So I left the Marshall BIGGBY COFFEE, and knew I had about twenty minutes to go down the road. I've got my GOOGLE map this time...so I'm pretty sure I can find Norris Hall. I get off the freeway exit and follow Business 94 all the way in, passing the local Felpausch grocery store http://local.record-eagle.com/Felpausch+Food+Center.327671.84745155.home.htm .....typical main street all the way in.....then boom you're at Albion College....has sort of a feeling that you might find at a college located in the North East. I am able to park right up front...I had to take a couple of phone calls along the way, and I was still on the phone as I looked for the main entrance.
I musta looked lost, there was a guy out front trying to flag me down.....it was David, he was my main contact for this event....he is the Director of Educational Programming for the club S.E.E. at Albion College. Really he took care of everything for me and did a great job....we did the 'howdy-doos' and slipped inside.
We had about ten minutes left before things got started, and the gang helped load one of those boring slides shows....from my computer to a jump drive and into their computer....they had it well under hand. I also pulled up our website and of course the blog....I like to open up with the slides (you know, get all the propaganda out of the way early), my favorite part is the Qn'A, that's where things always heat up.
I was a little takin' back initially, normally when a young crowd like this gathers...people can be a little shy....and we all gently avoid each other until you do the presentation...but there must be something in the water there at Albion...cuz' I shook more hands than I thought I would, people were coming up and introducing themselves and telling me stories...it made me feel right at home, ya'know?
While people were still filtering in I met Heather (El Presedente) of the organization....no surprise she is a leader.....there was no doubt that she was in charge. I got her to stop for a moment so I could snap a shot....she told me that we would start about ten past the hour....I saluted, and told her I'd be ready!
Now if you look in the background of Heather's photo...you can see David Wheatley trying duck outta the picture...or maybe he was just trying to show me his good side:) Anyway, David did take a moment to introduce himself....turns out he is Co-Author of a book called "50 DOs for Everyday Leadership"....Cool!
He is also a Humanergy co-founder http://www.humanergy.com/index.html and is a former Scotland Yard officer . Well we had a lot to talk about there, cuz I lived in London myself for a coupla years....I'm glad I never ran across him (in an official capacity) then...whew! Anyway, last night I'm thumbing through the book (he gave me a signed copy) and diggin' a lot of what they are sayin....the opening quote is "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." .....it's a quote from Drucker .....right up my alley, philosophically speaking.
I figure David deserves a better picture than the one I took from my camera phone....so I called his publicist....and this is what they sent me (kidding.) But I do want to thank you again.....and I appreciate all the questions you asked!....I had to think pretty quick on my feet last night....all the questions I got were good 'let's get to the bottom of this' kinda stuff....my favorite:)