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What do you really love about your job?

Get reconnected to why you do what you do on a daily basis is really important. We often start by looking at the barriers, what we don’t like.  When we take time off work to travel somewhere fun, we don’t usually think about how crappy the process of getting there will be, we think of the core of that experience that will bring us joy.   It’s all how you approach the start of your day and what questions you ask yourself.   What do “I” really love about my job?   Colin  

A big adventure deserves a big dinner

Almost a decade ago I sat along the Nile river in Egypt celebrating a big adventure. My friends were celebrating the completion, I was celebrating the attempt. Since then, I’ve put a celebration dinner on the day of or after, for any big hairy audacious goal, not only to celebrate the effort but to honor the journey. I’m in Vancouver this weekend running a 50 KM race with a friend. I’ll get to celebrate the journey with him and his wife and another lifelong friend who I ran my first marathon with! Good things come together when you rally the right people about a worthy endeavor. I can’t wait to enjoy the moment during the race and after! Colin

Patience and Growth

I heard a story about a Japanese businessman lately where he was giving advice to a mentee who was growing a team.  The mentee was frustrated with how slow his team was learning and his mentor said “you see these bamboo trees in my yard?  The next year when you come to visit they will be one foot higher.” Patience and growth. Have a great weekend. Colin

Five ways paddle boarding contributes to your success

Steve was from Singapore originally. He moved to Hawaii with his wife 7 years ago after finishing his career in California. He’s built a burgeoning surf, paddle, and kayak business. Blake and I have both paddled once or twice before but it’s always good to get a refresher. After paddling from our knees through some ocean waves, we got into the calmer bay area where we both stood up. Lesson 1 – a few paddles on each side to get the board moving, stand up, weight equally distributed and in the center of the board or slightly back…and look where you want to go. As we slowly paddled along Steve told us about his family, what he’s learned being in Hawaii and about the different seasons on the north shore. Lesson 2 – Turning. Two ways. Look where you want to go, left, bend your knees and paddle on the right side. An alternative, paddle backward on the same side you want to go. Once you start turning, paddle on the other side to gain …

Three Ways To Power Through A Week Long Conference

We just came back from our North American sales leader kickoff and wow what a week! I have been taking part in our sales kickoffs for over a decade and this year I was a major organizer in the event. An incredible project management production and massive team effort!   Everyone on our team was creating content, organizing, scheduling and presenting! There was high anxiety!   What did I Learn? When you are moving from one session, half day and topic to another, compartmentalize each one, Pivot and Shift. I had multiple speaking roles every day.  They didn’t all go as planned. One of biggest skills I have acquired in the last 18 months is to reset and reframe midday and turn it around.   What was the biggest difference between good speakers and the absolute best?   Those who were relatable, authentic, well practiced and start or close with a relevant story.   Colin  

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 …