Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment

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


March 2019

3/8/19. For you, no soup.  This development, no Holiday Tau for Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and Me, forces me to return to TauLifting from all the others. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

The good news is one of my favorite actors is back.  I can’t say back from the dead (you never know), but I can say I favor the first part of his Holiday Tau, looking for counterintuitive tactics.  

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Counterintuitive tactics will work wonders for you now.  For instance, you may have to stop talking in order to get your message across.” Aries

In a way it defines the Organization Type I’m tackling next about “work.”  Only I believe from my experience certain organizations really profit from counterintuitive strategies. Paradox-Morons grow cultures that nurture the inventors, innovators and creators.

I’m paring a Jobs with a McQueen — do they qualify as two of our better angels?  I’ll leave that for others to decide.  But, by valuing the creative process Paradoxy-Moron Organizations like Apple, nurture an internal climate for innovation guaranteeing key success factors take hold.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “The temptation will be to go straight to solving the problem.  If you brainstorm first, though, you’ll have a more creative solution.” Pisces

This Holiday Tau fits Smith and other athletes.  It also formed the basic assumptions of my mentoring program for matching senior executives with executive MBA students to emphasize how to apply the book learning and information from professor lectures.

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: “Just think of what you could learn from the champions of your field, probably in book form. You’ll be rewarded for taking initiative.” Gemini

You might also take a page out of Steve Kerr’s playbook having competed at a championship level and then as a coach applied to managing the superstar talent of the Golden State Warriors to win championships again.

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54 :“The bad part about being a superstar is all sorts of exaggerated expectations that can never be met. So don’t strive for that sort of status. Go low key.” Libra

Sorry, I won’t share the lesson, but I do recognize the lesson.  Not for me at this time. Feel free to lift it yourself.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ve seen it time and time again. Someone with a moderate amount of ability who works hard and smart will always win over a superior talent who doesn’t apply herself. Share the lesson.” Leo

Am I unconsciously choosing Mr. Aoki over and over again for his Holiday Tau? This kinda makes sense — not the knocks your socks off kind of sense — but a good reminder when all things are equal choose the narrative you want to tell.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: “The pros and cons are about equal, but don’t you get the feeling that one will make for a better story?” Sagittarius

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate