This thirst for guidance, for something to measure against, to know what the heck other people in my shoes did, is what I remember most about my own early days, when I started Iodine five years ago.,And if you're leading a startup, five years is a curious, in-between place.,They don't tap into the core motivations that most humans, particularly those of us drawn to startups, bring to work every day--things like purpose, meaning, mission.,After all, the game plan in year seven or eight is almost never the same as the one on the first day.,By the way: For the founders of startups, Quora isn't just a reference source of knowledge; it's a model in and of itself.
Stubbs, a performance mentor who works with some of the biggest names in sport, including Michael Maguire ahead of the 2014 NRL premiership, Michael Cheika, Eddie Jones, and more recently, Trent Robinson.,Appearing on Bill and Boz on Wednesday night, Stubbs explained his philosophy of manifesting success with a change in mindset and attention to detail — right down to language — banning the use of words ‘hope’, ‘want’ and ‘maybe’.,Stubbs changes the way the coach communicates and the words players are using when speaking to journalists or on social media, making the focus exclusively on winning.,AWKWARD: BARRETT TO ARRIVE AT SEA EAGLES TRAINING IN TWO-COACH FARCE
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Training for an Ironman—a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2 mile run—requires a minimum of 20 hours per week for six months, the equivalent of adding a part-time job to the athlete’s schedule.,But not only do endurance athletes survive this insane schedule, they thrive on it, often registering for races the morning after their last one.,Whether you’re planning an Ironman or your company’s five-year strategy, you can apply some practices of endurance athletes to your own professional life.,Since they have so little time to waste, endurance athletes plan every aspect of their day to death.,With time on their hands before a big race, endurance athletes will forecast any and all potential disasters.
This week Adam Bryant interviews Marla Malcom Beck, the chief executive of Bluemercury, a beauty products and spa services retailer. I really appreciate her no-nonsense, common sense approach to life and business! Regarding hiring she states, “In about two minutes, I can ascertain skill based on what they’ve done… Will is about hunger so I’ll ask what do you want to do in five or 10 years.”
Brent Frei, the co-founder of Smartsheet.com, a project and software management company, looks for people who are “mentally athletic and agile.” He prefers attitude and aptitude over experience. I like his perspective, a lot!
An article by David Busis in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times entitled ‘Meanwhile in a Parallel Universe,’ is very interesting. The author is frustrated and uncertain about his career while a college buddy has made millions doing what he loves as an entrepreneur. Mr. Busis and his wife vacation with his buddy and his new flame setting the stage for discomfort as everything seems better for his buddy than himself.
Robert Reid, the C.E.O of Intacct, a cloud-based software company, believes that most issues with execution come down to training and process. He states, “If somebody is not doing what you expect or you have a different viewpoint, you need to seek to understand what’s going on and help them.”
I really appreciate Thomas Friedman’s perspective on a wide range of issues! In his post in the Sunday Review section of the New York Times, Mr. Friedman summarizes the climate change issue. Essentially, climate change awareness and action as nations is crucial to our future and the future of mankind. He writes, “as the I.E.A warned, “no more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050″ – otherwise we’ll bust through the limit of 2-degree Celsius rise in ocean temperature that scientists believe will unleash truly disruptive ice melt, sea level rise, and weather extremes.”
The New York Times Sunday Review feature article on happiness by Arthur Brooks concludes that we must learn to love people not money, power, status, or sexual pleasure. This seems pretty evident to some and yet it’s super-challenging for many in a culture addicted to Facebook, Twitter, Reality TV, and video games to name a few. The challenge with happiness is that we must cultivate good habits over long periods of time. Essentially, I teach non-avoidance, a way of living that means we live and express out truth! Wow, that’s not easy. I often tell clients that if they are ready I can teach them how to be happier and more fulfilled but it requires substantial work on their part. The majority of people I’ve coached in over two decades of working with people have quit well before they graduated. In other words, they didn’t want to work that hard.
Adam Bryant interviews Hannah Paramore, president of the Digital Agency. Several things she said resonate with me: one is how important it is to take personal responsibility. I am working with a client now who has a pattern of running the negative emotions of jealosy and envy. I’m trying to teach him to shift his thought process and change a devastating cycle of emotional states that leave him weak and ineffectual. Taking personal responsibility for our emotions is at the core of successfully navigating relationships in business and intimacy. If you blame others for anything you are effectively giving your power away and acting like a victim. Powerful people make tough decisions and do something about situations that are not working for them. This may not be easy but it is the only way to take control over your life and business.