“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

– Mother Teresa

Leadercast 2014 Journal - Beyound You

Conference Commando #2


Conference Commando

Conference Commando

We do not always get a second chance in life, but I was in fact given a second chance. As I noted in a previous post Becoming a Conference Commando ,I attended rather than properly working the opportunity of my professional association ASHE’s (American Society of Healthcare Engineering) annual conference. The second chance came in the way of an opportunity to speak at a regional conference held by NEHES (New England Healthcare Engineers’ Association) an ASHE regional group in New England. This group is very influential nationally and includes our national president elect, who becomes president in 2015.

Besides the networking it will allow, I have never presented to a regional group an obvious step toward presenting nationally. Not wanting to waste this fantastic opportunity to increase my influence and exposure within an important group I developed a better action plan. Since several follow-up questions were received from the previous post, I thought I would share this plan.


#1 Remember the 7 P’s. Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance. What do you want to achieve? Who do you want to meet?

  • 1ST objective is to successfully present my session at the conference, establishing myself as a speaker worthy of a regional if not national forum.
  • 2nd objective is to meet the majority of the regional leadership, particularly those who organized the event and those holding national roles.

#2 Know your targets. Get the list of conference attendees, then go through the list and note those you want to meet.

  • I have yet to have receive an attendee list but will request one before the weekend before the event.

#3 Gather intelligence. If you want to get to know someone, the first thing you should do is figure out how you can help them. Google them.

  • Collate listing of Association officers and committee chairs.
  • List national and ASHE staff attendees.

#4 Strike early. Don’t wait for the conference to start your networking. A week or two beforehand, pick up the phone and call at least the top three people you want to be sure to meet.

  • E-mailed organizers with follow-up questions regarding venue and thank you for considering having me present.
  • Contact ASHE president elect who is also active in the regional association.

#5 Never attend a conference. Well, never just attend a conference. You can acquire a 30 second commercial for yours just by asking a thoughtful question during Q&A.

  • This one is taken care of as I am also presenting and have been given an early time frame without a competing session.

#6 Slight the speakers. Don’t waste time standing in line to meet a speaker after his or her song and dance. There will be so many other brilliant people at the conference; go meet them!

  • Since it is assumed I will meet the other presenters and organizers at the social event, I will use the time to network with those I have highlighted on the attendee list.

#7 Get a wingman. Wouldn’t it be great to show up to the conference with somebody who’s actually on your side, who’s got your back, who’s working with you?

  • From my contacts in ASHE I will determine who may be able to assist in this way. One opportunity may be a fellow presenter who was previously an active member of my association.

#8 Draft off a big kahuna. Get to know some of the most well-known folks at the conference or the conference organizers themselves and hang with them.

  • As noted previously this is a good possibility as I know several organizers, active association members, and the national president elect who received a national award the same year that I did. This award also meant attending a four year leadership institute together.

#9 Be an info-hub. Get really familiar with the conference program. Then pick the brains of conference staff and anyone else willing to share the ins and outs of what’s happening in and around the big meeting.

  • Being a presenter should put me in a good position to be in the know and be able to assist others.

#10 Work hard on break. You can get out there and do what you really came to the conference to do—meet people!

#11 Hijack a dinner. Arrange a dinner at a special place out on the town you’re visiting with people who care about a particular topic that matters to you, or modify a conference meal that’s already paid for by inviting specific people to join your table as you meet them during the day.

  • Not sure if this is do able with the schedule. However using the Tuesday night event may be advantageous.

#12 Let your guard down. You’ll have to push yourself to be human and open up enough to get your acquaintance to start sharing. Then listen, listen, listen with warmth and sincerity.

  • This is my normal style so there will be no issue being real.

#13 Master the Deep Bump. Once you’ve successfully taken your conversation with a new acquaintance down deep, past the shallow small talk, secure an invitation to reconnect later. Then bump! Move on and meet more people.

  • I tend not to hang on too long but in a group like this I will have to fight getting into a comfort zone.

#14 Take names (and notes). Before you conclude the Deep Bump, and move on after making a new acquaintance, be sure to get a business card. Furthermore, flip over the card and jot down a few words to remind yourself of what you two discussed, any relevant personal details you wish to remember.

  • I will have to be more intentional with this.

#15 Follow up or fail. Don’t wait until you return home from the conference to ping people whose cards you collect.

  • This will be key to receiving positive results particularly if national exposure is the next step.


(It should be noted that the fifteen point plan was condensed from a post by Keith Ferrazzi, Posted December 11th, 2008 on his website.)


“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of God.

It is fearful to realize that the church is more

than a matter of good-hearted fellowship,

that nothing less than life or death is involved here.

It is an awesome thing to realize how much

God intends to make of us,

a terror of God’s determination to

‘Make or break us’ rather than leave us as we are.


– Stanley Hauerwas & William Williman, Resident Aliens


“There is no such thing as a ‘self-made’ man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered the make-up of our character and our thoughts, as well as our success.”

– George Burton Adams

Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated, by Keith Ferrazzi and Terri Raz (New York, NY: Crown Business, 2014), P. 14

5 Steps to Getting Financing

Before approaching lenders or investors, Rock Solid Finance founding partner David Worrell recommends you:

  1. Be able to describe your product or service completely and clearly.
  2. Know the income sources. It’s not necessarily from your product or service (Facebook, for example, gives away its service, but makes income from advertising and games).
  3. Build an organization chart. Even if some (or most) of the boxes are empty at this stage, doing so will demonstrate that you have a road map for your company.
  4. Have a good understanding of your expenses, both startup and operating.
  5. Convince friends to invest. It’s important to build credibility among people who know you before approaching people who don’t.


