Electoral College

When we talk about leaders, the most popular one at the moment to us is our own president. Recently there was an election and then a big push by the losing team for the Electoral College votes to overturn the votes. So the Victor crew wanted to know a little more about what the Electoral College is all about. For this we turn to CGP Grey on YouTube to see how he explains it.

Here is his first video on How the Electoral College Works:

Here is the second part video called The Trouble with the Electoral College

He has an updated video of the second part that was uploaded just last month:

Here is some further reading: http://history.house.gov/Institution/Electoral-College/Electoral-College/

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is known for his many novels. Whether or not you have read them all, you most likely have come across or heard some of his many writings. Some of his more popular writings were The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities.

He lived from February 1812 to June 1870. He left school young to work in a factory when his father went to debtor’s prison. His first writing was The Pickwick Papers which was serialized, a common practice at one time. This also allowed him to evaluate his audience’s reaction and modify based on feedback. Some of his life experiences were used in his stories – people and places. His most autobiographical novel was David Copperfield.

He visited the United States and Canada. In his second visit, delayed by the Civil War, he met with such giants as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He died in 1870 after a stroke.

No matter how you have heard of Charles Dickens, almost everyone has seen or heard A Christmas Carol in some form. There have been many renditions of this story in plays and movies.

You can see a more comprehensive outline of his life here.

Everyday Leadership

In a TedTalk by Drew Dudley, he starts by asking the question, “How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a leader?” He says there are many that do not raise their hands. He talks about people thinking it would make them seem cocky or arrogant and aren’t comfortable with the title. Maybe we don’t feel like we deserve it.

He goes on to tell a story of someone who had met him earlier and had interactions with that he couldn’t remember. This person said he was important in her life because of the situation. His point was for us to ask ourselves how many times do we do something we think is trivial but that it could have some impact on someone else. We let people better our lives without them ever even knowing it.

He quotes Marianne Williamson who said, “Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate. [It] is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light and not our darkness that frightens us.” Listen to his short 6:10 talk and find out what a “Lollipop moment” is.