S1 E124 — No Longer a Misunderstood Genius or Child Celebrity

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 124 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 24th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

What’s been going on? Yes, it’s official I launched my  Patreon page  yesterday — at least navigated all the false starts, getting lost following set up instructions, finding my way back, getting lost again and submitting it for review after coming up with a tagline, patron support descriptions and background photo. 

Now comes the hard part. “Languaging” it as a branded theme.  So many drafts followed many more drafts.  But, here’s a working synthesis:

I’m an introverted procrastinator.  I collect zip codes and other people’s horoscopes — not really stealing their birthdays, but appropriating which predictions I want to believe lie ahead for me on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.  

As most hackers know, zip codes provide the secret combinations to happiness for at least five lifestyles in neighborhoods and communities across this great country of ours.  They are harder to steal with a straight face.  

Now is the even harder part, finding a voice.  I’m inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life,” both by her simplicity and humor and by an early passage:

I was not abused, abandoned, or locked up as a child.  My parents were not alcoholics, nor were they ever divorced or dead.  We did not live in poverty, or in misery, or in an exotic country.  I am not a misunderstood genius, a former child celebrity, or the child of a celebrity.  I am not a drug addict, sex addict, food addict, or recovered anything.  If I indeed had a past life, I have no recollection of who I was. I have not survived against all odds. I have not lived to tell. I have not witnessed the extraordinary.

I’m feeling a little time pressure now.  Emma the Baroness and I are hosting our family for Thanksgiving and while she prepares the feast and decorates I’ve got front yard and back patio chores to complete.  Those chores compete with completing my federal and state taxes.  Good luck, right?

You can tell I really don’t have a coherent description of my endeavor and how it’s possible to devote so much time and have so little to show for it, right?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “People don’t understand and therefore won’t acknowledge the amount of work that goes into your endeavor.  Educate them or believe in yourself so much that their ignorance doesn’t matter.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

A Researcher’s Disclaimer:  This is neither Emma the Baroness’s nor my birthday.  

But, damn it, it describes me so well beginning with high school and the military and each of my 34 jobs and across several employment and consulting careers.  It might just be my super power.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

How you fit in with so many different types of people is a marvel you’ll repeat time and time again, matching moods, blending into cultures, taking on just the right attitude to gain approval and power.  You’ll live in a beautiful bubble for a while and create from that place, recalling it for months and years after.

Wow, Steve.  I’m definitely stealing yours.  I mean, “What would Leo da V do?”  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): What are the others overlooking?  You get three times more creative just by asking yourself the question, and you feel five times more alive when you figure out the answer and then tend to it.”  Aries

Yo, musical icons I’m feeling your groove about obstacles.  And your Holiday Tau of alliterations — counteract current culture — but, its message strikes to the heard of my energy and frustration and avoidance experienced in 2017 when I launched WordPress websites.  Sometimes, I just had to walk away for days at a time.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Anticipate obstacles.  Decide how you will counteract the current culture of distraction, as this will be a necessary first step toward the completion of any other plan.” Taurus

Wait, just what are you talking about?  Do you have any idea Steve?  Scandal? Bitterness? I could use a minute of distraction.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The sweets of flattery and the bitterness of scandal are unnecessary distractions you don’t need to taste today.  The only news worth spreading is news that can help.” Gemini

Do Jeffersonville, Indiana or Ann Arbor, Michigan or Lillehammer, Norway or Florence, Italy count?  No, just the attitude? Got it. 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Wherever you go, arrive as a tourist; it’s the heightened awareness that helps you see it differently.  From this observational mindset, everything appears new, interesting and delightful.”  Virgo

And finally we come to Mr. Aoki who just seems to receive a high volume of Holiday Tau.  What are you offering today? I’m sure you and others will find relevancy, but I’m going to skip it today.  But, thanks.

“3”  Steve Aoki, 41: Those who are cloaked in the all-too-common disguise of ‘someone who has it all figured out’ are only hiding from their own development.  Learning requires exposure.” Sagittarius

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S1 E123 — Knowing it Wasn’t a Good Choice, But …

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

If you’re playing along, you probably know about the amount of uncertainty and anxiety I feel towards launching my Patreon page on its crowdfunding platform. The same anxiety and fear I felt struggling with WordPress in 2017 returned.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Remember when you were sure it would all go wrong and then somehow it went mostly right instead?  The worry is unnecessary.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 123 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 23rd day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

Where are all the social media platforms?  All that I could find in Patreon’s drop down box was Facebook.  

So that domino in my indirect chain of fan building kicks off to sell Book One, ”On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life” on my six websites. 
Haha, please be true for me on this Saturday before Thanksgiving!

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Remember when you were sure it would all go wrong and then somehow it went mostly right instead?  The worry is unnecessary.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Mark your calendar to check back in six months, some time in April 2020. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday (definitely not mine, but closer to Emma the Baroness’):  

“You are a lucky presence in the lives of others.  It makes you even happier to see them succeed than when it’s you turn to soak up the accolades.  This trend of interconnectedness pumps many into our experiences.  Someone invests in you in 2020.  Frugal and focused efforts will pay handsomely in April.”

On this Saturday, McQueen’s felt good — it resonates with my case of FUD and it reminds me of the time when I deliberately chose a career in training and development which required me to conquer my fear as an introvert to stand and deliver presentations, classes and workshops in front of an audience of strangers or near strangers. 

Haha, what was I thinking?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Public presenting is  primal fear.  You’ll bravely do it anyway.”  Aries

Really?  Thank you Steve.  Your TauBit addresses the second doubt about launching my new Patreon page, “Steve Howard is creating digital magazines, blogs and self-publishing a five-book series.”

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: A good story in any form can build your imagination in a way that helps you see yourself as stronger and experience your world as more manageable.” Sagittarius

Okay, I’m saving this one for five days when the fam gathers and sits around the festive table Emma the Baroness sets.

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Take pictures so that one day when the spell of the weekend has long been broken you can once again conjure the magic.  Virgo

Why didn’t I stop collecting Holiday Tau with Aoki’s.  Are you trying to stoke my fears, uncertainty and doubt?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You knew it wasn’t a good choice but made it anyway.  Now you have the chance to right it.  Capricorn

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S1 E120 — Metamorphosis, Exhilaration and a Life of Crime

Returning to a life crime, I’m forced to steal from others. I do feel liberated and if I wasn’t near exhaustion I’m sure I’d also feel exhilarated.  I just hope breaking out of the next box doesn’t torture me as much as it did in my “website box.”

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You’ve broken out of the box only to discover you’re in a bigger box.  Even so, liberation is one of the most exhilarating feelings, and it’s something to celebrate and savor for as long as it lasts.” Aquarius

Day Fourteen of Scorpio Time

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 120 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 17th day of November in the fall of 2019

Evidence

I really didn’t want to spend four more hours this Sunday afternoon tweaking my websites.  With my personality, once I’ve kicked in my obsessive side, it’s really hard to stop when I’m so close to finishing.  

This whole past week, while I struggled with WordPress’ TwentySeventeen Theme, I met my goal of dedicating 50% of my time “working on the business.”  

By 5 pm I finished the parallax functionality of the each of the 6 websites — 

I’ll still need to tune each, but they’re working marvelously.

With Scorpio Time winding down I so hoped for more boffo Holiday Tau, not so much for me, but for Zahn, Winkler and Emma the Baroness.  

But alas… 

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Other people can’t help but project onto you the person they most want and need you to be.  This is why knowing oneself always requires some amount of solitude.” Scorpio

It’s not my birthday (that was two and half weeks ago), but this looks promising and is still technically in Scorpio Time  — let’s check back in 2020!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

The turn of the year features some electrifying chemistry.  Being around certain people inspires you to let down your guard, alter your perspective and change your rules.  In 2020, your work becomes what you want it to be.  You’ll perpetuate different sorts of generosity as both the recipient and the benefactor.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Returning to a life crime, I’m forced to steal from others. How perceptive you are, Mr. Nash.  I do feel liberated and if I wasn’t near exhaustion I’m sure I’d also feel exhilarated.  I just hope breaking out of the next box doesn’t torture me as much as it did in my “website box.”

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You’ve broken out of the box only to discover you’re in a bigger box.  Even so, liberation is one of the most exhilarating feelings, and it’s something to celebrate and savor for as long as it lasts.” Aquarius

So turning to another former NBA player and championship coach is there anything I learned so far from box breaking that I should apply going forward?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:To finish a project, you will need designated time and a conducive environment that allows for undivided focus.” Libra

So McQueen’s Holiday Tau doesn’t sound healthy, wealthy nor wise.  It sounds more like constipation which I’m not eager to curate.  What should I do? Find another passion project that naturally ignites my creativity?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your talent is like a fire.  If you hide your light too long, it will be like a flame under a candle snuffer:  Suffocated and extinguished until you reignite.  Aries

So, do WW&C mean I shouldn’t pay attention to McQueen’s Holiday Tau? He’s long since been dead, so that doesn’t compute.  I’ll need to ponder this one searching for relevancy.

“2”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: People who tell you which experiences you should have may be steering you toward an agenda that benefits them.  Taurus

Listen, I’m not rating Smith’s so high for today, but for what I felt and sensed and was awe struck during the moment I gazed upon Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel when Emma the Baroness visited the Vatican nearly a year ago. 

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: There are plenty of sacred things that got that way by being so imbued with reverence that everyone around was able to feel the blessed energy of them.” Gemini

I wish — now obviously Michelangelo was the sculptor and we felt privileged walking past the display of his progress chiseling chunks away from blocks of stone on our way down the hall ending with the statue of his David in Florence, Italy.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re like a sculptor who sees a useful or beautiful shape inside a hunk of stone.”  Leo

Outside consultants briefed us earlier in my career as we internal consultants pitched in to transform a stodgy old-school corporation into a near state of the art engineering and construction company.  Being from USC, the university with so many legacy executives, the consultants made our uphill struggle less strenuous when they described how like a metamorphosis and organizational transformation unfolds the same way.  What you considered key success factors in the previous stage of development work against you in the next one on the other side — as Aoki’s message simply states.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: Your thought processes will be different when you get on the other side of this problem.  Keep that in mind while making decisions that will affect future you.” Sagittarius

Right on the money.  This is a lesson I learned the hard way as I bounced from one job to the next until it dawned on me that if you know what your talent profile is, you can choose the culture (at least your work friends and colleagues) that brings out the best in you.  And, for that matter which brings out the worst in you. Wait, on second thought Harvey’s Holiday Tau may literally be about literally choosing a community based on your own preferences and beliefs.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:Owing to your versatile, tolerant and socially adventurous style, you don’t always agree with or have much in common with your friends. Seek out a community that resonates with your beliefs.” Capricorn

And, basically it was in these organization types and at the Mature growth stage that I finally found my blind spots. But, maybe more importantly Jobs’ Holiday Tau informs our current president’s penchant for demanding loyalty at all costs as surfaced in the House’s impeachment inquiry under way.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your blind spots are as dangerous as any totalitarian-type control that asks you to see things only one way.  Better the question you can’t answer than the answer you can’t question.” Pisces

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S1 E112 —  When Was the Last Time You Wrangled Your Past?

In the dead of winter with temperatures in the single digits and low teens I completed basic training at Fort Dix. Within days they had me popping salt pills like they were candy desperately trying to adjust to 95 degrees and 95% humidity when my flight landed in San Antonio, Texas for advanced training.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your present will play out according to how you see your past.  It’s never too late to change that story.” Aries

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 112 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 1st day of November in the fall of 2019, also known as Day Six of Scorpio Time.

Evidence

It was clear that McQueen’s and Nash’s point was to spend some time today wrangling the past. So, it was back to working on Marc Maron’s fake interview of me. (S1 E110, and S1 E109)

Marc:  What about Washington University?  How does that fit in.  Before or after your induction?

Steve: So, we discovered certain kinds of graduate training programs qualified you for a deferment.I applied to and got accepted at its Law School. So, this was before. After I “graduated” from the Army I received my masters degree in psychology at David Letterman’s alma mater — Ball State University.

Marc: Where’s that? In Indianapolis? I used to know this from doing panel on his show.

Steve: No in beautiful downtown Muncie, Indiana.But, Letterman was the weatherman at an Indianapolis television station before making his way to the Comedy Club out here. He did everything, but tell us what the weather was going to be the next day.

Marc: Haha. So, you go directly to Vietnam?

