Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment

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


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.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate