In-depth Post 2

Let’s start off by saying that I’ve gotten a lot done in just two short weeks.

So I had my first official meeting with my mentor Garry today, and long story short it was great! I started off by asking him the appendix questions from my integrated essay, which he answered super thoroughly. He gave me all sorts of insight on all of the things I couldn’t find during my research, which really helped. In our previous meeting he explained to me that the best way to begin to learn fly tying is to practice it. So today, after he showed me a basic knot or two and some different patterns, that’s exactly what we did.

I tied my first fly!!!!!!
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After about 20 minutes Garry told me that I was ready to tie my own fly. So with the use of his instructions and my newly learned skills I created my first ever fly! Technically it is a jig, used mainly for steel-head and salmon fishing. Jigs are a very good place to start, as they are relatively simple and you can be very creative with them. Garry also got me started, by giving me some of the basic tools for me to take home and practice on my own for the next time we meet.

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Also here’s how I incorporated the first three aspects of “How to Have a Beautiful Mind” :

How to agree: So far it has been very easy to agree with Garry. Mostly because he’s a super laid-back guy, but also because he knows a ton about tying. Also because Garry has been completely open to letting me have my freedoms; like being able to tie the type of flies I want to tie.

How to disagree: I haven’t really had anything to disagree about so far. However, if there was anything I disagreed with my mentor about, I wouldn’t be afraid to ask questions or state my opinion. This is probably because I’ve gone to his store for so long that I know him quite well, so there wouldn’t be any tension.

How to differ: It’s seems kind of crazy to say, but there honestly aren’t that many places where Garry and I could differ. I already know that we both like steel-head jigs, and that we share the same interests in color combinations and types of materials. Down the road I think there will be points where Garry and I differ. Fly tying is hugely creative so being different is actually a good thing.

So that’s pretty much all I’ve got so far and I am looking forward to sharing my progress in another couple weeks.

Leadership Challenges

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Challenge 1: Tension

How do you deal best with tension in a stressful situation?

When dealing with tension in a stressful situation I try to remove the tension by really talking to others and trying to work things out. However if I can’t defuse the situation on my own, I try to seek the help of others.

Challenge 2: Frustration

What should you do when you find yourself following a leader who is ineffective? How do you continue to add value?

When following an ineffective leader most people seek to replace or “fix” their leader. However there is a better way to deal with an ineffective leader. Starting off by identifying your leader’s strengths, rather than their weaknesses. You also don’t want it to seem like you’re attacking a leader saying that they are unfit for their role, so the best thing to do is slowly over time make suggestions for things they can improve upon. Furthermore if you find yourself following an ineffective leader, you can still add value. You can focus on what you have to do, and doing your job to the best of your ability.

Challenge 3: Multi-hat

List the different “hats” that you are currently required to wear.

Currently I have quite a few hats that I have to wear on a day to day basis. Some of them being, the learner hat, the teammate hat, the housekeeper hat, the son hat, and the role model hat. All of these hats make contributions to me getting by day by day, as well as me developing as a person. Also high-school has brought many more hats for me to wear, which I think is a good thing.

Challenge 4: Ego

Do you tend to focus more energy on production or promotion?

Well in school, honestly, I spend more energy on production than promotion because I’m using my time to get my own work done. I feel that it’s only after I can produce myself, I can then focus on promotion. I think that if you can produce enough, you are also promoting yourself.

Challenge 5: Fulfillment

Compare how you feel when you team succeeds versus when you receive individual recognition. What things are most appealing about the team win?

Don’t get me wrong individual recognition is great, but there’s something about getting that team W that brings a whole different type of fulfillment. The way I see it succeeding with a team is way more appealing. Mostly because you can share that feeling of fulfillment with others. Also succeeding as a team really brings a sense of family and unity.

Challenge 6: Vision

What would you rather do: see your own vision put into action and come to fruition, or help others fulfill theirs?

I would have to say that I would rather see my own vision put into action and come to fruition, as long as my vision is a good one. It’s the feeling of personal fulfillment that makes it more appealing. However I must say that I also really love helping others meet their vision.

Challenge 7: Influence

How do you consistently let the people on your team know that you care about them?

Above all, I think, recognizing my teammates strengths, and commending them for them is the best way to show that I care. Also by offering and asking for help when needed, shows that I am committed and willing help myself and others improve.

Leadership Myth Busting!

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Myth one: The Position Myth 

What has a peer taught you in the past year?

Within the past year, a peer of mine taught me that asking questions, as well as asking for help is a crucial part of the learning process. Before when I was stuck with something I would sit and try to figure it out myself, rather than step up and ask for help to ensure that I get the best understanding.

Myth Two: Destination Myth 

How do you become the person you desire to be?

