OK kids – it’s time to get back to school!
Ahhhhhh! Remember the bummer of Labor Day because it was followed by a first day of class?
Though nowadays many schools return at the end of August, for this edition of the Legacy Magazine, we’re going with our September “Back to School” theme.
But these posts in this Legacy won’t simply address school days or any stories and glories found in there, but rather we’ll cover the overreaching concept of learning lessons.
Our circles of men in MDI have historically asked the question of men: “so what is the lesson?” Whether that be after leading a team meeting, succeeding at a task or failing at a task, it didn’t matter. There was no right or wrong when it came to simply being a man, a leader, a follower with the intention to grow personally into success.
So have at it.
September is here. School is back in session.
The lessons of life abound.
Howard Spierer Columnist For those of you who know me, it should not come as a surprise to hear that when I first joined this organization I was cocky and arrogant and had an answer for everything. It was at that time that I came to learn a very valuable lesson from...
Howard Spierer Columnist What follows is admittedly dark and some might judge as fucked up, so here’s my disclaimer. These are my views, thoughts and opinions. They are not MDI’s nor the editors of Legacy. I own them completely. If you wish to discuss them, call or...
Craig Jones Columnist The third and deciding game of the 1951 National League pennant between the Giants and the Dodgers was decided by a ninth inning walk-off home run by Bobby Thomson. The hit, dubbed "the shot heard 'round the world," from a line by Ralph Waldo...
Craig Jones Columnist I awake with that languid sense of not knowing where I am, hearing laughter, sounds I don't recognize, can't identify. The sea? Fire crackling? Dog yapping? I bestir myself and, unzipping the tent flap, emerge and do a quick survey. Karen and...
What Works on a Men’s Team?
Michael Wasser and John Molloy at Fenway Park.
Robert Mackintosh Contributing Writer
In considering the lessons I’ve received in MDI, I believe I’d come across as a monotonously boring droning-on dork, so I’ll spare you that treachery.
I want to talk, instead, about how to have a kick-ass team meeting. And here we go:
- Always bring cold beers for your buddies. This is the best strategy when trying to win a popularity contest.
- Stroll in late – showing up on time is totally uncool. If anyone gives you any guff about being late and suggests a cleanup tell ‘em to take a hike (feel free to embellish with colorful language).
I guarantee this will lead to the start of kick-ass meeting.
Speaking about kick-ass meetings reminds me about a meeting a few years back – maybe around 2009. There was a gentleman on my team that rubbed everyone all wrong. From my point of view he was self-absorbed, whinny as all hell, and didn’t seem to give a shit about me.
So it came to pass that he found out that I was talking shit about him behind his back. One day at a team meeting – at the check-in – he says he’s got a list to clear with me. I was aghast, appalled, even dismayed. How could this SOB have a list on me?!
Naturally I let lose with all form of insults, sparing no four-letter words. He returned the service. This went on for awhile. I finally calmed down. When it was over he says, “Are we good now?” I shrugged my shoulders – I didn’t have anything to say. He says, “OK, good. Now let’s get the meeting started.” And that was that.
Well, it probably doesn’t take doctorates in psychology (they’re a bunch of idiots anyway) to figure out that I was a walking “loaded gun” just waiting to unload on someone. I had the good fortune to unload on a seasoned MDI guy instead of, perhaps, my wife, my boss, a co-worker, etc.
I’m a lucky guy.
Perhaps that’s my biggest lesson.