Archive for September 28, 2015

31 Superheroic Leadership Quote Slides – for You!

Each year, we at TeamTRI develop a themed content package for many of our training events. We look at the yearls theme as a fun, interesting way to continually refresh our content and put a new spin on our training content. In past years, our themes have featured view through Sports, Time, and Music. This year, our team picked Superheroes!

When we were kids, we all looked up to somebody we knew – our parents, our teachers, our older siblings. But we also sometimes let our imaginations run wild, and we idolized the daring deeds of Superman, Batman, and countless other superheroes. When we lacked power, we looked up to the heroes who had SUPER powers.

As part of our themed content, we’ve developed a Heroic Leadership quote show to share with the world. A longer version of this show will be playing before TeamTRI trainings all around the country this year, but we wanted to share a sample that you can use for your own purposes, whether it’s in the classroom, or just looking for cool stuff to share on social media.

Download the TeamTRI Heroic Leadership Quote Show on SlideShare by clicking here!

We hope you have fun with these slides, and remember: With great power comes great responsibility!

Ryan Underwood is the founder and CEO of TeamTRI. His hobbies include spending time with his family, downloading apps to his iPhone, and rolling suitcases full of training supplies all around the country.

5 Unexpected Life Lessons Learned From…Knitting?!

I have been a knitter for almost nine years.  It started as a hobby I wanted to learn to make cute baby hats for my new son, and as a way to let some creativity flow while I was at home with a baby.  I never thought I would come to love it as much as I do, and I definitely never thought it would teach me some life lessons.  But that’s exactly what happened!

Here are five unexpected life lessons I learned from knitting:

1. Little actions over time can add up to an impressive final product.  Every knitting project is made up of hundreds, sometimes thousands of individual stitches. I don’t always  (or ever, really) have time to sit down and knit a whole project from start to finish. But if I knit a few stitches here and there, maybe for a whole evening or maybe for five minutes while I wait for coffee to brew, eventually I will have a finished product.  The same is true of any task.  If you can just keep chipping away at it, over time you will be finished, even if it feels like you barely got anything done sometimes.


2. Break it down. When something feels impossible, keep in mind that it can always be broken down into smaller, more manageable steps. All knitting, even the most elaborate lace shawl or cabled sweater, is produced from simply knowing how to do a few basic knitting stitches.  Once you have those stitches mastered, you can move on to implementing them for a whole row, and then a whole section, and pretty soon you have a finished product!  All it took was completing the smaller pieces in a way that wasn’t as intimidating.

3. Don’t stop before your work is done. If you spend hours and hours knitting a sweater, but then can’t find the last hour to seam all the pieces together, then you haven’t really made a sweater.  Don’t stop working until the job is done or you won’t have a finished, usable product to show for all your hard work.

4. Make the important things a priority. When people find out that I knit they often ask how I find time for it with four kids and a job, or comment that they wish they had time for a hobby like that.  I used to just smile and shrug, but I’ve come to realize that I have time to knit because I make time to knit.  I helps me relax, feel productive, and unleash some creativity.  Now I tell curious onlookers that I make the time.   I have recently tried replacing the phrase, “I don’t have time for that” with “That is not a priority for me.”  You don’t like knitting and that’s why you don’t make time for it?  Great!  But when it applies to things that are actually important, like relationships or another hobby that does nurture you, it can be eye-opening to reframe your thoughts about it that way.

5. Have fun! Sometimes I find myself plugging away on a knitting project that is boring me to tears.  Then I remember that this is supposed to be something fun and if it’s not fun then something needs to change.  Sometimes I start a new project, sometimes I remind myself why I am knitting this particular item, and sometimes I just need to take a break for a while. But if things in life aren’t feeling fun, maybe it’s time to shake it up a bit!  Or maybe it’s time to take up knitting.

Sarah Magney is an Association Management Specialist with TeamTRI. She is currently working on knitting a life-size replica of the Mona Lisa, maybe.

The Three General Orders: Leadership Lessons from Army Basic Training

I grew up in rural Indiana. It was a nice place to grow up, but not much to do. Like many kids who grow up in rural areas, CTSOs were my first glimpse at the big city and lots of culture.

Once I graduated from high school in 1988, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and my parents were not willing to finance that. So, I did something pretty drastic for me – I joined the United States Army. I enlisted as a broadcast journalist and was ready to see the world.

Only one thing stood between me and a career like on Good Morning, Vietnam: basic training.

Basic training is lots of physical training, but it is also a lot of mental work as well. It takes both strong and smart people to be good soldiers. Every solider also has to learn their three general orders.

As I got to thinking about these general orders recently, I determined that they really are the keys to leadership. There is a reason the entire United States Army can recite them on demand.

  1. “I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.”

In terms of leadership, this means to pay attention and do everything you have been asked to do. Never leave the people you are leading on their own and always do what you can to protect and support them.

  1. “I will obey my special orders and perform all of my duties in a military manner.”

Do everything you have been asked to do (and then some) and do it all with the courtesy and professionalism that you owe your teammates.

  1. “I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions, to the commander of the relief.”

This one is the most important. If you mess up, own it. If you have questions, ask. If something happens, report it. And always be willing to seek clarity and guidance from the people above you. That is how you learn and grow.

A military path isn’t for everyone. But, even if you don’t choose to join the Army, remember your general orders and march on!

Teresa Mankin is the State Director for SkillsUSA Oregon and a huge Indianapolis Colts fan. Follow her on Twitter @teresamankin.