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Culture weathers the storm of change

We had our Chief Product Officer Bret Taylor join us for a fireside chat in NYC today. He was formally at Google, Board member at Twitter and the CTO at Facebook. One thing he shared today, stood out. The most important factor to weathering the storm of change is culture. He shared an example of Facebook when they needed to reorient their platform towards a mobile strategy when their primary revenue and focus was on the web application. It caused huge disruption and consternation within the company, however, the ability to leverage the bonds between people, the innovative and fast-moving culture pulled them through a very challenging time. Facebook lived in the old offices of Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park. As a symbol for employees to never forgot how quickly technology companies can become irrelevant and to innovate and move fast, he asked to leave the room signs from the old company where they were. 1990’s signs sat there to remind them they were building a new company on the ashes of one that no …

The ONE thing to focus on when times get tough

  When you look back on the accomplishments you are most proud of, what were the most challenging moments when you had to find that extra gear in order to overcome?   Here is an example for me.  Night sky Patagonia Argentina – November.  After running four marathons back to back over four days and operating on little sleep and temperatures dropping we had 75 Km ahead of us in one day to complete the race. Sleeping was uncomfortable, it was cold and getting out of your sleeping bag in the middle of the night to water the flowers was not ideal.    Sometimes when you least expect it you find the motivation and opportunity for gratitude – in the middle of the night.    The most incredible stars and night sky over Tronador in the Andes mountain range.    How did I capture this essence going forward?  NOTHING YOU FACE TODAY WILL BE TOUGHER THAN THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL ANGUISH OF DAY 5 IN PATAGONIA.   NOTHING.   What is your leverage moment you can focus …

Annabelle

I had the opportunity over the holidays to reflect on past blogs and dug up 10 or so ones I am going to share in the coming months. This was from my time in Toronto. I have seen her around my neighborhood a few times but have never really had the opportunity to talk to her. Well, that’s not true; I have had the opportunity, but have not had the stones to introduce myself. Today is a beautiful Saturday morning, the sun is shining, there is a warm breeze and people are in good spirits. I thought if not today…when? Sometimes she is sitting around the corner enjoying the view, and in a much more approachable situation than today. At this moment she is actually walking away from my neighborhood, but what the hell. “Good morning, beautiful day isn’t,” I say. In a quiet voice, she responds acknowledging that she is enjoying the day as well. She is a little more reserved than I thought she might be. We talk about the area and the …

101 Things to do before you die

I recently read an article that referenced this story about Ted Leonsis’ brush with death back in 1983 and how it transformed his life. http://espn.go.com/page2/wash/s/020312leonsis.html “Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Washington Capitals and an Internet multimillionaire, may seem like a guy who has it all. But he hasn’t done it all. When he survived a plane crash landing in 1983, he made a list of 101 things he wanted to do in life. “ I was fortunate enough to be able to meet Mr. Leonsis back in 2000 when I was visiting a friend in Washington, DC. At the time one of my friends had been traded from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Washington Capitals and was a third line winger, and one of the hardest working players on the team. That particular time I attended, the team was retiring Dale Hunters #22 Jersey and my friend got me invited upstairs to the party. The entire team, families, and friends of Dale Hunters were there. It was quite a night. At one point in …

I was anxious yesterday

I learn a lot from coaches. Whether it’s a trainer, business coach or mentor – having those who have gone through the fundamentals, can help me ramp up the curve faster and hold me accountable. Health and sports growth often translate directly into business. This morning’s example. My goal is to improve running performance. Running harder feels like I am making progress but if my range of motion doesn’t improve, my potential is limited. Especially hips and ankles. The focus with my trainer today was developing mobility at end range of motion. Think of the last time you were stiff or stretching in yoga and you felt like you didn’t have any more flexibility to go…and sitting in that uncomfortable area…for 10 minutes at a time. Anxiety. Sit with it, be comfortable leaning into discomfort. It’s a good mental and physical exercise. I focused on being patient, with good body awareness while breathing and engaging many different muscle groups. It was challenging and I had a coach supporting me on the 301 level of the …

5 Ways Of My Fittest Year Ever

Every year I take on a big adventure. It typically takes place in the 3rd or 4th quarter and I slowly ramp up my fitness to take on the challenge. My health and fitness goal since I have turned 40 has been FIT 41, 42 and 43, meaning being the fittest and healthiest I have ever been. There are many things that go into that, including training, nutrition, and mindset, and the moniker has kept me focused. As I turn the corner into 2018 I am taking it to the next level. I need, want to be more consistent. I tend to take a physical and mental break in the first 3- 5 months. What is the problem with that? I lose much of the momentum from the previous year and start from scratch. I know the formula well, however, I feel like I am missing out on potential! So the new moniker number, FIT 190 represents ideal weight for running my races and where I feel the lightest and most balanced! This is 7-10 …

What happens when you completely disconnect?

What happens when you have no access to the outside world? In my time in Patagonia, we had no access to email, text or the interweb for a full week. Talk about a cleansing. There were business owners, executives, professionals, and athletes who are used to being connected to work, customers, family, friends and all the apps and social channels.  Always on, always under pressure. What happens when you have a forced disconnect? – You are present – You talk to people – You learn about peoples’ stories, goals, and dreams – You connect with nature – You reflect, recharge and restore – You get some of your best ideas I learned a ton about different countries, past times, businesses, heartache, and inspiration. Although I prefer to, you don’t have to go halfway across the world to disconnect.  Like I did last night, you can shut down your computer for three hours during dinner and be present with family. Are you due for a forced disconnect? Colin

How can you set up a win for tomorrow?

What did I learn about teamwork in Patagonia? After a big set back on day 2, we got back in synch for day 3.  Being out of synch is the opposite of being in flow. Flow, when it feels like everything is going your way. I get that often while running solo. Harder to get that alignment when running as a team. Timing, communication, different skills, and motivations.  Day 3, the last 10 miles back to camp. We knew the 2nd place team was 5 min ahead of us. We lost a lot of ground on day 2 and we decided on day 3 and day 4 we would not lose any ground and look to gain.  The sun was covered, the wind kicked up and it was getting cold. Perfect for the Canadians and a Bostonian! I can still see it, we had two big hills to climb in the Andes range and on the other side of those are big downhills. We hike the up, run the flats and run the downs. Downs …

Rebuilding Schools – You’ve Done It!

On this Thanksgiving long weekend, I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all your well wishes on my Patagonia adventure and for those who have contributed to our projects to rebuild schools in Tanzania, Africa. ***We made our $10K goal!*** Where will the money go? Classroom Repairs – You can see from the Arusha (Tanzania) photos, the state of some of these classrooms we have visited is really quite dangerous for the children (roofs caving in and holes in the floor) and we have come across many such classrooms that need to be made safe for these kids to create a healthier learning environment Toilets/Water Systems – We have done dozens and dozens of these and we continually find schools that need our assistance in this respect given ratio of children to useable toilets in the public schools is completely unacceptable and hence big health hazard for the kids and also stops girls from coming to school during their periods. Computer Labs –  We have been asked to complete a computer lab for a school we …

How strong is your WHY?

I do these races to better myself, to acquire new skills, life lessons and test my metal in the toughest of elements. In addition, the shared sense of purpose you encounter with like-minded individuals create an experience that is hard to replicate.   This year as I wrote on Monday, I entered as a team. I now start these races knowing what it takes to finish and am prepared to handle the majority of obstacles that stand in between me and the finish line.  The team element is a new level of difficulty and risk/reward that increases the learning I bring home. Like mentors before me, I enjoy sharing these experiences and paying forward to those who are interested.   Who are some of the characters you meet and why are they there? Three entrepreneurs who ran together 14 years ago in the eco-challenge and are using this as a forum to bond a relationship as they start a new business venture A former top runner and world-class photographer from Korea.  He was there for the …