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Who Is Your Rock Star?

September 17, 2009

Quick- when you picture a rock star, who comes to mind?  Is it…..


The Wiggles!  No?  Not so much?  Well, each of us has a different image of what a rock star or idol means to us. I started thinking about it when I was organizing some files yesterday and came across this picture of my little girl taken several years ago.

Admiring the Wiggles

She was about 11 months old in the picture.  For anyone who has turned on the Disney channel in the last several years, you may recognize that she was watching The Wiggles.  They are an Australian children’s singing group.  From the time my twins were able to notice the TV, the Wiggles was their favorite show.  They loved the music, the brightly colored costumes, the many characters, and the silly things the characters did.  For them, the Wiggles were their rock stars. 

Seeing this picture made me think about the people I admire.  Who are MY rock stars from a career perspective and what characteristics do they have? For each of us, the characteristics that we admire may be very different.  I know for me, the people I admire most are:

  • Honest with me– They tell me like it is, whether it is easy or not.
  • Creative– Not only do they come up with creative ideas, they take it to the next level and implement them.
  • Reliable– They follow through on what they say they will do.
  • Collaborative– They work together, then share in the credit.

Whether it is a former boss, a colleague, or a fellow blogger, these same attributes are what draw me to them.

Why is this important?  I believe that in order to be truly successful, we need to listen and learn from the people we admire.  It’s so easy to get stuck in our day-to-day routine and not feel motivated.  To not feel like we can do more, create more, BE more.  I think the first step in being sucessful ourselves is to recognize what success looks like to us.  To understand the attributes people we view as “successful” have.

How about you?  What are some of the attributes you admire in your Rock Stars?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2009 8:18 am

    Man, I would have come up with almost exactly the same list…

    Creative, Honest, Innovative, Ssmart, Collaborative, Open, and not driven by selfish agenda.

    Good post! Also a great example of how each blogger finds their muse in unexpected places!

  2. September 17, 2009 9:35 am

    Great post Trish! My list of attributes for rockstars is pretty much a combination of yours a Mikes. Being honest with me a key factor in being a rock star for me. You can be creative and collaborate with me all day long but if I ask for your opinion or adivce I expect an honest opinion not just what you think I want to hear.

    It kills me where the muse pops up, I get ideas for blog posts from some of the strangest places. I love the picture, too cute!

  3. September 17, 2009 12:54 pm


    Mike is right, it’s amazing where and when the blogger muse strikes! My daughter went through a massive Wiggles phase too. She was Murray Wiggle for Halloween.

    Now on to your question– your query is one of “what attributes make me want to connect with someone?” and beyond that, I hear themes of trust. So, what traits help do I admire? reliability, pragmatism and optimism are a few top-of-mind answers.

    Thanks for the thought-provoking question!

    • September 17, 2009 3:11 pm

      @Mike- I’m not surprised you and I have virtually the same list. When I read your blog, I think my thoughts align with yours quite often and that tells me we have a lot in common in terms of how we approach life and HR. Thanks for the comment.

      @April- Hi there. Love your point that without honesty the other things don’t amount to anything. After our discussion the other night about finding inspiration to write, I was definitely surprised that a pic of my little sweetie would prompt me to write a HR piece. 🙂

  4. September 17, 2009 1:32 pm

    This is so interesting, Trish! Honesty is number 1, with collaborative and reliable running closely behind. I will deviate from you there, though, and throw ethical into the list.

    Ethical behavior is closely related to honesty, of course, but it is not exactly the same. A person could be totally honest about their unethical behavior.

    I love and admire smart and creative, too, but I realize that those attributes are largely gifts, and some people just don’t have the gift. The people that *choose* to do the things I love (where am I? honest, collaborative, reliable, ethical) are the ones I want to follow.

    • September 17, 2009 3:23 pm

      @Jennifer- Thanks for taking the time to comment Jennifer. My son LOVED Murray the best. I’ll admit, he was my fave too after we took the kids to see them in concert (yes, I endured a Wiggles concert- lol). About 1/2 way through the show of all the wiggly tunes, Murray said he’d do something for the parents and busted out a little Led Zepplin and Van Halen. It was great. Your points about pragmatism and optimism are well taken. I love people who are optimistic!

      @Joan- You know, I thought of ethical but personally probably assume (right or wrong) that people who I deem honest are also being ethical. Those two really go hand-in-hand, don’t they? Would make an interesting post…what do honesty and ethics have in common and how are they different. Can an honest person be unethical? It would be fun for me to take that stance and have you write the counterpoint. 🙂


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