S1 E52 – Missing Chapters and Paths Not Taken

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to this June 21st Edition and Day 52 of My 1-Year Experiment.

What’s been going on? 

I’ve been working through the missing chapters from my 5-book volume I’ve been calling “The Knowledge Path Series” and just published “High Country Cowboys and Eagles in Whitefish” in my blog, Knowledge Banking: Wealthy Choices. Healthy Lives. What was it about?  Here’s how I described it: 

With the help of our knowledge bank, you can choose for variations in your new neighborhood by:

Does that make me a paradox grandmaster?  Maybe.  But, not for the reason implied in the second sentence.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are the grandmaster of paradox today.  For you, doing nothing is more difficult than doing something.” Scorpio

More from what I described two months ago on Day 26th illustrating our Holiday Tau then: 

In my original field research about “work” which I tested in workshops and advising sessions with hundreds of Executive MBA students I’ve been exploring disruptive change — as driven by a specific type of organization named “Paradoxy-Morons” and at a specific stage of growth companies feel either desperate enough to enter or innovative enough to bake it into their Organizational DNA — reinvention. 

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And the paradox continues with how I responded in Day 45 on 6/7/19: 

I developed a reverse order negotiations worksheet for those in my Executive MBA career classes.  It ends with weighing the trade-offs among three offers.  But it begins with all the other factors most candidates weigh at the last minute.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): As generous as an offer may be, if it doesn’t work for you, then move along without fuss or regret.” Aries

Is Howey’s Holiday Tau messing with me?  It feels like a hall of mirrors.  Should I read less into it?

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: Yes, this looks a lot like what you’ve already seen, but it’s not.  If you approach it like you already know, you’ll miss what’s really there.” Cancer

Sure, I’m all about understanding.  And as an introverted idea-packager it’s my temperament and you might say obsession to drill down to identify all the variables and aspects to why somebody lies — like our current President.  My best reference, if anyone else is interested, is “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History” by Kurt Andersen. 

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “Sincerity is better than falsehood, but one person’s truth won’t make a difference for all involved.  You go 10 steps beyond to really understand and present solutions likely to help.” Aquarius

Not, just for today, but for as long as I can remember.  Thank you Jobs for allowing me to swipe your Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re drawn to unexplored territories today, and you’ll map out the terrain for those who come along later.” Pisces

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S1 E51 – Brief, Broad, Fast, Wow and Delight

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: To be broadminded is to accept that your beliefs and opinions represent but one point of view.” Taurus

Unconscious or not, maybe I learned my lesson from yesterday.  Isn’t it better to forgo any claim to a Holiday TauBit of wisdom that isn’t very wise or very relevant to Emma the Baroness and me? Or was it just that the stars align for some other Steves on June 20th aka Day 51 of My 1-Year Experiment?

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That’s what I’m talking about!  Thanks Steve for setting me straight.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The key to pleasure is brevity: fast conversations, quick visits, presentations that wow and delight.” Aries

Now, this may be one of the best insight I’ve stumbled over during these first 51 days of my 1-year experiment.  

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: To be broadminded is to accept that your beliefs and opinions represent but one point of view.” Taurus

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S1 E50 – The Bias Brothers or Just Plain Losers?

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

Summer

June 2019

OMG.  It’s been, what? — two weeks since Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I could celebrate a Holiday Tau meant just for us. But, c’mon really ?? Is this the best we get after all this time?  I don’t think so. 

I’m suspecting my unconscious bias.  Or selection bias.  One of the bias brothers, which begs the question — other than because this is Day 50 of My 1-Year Experiment on June 16 — should I include days like this in the future?

“2”  Steve Zahn, 51: “It’s difficult for you to stay in a conversation, activity or situation that doesn’t interest you.” Scorpio

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Will this turn out to be another lack luster day for Steves random Holiday Tau supposed to make me change my sign?  I don’t think so either.

“3”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You have something to say that will help people.  Make your message easy to spread.” Leo

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:Once attention is earned, the next level is trust.  This is what you’ll spend your day earning and building on.” Virgo

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62:There are those who will go out of their way to avoid new things.  That’s something you don’t relate to.” Capricorn

“2” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: The learning never stops for you.  Today, there will be a wealth of educational opportunities.” Taurus

“2”  Steve Howey, 42: You need a reminder about who you are and what you bring to the table.” Cancer

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: If you’re juggling too many options, none of them will seem appealing.  It will be easy to get distracted.” Libra

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Today, confusing wants with needs will lead to poor choices.” Sagittarius

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49. Magnetize the Version You Imagine

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56:There’s a part of life that’s gotten intolerable.  You can’t abide by the way it is. Your choice is to create a change or to live differently with the unchanged version.”  Taurus

No surprise here. No legitimate Holiday Tau for Zahnny, Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me on Day 49 of My 1-Year Experiment in the middle of June on the 15th.  

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Alright. At least two Holiday Taus I can hang my hat on if I had one — like those worn in “Mad Men.” The kind you’d see everyday if you were McQueen, right?

And his TauBit of wisdom is one I didn’t appreciate when I was just starting out in my career.  When it dawned on my how long it took to find a better job one that served to open more opportunities that it closed, I persevered until my extracurricular inquiries paid off.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Action in and of itself proves nothing.  To understand, look at the entire context.  Let one’s intention weigh heaviest in the calculation.” Aries

But, leave it to WW&C to frame the lesson I learned, especially during my months-long career transition.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56:There’s a part of life that’s gotten intolerable.  You can’t abide by the way it is. Your choice is to create a change or to live differently with the unchanged version.”  Taurus

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Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: Once you set your mind to an idea, you become a magnet for it.  That idea organizes your perception.” Libra

Sure, I’ll admit it.  I can’t keep my eyes from being glued to the screen, figuratively.  There’s just so much drama with Trump in the White House for today, June 14,  Day 48 of My 1-Year Experiment. Can you believe all those lies and rumors flying around about Russian interference and obstruction of justice and the unsatisfactory results contained in the Mueller Report.  

Is it too much to pine for a Holiday TauBit that lifts Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me from this funk?  Guess so for today. 

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The gist of G&G’s Holiday Tau reminds me of a story I told over and over again in workshops trying to get across a “reverse engineering” approach to finding a job that brings out the best in you and matches the value you have to offer. 

Steve Guttenberg

By being laser focused on what you love and is also highly marketable, you attract opportunities no one else sees.  It’s like you don’t notice how may white Audi’s are on the road until you buy one. Then you notice them everywhere.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: Once you set your mind to an idea, you become a magnet for it.  That idea organizes your perception.” Libra

Yo, Steve.  Does your Holiday Tau mean what was revealed to me by reading the Mueller Report line by line?  And synching it up with books about him and Putin I’ve read?  

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):You’ll stumble across information that perhaps wasn’t intended for you.  But of course it was meant for you.” Aries

Thanks, Steve this feels a little better when I apply it the drudgery of wading through articles like, “My “Hero’s Journey” Through the Dark Underworld of WordPress Hosting” or “The 4 Questions You Need to Answer in Everything You Write.”

“4”  Steve Smith, 30:Why would you expect yourself to do the work of a master when you’ve only just begun to learn the craft?  Because someone has made it look easy.” Gemini

Let’s just consider the Holiday Tau meant for Aoki, Harvey and Nash as stages I’m experiencing right now working on my passion projects. 

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: Making things is the fun part, especially in the beginning stages when you’re full of hope.  It’s exciting to think about what could be.” Sagittarius

“4” Steve Harvey, 62: You’re growing irritated by that activity that eats your hours and doesn’t give back in terms of pleasure or productivity.” Capricorn

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:It’s as though something opens in you and the hard work becomes effortless.  This could have to do with the adrenaline released in a high-pressure situation.” Aquarius

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Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Think of all of life as an experiment.  If this person’s not right, try that person.  Don’t take the outcome personally.” Capricorn

Hitting my stride on LinkedIn I shared two of my blog posts, one from Western Skies and Island Currents, “Sweet Anticipation. Getting There is Half the Fun, Right?!” and one from Know Laboratories, “Is It Time to Inhale the Future and Exhale the Past? Just Ask Walmart.” (1 week 436 Views ) So, I figured I’d be eligible for a pithy Holiday Tau.  No such luck on today on June 6th.

Researcher’s Note:  In the raw data “10” appeared between the Howey and CM&W Holiday Tau.  With around eight months remaining to capture data, I counted how many TauBits from Steves filled a page for final results and comparisons.

