strategy for leadership

There are posts about Finn that come across my dash frequently that really concern me.

It’s not that I don’t think musings about what a sweet innocent soul he is and imagining what his humble life must’ve been like are coming from a loving place, but Finn’s character has already been filled in via a canon source, and it was not humble. 

Read the novel “Before the Awakening,” where you will learn that while FN-2187 may have pulled shifts as a janitor just like any military trainee has to work some shit jobs, he was actually the absolute rock star of his elite band of Stormtroopers. He was the natural leader, the best of them all, the highest scores in every possible measure, someone Phasma and Hux were well aware of as the shining example of what their pet Stormtrooper program could accomplish. He was everything they’d worked for for years.

The only problem was, he cared too much about his fellow Stormtroopers, even though they didn’t return the feeling, due to indoctrination and some envy of his superiority. It is pretty obvious, reading BtA, that Finn is Force sensitive. It is that Force sensitivity that set him apart, and made him the one who could overcome a lifetime of indoctrination and get out.

I know it’s the fault of the film for sketching him so lightly, but guys, it is crucial that we start acknowledging who Finn is, and his strengths. Which, canonically, are leadership, strategy, all the skills a commander must have. I worry that there is too much PRECIOUS PURE CINNAMON ROLL going on and not enough shared knowledge of his *canon character background and gifts*.

Please spread the word about Finn. This sort of thing shortchanges him horribly. When the FO lost FN-2187, they lost more than just another Stormtrooper. They lost a future general, and the Resistance picked one up.

I think one of the things I appreciate most about Brooklyn 99 is that it has an incredibly diverse cast (the NYPD is actually about 50% minorities, so it’s really nice to see a show that reflects that) AND even more importantly, there are at least two of every minority represented, so nobody has to be a token anything or be representative of their entire ‘group’.

Terry and Captain Holt are both black cops in positions of power, but they have very different leadership strategies and very different interests, hobbies, etc, none of which really hinge on them being ‘black’. Terry loves his children, Holt is not really big on kids. 

Latinas? The actress who plays Diaz was actually shocked she got the role after she heard Melissa Fumero got Santiago–“I thought, ‘That’s it. The network is not going to allow there to be two Latinas in one show,‘” Beatriz said. “I was so used to, ‘There’s only room for one.'” But there doesn’t have to be only one! Santiago and Diaz are literally polar opposite personalities. Diaz is brash and tough, Santiago is a huge authority-pleaser and plays by the book, etc. I believe they also canonically have different countries of origin which ~surprise surprise~, not all Latinx people come from the same place, so one token won’t cover everything!

Gay characters? Even the main gay couple in the cast (Holt and his husband) are both very different from each other, and his husband isn’t just there as like gay window dressing, he’s fleshed out as having his own interests and contributions to the relationship outside of just being ‘gay.’ He’s more of an academic/intellectual and isn’t interested in the whole cop scene, but loves his husband and still supports his career. Furthermore–both of them have been gay and happy married for years. 

Gina Linetti and Jake Peralta? Both Italian. (interestingly enough, both actors are Jewish irl as well) 

While not exactly a minority, even the classic workplace sitcom ‘old fat white guy that everybody makes fun of’ isn’t a one-off token either! Scully and Hitchcock, while very similar, STILL have key differences between them pointed out throughout the show.

I could keep going, but the point is that Brooklyn 99 does a fantastic job of avoiding lazy cultural stereotypes and really trying to build characters. And this is a deliberate move by the showrunners: “You don’t reduce people to one thing in the modern age. That’s our No 1 rule of writing.” 

Nobody has to be a token. Nobody has to be a stereotype. Racial and ethnic and other backgrounds aren’t punchlines, they’re just part of who people are. 

Tricks Successful People Use To Make Smart Decisions

A study from Columbia University found that we’re bogged down by a good 70 decisions a day. With so many decisions taking up each day, learning to prioritize them and make them effectively is essential to your success and happiness. Here are a few strategies successful people use for effective decision-making:

1. They Turn Small Decisions Into Routines

2. They Make Big Decisions In The Morning

3. They Pay Attention To Their Emotions

4. They Evaluate Their Options Objectively

5. They Use Exercise To Recharge

6. They Reflect On Previous Decisions

Four more tricks successful people use to make smart decisions.

If you want a clue to the DNC’s electoral strategy under Tom Perez’s leadership, just look at the recent special elections in Kansas and Georgia, and here’s a hint it’s not the “50 States Strategy”

In Kansas an outsider Progressive named James Thompson unexpectedly won the primary vs a centrist candidate and was supported by Our Revolution, the group that formed out of Bernie Sanders’s campaign. In the General, it seemed hopeless as the district he was running in deep red Kansas.

He finished only 6 points behind the Republican in a district Trump won by +27 and he had literally zero funding

In Georgia a centrist corporate Democrat named John Ossoff and the DNC and DCCC drenched him in money and he might actually win.

Just wait, the DNC is going to turn around and say that progressives don’t win and people want centrists so that’s how they’ll “RESIST.”

Just wait. It’s going to happen.

16 Things Guaranteed To Make You Happy At Work

Let’s face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. When it comes to making yourself happy, you need to learn what works for you. Here’s how emotionally intelligent people create their own happiness at work:

1. Don’t Obsess Over Things You Can’t Control

2. Don’t Compare Yourself To Other People

3. Reward Yourself

4. Stay True To Yourself

5. Stay Away From Negative People

See the full list of strategies that will improve your happiness at work.

Soulmate Special #1 - Tsuna

Soulmate AU where you’re born knowing your soulmate’s (future) biggest secret.

In a world where you grew up knowing your soulmate’s future biggest secret, it wasn’t exactly uncommon to have some problems adjusting.  There were always those sad cases of knowing that “my soulmate is going to be abusive,” or “my soulmate is going to have an affair,” there were other ones like “my soulmate will be an embezzler” or something slightly shady like that.  You were willing to bet that there weren’t many people who grew up with the knowledge that “my soulmate is going to be the head of a mafia family.”

Nope.  You were a “lucky” one, with something unique and crazy.  There wouldn’t be many people who fit that description, which was rather nice.  You were never someone attracted to the thrill of falling in love and hoping that this one person would be your soulmate.  Give you something more concrete any day of the week.  

By the time your parents decided you were old enough to ask if you would like to share what your soulmate’s secret, you were old enough to understand the nature of a secret – particularly yours.  You refused and moved on with your life.  And by moved on, you had started your training.  If you were going to marry the head of a mafia family you were going to be well prepared.  

Sure, it was a little hard to get information about the mafia, especially as an eight year old, but you made sure to smile innocently up at them, and say that you had a lot of interests, you threw in some sports books too…as if you would have time to be interested in sports.  At nine, you convinced your parents to sign you up to language classes.  At ten you had added two more languages to your repertoire and were confident enough to add dance lessons to your growing classes of languages.  

By eleven you had moved on from books about the mafia to books about business and economics.  People called you a genius.  You considered yourself more self-preserving.  Twelve saw you getting interested in debate and the chess club, being called a nerd now would definitely be worth the strategy you would be practiced in when you were older.  Thirteen had you demanding a camp for “youth leadership” – hopefully the principles taught there would carry over into “adult leadership,” if not, you would be sorely disappointed in this waste of time.  

At fourteen, you had been learning roughly two languages a year for five years.  You had been practicing dance and etiquette for four, studying business principles for three, working on strategy for two and leadership for about a year.  It was time to more firmly entrench yourself in the ways of the world.  So you ran for student government at your high-school. You had decided that this would be a way to get used to both leadership and figuring out how to get what you wanted from people determined to see you fail.  

You were wonderful at it, obviously. And at this point, all that was left for you to do was to continue your personal studies and wait to see what would happen.  

It was a sunny day, during your second year of college that you met him.  You had gone to Italy for your spring break.  (Starting half way through high-school, you had decided that you needed to be more well-traveled and had undertaken that venture just as quickly, if not a little more excitedly, as the others.)  A beautiful spring day and a warm pastry in your hands, you were enjoying the time off from school, and simply enjoying being alive.  

The gunshots had brought a rather quick end to that.  

Being shoved to the ground by a warm body and looking into the liquid gold eyes of a young man about your age had brought that feeling back just as quickly.  And you knew.  You knew this man was the one destined to be with you forever.  

The way his eyes widened and there was a bit of hesitation before he leaned up to shoot in the direction he came from let you know that he knew as well.  

The shooting was over just as quickly as it had started and you were disappointed to find that despite having thought that you were well-prepared for this, that you were still a little breathless and unable to quite find the words you wanted to say.  You would blame it on the near death experience you had just had.  

Thankfully, it looked like this budding mafia boss was having the same trouble as you were as he took a couple deep breaths before he was able to say anything as well.  

“I’m Tsunayoshi Sawada,” he said as he reached out his hand.

“You’re the head of a mafia family?” You said almost simultaneously, before blushing in a bit of shame.  You had very carefully planned out what you would say during the first meeting, make sure your soulmate knew that it hadn’t been a mistake that you were his soulmate. But Tsunayohsi Sawada was not what you had been picturing.  He was much leaner…and younger…and less Marlon Brando looking than the mental picture.

“Aw man, I had really been hoping that my biggest future secret was that I was a good dancer or something.” He groaned, as he ran his hand through his …rather fluffy, you off handedly noticed…hair.

