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How Mark Cuban Decided He Couldn’t Work For Anyone Else–VIdeo Series Via Inc.com

Growth/Learning

I am a huge fan of Mark Cuban for helping take my Dallas Mavericks to their only NBA World Championship. Mr. Cuban earned extra cool points for even paying for the championship parade to help out the city of Dallas. In the same breath I do fault him for leading us away from a second title— (Tyson Chandler trade). But I digress–

In the below link Mark Cuban shares the importance of self awareness and personal fit—in his journey to success. Enjoy the video series portioned and produced by Inc. Magazine. I highly recommend Cuban’s E-Book on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006AX6ONI?pc_redir=1402095357&robot_redir=1)
for more insight into his past and methods for achieving success.

VIDEO Series: http://bit.ly/1tOJoHI

New TED Talk VIDEO by Simon Sinek Asks—Are You Safe at Work?

Management/Leadership

The basis of this video is that it is natural for us as people to require safety in order to trust and follow others–particularly leaders. Safety in its many forms surfaces as trust, which leads to willingness to act on the behalf of others, which makes us closer as a human unit, tribe, or community.

I am a huge fan of how Sinek has drawn similarities in how we as 21st century humans respond to survival and safety in comparison to early humans who experienced threats against their lives as opposed to their livelihoods.
As I look to lead a new team of strong willed individuals and attach myself to quality organizations, I listened closely to what makes a strong leader and an organization that provides safety that yields engaged performance.

Simon Sinek has a reputation of really peeling back the layers of how people tick. He has one of the most famous TED talks entitled ‘The Golden Circle’ (see below).

 

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What if Your Boss & Coworkers Held a Press Conference After Your Performance?

Management/Leadership

The second game of the 2014 NBA Finals is over, and I’m watching The San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Poppovich discuss his team’s performance in a very accountable fashion. Who contributed? Who made appropriate adjustments? What can they do better next game? I watch Tony Parker and Dwayne Wade do the same thing–and I’m thinking–what would that look like in the business world? No hiding behind email, long weekends, PC conversations, or concern for hurt feelings–just raw instant accountability and feedback.

Now, picture your company’s logo splashed across a tablecloth– set high atop a platform where your boss sits. Here he would report to the senior leaders and the industry you belong to –how YOU and your coworkers performed minutes ago on a deliverable. Who contributed? Who could have done better? Who has the largest “opportunity”? The worlds greatest athletes not only face constant scrutiny and access, but the ultimate in. Instant 360 feedback.

If you haven’t experienced some form of 360 feedback you are missing out on an opportunity to have true insight into both how others view you, and possibly what humble pie tastes like. What would this type of accountability do for your existing team? Would it bring turmoil, truth, or trust? Wouldn’t it lead to growth if you were committed to receiving the feedback? We may never experience the bright lights of top college and professional accountability, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to replicate it.

Next up to the podium– [Your boss’ name here]…

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J.O.B.

Direction, Uncategorized

Proof that while our millenial generation has access to quick success–there are no short cuts.

A Bicycle ride to the MBA

Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life….

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Managing Anxiety with Emotional Intelligence (EQ) & Yoshi

Growth/Learning

Mario and Yoshi come to mind when I think of what type of competitive edge is required to overcome new hurdles in both the real and virtual world. I can’t help but remember “back in the day”, seeking to advance in an intense game of Mario and getting to a point where I (Mario) couldn’t jump high enough or far enough to continue the level with Yoshi (my competitive edge).

To this day I continue to be a large proponent of that competitive edge, and I have found it through a learning relationship with emotional intelligence and the discipline required to become the most clear thinker one can be in any given circumstance.

Recently I stumbled across and HBR Ideacast on my recent road trip home from Dallas to Houston. The theme of the article was around the role anxiety plays in clear thinking and quality decision making. Struggling with this can come from battling ones own internal dialogue, or it can surface from a lack of a discernment with regard to who to trust.

http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/10/how-anxiety-can-lead-your-decisions-astray/

My dad quotes the bible often and has shared one of its principles that reads– ” there is wisdom in many counselors”– and I believe it– and would add that there is also wisdom in FIRST keeping a cool head/exercising–EQ . This becomes the key to a higher leek of discerning whom to take advice from in times of anxiety and ambiguity.

As much as I hate those countless posters that read “Keep Calm and (fill in the blank)” It’s the first important step to clear thinking and quality decisions free of emotion.

Listen, engage, discern and enjoy!

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Tailored Learning for Optimal Happiness—Courtesy of a 13 Year Old

Growth/Learning

More than ever companies value engaged associates. This means that organizations must allow for space and realizations that explain how people connect with each other and their work. What makes them happy? What helps inspire creativity? How do they learn best–(Somewhat Question 3 on Gallup’s Engagement Survey)?

The TED Talk given by a 13 year old student details the one common desire we as humans aspire to regardless of our countless differences–and it is happiness. In his TED talk he shares his educational journey to arrive at driving happiness while fulfilling a new found affinity for learning– which is no longer a chore when introduced in the right setting. Could this be established in the work place? Besides just at places like Google?

You would assume that striving to create the perfect climate for employees to succeed, would be a strategy for most organizations. But how an organization establishes a culture driven by transparency and a healthy feedback loop to create holistically satisfied productive associates makes all the difference in levels of employee engagement, and in the end–the bottom line.