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Back to living in the shadows, I guess.  This Holiday Tau is worth doing time behind bars.  Why? Cause this project, if truth be known sprung out of someone, maybe Joseph Chilton Pearce, who said you can live your life as an art form or a natural experiment.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Think of all of life as an experiment.  If this person’s not right, try that person.  Don’t take the outcome personally.” Capricorn

Yeah, this is important.  But, I’ve been working on it so it’s not up there with Harvey’s Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):There is no way to improve except by giving the important task your full attention.  But remember to take a break when you need one.” Aries

From two months ago: “What’s the most important thing you’ve learned?” she asked.  

“Take showers,” he said.  “Huh?” was her reply not quite sure if he was making fun of her or not.  He then explained the major breakthrough he and his team of co-conspirators couldn’t quite find was driving him nuts and keeping him at his incubator on many late nights.  

But, his phone rang.  It was his wife reminding him in that scolding way that only the loves of our life can that he was late for their date.  While showering to freshen up, something clicked in his unconsciousness or something he said and it was like the solution fell out as soon as the water hit his face.  So shower more ofter.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:Give yourself a break; you’re solving a problem even if you’re not aware that you are.  This takes time.” Cancer

A friend reached out to me, knowing Emma the Baroness and I toured Italy, wanting some suggestions.  I pulled up our planning spreadsheet with itinerary dates, arrivals and departures, specific notes, hotel reservations, costs and cancellation reminders.  It took us from Venice to Florence to Cinque Terre to Tuscany and on to Rome.  In my default mode, I forwarded to her so she could compare.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “You enjoy helping people fix what’s wrong.  However, this shouldn’t be your default mode.” Taurus

Thank you Carell, Martin and Wozniak, but you can keep your Holiday Tau today.  I’m just not feeling it.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “It’s as though life has an agenda and doesn’t feel like accommodating yours.  Accept fate but not other people’s drama.” Leo

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Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re not working for feedback, but the comments do matter.  Be willing to listen, knowing you’ll have to sort the valuable information from the rabble.” Pisces

What’s happening?  We’re in a slump I guess.  Still no Holiday Tau worth saving for us today on June 8th.

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So it’s hard to argue against one of the greatest entrepreneurs and innovator in America’s history, but that won’t stop me from objecting to his Holiday Tau. 

It’s not so much about the first part as it is about second part.  In my blogging experience I’ve concluded it’s just not worth the effort of searching for valuable feedback through hundreds and thousands of SPAM, which is good for a camping breakfast and that’s all.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “You’re not working for feedback, but the comments do matter.  Be willing to listen, knowing you’ll have to sort the valuable information from the rabble.” Pisces

I want to say this was a slow day, so I will.  I did receive an article from Ad Age which caught my eye — “Marketing to Gen Z is a hot topic these days among companies looking to engage America’s newest generation of consumers. Here are five myths biggest myths. 

But, being a slow day I couldn’t muster the motivation to click on the headline link. And, there’s G&G’s Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Sometimes being who you want to be is automatic.  Then there are days like this.  It’s harder.  It takes restraint.  In fact, your personality is as defined by what you wouldn’t do as it is by your choices and actions.” Libra

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Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Summer

June 2019

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The work goes by quickly, and unfortunately, so does the play.  Take pictures and notes.” Taurus What’s happening?  We’re in a slump I guess.  Ain’t no Holiday Tau worth having for us — Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me.

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So WW and C’s Holiday Tau seems eerily familiar for today, June 7th, on Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment.   Oh, wait here it is from Day 22 of the experiment: 

Huh, this is a pretty cool day.  I made it a habit of painting word pictures in my journals of offices, buildings, homes, and outdoor settings so I could reference them much later in my life.  Hmm. Come to think of it, I not only took a series of photos documenting how the construction crew built the building on campus so you could see its progress and how they managed to complete its 5 stories, but I photographed my office, its view and places where I advised Executive MBA students.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “The saying, ‘These are the good old days’ is completely true. So take pictures, not just of people’s faces but of the ordinary things.” Virgo

I’m scoring it the same, for the same reason.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The work goes by quickly, and unfortunately, so does the play.  Take pictures and notes.” Taurus

How things change after twenty-three days, or not.  What’s sup with G&G?  Their Holiday Tau picked up another famous Steve — Stephen King.  As a writer, I’m not sure this TauBit of wisdom fits him as good as it could.  But, I do remember a time right after I accepted my first job in my new career — the one I talked my way in with transferrable skills and had to fake until I made it.  

A crisis threw me and all my colleagues in our internal consulting unit into high alert.  Working with a partner I just barely met, we worked out a comprehensive system for laying off engineers and project administrators, but couldn’t sell it to the executives with the purse strings.  Until, we surfaced their resistance and dumbed down our pitch to what would happen in the first thirty days.  

That bite sized chunk turned out to be much easier for them to swallow.  And, working everything out comprehensively gave us the advantage of anticipating almost all of the failure points to avoid.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “If you think too far into the situation, you’re likely to get lost in details and complications, making it impossible to take a stance.” Virgo

So, during that career transition as weeks turned into months my faith had been tested.  Was this plan I doggishly followed as sound as I confidently kicked off?  I really didn’t control the outcome.  It felt like the rip tide had taken me out to sea from Newport Beach and all my energy swimming against it to shore hundreds of yards away from where my beach towel and umbrella sat wouldn’t be enough.  

And then swoosh a wave pushed me with so much speed and power back in to shore that I totally wasn’t ready or prepared.  But I’m grateful for it.  I got my shot in my first job of my new career.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “You don’t get your shot when you’re good enough or when you deserve it.  You get your shot when it comes up.” Gemini

I developed a reverse order negotiations worksheet for those in my Executive MBA career classes.  It ends with weighing the trade-offs among three offers.  But it begins with all the other factors most candidates weigh at the last minute. Why not guide your business intelligence interviews to select for the must haves (salary) and tradeoffs — type of organization, stage of growth and talent culture that fits you the best?

“4” Steve Howey, 42: “It’s true that people are motivated by money.  You’ll be considering what makes a job worthwhile to you.” Cancer

And the smartest of the smartest combine Howey’s Holiday Tau with CM&W’s.  Know when to challenge your assumptions to tweak your filters to let more wisdom in.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69:People make assessments based on what they already know about the world.  The smartest people question everything including themselves.” Leo

Until it doesn’t.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:Just when you think you’ve outgrown a situation, a new challenge will crop up to engage and a teach you.” Aquarius

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Google Me Some Chopped Liver

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

Summer

June 2019

“What are we, chopped liver,” as my Scottish grandfather on my mother’s side of the family would say?  Where’s our Holiday Tau when it really matters?  We need good fortune and all the rest for June 6th on Day 44 of My 1-Year Experiment.

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Oh, not much to steal here either.  How did the iconic musicians, W&W allow the comedian to slip in to bask in their Holiday Tau?  Some things are better left to mysteries. 

“2” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: You don’t have to know everything.  That’s what search engines are for.  Having excellent judgment — that’s the rare thing.” Taurus

 

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Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day

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

Summer

June 2019

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Little thoughts come and go.  Write them down; record them somehow.” Aries

Slim pickings today, on June 2nd in the TauBit patch. What’s that old wive’s tale?  “Quality over quantity,” or some such?

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You’d be justified if you figured that I felt desperate enough to fill in the blanks with Holiday Tau from McQueen and Aoki, right?  Who knew Day 43 of My 1-Year Experiment would be so lame?

Well, actually the first Steve’s turns out to be a description of how an associative thinker flits from one moment to another and has to write thoughts down for later use.  But accumulate enough of those written on scraps of paper and in spiral notebooks by hand and you’ve created a monster.

How do you find the passage just when you need it? 

Here’s what I was forced to do:

‘Transience, novelty and diversity stretch and mutate our limits of adaptability.’

From my journal:  Triangle 339 (a sketch a triangle with the page number 339 in the middle)

‘As the transience index, or rate of turnover of things, places, people, organizations, and informational relationships spurts upwards, we are simultaneously the most free and lost.‘”

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Little thoughts come and go.  Write them down; record them somehow.” Aries

Turns out I’ll trade the Holiday Tau for these two Steves for any weak TauBit meant for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me any day of the week.  Check out this passage, one of three steps for making the best decision you can before you move to that little Colorado mountain town your dreams.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Just because you can see trouble ahead where others can’t that doesn’t make you a pessimist.” Sagittarius

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