“I’m sorry, what?”  You blinked, trying to figure out if there was a double meaning to that, or maybe it was code and you were

A laugh from behind had you spinning to see a tall, smiling, dark haired man with a sword strapped to his back, accompanied by a slightly shorter gray haired man with a scowl.  “Tsuna’s been hoping he’ll still figure out a way to get out of it before he’s officially announced Decimo.  Looks like he won’t be.”

“Only because he’ll have chosen not to,” the silver haired man turned to ‘Tsuna.’  “If you really tried, I know that you’d manage to do it.”

“Thank you, Hayato,” Tsuna smile looked a little pained.  “But I don’t think Reborn would ever let me.  Maybe it’s better this way, after all, I know that my soulmate will be more capable than anyone realizes.”

anonymous asked:

Robb and Jon proved to be great or at least smart leaders and commanders. At this point I'm not considering their mistakes related to their high sense of honor. How much of Eddard's leadership is in each of them? Could you make a consideration about Eddard, Stannis and Tywin and their habilities as commanders and leaders?


Eddard is one of the most underrated military commanders in the series, but this is to be expected. Arguably, the first book’s main story is his fall, so it’s easy to focus on Eddard’s failures. His ability to move his army quickly saved both Robert and Stannis’s lives in Robert’s Rebellion, at Stoney Sept and Storm’s End. Moving an army is a demanding process, yet Eddard was able to rally his banners and march an incredible distance despite recently assuming the mantle of leadership. Certainly, the brutality of Rickard’s and Brandon’s (and the other fathers and sons) murders and the fact they were conducted without trial would help, but Eddard still performed admirably under a difficult set of circumstances. Eddard, is organized and intelligent, two very helpful traits. In the main series, he makes his preparations well before battle is decided, calling upon men to fortify Moat Cailin, and using Theon as leverage for the Iron Fleet. As a leader, Eddard employed an approachable, personally-directed policy. He would dine with subordinates and discuss their work, demonstrating his interest in the health of his house and that he values his subordinates immensely. It’s pretty impressive that the mountain clans are willing to march through snow for “The Ned’s” daughter.

Stannis is polarizing (both in-universe and in the fandom, hilariously enough), inspiring either dread or acclaim. As a leader, he is grim and unflinching, yet demanding and stubborn. Stannis’s qualities as a commander are beyond question. His victories at Fair Isle, Storm’s End, and Castle Black testify that he has a firm tactical mindset, adept at position. His training at Dragonstone focus on drill and discipline, and so his victories are simultaneously clever and well-earned. As a leader, Stannis wins few followers, as he is unwilling to flatter or speak nicely to win subordinates to his side. His chief merit is justice; people under him have faith that they know exactly what they’re getting (impartiality is actually a very good thing for a leader to have, especially one who is responsible for reward and punishment the way a general and king are). His chief failing is that he expects everyone to think as he does, and reach the same conclusion. The followers he does have, however, are incredibly loyal, crossing burning bridges of Stannis’s fleet, and following him to the ends of the earth on his crusade to prove that he has the right mettle to be king. Stannis is not a speaker, and his prickly nature can offend. Stannis is at his best when his deeds do the talking.

Tywin is a classical man of his age, and relatively cautious and conservative on the battlefield. He tends to predict his enemy’s movements and disposition and adjusts his strategy accordingly, proving that he is no dunce when it comes to forming a battle plan. At the Green Fork, Tywin plans to use Gregor Clegane as a pivot, baiting the Northmen by using the less-disciplined mountain clansmen to cause an overeager Robb Stark to press too far froward, then use Kevan to smash into the flanks. This is a traditional but effective strategy, particularly when fighting young and eager opponents who might charge against orders. Tywin’s leadership style is built on authority and a clear top-down structure (even moreso than the traditional overlord-vassal relationship), coupled with the implicit threat of reprisal established with Castamere. This reputation works very well as long as he has the strength to enforce it. This is why Robb is able to keep Tywin in the Riverlands theater even as Stannis potentially threatens the capital, since Robb defies Tywin and seems to be able to do so with impunity. When Robb threatens west, Tywin is forced to respond lest it be known that the North can harass the Westerlands with impunity. Tywin is predictable, and isn’t well-suited to fighting unconventional prodigies like Robb Stark, but he is good at seizing advantages and using them, and his willingness to resort to any means to win will earn him people that buy in for no other reason than wanting to be on the winning side.