Steve: As in “Do Not Pass Go”? No. I went. But not until I completed basic training at Fort Dix in the dead of winter with temperatures in the single digits and low teens and then went on to San Antonio, Texas with 95% humidity and 95 degrees.I was popping salt pills like they were candy.

Marc: Were you in for three years?

Steve: No, that’s if you enlisted.I was drafted for what was supposed to be two years, but I got out a few months earlier to attend Ball State.

Marc: So, let’s go back a little.You grew up in New Jersey and Ohio.Your parents moved to Detroit and you went to Vietnam.

Steve: My parents moved to Bloomfield Hills, a suburb north of downtown Detroit, and I left my apartment in St. Louis to report for my induction the morning after my honeymoon.

Marc: So you got married before you shipped out?

Steve:Yeah.

Marc: Did you have to?

Steve: Yeah. I mean we were engaged and all for about a year while she was finishing up at college and I tried to stretch a deferment out of law school for more than the 90-day extension.

Marc: But she didn’t see you for the whole time you were in the Army?

Steve: No she joined me in San Antonio while I was stationed at Fort Sam Houston and my son was born at Brooks Memorial Hospital. I had been stationed there up until the last seven months of my commitment when the Vietnam lottery happened.

Marc: Vietnam lottery happened?

Steve: And a Catch – 22.

Marc: Like the book and movie?

Steve: Sorta. See I had applied and had been accepted to the Masters Psychology program in the Graduate School at Ball State starting in the fall, which technically meant I only had 5 months left in the service.

Marc: And the Catch 22, then was?

But enough about Marc and Steves excellent adventures for now.  

What can we learn from our Holiday Tau — we meaning Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me?

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You have to unlearn in order to learn today, to clear before you can build, to drop your beef with someone before you can love.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Processing, mining — whatever you want to call it is a blessing and a curse for me.  And if you knew me well, you’d think nothing could be further from the truth. 

I’m the same guy who advised “Chief Reinvention Officers” and cultivated Paradoxy-Moron clients helping them capitalize on the future before its time.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Even a half-hour spent processing the past will make a world of difference. Think of it as a spiritual stretch to keep you limber.” Aquarius

Haha, tell me about it Steve.  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Your present will play out according to how you see your past.  It’s never too late to change that story.” Aries

Sure, Howey’s Holiday Tau makes sense, but I’m on a different wavelength today.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Part of being proud of what you do is showing it in its best light. Put effort into the presentation because this helps others understand both the work and you.” Cancer

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S1 E111 — Is There Half-life of Wisdom?  

Have we reached a point where old husband’s tales and bits of wisdom passed down through the generations and absorbed by each younger generation no longer prepare you for a successful life? 

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: TRICK:  Those who are much older or younger than you will teach you something you can immediately put to use. TREAT: Hugs and laughter coming your way.” Taurus

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

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 111 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 31st day of October in the fall of 2019, and Day  Five of Scorpio Time

Evidence

I was looking around without finding what I wanted when I had to ask myself why hasn’t this book been written?  

So I decided to write it myself.  

They always say to write about something you know.  I didn’t want this to be all about me, which it actually is, but this is something I’m incredibly curious about.  

Over time do we become our name — do people react to your name in mostly the same way? 

Is that different than how they respond to my name?  

What’s in a name, anyway?  

A certain wish, a certain hope, a certain sacred naming event new parents take seriously.  

How does it, or did it play out?  

Mothers … I’m looking at you! 

And sisters and brothers, you too.

Don’t forget those dating and falling in love with Steves — romance leading to merging what was once two single dreams into a common, single dream of a life together.

How did you see the world then?  

How did you see yourself then?

Their opinions might trigger responses from their Steves. Could be the inside view of what it’s like to be a Steve with a Friends of Steves — FOS — outside view starting everything off.

Here’s what they say about Steves … how do you feel about it? 

 Is this you?  

Do we all have this in common?  Or, now that you’re experienced … 

“What’s the thing you like about yourself today?  You’re allowed to think it.  You’re even allowed to say it, to yourself or anyone who will listen.”

What’s the Holiday Tau say about this passion project?  

Wait, it’s my birthday on Day  Five of Scorpio Time, and I can’t believe that, “If this your birthday … ” sucked so much it wasn’t worth mentioning.

Hmm.  I see where you’re going with our Holiday Tau, but like my birthday diss, I’m passing on Zahn’s hoping a TauBit of Wisdom will surface among the remaining Steves.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “TRICK: The more public you are about what you need and want, the more likely you’ll be to get it.  TREAT: The admiration of your peers.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Right.  McQueen’s Holiday Tau is quite brilliant. I’m normally such an introvert that my self-confidence when it comes to writing weakens.  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): TRICK:  Make the decision.  All the uncomfortable energy that comes with worry, doubt and uncertainty will melt away. TREAT: Confidence resumes.” Aries

The Holiday Tau for Colbert and the two musical icons stimulates a question I’ve been mulling over — what is the half-life of wisdom?  

Have we reached a point where old husband’s tales and bits of wisdom passed down through the generations and absorbed by each younger generation no longer prepare you for a successful life?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: TRICK:  Those who are much older or younger than you will teach you something you can immediately put to use. TREAT: Hugs and laughter coming your way.” Taurus

I learned Smith’s Holiday Tau the hard way in high stakes employment interviews when I really, really needed a job.  And, I really, really hoped they wouldn’t ask about my weaknesses — which almost always was the first question out of the employment managers lips after scanning my resume for 7 seconds.  

My Trick?  Prepare a three-part answer with a quick 5 second answer, followed by a 10 second one in a little more detail and finally if they persisted followed by a 30 second war story.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: TRICK:  The last thing you thought would happen will be the first thing that does. TREAT: You’ll understand a loved one’s beautiful intentions.” Gemini

Oh, sure I get it.  I’m just not in the market for this one on my birthday.  Oops excuse me there goes the ding dong at the front door.

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:TRICK:  You ask for help to involve people and understand their talents. TREAT: You’ll be surprised by what people want to contribute to your life.” Libra

Do you really think so?  Or is it just my mask?

“2”  Steve Aoki, 41: TRICK:  You can’t help but be a little mysterious. TREAT: You’ll have a rapt audience.” Sagittarius

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S2 E7 — Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities

What’s Going On?  Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 7 of the Second Season,  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 7th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not everyone knows what you know, can do what you can do or wants what you want.  To think about it from another’s point of view will be invaluable today.  Aries

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

Shifting Opportunities

Evidence

It’s been 12 and 18 hour days this past week, so spending a fewer hours today compared to the others allowed me to realize my entire email list lives or has lived in the California’s South Coast Region, mostly in Orange County.  

Having been replying to the first few of the personal responses my mass mail today, I see how to beg “forgiveness” in approach to two broad categories:

My “ask” of the mentors I recruited over the last decade has to do with legacy (Volume Three  Manuscript) looking back to their trajectory and broader areas outside of their work life.  

My “ask” of their executive MBA proteges has more to do with Organization Types and Growth Stage profiles (Volume Two Manuscript). 

Since Zahn, Henry Winkler, Emma the Baroness and I missed out on today’s allotment of valuable Holiday Tau, let’s see if there are any we might want to swipe.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Leave it to our Patron Saint to more succinctly and wisely express what I attempted on this shortened Saturday.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Not everyone knows what you know, can do what you can do or wants what you want.  To think about it from another’s point of view will be invaluable today.  Aries

Given early indications about an emerging pandemic will this Holiday Tau for you two iconic musicians turn out to be prescient or are we just panicking over nothing?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You imagine some places with all the zest of one with no intention of going.  Others you imagine carefully, knowing that when the time comes, you’ll go all-in.  Taurus

What’s Going On …

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 5-Hundred Year History” by Kurt Andersen

Working on the Business

    • 1,345  Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines. 

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S1 E104 — How Yesterday’s Success Triggers Tomorrow’s Failure

First, realize which stage you’re in and which is next.  Identify the new and opposite set of key success factors. Figure out how to close the gaping chasm and how to navigate the transformation required for a bumpy landing into the next growth stage.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Once you see a problem from the top, you’ll know how to solve it.  But you have to go back down and solve it on the ground.” Taurus

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

Evidence

Happy TGIF! Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 104 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 18th day of October in the fall of 2019.

