Who Me?

I am a leader, but I don’t always think about my roles in that way. I suppose we all are leaders in one capacity or another. I am a leader at home with my kids, a leader in a martial art class in small groups, and a leader in my professional life as Vice President and General Manager at Group Delphi.

This is my personal blog about my observations in the world around us. Many of these have inspired self-reflection about and improvement in my own leadership. Through reading this blog, I hope you will gain some of your own inspiration and leadership improvements and ultimately share them back with me. I would like to be a little selfish and learn some things from you!

As you may see, I have not published a ton of posts. That will change. I have recently read a book titled “Platform” by Michael Hyatt, which has inspired me! I am going to be posting more frequently.

If you like what you see, I invite you to you to enter your email address in the space to the right and you will automatically receive a notice when I post something new. No muss, no fuss.

My Top Posts

Looking at my past posts, there are some that have stood out. Feel free to check them out and let me know what you think.

Listening to the Quiet – We all need a break once in a while to recharge and just think.

What Have YOU Learned From the Incredible Hulk? – Are you intentional with your emotions or do you lose control?

I’ve Fallen and I CAN Get Up – Part 1 – We all have “fallen” at some point in our professional lives. The key is to shorten the fall.

I’ve Fallen and I CAN Get Up – Part 2 – After you have “fallen”, then what?

More About Me

My professional foundation is accounting. Of the past 17+ years of my professional experience, the most recent have been more focused on operations and general business management AND on accounting. This experience has come from ICON Exhibits and Group Delphi. The focus of both companies is custom designing and building exhibits for trade shows, museums, corporate interiors and corporate events. www.groupdelphi.com

I have been a Cubs fan for as long as I can remember. I attend five or six games each season. Now, I have corrupted my youngest son and he is a bigger fan than I am. Baseball and the Cubs have been a part of my entire life and will continue that way. I am sure you will see baseball and the Cubs creeping into several of my observations.

My family and I have been learning and living Sanchin Ryu karate. Our learning started when our oldest son enrolled at age five with a friend. After about two weeks, he asked me if I would work out with him. I initially made up a lot of excuses why I could not. None of them meant anything to a five-year old. He would not let it go. I decided to give in and try it with him. That was several years ago. Now, I have benefited so much more than I ever thought I would. I thought I would simply learn to punch and kick. While I have been learning those things, I have learned so much more about living, handling situations – both personal and professional, dealing with bullies in the workplace, and making my personal relationships stronger. I have learned so much and want to share some of my interpretations.

The Cubs and Sanchin Ryu are two large influences in my life, but are not the only ones. I am looking forward to sharing.

Remember…keep your eyes open because inspiration can come from anywhere.

Let’s Connect

Twitter: @MDFort

Email: Matthew.Fortney@gmail.com

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