


Mickey's Rules for Leaders eBook CoverMickey believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 28 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.

Mickey is the author of seven books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating Teams and The 5 Be’s For Starting Out. He’s a frequent contributor to industry publications and writes for his own Leading LeadersPersonal Development Magazine, and GeneralLeadership.com.

Friday Link Around!

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Durango-Silverton Line 1976Another Friday, and another opportunity to explore some interesting links! This week’s theme: entrepreneurs and people you outta know, plus a cool way to earn cash from those photos on your phone.

Do you know about Neil Patel? I’ve been learning a lot from him about content marketing and internet business.

Need some nutrition coaching, advice, or some awesome workout clothes for women? Then check out my friend and fellow Airman, Suzanne over at Nutrition Snob. (Don’t let the “snob” part fool ya–she’s a great gal!).

Following your dream and making it your life’s work is what drives entrepreneurs. When we visited the Hawaiian island of Lanai last June we met Mike and Kathy Carroll. Mike was a commercial artist who gave up the corporate life and opened an art gallery on Lanai. He sells his work over the internet as well as in person, and it’s fabulous–and the shipping is good too!

Ever want to create a flyer or some other professional graphic, but Powerpoint just wasn’t “enough”? The try Canva! Easy to use, free, and professional looking graphics are a click away.

Ok, last one.  You know all those pictures you have on your phone? The ones you never look at? Well there’s a site called Twenty20.com where you can upload your photos and sell them online. You make 40% commission on each photo. I haven’t sold any yet…but check out my gallery anyway!

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Speaking of books: check out my bookstore here.


Mickey's Rules for Leaders eBook CoverMickey believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 28 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world.  He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.

Mickey is the author of seven books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating Teams and The 5 Be’s For Starting Out. He’s a frequent contributor to industry publications and writes for his own Leading Leaders blog, and GeneralLeadership.com.

Fun! Links! Friday! It’s the Friday Link Around!

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Durango-Silverton Line 1976Hey everyone! I’m starting a new Friday feature: Friday Link Around!  No one feels like doing “work” on Friday, certainly not here in Hawaii. In fact, we look forward to the weekend so much here in the Islands, we have our own name for Friday: “Aloha Friday.”

So in the spirit of a not-so-serious end to the week for a fairly serious blog, each Friday I’ll share a few links for you to start your weekend with a smile (and maybe learn a thing or two before you’re through–Hey, Hey, Hey!)

Key dates to remember in March

How is the date for Easter determined?

Spring forward…8 Things You May Not Know About Daylight Savings Time. And why Hawaii and Arizona don’t play.

The funniest version of the story of St Patrick you’ll ever see. (“Maywin Socket!”)

Shakespeare does March. (video)

Build your NCAA Basketball Tourney bracket! Or let the computer do it for you!

The most epic mustache ever.