Kennesaw, GA – Collaborate!
Most Americans did not get to attend church this week. I am looking forward to things getting somewhat normal again soon. May God bless you and your families during these unpredictable times.
In the meantime, we can still use the technology that we have to stay connected and create things together.
Here is a great video from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra that has been preparing for the upcoming season.
Kennesaw, GA – How Champions Think
Dr. Bob Rotella is a Sports Psychologist that has worked with some of the best athletes in the world. He is a pioneer in the field of process improvement of the minds and bodies of elite professional athletes.
We lost a fine example of such an athlete in Kobe Bryant in 2020. What separates professional athletes from the average player might be physical genetics and raw talent but the superstars have something extra special. That extra ingredient is what Dr. Rotella studies and writes about.
Players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Pete Marinich and Larry Bird have played at a different level because they trained their minds and focused their practice on a trajectory of improvement that the other 99% of professional athletes aren’t willing to do. To put in the work to separate themselves from the average professional. Even if the average professional athlete is already superior to most players.
The circle of excellence and effectiveness that Dr. Rotella identifies contain these 4 phases:
This Flywheel of Dreams, Goals, and Process will gather momentum as the elite professional becomes better and more confident with each accomplishment. Through hard work and preparation, they see themselves taking the last shot, wanting the ball at critical moments and winning the games at the highest levels.
Work hard and prosper.
A shout out to a true up and coming professional on the tour is #OllieSchneiderhans of Georgia Tech. I expect to see Ollie on the leader boards of some major tournaments soon. #HowChampionsThink
Marietta, GA – Knowledge, and Education
A note from an old college friend #DarrenKorn reminded me of an interview of Father Malichi Martin where he said the purpose of education is to 1. Learn critical thinking and 2. Communicate effectively.
With these 2 learned skills, a person can gain the knowledge to change themselves and the world. Without these skills, students are just attending school. That’s why the primary grades are so critically important. Our civilization’s future, and especially our economy, depends on an educated workforce.
Are we as a society teaching our children to think critically and then put those thoughts and ideas into words both written and spoken?
If you’re successful today, thank a parent, teacher or mentor who taught you how to think and act in a way that improved your mind.
NOTE: In 2016, the budget for the US Dept of Education was $68B. That’s $170,000,000 per Federal DOE employee. We can then add the annual budgets for the state and local school systems, colleges, universities and trade schools.
Marietta, GA – The Law of Attraction.
I’m not a huge fan of the Law of Attraction because the motivational speakers and feel good authors seem to only have the formula half right when they tell you that you can have anything you want or become the richest man or date the prettiest girl all by just sitting quietly and thinking it so and causing it to magically appear like a wish from a genie.
What about the second half of the word “attraction” which is “action“? You have to be willing to act on your thoughts and prepare the plans, be single-minded and work hard. Nothing just happens. Didn’t Newton say that an object at rest remains at rest until some type of energy is applied?
Well, I think an idea just “rests” in your mind until you act on it. Filling your mind with good thoughts stimulate you to act positively and toward good results. Conversely, filling your mind with negative thoughts will produce poor activities.
Lastly, let me leave you with a quote from someone much more esteemed than me, who also thought about these things in the 19th century…
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Henry David Thoreau
Cincinnati, OH – My thoughts on the Perfect Manager.
We have all had good managers and probably bad managers during our careers. Four traits that I believe make the perfect manager:
1.- Character – Trust that the managers will do the right thing permeates through the entire organization, always. Bad character on the other hand, encourages bad behavior.
2.- Confidence – The leaders that exude confidence and not arrogance always get the best performance. Confidence is contagious.
3.- Competence – The best managers walk alongside their team and look for ways to improve processes and results while giving credit to key contributors.
4.- Charisma – Being positive and encouraging is the wrapper that encapsulates the entire package of the perfect manager!
Let me know your thoughts and ideas. I appreciate the feedback.