Applying leadership principles at home.

by Nathan Darling - Oct 02, 2009


Many times over the course of my life I have heard the phrase, “That man is a born leader”, but never have I heard “that person is a born manager”,  nor a “born supervisor”, nor even a “born boss”.

Ordinarily such a thing would be of little to no interest to me, but my wife was out of town for a couple of weeks, and as I struggled with the complexities of getting my children to school on time, and cleaning the house, and making food, and generally not destroy anything, I found my leadership skills called into question.   I watched a training video from our Management and Leadership series titled Quality Focused Supervision.  It trains on “influence-style leadership”, which focuses on influencing your employees with praise and good listening skills.  This I had to try.   After watching the video a couple of times I went home and called a family council with my 3 sons.  I set them down and calmly explained that the house was a filthy disgusting rat hole of doom and decay, and that a change was needed.  They didn’t much care, but seemed ok with the idea.  Then I suggested that they would each be responsible for part of the process.  This didn’t go over well.  I tried to address their concerns, but it turned out their concerns were that they did not want to do anything, but hang around in their underwear all day and play guitar hero.  We were at a bit of an impasse.  Had I followed the advice of the training module, I would have had no choice left but to fire them.

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This is when a stroke of brilliance struck me.  I turned to my oldest son (who is 18) and pointed out that if he was not on board with the family cleaning, cooking, and caretaking schedule he was certainly old enough to find lodging elsewhere.  It was heartwarming how quickly he remembered his familial obligations and volunteered to pitch in; truly heartwarming.  Unfortunately my other sons are 10 and 8.  Legally I cannot make the same offer to them.  I bought them a couple of pack of Yu-Gi-Oh cards and taped them to the ceiling and told them they could have them as soon as the chores were done.   (The training does not specifically suggest offering your employees Yu-Gi-Oh cards.)

Anyway, the news is the children pitched in and a semblance of order was restored, and when my wife came home….well I guess my cleaning standards don’t really match up to hers, but that’s not the point.  The point is that I found a way to influence my children to do what was needed without having to threaten them.

(except for the part about kicking out my 18 year old.)…  Ok maybe I need to watch the training again.  I’ll let you know if I learn anything new.



Are You Leadership Material?

by Nathan Darling - Sep 29, 2009


There is no direct correlation between being appointed to a position of authority and having leadership skills.  In fact, as you think over your previous job assignments you may recall a number of people who you would have followed even though they were not appointed over you.  You may also recall a number of supervisors that you had no desire to support.  Leadership is a skill.  Do you have it?



T-Shirt Winner

by Nathan Darling - Sep 28, 2009


Thanks to everyone who participated in our Tshirt slogan poll.   The finished product appears below.

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The design may change slightly from what is pictured, but you get the idea.  Contestants are being contacted via the email addresses they submitted from so we can get the prizes out and give them proper credit.



A+ 2009 Webisode Part 4

by Nathan Darling - Sep 22, 2009


The Saga Continues :  Consider this question as you watch.  Did Ammon shoot this entire scene just to justify getting a replacement phone?



Vote for the tagline.

by Nathan Darling - Sep 21, 2009


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Honorable mention goes to the guy who suggested : Making Brains less appealing to Zombies.


A + 2009 Webisode Part 3 : Mike Meyers take

by Nathan Darling - Sep 17, 2009


First we had an introduction, then Ammon showed what he goes through to get things rolling.  Now it’s Mike’s turn.



A + Webisode 2

by Nathan Darling - Sep 14, 2009


The second episode is here!



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A+ 2009 Webisodes Begin

by Nathan Darling - Sep 10, 2009


We felt it would be a nice change of pace to give you a taste of what goes into producing one of our training courses.  It begins here :



T-Shirt Tag Line Contest

by Colin - Sep 09, 2009


09-09-09 Tag-Line Contest
Win a free t-shirt!
Your tag-line here

Submit your tag-line in the comments section. The top five tags will be published on our website and a second vote will determine our winner. All five of the tags chosen will receive a free t-shirt with the winning tag featured on the shirt. Keep in mind the vision of LearnKey, and be creative!

The deadline for submissions is Friday, Sept 18, so submit your ideas today!

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Microsoft Word 2003 demo

by Nathan Darling - Sep 04, 2009


Some people are still using Word 2003 and it is to those select individuals that I dedicate this entry today. You see I was one of those people who heard the word Macro only as something that helps viruses (viri?) spread. But much to my surprise, that was not Microsoft’s original intention. No a macro is supposed to be a time saving device that helps folks such as you and I automate tasks that we may do on a regular basis. Like if you find that you frequently use the phrase “nasty as I wanna be” in your writing, you can create a macro that will allow you to use a simple two to three keystroke sequence that types the entire phrase for you. And it’s repeatable meaning you can use it as often as you may want.

nasty as I wanna be. nasty as I wanna be. nasty as I wanna be.

see? Much simpler than taking the time to type your oft used phrase. There may be better examples of how to use macros, but I can’t think of one right now. So let me provide you with a video that shows one. (It also kinda shows how to create macros at the same time, so bonus.).

… oh one more thing before you watch. If you happen to be one of those folks still using Office 2000. You may be more interested in our clearance items .



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