Quotes on Leadership

05/17/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Thanks to Don Iannone, super ED consultant, for these gems:

"Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers."

— Dee Hoc, Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa

and

"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet."

~Theodore M. Hesburgh

Addicted to Institution

05/16/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Chris Corrigan loves Thoreau and he quotes from Henry David's journal:

How rarely I meet with a man who can be free, even in thought! We live according to rule. Some men are bedridden; all world-ridden. I take my neighbor, an intellectual man, out into the woods and invite him to take a new and absolute view of things, to empty clean out his thoughts all institutions of men and start again; but he can’t do it, he sticks to his traditions and his crochets. He thinks that governments, colleges, newspapers, etc., are from everlasting to everlasting.

This was from 1857. So it seems Open Space and self organization has had an uphill battle for acceptance for quite a while.

Welcoming Sign

05/15/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

As I drove home from a Jewel Heart potluck party, I noticed the new Clearchannel billboard sign on I-90, with digital graphics and bright visibility near the Lorain Ave exit. Now usually I'm not that much of a fan of Clearchannel since they are a virtual monopoly of media and when they were putting up this new sign, I remember thinking of how technology can be used for either good or evil. However, this time I saw that the ads on the billboard were for Cleveland's cultural assets.

There was the Natural History Museum, the Science Center, the Orchestra, and many other. I noticed through my rearview mirror it even had a greeting welcoming drivers to Cleveland.

Since I wrote a few posts at the old blog site about how poorly we promote ourselves on the highway and the predominance of ads inviting us and our visitors to go West Virginia, Detroit, Winsor, Toronto, or Nigara, this is a wonderful turn of events.

I don't know if Clearchannel is being civically minded (I doubt it) or if someone at the Visitors and Convention Bureau woke up, but kudos to whomever is responsible. This is a first step to really change perceptions.

Freedom Via Entrepreneurship

05/15/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

New grad, Jason Duncan of Montana, posted this excerpt from Thomas Paine's Common Sense (you mean you didn't read it in school). Even in 1776 (before the Declaration of Independence), the power of entrepreneurship was recognized. See if you recognize similarities of conditions that exist in Northeast Ohio.

I do not choose to be a common man,
It is my right to be uncommon ... if I can,
I seek opportunity ... not security.
I do not wish to be a kept citizen.
Humbled and dulled by having the
State look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk;
To dream and to build.
To fail and to succeed.
I refuse to barter incentive for a dole;
I prefer the challenges of life
To the guaranteed existence;
The thrill of fulfillment
To the stale calm of Utopia.
I will not trade freedom for beneficence
Nor my dignity for a handout
I will never cower before any master
Nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect.
Proud and unafraid;
To think and act for myself,
To enjoy the benefit of my creations
And to face the world boldly and say:
This, with God's help, I have done
All this is what it means
To be an Entrepreneur.

Sounds like we don't need any invitations, intentional or not.

Library and Restaurants

05/13/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

We finished up this Wifi Tour (we are calling the Banal Tour)at Fairview Park Cuyahoga Cty Public Library, where we met Director Cathy Monnin and her IT team.

Jack has been on a roll with analogies this tour. There was the underwear analogy that had something to do with decision making and whitey-tighties. And then there is the restaurant analogy he gave at the Library.

He viewed what we were doing with the entire region sitting at a restaurant, seated at our tables, waiting for the waiter or the cook. We all wait and wait, looking at each other at the other tables, but there is no cook to be seen. So we (including Cathy and staff) begin to cook at the table ourselves while the others watch. Then we invite others to cook at their tables as well.

Cathy describing why the library is decorated as it is and what makes third places special, had this beautiful quote:

Having a cup of coffee by a piece of art, you begin to dream.

Wifi Tour Correction

05/12/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

ATTENTION: WE ARE NOT GOING TO CONCLUDE THE TOUR AT BRENDAN O'NEILLS.
WE SHALL BE GOING TO BELA DUBBY FOR A DRINK OF THE HARDER STUFF THAN COFFEE. (Of course, they do serve Phoenix Coffee if you have the cafeine hankering.)

Business Center Downtown

05/12/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

I think we overwhelmed Lev Gonick with our nonlinear stream of consciousness group conversation, but I think he had a good time and appreciated what we are dong to raise the consciousness of wifi in the region. He was still able to let us know the upcoming plans of OneCleveland over the cacaphoneyClick here for the chaos.

I like the concept of the Business Center and they say that they get alot of business for renting out their conference room. Tim Russo was there and wrote a funny post on us.

I was feeling the pressure of Apple again. George and Valdis had their Powerbooks open, pushing my Compaq to the edge. Then instead of having coffee they ordered apple beer!

Following Along

05/12/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

If you can't actually be with us, You can follow along with Valdis at http://www.flickr.com/photos/orgnet or the ubiquitous Brewed Fresh Daily.

Business Based on Values

05/12/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

Listening to Phil of Mustard Seed talk about how he has been successful in staying loyal to his conscience is inspiring. With free wifi, I was able to lookup economic stats to support free trade organic arguments. The food is good and they use a local roaster for coffee

More Wifi spots

05/12/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

As we sit at the first spot on the Clevo Wifi Crawl II, talking with John Copic of Northshore Development Corp., I remember two new spots for the CleveWifiWiki.

Silly me, Joe-Phoenix, I never listed the Phoenix Cafe in Lakewood Dooh! Stop by and say hi to Julie.

And yesterday, I stopped by Lakeshore Coffee House on Lakeshore Blvd in Euclid. It used to be my coffee hangout and where I got familiar with different beans and roasts. Greg is great guy and though he should switch to Phoenix, locally roasted, coffee, it still is nice neighborhood place.

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