The way I see it the only way to change yourself for the better is to take action. Start with a change in mind and go out and work on that however you can. A good way to do this is by setting smaller goals with an end goal in mind. What I do is I write my goal down and everything I can do to get myself there, and then I go out and try to achieve all the goals I wrote down.

Myth Three: The Influence Myth

What prompts you to follow someone else?

I look for a few things when assessing a leader, but most of the time I can tell right away that the person may be a good leader. They sort of give off an air of confidence and intelligence. If a person has good vision as well as a drive to back that up I may feel compelled to follow them. However I don’t like to just up and follow someone, it takes time for me to “assess” them as a leader before I will follow them.

Myth Four: The Inexperience Myth 

What makes a leader valuable to a organization/committee?

Above all, I think, a valuable leader needs to be able to manage others. Without a good leader things would get out of hand quite quickly. I think that the best leaders are the ones who can think on their feet. More often than not unexpected problems arise, and I think that it’s the way that a leader deals with them that sets them apart from others.

Myth Five: Freedom Myth 

Do you agree that when you move up in an organization, the weight of your responsibility increases?

Yes, when you move up in an organization it means that your superiors believe that you can handle a greater workload/responsibility. That’s why you get paid more when you get a promotion, because you are doing more work.

Myth Six: The Potential Myth

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” How does that idea relate to allowing a title or position to limit your position?

The quote is basically saying that just because a person has a higher role or title than you they don’t have the right to underestimate you, unless you let them. Just because you aren’t necessarily the top of the food chain doesn’t mean that you don’t have the right to have an opinion that actually matters.

Myth Seven: The All-or-Nothing Myth

They reality for most people is that they will never be the CEO. Does that mean that they should just give up leading altogether?

It definitely doesn’t mean that they should should just give up. Just because they may not make it to the top doesn’t mean that they can’t try to get close. They really can’t settle for where they are. Instead they should strive to be the best that they, as an individual, can be no matter where everyone else is at.

In-Depth 2015!

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Wow, In-depth 2015 has officially begun! However I’ve been giving it some thought for quite a while now. With so many great ideas to choose from it was really hard for me to decide which was the right one for me. It took me a while to decide what to study, and in the end I found a topic that I’ve almost always been fascinated by. So for In-depth 2015 I have chosen to learn to tie my own fly fishing flies. See, a lot of times when I tell people this they’re like, “What’s that?” Basically what fly tying is is the process of creating an artificial fly, or really any other insect or fish prey, using various threads and materials. It’s actually quite a complex art dating back to the 15th century.

Fishing has always been a part of my life, from the time I was born I’ve always been around it. My Dad was born in a fishing village in Fiji and was raised learning to fish, so he sort of passed it down to me. I caught my first fish when I was four and I’ve been hooked ever since. Now I fish all the time, and wherever I go. I’ve caught all sorts of different types, sizes, and colors of fish. Anytime we go on a family vacation, I try my hand at the local fishing culture. When I was about 10 I started to take an interest on fly fishing, so in the summer of that year I convinced my dad to teach me how to fly fish. Now I fly fish all the time, but have never learned to tie my own flies, and In-depth is a perfect opportunity to do so.

As for what I am actually planning to accomplish during In-depth this year I really want to learn to tie my own flies. Ideally when all is over and done, I want to be confident with my fly tying enough that I can recreate a whole bunch of different fly variants. However I will settle for just learning to tie a couple of different flies. Through fly tying I feel that I can develop myself further as a person as well. Two things that I think learning to tie will help me with are my concentration and patience. Tying flies is a very delicate process and takes a lot of patience and concentration skill, after all you are working with tiny hooks and threads.

A quick view of fly tying:

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There is a lot to learn about fly tying, and I really want to explore it, so that’s why I think I’ve found the perfect mentor to help me do so. His name is Garry Elgear, owner of Riverside Fly and Tackle located on Shaughnessy Street in Port Coquitlam. Garry is an avid fishermen and a great community member. This weekend on Sunday, January 11th 2015 he is hosting a river cleanup on the Coquitlam River, that my family and I will be attending, anyone who reads this is welcome to come and help out (more info at the bottom of this post). My dad and I have been customers of Riverside for about as long as I can remember, and Garry has always a great help whenever we have a fishing related question or problem. His shop also hosts a fly tying course that I am looking at taking.

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Overall In-depth this years is shaping up to be really, really great. I am so excited to learn about my topic, as well as everyone else’s. I’m expecting it to be a bit hectic at times, but in the end I think I’ll come out on top with a huge amount of new-found knowledge, relationships, interests, and life skills.

Here are some links to Garry’s twitter, as well as to the river cleanup info. As for the river clean up it starts at 9 am on Sunday at Garry’s shop at 2847 Shaughnessy St. in PoCo more info at Riverside’s Facebook Page, or see the article in The Now