– from “Show Me the Money”, by Rieva Lesonsky (Success Magazine, June 2012)

Recent Hurricane Possibly Caused by Butterfly!


The fact that a butterfly could flap its wings and send molecules of air in motion – eventually resulting in a hurricane somewhere else in the world was proposed in 1963. Yes this hypothesis was presented to the New York Academy of Science by Edward Lorenz. Although it was literally laughed at by the Academy, it was in fact an interesting idea. This fascination led to it being referred to as the “butterfly effect.”

More than thirty years after being introduced as being possible, physic professors worldwide came to the realization that the butterfly effect was actually a viable concept. Soon it gained the status of a “law”, known as The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions. This law has proved to be true of more than the movement of a butterfly wing, but including the movement of any form of matter including people.

So how does this apply to each of us? Well although recent hurricanes may not have been caused by butterflies, it ties into making a difference which several have asked me to follow-up on further. In the book The Butterfly Effect – Everything You Do Matters by Andy Andrews, he notes several world-changing events caused by unlikely lesser events. One of particular interest to me as a student of history involves Joshua Chamberlain a school teacher turned Colonel in the Union Army. His involvement at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania commanding the 20th Maine became pivotal in this Civil War battle. By following orders to hold the left flank of the Union line at all cost, the battle was saved. This is the same scene depicted on this sites header, Colonel Chamberlain leading his men during battle.

copy-e088197d62ca82e86e21e5459a9d6f78.jpgColonel Chamberlain and his 20th Maine did not just hold back one assault but four. The fourth assault by fresh confederate forces came as the union forces had suffered heavy casualties and nearly out of ammunition. As they used their last rounds of ammunition they fixed bayonets, and not only held their position but charged down toward the attacking forces. The attack came as such a surprise that the attacking troops turn and ran, many surrendering to the troops of the 20th Maine who were now out of ammunition.

This command, the 20th Maine had numbered 1,000 men six months before and 300 that morning. At the time of the last assault they numbered just 80. These 80 men without ammunition captured 400 confederate troops and saved the day if not the battle.

Historians agree that by holding the flank protected the vulnerable Union Army long enough to win the battle. As the south was never able to again attack into northern territory it is noted as the turning point of the Civil War. Some would argue that if the south had won the battle and the Butterfly Effect was followed forward in history the following would have taken place:

  • The Union and Confederacy would have remained as two separate countries.
  • Historians believe North America could have developed into nine to thirteen countries similar to Europe.
  • Which means that in the 1940s when Hitler swept across Europe and Hiroheto invaded the South Pacific, the United States would not have existed to answer the call?
  • There would not have been a country; big enough, strong enough, wealthy enough, and populous enough to fight and win two wars on two fronts at the same time. (Obviously with the assistance of others)

The author of The Butterfly Effect continues by noting that each of us represent an example of the butterfly effect, just like Chamberlain:

  • Everything you do matters.
  • Every move you make.
  • Every action you take…MATTERS.

“Your life…And what you do with it today…MATTERS FOREVER.”

“Every single thing you do matters. You have been created as one of a kind. You have been created in order to make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.”

– Andy Andrews


Far Reaches of the Message

How far can you reach?

As I began my blogging in earnest several months ago, I was not sure what to expect or how many I would reach. Would I be essentially writing for myself to myself? Hopefully I would reach others because I wanted to spread a worthy message. Hopefully, not doing so to be able to boost about reaching large numbers or amassing a “following.” Most important to me is the spreading of a leadership message whether my own or from others.

Interestingly, at that time I also had the butterfly effect in the back of my mind. It’s easier to think of than “The Law of Sensitive Dependence Upon Initial Conditions.” As the first statistics demonstrated early visits from China and the Far East and eventually from each continent except Antarctica, I can almost imagine the concentric circles emanating out from my laptop making their way around the globe.

I have to admit I check for new countries logging in way too often. Maybe I am vain and do not want to admit it. Regardless it is exciting to think of content which is specifically written or chosen, reaching such a diverse area. Not sure of the impact or eventual results. We have however seen the world change at an unbelievable speed as the internet spreads ideas around the world that previously would not have been shared without today’s technology

Not sure what continent or country you are receiving this blog. (Currently averaging approximately 1,000 visitors from 97 countries) Thanks for being a part of such a global community and the effects of “The Butterfly Effect.” Please help spread the word that good leadership can change the world we live in.


(Based on The Butterfly Effect – Everything You Do Matters, by Andy Andrews)



  1. Where have the effects of your actions been felt?
  2. How can you leverage this effect to influence others or make a difference?
  3. Can you develop small actions which will grow into large influences over time?


Beautiful is the moment  in which we understand

that we are no more than an instrument of God;

we live only as long as God wants us to live;

we can only do as much as God makes us able to do;

we are only as intelligent as God would have us be…

Let us not forget: we are a pilgrim church,

subject to misunderstanding, to persecution,

but a church that walks serene,

because it bears the force of Love.”

-Oscar A. Romero – The Violence of Love

Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church, September 21, 2014


“You cannot pray the Lord’s prayer & even once say ‘I,’

You cannot pray the Lord’s prayer & even once say ‘my’

You cannot pray the Lord’s prayer & not include another;

You cannot ask for daily bread & not include your brother.

For others are included in each & every plea;

From the very beginning it never once says me.”


(Unkown, Christian Reader, Vol. 32, No. 3)

Ronald Reagan The Notes, Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom, Edited by Douglas Brinkley (New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 2011), P. 123