In previous years, the Atlanta Track Club has hosted a 5k / 10k “Resolution Run” at high noon on New Years Day. It was a no-frills event where you walked up, paid $5, registered, got a t-shirt, and ran. That’s it. This has changed for the 2010 event.
For 2010, you will be required to register before 11:59 pm on December 29th. And it will no longer be $5, but between $22 – 25 depending on when you sign up. Long sleeve technical shirts will be given out this year instead of the cotton ones from years past. Rumor has it that it will be chip timed using those D-tags, though I can’t find anything to back that up at the moment. I’ll gladly pay $25 for a chip timed 10k.
Here are the links to the Resolution Run event information page and the event registration page.
You are only a leader if people want to follow you. That is a somewhat loaded statement as incentives can encourage anyone to “want to follow you”. Just look at the current President of the United States. Politics aside, whether you are organizing a community or leading a Fortune 1000 company, there are certain qualities that individuals exist that give people confidence in their leaders. According to the National Leadership Index for 2009, they are:
Trust in what the leaders say
Competence to do the job
Working for the greater good of society
Share my values
Get good results
In touch with people’s needs and concerns
Take these qualities and apply them to your leadership. I have run several people through my head mentally and find these traits to be accurate measures of what my gut reaction would be. For a couple, it’s “yes, they are solid”. For a few others “yes, they’re good, but I’m not quite sure.” Finally, for others I’m asking “who put this guy in charge” and they are failing in all of these traits.
I hope people nod their head when they think of me and say “yes, Mike is solid”. I simply see these traits as black and white and, for the most part, things that cannot be learned.
Part of my job involves evaluating and recommending IT solutions to business problems we face. I have a wide background in technology and do not fit the mold of a “Java guy” or “Microsoft guy”. This can be exasperating for some as they try to figure out which direction I lean and offer me sales spiels to convince me toward their product.
Even more troubling to sales reps is determining how I view solutions from IBM, Microsoft, Sun and Cisco. My previous employer was a business partner / gold reseller for those vendors and you would think that I automatically drank the kool-aid. There are people that I work with that have obvious biases towards some vendors due to past affiliations and/or friendships. If it works out for them, great. But that’s not how I roll and I do not appreciate people toeing a company line for a company they don’t work for.
I will always prefer the solution that supports the most features my business partners require, with the lowest initial and recurring costs, that has the best chance at adoption and longevity within our environment. I don’t fit any mold – I make the mold.
Once a week I receive an email from Monster.com with a snapshot of the career opportunities available in the Atlanta market. This morning I clicked thru one of the postings for an IT Manager at Emory University. Emory is a well respected, private university located just outside of the city. In these job descriptions, it is not uncommon to list percentages for categories so you understand the makeup of your responsibilities. For this position, the following breakdown was offered:
Emory Job Posting Requirements
So your job responsibilities set a written expectation for you to give 120-130%. I wonder how many people will apply.
For many of us in the United States, the weather is getting colder and the urge to ride our bikes outside is dying down. Of course, it’s not for me – but the rest of you people may be wimping out and that’s okay. This is a friendly reminder for those of you out there still riding to be extra vigilant as there are fewer riders out and motorists may not be as aware of our presence.
If you ride enough miles you will eventually encounter less than friendly motorists that do things to you. I’ve had people try to run me off the road, throw bottles at me, yell, etc. I’ve even had stupid people in their own front yard yell at me to get off the road – as if I didn’t know where they lived. What idiots.
One of my favorite stories came from the Athena Diaries this summer. Someone pulled a stunt on her while out riding, but evidently they were close to their final destination and she was able to note the address they pulled into. She wrote a friendly blog post titled Dear Pompous Idiot with this gem of a quote inside:
Oh, And thanks so much for pulling into your own driveway and screaming and swearing at us from your very own front yard. I checked on Google Street, and saw the same dark grey Volvo parked in your driveway, and now I know where you live. I’ll be sure and share that address on every cycling advocacy website that I know.
Just remember friends, you have as much right to the road as everyone else. Be smart, be predictable, and be safe.