Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book


April 2019

So somethings fall into place.  If I’ve done my math correctly I calculate that this marks a monthly milestone on 4/28/19 for my 1-year experiment of surfacing the Tau of Steves — something that even I don’t  know yet.

Ok, is it just me?  Or as I quickly scan down through the Holiday Tau for all the Steve’s I’ve assembled here today a pattern emerges. 

 Pattern recognition is what all we humans do.  

It’s one of those evolutionary survival mechanisms in our brains.  I love connecting stuff together in patterns, so maybe I’m reading too much in, given I’ve reached a milestone and all.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When a project or goal seems stalled, it’s usually because there’s too much else going on.  Spend time prioritizing.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is there an easy way to prioritize?  Thank you Mr. McQueen. Here are two topics I’ve been struggling to write about in a manuscript about what I field tested over the last few years while teaching and advising healthcare and other executive MBA students.  This one is about the reinvention process at the intersection of a) different organization types and b) as a specific growth stage. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):You have much to invest — heart, time, money, effort, hopes and more.  Choose two and see what happens.” Aries

I’d commit a felony if I had to in order to steal G&G’s Holiday Tau. If I never find another TauBit which describes my curse that would be just fine.  For some reason I’m a sucker for a creative idea or an innovative product or a consumer trend, but I’m almost universally feel disappointed in how long it takes to catch on.  In my role coaching wannabe entrepreneurs I could visualize their world beating solution and encourage the hell out of them. 

It’s taken years to factor in timing.  How long it takes for an idea to progress to an invention to an innovation and then ride the wave of emerging to rapid growth to become a force in the market place.  I imagine it and it’s like it exists.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: When you’re alone, your mind will race to ideas that are ahead of the times.” Libra

And, maybe if I call the person in charge of this disruptive change the Chief Reinvention Officer (CRO) I can prioritize my writing time and effort. Thanks for letting me steal your Holiday Tau, Howey!

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:A lot depends on how you name a problem.  Stay curious and lighthearted.” Cancer

Thank you for your Holiday Tau Steve, for what I perceive is a cautionary tale.  To flesh out the story I’ve experienced advising CROs a few regrets surface about consulting — how you can only advise and motivate, but the doing is out of your hands. 

So if the your pearls of wisdom bring fortune and fame they are claimed rightfully so by your client. If things don’t work out was it due to your ineptitude, their competence or their cultures immune system fighting back?  Action reviews help you improve and recognize landmines to avoid. 

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: You’ll be looking back. Regret is always an option, but why bother with it?” Capricorn

So given all that, maybe the most practical advice to live by is simply Nash’s Holiday Tau, right?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: Pay attention to the habits you want to keep, and repeat them as often as possible.” Aquarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate