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Lonzo Ball: A New Hope

Lonzo Ball

The LA  Lakers are hoping Lonzo Ball can help them rebuild the franchise back to its former glory. So far, it looks like Ball has not disappointed. However, pure talent alone is not enough. While Ball has the technical skills to be the Lakers’ upcoming star, it takes a passion and drive to become great. Time will tell what point guard Lonzo Ball can do.

Secret to Success

Hi all:

I was reading up on the “Best advice from CEOs: 40 execs’ secrets to success” from Fortune and found it very interesting. From Warren Buffett to Jeffrey Katzenberg, check out some of the sound advice they give young people getting started in business today.

http://fortune.com/2014/10/29/ceo-best-advice/

Injuries for the 49ers

Malcolm Smith

Well the 49ers season is not starting off the best it can, what with Malcolm Smith and Joshua Garnett on the injury list for the long term and possibly the season, at least for Smith. Check out the injury updates here:

https://www.ninersnation.com/2017/8/6/16102990/49ers-training-camp-recap-august-5-josh-garnett-malcolm-smith-tim-hightower-injuries

Witty One Liner Quotes from Suits

Suits, the legal drama now in its 7th season, is well known for its witty quotes by Harvey Specter and Mike Ross, both of which are main characters on the series. Following are some of Harvey’s sayings that even me and you can utilize when you need to drum up some momentum!

1.  Sometimes good guys gotta do bad things to make the bad guys pay.
2.  It’s not bragging if it’s true.
3.  What are your choices when someone puts a gun to your head?  You take the gun, or you pull out a bigger one.  Or, you call their bluff.  Or, you do any one of a hundred and forty six other things.
4.  They think you care, they’ll walk all over you.
5.  The ends don’t justify the means until it’s your ass on the line.
6.  Sorry I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.
7.  Ever loved someone so much, you would do anything for them?  Yeah, well make that someone yourself and do whatever the hell you want.
8.  You always have a choice.
9.  Loyalty is a two-way street.  If I’m asking for it from you, then you’re getting it from me.
10.  I refuse to answer that on the grounds that I don’t want to.
11.  That’s the difference between you and me, you wanna lose small, I wanna win big!
12.  Winners don’t make excuses when the other side plays the game!
13.  I don’t get lucky.  I make my own luck.
14.  Anyone can do my job, but no one can be me.
15.  I don’t take meetings, I set them, and my respect isn’t demanded, it’s earned.

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Advice for Entrepreneurs

Came across an interview with Evan Spiegel, Snap’s CEO, who offered career advice for entrepreneurs.  The main message was to find something you are really good at and excel at it.  Be the absolute best that you can be at because your career will eventually lead you to other opportunities whereby you’ll need to learn new subjects.  Being excellent at one thing will help you to become excellent at other things.  Check out the article at business insider.  It’s a fantastic message.

Always Do The Right Thing

I came across an interesting article about a former Google employee who taught his fellow coworkers mindfulness and emotional intelligence during his 20% “me” time.   At the end of it, the goal was to teach one to pursue his passions that were unrelated to his or her work responsibilities but that would ultimately benefit the company.  His approach was to recruit other big names in the industry and have them speak (on the company’s dime) with a central message of always doing the right thing for Google and the world.  What he didn’t know was whether or not Google would condone the message or not.  In his words:

“The secret of my success in Google is to always do the right thing for Google and the world. And then I sit back and wait for them to fire me. So if they don’t fire me, I’ve done the right thing for Google and the world. If they do fire me, then I’m in the wrong company. So either way I win.”

He went on: “This is one of those situations where I just do the right thing and then, if it doesn’t work out, just ask for forgiveness.”

What is your secret in the workforce?  My view is that one should always do the right thing for the company.  Shoot first and ask questions later…or firing from the hip can be maverick, but sometimes asking for forgiveness later is the quickest way from point A to point B.  I agree that this won’t work for every employee, but there are definitely situations that warrant this.  Be nimble and flexible, and use an agile, well thought out approach for every situation.

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Methods to Management

I read a recent article about rethinking how you manage that really piqued my interest.  When there are issues to be resolved and decisions to be made in the workplace, it takes a certain level of effort to get the job done.  I’ve been on both sides of the equation here — as an employee who has reported to a superior and as a manager with direct reports.  And because of this, I know that there can be different solutions taken that arrive at the same answer.  However, some solutions may be more or less efficient or effective than others.  Knowing how to effectively communicate, either employee to boss or vice versa, is important here.  The key to resolution is ownership — if one feels they are vested in the project or the issue at hand, they’ll take on responsibility and see the task to completion.  On the flip side, if there are always questions but no proposed solutions, or if one’s solutions are always discounted, there can be no real ownership.   It’s all about the appropriate level of employee empowerment!

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Pachira Acquatica

On my first day of work at a recent job, my Wife had an indoor money tree delivered to my office.  To me, it was a symbol of a new beginning — a new chapter in life.  The tree itself is a Malabar chestnut (Pachira acquatica), and many people believe that it will bring good luck, fortune and prosperity.  Typically, the tree has five trunks that are braided together, and the size of the tree will generally depend on its age and the size of its pot.  If taken care of properly, the tree will often sprout new stems of leaves that unfold into five leave stems.

Below is my tree — received in 2012 (on left) and now 2017 (on right), you can see how much it has grown.

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This tree is important to me and He is very temperamental.  I once put Him outside in the sun for an hour, thinking He would enjoy some sunlight.  When I revisited the tree, I realized each of His leaves that were directly exposed to the sun were burnt to the crisp.  He didn’t like the sun.  I felt so guilty – I know exactly how He felt — the same way I feel after laying out for an hour without sunblock.  It took a week for all of His leaves to fall off, only to sprout new ones over the next month.

We fumigated our house for termites one weekend and left all of our indoor plants with a neighbor.  When we picked Him up a week later, he had clearly been over-watered and was unhappy, by the look of His droopy leaves.

We’ve grown older together.  I now know He only likes indirect light and prefers to drink once a week.  Other than that, we pretty much leave Him alone.  I don’t bother Him and He doesn’t bother me.  But I am thankful for His presence.