Does Past History Help to Predict Future Performance?

Attitude Over Skill Skinny Weightlifter - 50691943_m

 

The recruiting process is supposedly designed to ferret out talent a potential employee possesses, to provide insight in selecting the right person to join our team. So why do people appear to succeed in previous roles, then fall short of expectations when we hire them? Development of recruiting approaches in recent years has honed the process of

Read more…

Small Steps

Small Steps - 50819758_m

 

The search for dramatic change in our lives, to make a quantum leap forward is a quest that I believe possesses most of us. There is a hunger inside of us (sometimes self-imposed and sometimes from external forces… i.e. parents, spouses, bosses) to break bad habits, earn more money, complete projects that have been gnawing at us. I have found that the road to drastic changes begins with small steps, simple shifts that lead to remarkable outcomes.

 

Late in the day, after countless phone calls to secure new projects or arrange interviews for candidates I had recruited, I was ready to call it quits and

Read more…

A Father’s Day Reflection on the Most Important Gift You Give

Girl Rope Swing - 42247555_m

 

You would think the scoreboard would indicate how successful a professional football team is. “That’s only part of the equation” explained Jamie Roote, President of the Houston Texans. We were discussing what it took to build world-class high-performance teams. “One of the key questions we ask ourselves is are we creating memorable moments?” His belief is each week not only the players, but also everyone from the parking lot to the front office is responsible for what fans experience.

 

As Father’s Day approaches, I started reflecting on the importance of memorable moments in all aspects of our lives.

 

My dad, Joe, loved taking his grandkids to the farm. One day, out of curiosity he asked one of my nieces, Amanda, (who is now has a household with five kids) if she had a special memory from adventures on his farm. She went into great detail of the special swing Dad made for her and the other young ones in the family. Now, this was a unique swing

Read more…

How to Make a Dream a Reality

Dreams to Reality

 

 

Many of us have dreams that almost seem like a fantasy. Today I’m witnessing a dream become a reality right before my eyes.

 

When Nikki was 10 years old she walked up and boldly declared “I want to be a Vet.” When I asked why she explained, “I saw how much the bill was for Colonel (our dog) and it was ridiculous”. Curiously I asked, “How much will you charge?

 

“Ten dollars.”

 

I told her clients will be lining up!

 

15 years later the fire in her eyes never dimmed.

 

Today she walks across the stage at Texas A&M University’s Veterinary College of Medicine as Dr. Nikki.

 

At lunch last week I asked her what she had to fight along the way to get through, in order to make this dream move from fantasy to reality. We built this list:

Read more…

So you think you had a hard day at work? Talk to Louie…

Louis Zamperini NBC Los Angeles

Louis Zamperini, credit: NBC Los Angeles

 

I walked into the house, sighing as I drop my keys on the counter with a thud. It’s been a long day of grinding through reports, dealing with irritated customers, co-workers expounding on how management doesn’t understand the strain everyone is working under, given the prevailing atmosphere of economic uncertainty, prospective clients haven’t called back… and no one refilled the coffee pot. As I walk through the living room, my blood pressure climbs, caused by finding chewed up scraps of paper strewn across the floor. Bending down I realize that my five-pound alarm systems (also referred to as miniature Pomeranians and sometimes devil children) have found page 3 of a report that I had been searching for but apparently dropped. It has been a long, hard day.

 

Not compared to a day in the life of Louie Zamperini.

Read more…

The Power of the Pen, the Clock and the Spoken Word

 

Every now and then, someone comes along as an example of authentic leadership, whose keen insight into the hearts of others compels people to stretch the horizons of their possibilities. Every so often, someone shares a profound message that on the surface has value in business but if you allow, it can strengthen your foundation at home.

 

I was surprised when that introspective, tender-hearted, spirit filled “Yoda” turned out to be linebacker… 

Read more…

2017: Ready to Follow the Early Explorers to Achieve Your Dreams?

Monument To The Discoveries

 

I have often wondered what it might have felt like for the early explorers to set foot on new land, horizons yet to be discovered. As 2017 is about to unfold, can we follow in their footsteps and consider the New Year as uncharted territory waiting for you to discover the treasure to be found.

 

Will you follow in their steps?

 

Have a map

What success would they have had if the explorers left port, opened their sails to the wind without plotting a course, to be carried where the current would take them? Have you mapped out your direction for what you want to accomplish or are you drifting into the year hoping the current will be kind to you.

 

New destinations or same rut

The explorers bravely sought new doors to open, which literally changed the face of the world. Do you have a “reach” goal to pursue, something that makes the heart pound when you think of obtaining it? Adrenalin inspires creativity.

 

What are you committed to?

A waiter once asked what was the difference between bacon and eggs. In the process of reaching my breakfast table, it was pointed out the chicken is involved, the pig is committed. The explorers, rather by sea or land, left fueled with a commitment that discovered majestic mountains, mighty rivers, endless oceans and spectacular ice caps. Think of what you can achieve by committing to new actions.

 

When I push myself to take action, something magical happens. – Nely Galan Media Mogul

 

2017 is a blank page, waiting for you to craft your story. It can be a special journey. The ride is quite simple if you focus on taking 5 steps each week. Can’t wait to hear what you discover along the way.

 

Need Help Building Your

2017 Action Plan?

 

Are you tired of chasing problems instead of developing strategies that drive you toward your goals?

Click here for info on a special one day workshop

 

The Choice of Focus

 

Each morning a battle rages as my eyes open, signaling the start of a new day. One eye stares at the clock trying to determine if night had truly ended and morning arrived or is my brain still slightly in a dream state. As I muster the energy to throw at least one foot over the side of the bed, it starts. The most crucial conversation of the day begins…it’s the one that is taking place in between my own ears, consisting of the thoughts I convey to myself.

 

Psychologists believe we have as many as 70,000 thoughts in a day. Given there are only 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour period, the mind controls the flow of traffic, streaming information, data, and visions at warp speed for my psyche to process. Studies have shown that up to 80% of the deluge coming at me is negative in nature rather than positive. I find this frustrating as it is not intentional or even requested. So given the miraculous power of the brain, how do I win the war?

 

If you met Mike Scimemi, you’d find the answer. Mike was

Read more…