Each man has his own weaknesses. Eddard is unable to see the institutional merits of leadership with his personally-driven style, Stannis’s personal hangups interfere with his firm-but-fair leadership style, and Tywin’s strategy only works when he has the strength to back up the implicit retribution all who defy him know, in a long-and-steady stream from Castamere to the Red Wedding.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

SomethingLikeALawyer, Hand of the King

Five Networking Strategies Even The Shy Professional Can Use

Here are five networking strategies even the extremely, painfully shy professional can use:

1. Start with where you already are.

2. Enlist your manager’s help (in the name of productivity).

3. Make people come to you.

4. Assign yourself a mission, and track your points.

5. Use your passion.

Networking is not just about being able to work a crowded room of strangers. Read more >

4 Strategies That'll Help You Get Through A Tough Conversation Without Backing Down

To help you out the next time someone makes an unreasonable request or pulls you into another equally tough conversation, here are a few pointers on how to remain firm and come out on top:

1. Know Your Deal-Breakers

2. Stay Strong Through The Personal Favor Dilemma

3. Make Saying No a Good Thing

4. Know Your Value

Sometimes, sticking to your guns in tough conversations comes down to one question: What would I do if I had nothing to prove and was already worthy of respect?

In war, there are two kinds of soldiers: those that fight for blood, and those that fight for honor. The first crave the clash of steel and smell of slaughter, the latter know the wisdom of justice, the kindness of mercy, and that life should never be taken wantonly. These different warriors seek different Gods. Ares, God of War revels in the bloodletting, but his sister, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, is patron to those who fight with dignity, and only when there is no other alternative. 

Ares is not loved by his sister. Athena and Ares are both Gods of War. Where Ares represents violence, force, and slaughter, Athena is the embodiment of intelligence, strategy, and leadership. Ares is quick to act and leave a bloody trail. Athena is thoughtful and careful with lives

5 Ways You Can Position Yourself As A Leader (Before You Have Any Followers)

There’s never been a better time to develop our leadership skills. Incorporating these tips into your work life will demonstrate your abilities to the people who can take your career to the next level:

1. Deliver Superior Performance.  

2. Cultivate A Followership.

3. Be Boldly Self-Aware.

4. Think Strategically.  

5. Attract Mentors.

When you do get the opportunity to take on a leadership role or enter a leadership development program, make the most of it. Read more here.

Nymeria, named after a Queen, is ruling a super pack, using strategy, leadership and ruthlessness (she would kill any male wolf who tried to mate with her). Dominating both man and beast. Although, its intetesting to note: The only wolf Nymeria ever followed was Ghost. Nymeria is also the most human-like, the only wolf named after a real person:

Arya’s direwolf was named after a ruling Queen.

Nymeria was not a warrior despite being remembered as such. She was a leader and a commander much in the way Tywin Lannister was during wartime - despite Nymeria being known as the Warrior Queen, she never fought in battle.

The Queen Arya’s direwolf is named after saved her people from Valyrian forces who wanted to conquer her Kingdom and previously failed. During the last major battle, her people killed 2 dragons. In retaliation, the Valyrians sent 300 dragons to wipe out the Rhoyne. But Nym survived and lead her people to safety.

How does this impact Arya’s wider story?

The Kindly Man is No One or something more powerful training a weapon. He is wearing Jaqen’s face, someone familiar to Arya so he can win her trust. There are theories that argue the Kindly Man is something else, more higher up in the order, possibly the MFG himself.

The actor that plays Jaqen proposed that the FM are interested in the IT. Interesting timing, now that a dragon is on her way.

Arya’s time with the FM, her judging Lady Crane innocent and not worthy of death; choosing to kill Trant over the insurance man. Carrying out her list, adding and removing names, choosing who lives or dies - like the MFG himself - Deciding over death and life in a feudal world is often the job of a ruler.

There is a great theory that the first FM’s prayers were answered and they were given the magic to change faces by the CotF. That the FM are actually working with Bloodraven. The weirwood that Bran uses to see into the past is also found in the House of Black and White. The door Arya walks through is entirely half weirwood. The long chairs the FM sit on are made of weirwood. So during meetings a certain Raven can listen in and whisper. The 3eR lured Bran North to train him while Jaqen has Arya going East to the FM. Two Stark children, the most magically inclined, the warging coming from the blood of the first men manifests strongest in Bran & Arya. Of all of Ned’s children, Arya is the most traditionally Stark. Next season, Arya will likely meet Nymeria again and her warging potential will be at its strongest.

A Touchy Subject


Trope #5: Magical AU

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Bitty’s got a knack.

Everyone’s got a knack, of course, but Bitty’s got a doozy. He doesn’t much like to think about it. Most people assume it has to do with his pies and he doesn’t tell them any different. Lord knows he’d never get any rest if people knew what he could do. It got pretty bad when he was a kid, before Coach and Mama up and moved away to escape all the people asking for his help. Most everyone figures out their knack on their own, usually during childhood, but there’s always those who don’t and they can get pretty desperate. Imagine if any of those desperate people knew that Bitty could tell them.

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