Are we all exclusive in how we talk? Avoid Insider Lingo!

insider lingo In any group, organization, company, school, tribe, etc there is always insider lingo.  Insider lingo is a code that only people who have been assimilated into the group or tribe understand and can decode rapidly.  Almost any time I enter into a new setting I immediately notice what is familiar, and what is not.  Lingo and language often has subtle nuances that are easy to notice if you are new, but not even a second thought for those already 'in.'  Is this bad?  Is this good?  Neither probably, but it can be exclusive and limiting if you want to bring new people into your group, tribe, etc. In the past few months I changed careers and do strengths based organizational consulting full time.  Our company, Leadership Vision Consulting, works with the strengthsfinder to help people, teams and cultures become strengths based.  Do we have our own lingo at our company?  Absolutely.  Do I have to help connect people to what our company does and how we might be able to help their organization?  Yes!  Do I have to make sure our own insider lingo does not get in the way of their ability to understand what we do?  Absolutely. My New Job  As part of my transition to my new job, I have been doing tons of networking meetings and finding out so much about companies and what people do for a living.  It has been great to get in a bunch of new settings and find out how people are changing the world through a lot of new and exciting ways.  Minneapolis and St. Paul is a hotbed of innovation in so many areas including medical technology and more.  In many of the meetings I have been in there is a good amount of business jargon and insider lingo that is thrown around without a second thought if the listener understands what is being said.  It is usually possible to decode what the people are talking about, but if they head to the acronym world, that presents a whole new level of exclusivity. Exclusive Acronyms  Yah so in the first quarter we need to hit our SMART goals through our new NEC initiative and run any decisions by our CEO, COO, CFO and make sure the exec group approves our TNT based SME quickly and we get...
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If at all possible: REMAIN CALM!

Parking Gararge   A few weeks ago I was running right on time for a client engagement at the University of Minnesota and drove up to this parking garage.  Parking garages more and more are moving away from cash and are only taking credit cards.  So as I rolled up to this parking garage I realized I had neither - cash or credit.  My margin for being on time was low and I immediately felt my anxiety start to raise as I did not want to be late.  What was I going to do?  How would I park?  Would I be on time?  How could I remain calm and solve the problem? This could have gone a lot of ways.  In my youth for sure I would have blown my top and just gotten really mad and been blinded by pure emotion in a way that would not have helped me solve the problem at hand.  At any time in my life my anxiety over stress could have pushed me in a direction that might not have been helpful to solve this real problem.  Thankfully the last couple of years I have really pressed into the concept of emotional intelligence, or 'EQ.' All of us are familiar with the concept of 'IQ,' intelligence quotient.  What is your 'IQ?'  IQ is interesting to talk about, but many studies have shown that your IQ has little to do with how successful you might be in life.  What does have much more to do with how successful you will be in life?  EQ What is EQ, or emotional intelligence? "the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically." Do your emotions control you?  Or, do you control your emotions?  When I realized I had no way of paying for parking that story could have gone a lot of ways.  Getting mad or anxious would not have solved my problem, it only would have left me with the problem and no solution.  On top of that I would have ended up late to my client engagement - something we just do not do. If you are not controlling your emotions it will have an effect on your interpersonal relationships.  This has happened to me more times than I would like to admit in my own life.  These are lessons I can only learn...
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Announcing My New Project: MSPBiking.com

I am excited to announce a new project. Earlier this week I registered and launched MSPbiking.com - A few years ago I began biking more regularly and absolutely love it. It is something I can do by myself or with friends and family.  Just amazing, and helps my legs after 15 years of running. The site is not much to speak of right now, and the Twitter is just getting going @mspbiking Why did I do this? Biking in  the Twin Cities is exploding. Biking in the Twin Cities is among the best in the United States because of amazing trails and a bike culture. There are many good resources for biking, but they fall into smaller niches and there is space in a growing bike culture for another good resource. What have I learned? I learned starting this website and other things associated with it are much easier than when I relaunched this website.  Things like setting up MailChimp, designing the site, etc come more naturally now. I have also been inspired by my coworker Nathan Freeburg who started MinneapolisRunning.com which is becoming the spot for information on running in Minneapolis. You are who you hang around?  I guess so :) This new project will hopefully help other people who love biking in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This new project will teach me what works and what does not work in that space. It may work. It may not. In the end I will learn either way, and maybe help a few people out. Sounds like a great formula. Hope to see you online, or on the trail. photo (4)...
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5 reasons to love Minneapolis

