Saturday, July 26, 2008

R.I.P. Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon who gave a "last lecture" on Sept. 18, 2007. He recently passed on July 25, 2008, but his last lecture was so inspiring that it was covered by everybody from Oprah to Diane Sawyer. While he didn't cover religion in his talk, there many things he did say that make sense and can make a difference in our lives.

Please take the time to watch:

The book is HERE.

1 comment:

WillyJ said...

I'm currently reading that book "The Last Lecture".
Let me share an excerpt from part 9 - "A Skill Set called Leadership".

"For ambitious young boys with a scientific bent, there could be no greater role model than
James T. Kirk of Star Trek. In fact, I seriously believe that I became a better teacher and colleague - maybe even better husband - by watching Kirk run the Enterprise.

Think about it. If you've seen the TV show, you know that Kirk was not the smartest guy on the ship.
Mr. Spock, his first officer, was the always-logical intellect on board. Dr. McCoy had all the medical knowledge available to mankind in the 2260's. Scotty was the chief engineer, who had the technical knowhow to keep that ship running, even if it was under attack by aliens...

So what was Kirk's skill set? Why did he get to climb on board the Enterprise and run it?
The answer: There is a skill set called "leadership".

I learned so much by watching this guy in action. He was the distilled essence of the dynamic manager, a guy who knew how to delegate, had the passion to inspire, and looked good in what he wore to work. He never professed to have skills greater than his subordinates. He acknowledged that they knew what they were doing in their respective domains...

Kirk, I mean Shatner, was the ultimate example of a man who knew what he didn't know, was perfectly willing to admit it, and didn't want to leave until he understood. That's heroic to me...

(underscoring mine)

Happy Sunday to all!