Enjoy—

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Authenticity Through the Lense of Fashion Designer Mark Ecko

Authenticity

We now live in a time where retweets, likes, and immediate acceptance drive our opinions and sometimes even our level of motivation. So I will
leave it to successful fashion designer Mark Ecko to articulate details of the importance of authenticity for personal satisfaction, as a compass during trying times, and as a muse to your ambitions .

Mr. Ecko also details the importance of creating space for yourself to reflect and/or meditate to arrive at clear thinking to reduce clutter and distractions that can cause your efforts to fall short of reflecting your personal established core competences (aka values). Listen and connect.

Inc. Magazine: Mark Ecko Video Interview Series: http://www.inc.com/marc-ecko/marc-ecko-ecko-unltd-authentic-entrepreneurship.html

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My 3 Favorite Pieces of Advice from 2013

Management/Leadership

This has been “the year of the mentor” for me in 2013.

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30 for 30: 30 Lessons I Have Collected in My 30 Years of Life

Growth/Learning, Tales

This entry was inspired by the 30 for 30 documentary series on ESPN. In 2013 I turned 30– and for me this meant time to reflect, minimize mistakes, and accelerate—in theory. So, in no particular order you will find 30 lessons and pieces of wisdom I have gathered over the past 30 years. I had a lot off fun adding and deleting ideas and advice I felt was worthy of consideration.

  1. A healthy perspective is invaluable. With one, life becomes a manageable maze as opposed to a series of dead ends
    1. Understand what others value

    2. Relationships in all forms equate to a healthy balance of giving and taking. Be aware of which of the two you do most.

4. God is in control. We are sitting in his lap steering while he works the gas and brakes.

5. Living for the experience will minimize the pressure when it’s time to perform. Soak it in.

  1. Responsibility breeds humility. You realize in most instances you drive the outcome and or experience for the benefit of someone besides yourself.

  2. My sincerity is best expressed in written word versus spoken. I need to write it down in order for it to be received the way I want it to be.

8. Exposure is everything. Maximize it. The people that are most successful have several instances of exposure through tireless work.

9. Accountability is the key to growth, respect, and peace of mind.

10.Be a resource personally and professionally and you will always have worth.

11.Consume media that helps you get to who you want to be and where you want to be.

12.Listen and try not to diagnose.

13.No matter how much money and success you amass, if you can’t work with your hands. Eventually realize you are worthless in a post-apocalyptic society. Note to self–learn to build something!

14.Food is my friend, supporter, and enemy.

15.Life is more about positioning yourself for quality choices than about an actual choice that yields an outcome

16. In the bible love stands for sacrifice, therefore I believe love should be a competition of selflessness

  1. You will make mistakes and disappoint others. The goal is to avoid the same mistakes and avoid disappointing the same people the same way.

  2. Never take yourself too seriously. Life is about course correction and not perfection.

19. Seek arenas that allow me to be vulnerable. Create that type of space for those I care about.

20.To be my best self I have to know and neutralize what contributes to being my worst self. Self-awareness is important.

21.There’s nothing new under the sun. Look for different ways and situations to apply what’s been done.

22.Find different ways to express thanks

23. God’s favor is the only thing I have found that trumps hard work and talent. Pray and work hard.

24.Ask better questions. Master asking quality questions.

25.You must understand people’s motivations to understand their behaviors. Take time. Seek to understand before seeking to be understood.

  1. The slower the better is true for most everything….yep most everything

  2. 50 plus guys will shoot you straight when it comes to opinions. Keep access to them. It’s valuable to know truth.

  3. My music must always be close by in order to immediately improve my state of being.

29.I have yet to regret not getting more sleep…At some point I know I will.

30.Think less, feel more.

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My Movember Moment: Man At His Manliest

Tales

In a world of consistently evolving norms of gender, power, and influence (men should be more sensitive, women should take charge) and a desire for most all groups to be more diverse, I have arrived at the single distinguishing trait for men to have to ourselves. Hair—facial hair. Yes I am centuries late—and no I have absolutely nothing against the much more lovely and many times more strong and fierce Venus associated creatures ( Venusites? Venitians?), but it seems with all of this debate to uncover the perfect human through a blend of gender traits (many serving only as shots at the traditional male), a man can get lost in who he should be. But, physically there is no challenging the presence of unkempt facial hair. The beard. The mustache. The goatee. Patriarchs such as Ron Burgandy, Ron Swandon, Kimbo Slice and even Mr. Magnum PI himself dare not grapple with these conflicting physical identities– due to their follicle superiority. You see, regardless of social progression (and hormones) facial hair is ours. That is partly why this November I grew facial hair for a good cause and learned to my surprise it was my missing link to my manhood.

So that you are aware, I enjoy fishing, camping, the outdoors, and I love sports. I guess what I’m basically saying is despite not being a “car guy” or hunter, my manhood has not been in limbo or in question, but at the same time not maximized with a certain itch around my neck and cheeks (facial to be clear).

So after just over a week of neglecting my stash of ‘dollarshaveclub’ razors, I had to ask myself, why have I been wasting this gift to showcase facial greatness? Why had I not embraced an opportunity to shave less, to be different, show maturity, and style. I took my God given ‘manhood right’ for granted. I had been missing the opportunity to play with my own canvas. A canvas that lets me regret shaving parts of my beard in favor of a goatee (that makes me look like a Disney villain), but rectified by growing back a beard in a redemptive fashion.
I’m not sure how long the beard will exist— on me, but every time I see another Martian (we’re supposedly from Mars) who has neglected his razor, I know I belong to the club. I now have this conviction to make up for lost time despite the Houston, TX humidity.