After living in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis - St. Paul for over 15 years, and in Minneapolis for over 10, I wanted to share some of the great things about living in this area, specifically Minneapolis.  Here goes, here are my top 5 reasons to love Minneapolis: 1.  Minneapolis has an amazing food scene that has nothing to do with chain restaurants.   My wife and I love to eat at new places.  Minneapolis always has new places popping up with great chefs and there is almost no way you can get to all the places, so you never run out of great places to try!  Some of our recent favorites include Nico's Taco and Tequila bar, Amore Victoria, Sea Salt Eatery, Shuang Cheng, to name a few.  I travel a good amount for work and so many cities are dominated by chain restaurants and that is just not the case in Minneapolis.  (Thankfully) 2.  Minneapolis has an amazing art, music and theatre scene that is unparalleled for a city of this size. Any of these points deserve their own post, but the art scene here really blows me away.  From museums, to theaters, to orchestras and more Minneapolis has it.  Again, comparing Minneapolis to other medium sized metros, there is no lack of things to go and experience in the art and music world.  I just wished I lived here in Uptown when Nirvana used to play at the Uptown Bar back in the early 90's.  (Both Nirvana and the Uptown Bar no longer exist sadly.) 3.  Minneapolis consistently goes back and forth with Portland for being the most bike friendly city. I am so glad RT Rybak was mayor of Minneapolis.  RT made sure we had the best bike trail system anywhere.  There were a lot of other community advocates who helped build the system as well, but we can go hundreds of miles on our bikes here around amazing lakes and parks and never leave the trails!  It is something you really have to experience for yourself to truly appreciate.  I am so glad I invested in a road bike and can get out and see the city and region. 4.  Minneapolis almost always ranks as the top, or a top, fittest city in the United States. This follows #3, people in Minneapolis take care of themselves.  You will see so many runners, bikers, and more in this city than almost anywhere else I...
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I always used my strengthsfinder themes; not always for good

I read somewhere recently you should write, "The parts of your story you least want to tell, are the parts people most need to hear."  - Jeff Goins. So, here goes. I do realize that someday my son may read these blogs and then ask me, "Dad, what was the deal with......." I realize some of you may say, "Wow, really?" I doubt I will add as many intros and caveats in the future, but here goes. The whole story needs to be told, the good and the bad and how I used my strengthsfinder themes and personality from a young age to have influence in good and bad ways. Social Media Perfection The trend in social media is for all of us to focus only how we want to be seen.  So, sometimes viewing someone's facebook profile or twitter feed, you might think they never have an off day.  Look, I confess to not like putting out pictures of myself that are less than glamorous.  We all do it.  We self edit to try and put out the best possible version of ourselves. I want to step outside of that box more than I usually do and tell you a few stories from my high school days.  The stories my wife rolls her eyes at and wonders how I am still alive in some cases. My StrengthsFinder Themes My strengths have always allowed me to organize, execute, lead, delegate, market, sell and produce gatherings and events.  In high school these talents were used to have parties when my parents were at our summer home in Wisconsin for the weekend.  (Mom, I know you know this story already, so....)  I went to high school in LaGrange, Illinois at Lyons Township High School.  "LT," was a school of about 4,000 students divided into two campuses, north and south, south being for freshman and sophomores and north for juniors and seniors. It started at south campus, but my ability to pull off events, 'parties,' was refined during my time as a junior, (for the first and second time), and as a senior.  The marketplace tells you all the feedback you need in order to be successful and having parties at my house gave me a lot of feedback from people who attended the parties, to how I had to clean up, and how I might make a profit. High School Dropout My first junior year of high...
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