- Darren Fisher ConsultingCEO, 2009 - present
Darren Fisher started Darren Fisher Consulting (DFC), in September 2008 as CEO and Senior Strategist. Prior to starting DFC, Darren taught school and owned several businesses. An Air Force veteran, Darren also devotes time to volunteer in the greater Milwaukee community.
Darren holds a Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University, a Master of Science degree in Computer Science Education from Cardinal Stritch University, and is currently pursuing a MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
- Marquette UniversityEducation, 1994 - 1998
- University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeBusiness Management, 2010 - 2013
- Cardinal Stritch UniversityComputer Science Ed, 2001 - 2003
Everyone wants to be respected. Here are 7 actions that make those who truly deserve our respect stand out from the pack.Respect is not something you can conjure or demand, no matter how often you sing Aretha’s anthem. Respect is earned. And often the people who are most respected don't have to try to earn it. They simply take action in a way that makes others feel admiration.Without respect, it’s hard to lead a company, manage a team or gain accomplishments. Earn and cultivate the respect of those around and you’ll soon find support that can help you achieve almost anything. Here are 7 actions that respected people naturally take. With a little focus, you can add them to your daily practice and avoid the Rodney Dangerfield dilemma.1. They Under-promise and Over-deliverThink about how you lose respect for someone. It usually happens when they represent something to you that turns out not to be true. It doesn't matter how big or how small the act. The first time it happens you may forgive, but the second raises credibility concerns. By the third time, you’ll likely never trust that person to deliver again. Conversely, respect follows those who religiously do what they say they’ll do. With trust comes respect and vice versa; it is a continuous circle. Respected people never leave you hanging.2. They Are Comfortable in Their Own SkinIt's nearly impossible to respect people who don't love and respect themselves. They don't need to be flawless, but neither can they be flaw-focused. A little self-deprecation is admirable, but only if it accompanies self-confidence and assuredness. No one wants to follow leaders who are insecure and constantly complain about their own inadequacies. Most respect those people who take control of their own lives and resolve or accept their own shortcomings with a peaceful smile. Respected people understand nobody is perfect.3. They Find a Way to Be InclusiveIndividual performers can certainly impress, but not when they disregard others on the journey. In fact, the more someone blazes a solo trail, the more resentment they create. It's great to lead the way, providing you bring the followers along and engage them in the process. There is little glory or fun in reaching a pinnacle and then waiting for everyone to catch up. People earn respect by bringing others to the Promised Land so all who are motivated and capable can share in the experience, the risk and the reward. Respected people leave behind no willing and able person.4. They Focus on Solutions, Not BlameSo much productive time in life is wasted playing the blame game. I can't think of a single benefit to the practice. Those who insist on harping on scapegoats for political gain end up looking foolish. In most cases, either the truth surfaces or the work environment becomes so toxic that productivity drops and no one walks away unscathed. Analyzing a problem and identifying the source is certainly valuable but, once the problem is clear, the focus should be on resolution. People who bypass the politics and blame to resolve issues for the common good earn admiration and loyalty from almost everyone. Respected people solve problems without creating new ones.5. They Seek and Share KnowledgeThere is great value in being an active and continuous learner, but keeping it to yourself raises the proverbial "tree in the forest" question. What good is growing smarter if you don't share that knowledge for the benefit of all involved? So many entrepreneurs strive for learning ... only to struggle when it's time to open up to the team that needs to execute. Of course it takes work and effort to create an effective process for teaching, but this is why excellent teachers garner so much respect and stay lifelong in your memory. Respected people know the value of communal learning.6. They Praise the Work of OthersEveryone appreciates being acknowledged. A job well done deserves recognition, while false modesty gets old fast. But people who ignore those who took part in a successful accomplishment are soon despised as selfish and ungrateful. There is little you can truly accomplish solely by youself. A little demonstrated gratitude and acknowledgment will go a long way in bringing you the reverence of your supporters. Better yet, share the glory and raise the esteem of everyone involved. Respected people take pride in contributing to the success of others.7. They Find the Joy in EverythingIt's hard to believe that anyone can actually discover happiness in trauma and tragedy; amazingly, it does happen. Humans constantly hope for joy, yet many gloss over daily events on that can raise a smile or elicit a giggle. But there are those who take life a little less seriously, always looking for that moment that can break the tension. These are the people who demonstrate the best of humanity and make even the hardest workday a day worth having. Respected people love life with all its twists and turns.Like this post? If so, sign up here and never miss out on Kevin’s thoughts and humor.
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Earlier today Google revealed that the next version of Android, 4.4., will be officially code-named KitKat. This comes after months of the rest of the world thinking that it would be called Key Lime Pie, and just a few weeks before an expected unveiling of a new Nexus smartphone.
In case you don’t believe me, Google also revealed a new Android statue on the lawn outside Building 44 on the Google campus, which – you guessed it – confirms that Android 4.4 will indeed be called KitKat. There’s also a teaser page, linked below, in which Google states, “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” There are links for more information about KitKat candy bars and about Nexus devices, along with an email form you can submit in case you want to receive more information in the future.
Apparently, Google continued to use Key Lime Pie in internal documents and even during meetings, so many Googlers were surprised by the name choice, as well. In fact, continuing to reference Key Lime Pie in all internal correspondence is why Google was able to keep this a secret for so long, after the decision was made at the beginning of this year.
Even though this seems like one of the most blatant examples of product placement in recent history, neither Google nor KitKat are receiving any monetary compensation for the use of the KitKat or Nexus names. Google employees apparently wanted to do something fun and unexpected, and chose the KitKat name in part because KitKats always seem to be available during late night coding sessions. In essence, this is the result of two giants in their respective fields, partnering together with no money changing hands, in what is hoped to be a mutually beneficial arrangement. (Somehow, I see KitKat benefitting a bit more – just thinking about the next Nexus is making me hungry.)
What do you think about Google’s choice?
[Google | BBC | Android Community]
No, really: The next version of Android will be called KitKat by John Freml first appeared on Pocketables.
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