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Mike Melaragno
Cleveland, Ohio
Mike Melaragno's musings on leadership, the morality and dignity of business and how to succeed in the new economy.
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The toughest battle any leader faces is "doing." Leadership speakers, seminars, and books are in abundance. Leaders are scarce. They are more scarce than the aforementioned learning materials because because of the large gap between what individuals know is right and actually performing what is right. Thus "doing" what is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
In today's business world, the ability to quantify is fairly easy. If it can be measured, it will be; oftentimes, using the same metrics. That's why there are quantitative methed textbooks. However, there is something that cannot copied using metrics: authenticity. We are all created with unique skills, passions and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
Understanding that life is not simply a snapshot but rather a movie, the courage to move forward allows us the freedom to choose what the rest of the movie will look like. How many movies do not end the way you anticipated? As the credits role at the end, you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
As you consider marketing yourself for your career, consider the difference between how the job search works (the process) and content. Content is industry knowledge. People you know or skills you've developed. Playing the piano or writing copy about furniture sales. Industry knowledge is important, but it's (often) easily learnable.... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
...requires that we step out of our comfortable bubble and into the path of the unknown. Of course, this is much easier said than done. A good book to read on challenging the staus quo and living your dreams is one I am currently reading. It offers practical methods to... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
The end of a chapter or era means that a new one is about to begin. Until the new one does, however, the period in between can become a little scary. But rest assured, the new era is right around the corner and you do not want to face it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
Every individual, every organization and every brand is either running away from something or running toward something (or worse, not doing anything at all). Are you chasing or being chased? Are you leading or following? Are you scrimping down or climbing the mountian? The choice is yours. Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
Innovation is unique to every individual. It is something that cannot be taught in university, or learned at a weekend leadership conference. Therefore innovation, which is freely available to everybody, must be a skill you use in your career. Your uniqueness becomes a part of your brand which would be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
Work, whether loved or not, takes a lot of you. Take today to focus on ideas or projects that are not work related. Just relax. You'll find that when you return on Monday, you'll have the extra creative juices to make a difference. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
The starting point for any good discussion, meeting, or workshop on business model innovation should be a shared understanding of what a business model actually is... and the definition of a business model is rapidly changing. What the new economy needs is a business model concept that everybody understands: one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
Low expectations, which are as common as snow in the winter, are often a self-fulfilling prophecy. We insulate ourselves from failure, don't try as hard, brace for the worst and often get it. After all, we are what we think. High expectations, on the other side of the coin, will... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
but taking a calculated risk will determine whether or not you will jump off. Risk-taking and courage go hand in hand, but be advised that courage always comes first. You must have it first to take a risk. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
You can either consider getting more out of an opportunity or less. More exposure, more risk, more development, more upside, more engagement, more learning, more passion, more chance to be blamed, more chance to lose your job, more chance to be disappointed, more opportunity to make a difference, more effort... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
Success is not a destination. It is a direction- a direction forward. Since success is a direction, we must view it as a linear projection that ends when we deviate from that direction. In other words, to stop doing the things that will lead to success means we no longer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
...shouldn't be a present concern. But it should be a priority to prevent bad things that others say about you in the future. Why? Your brand is at stake. We are all ultimately self-employed; job security is only as good as your ability to produce in the marketplace. Try not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
In the middle of a life-changing period in your life, things can get a little ugly: 1.) Nothing seems to go right. 2.) Whatever you touch turns to crap. 3.) "Can't" is a complete sentence. The expectation that things can get ugly should allow you enough time to prepare how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
I recently discovered the Pareto Principle. It is a great way to quantify exactly how much effort should be given to a particular project. The Pareto Principle states that: for many events, roughly 80% of the results (output) come from 20% of the efforts (input). Let's say you have decided... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
How much of your Monday will be spent doing things you have to do (as opposed to the things you get to do.) As people become successful and happier, that the percentage shifts. These individuals end up spending more and more time on the get to tasks. You'd think that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
Unlike taking an apple or a chocolate bar, there's no loss to the rest of society. After you take it, everybody benefits. There's one other thing you can take, easily and with approval: responsibility. In fact, they go together. One without the other is like a melted chocolate bar on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
Often we consider an opportunity based on how easy it is. The problem with this action is that if it's easy, it's often not worth doing. It's easy to start a blog but the blog itself doesn't really deliver a lot of value. Posting 4,100 blog posts in a row... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
The will to survive is stronger than the will to achieve beyond survival. This is why most of us would rather be comfortable and continue in a job we hate as opposed to steeping out of our comfort zone to make our vocation our vacation. It's too risky. It's too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
When you approach a forest, you usually do not single out an individual tree to observe. You see the entire forest. Just as a concentration of trees make up in entire forest, so do the small and achieveable individual goals make up one's successful life. When you observe a successful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
... we find that our definition of success changes with our circumstances. The age old question of "how does one define success..." usually ends up being a major obstacle. Why? As our lives change, so does our definition of success. For example, you want to become CEO of the company... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
Leadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort required to lead. The scarcity makes leadership valuable. It’s discomfort that creates the leverage that makes leadership worthwhile. In other words, if everyone could do it, they would, and it wouldn’t be worth much. It’s uncomfortable to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories
There aren't many actual shortcuts. There are merely direct paths... Most people don't take them, because they frighten us. It's easy to avoid the things that frighten us if we wander around for a while and bury our heads in the sand. "Stalling" takes many forms, and one of them... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Sports Tell Stories