So this is a bit of a “non-traditional” post for this blog but a great idea sent to me by Lisa Hoffmann. It’s clear that blogging, twittering, linking in, facebooking, etc. are more about the conversation and relationships than traditional websites. It’s about personalization (which is a huge aspect of leadership).
Knowing someone as an individual is a foundation for closer relationships and more effective leadership. It also enhances the probability that you’ll learn more rapidly because you’re better at integrating more perspectives into your decision making processes.
To that end, I’m sharing seven things you may not know about me in an effort for you to get to understand the man behind the blog a little better. I’m also going to suggest seven other people you should get to know and understand.
So here goes – 7 things you might not know about Mike Figliuolo:
1. I’m a metal head. Metallica. Megadeth. Pantera. Overkill. Helmet. Prong. There’s something about the power, drive, and energy in that music that is contagious. It can also be very cathartic in frustrating situations.
2. I’m an aspiring novelist. The manuscript is done and probably needs a good solid editing before I can get a literary agent. If you’re an editor willing to take a look or know an agent, I’d love some assistance.
3. Despite the stereotype of being a guy who follows the rules because I went to West Point, I was really more of an insurrectionist. I wrote for The Pointer (cadet humor magazine) and lambasted the administration for three years. The cartoons are online at the Big Blog of West Point Hell.
4. My goatee is the result of a stupid vacation tradition. Every time I took vacation, I’d grow the beard out. On the last day, I’d shave something stupid (muttonchops, Fu Man Chu, Justin Timberlake, etc.). It was always hideous enough that I’d remove the offending stupidity. One year I did the goatee. Everyone in the office voted I should keep it. That was 10 years ago. It’s a lot grayer now.
5. In all honesty, I pretty much have no idea what I’m doing at any given moment. I make it up as I go along. It has worked out pretty well so far.
6. I don’t have my MBA. I figure experience is a pretty good substitute (maybe I’m just rationalizing…)
7. I find everything funny and nothing is sacred. The day I stop laughing is the day I die.
Maybe now the things I post here make a little more sense to you now that you have more context. Now allow me to introduce seven other people you would do well to get to know:
Ed Ruggero – author, leader, speaker. I’m proud to know him.
Artie Isaac – passionate speaker and marketer. Quirky to boot.
Mike Bowers – champion of small businesses in Ohio.
Kevin Eikenberry – great perspectives on leadership.
Jim Canterucci – incredibly magnanimous guy, speaker, and author.
Mark Henson – Chief Imagination Officer at Sparkspace.
Susan Strayer – a great voice and perspective on moving your career forward.
Go meet them. Pay them a visit. You will definitely learn a lot.
Here are the rules I followed, passed on by David Mullen and Lisa Hoffmann. If you’ve been tagged, I ask you to do the same:
– Link your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
– Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
– Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
– Let them know they’ve been tagged
So who are you? What don’t I know about you? Be brave – share something in a comment on this post. I dare you. It won’t hurt… I promise. Let people in. You’ll be glad you did.
– Mike Figliuolo at thoughtLEADERS, LLC