I’m sure I won’t be done with my file-saving averted disaster recovery. But it  triggered my “return” to my “Volume Two Manuscript” covering the world of work as an employee, operating as an internal consultant within your organization or understanding what your decision-maker wants and needs when you are a consultant or executive advisor. 

The recovery work will carry on at least through this weekend.

Why is this “work” important?  Over the years I discovered that if you can measure 14 key success factors operating throughout stages of growth and decline, but which shift 180 degrees away from what brought success in the your current stage, then you’ve created a leadership advantage for yourself. 

If your organization continues unchanged, the reversing success factors will trigger failure during the transitions from Start Up to Growth, to Maturity, into Decline and Reinvention.

What Can You Do?

      • First, realize which stage you’re in and which is next. 
      • Identify the new and opposite set of key success factors.
      • Figure out how to close the gaping chasm and how to navigate the transformation required for a bumpy landing into the next growth stage. 
      • If you do you may not only survive in your assignment, but your leadership style will make you a hero or heroine in the eyes of your stakeholders.

Today, I recovered in depth descriptions from my original research and decade of testing focusing on which stages of early organizational growth attract specific talent profiles:

      • 101 PMBI Breakpoint Inventors;
      • 105 EEMA Marketing Athletes;
      • 106 EEOA Operational Accelerants;
      • 107 EERPT Resilient Product Teams;
      • 109 SAICA Internal Change Agents;
      • 111 SAAT Agile Tiger Teams and
      • 116 SPIT Institutional Traditionalists

Outer Directed (MBTI profiles):

ESFJ and ESTJ

What about the Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? Wow, this TauBit of Wisdom is one to ponder.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Focus your attention on the one area of your life that, if changed, would favorably touch every other area of your life.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Like I said, leave it to WW&C to peel away the onion that is the essence of what drives be, gives me an advantage, but reminds me where the work really gets done.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Once you see a problem from the top, you’ll know how to solve it.  But you have to go back down and solve it on the ground.” Taurus

Well, hell yeah.  But, I’m just too busy to pick Howey’s Holiday Tau in addition to the last one.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: The truly secure don’t usually see the point in drawing attention to themselves, as they’re too busy just doing what comes naturally.  Cancer

Cosmic, baby or should I say babies Carell, Martin and the Woz?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Keep a secret to yourself with a sparkle in your eye and its impact is charismatic.  Keep it to yourself with shame and its impact is a gravitational pull on your spirit.  Leo

Hmm. Kerr’s Holiday Tau makes sense, but I’m just not buying in today.

“2”  Steve Kerr, 54:Get in the mix however you can — as a volunteer, an intern or just as an unqualified person doing a job for free.” Libra

Am I getting tired swiping Aoki’s Holiday Tau? Not really, but maybe it would be easier to change my birthday.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “You know what you want, but your brain will object with the most interesting excuses.  Don’t give it the chance.  Act first; think later.” Sagittarius

Harvey’s Holiday Tau resonates with the INTP in me — an introvert who remembers experiences from a deeper past, especially by following the bread crumbs in journals.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: “A sentimental mood makes the passage of time a little blurry.  And, if so inclined, you’ll find that you can move fluidly to a feeling you had in the distant past.  Capricorn

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S1 E103 — Innies and Outies and Other Potential Catastrophes

Last Sunday’s potential, but diverted, catastrophe triggered a work around so I could continue to access my Inspiration files, especially those devoted to Work aka “Volume Two Manuscript” in the “Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest and Leave a Legacy” series.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “Some days there are so many loose ends to tie up they feel like an extension of yesterday or last week.  Just remember that you don’t have to do any thing.” Gemini

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

Evidence

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 103 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 17th day of October in the fall of 2019.

So, I continued to reorganize original files, to track down broken links, re-name several of my 16 talent profiles based on my original research, double-check the accuracy of each description before exporting from Inspiration into a .pdf  as a way of preserving the graphical layouts.

Earlier this week on Tuesday and Wednesday I managed to scrub “16 MBTI Equivalents” – Myers-Briggs Type Indicators as a cornerstone of my “Volume Two Manuscript”

Outer Directed: ENTP, ESTP, ENTJ, ESFP, ENFP and ENFJ

 Inner Directed: ISTP, INFJ, INTJ, ISFP, ISTJ, INFP, ISFJ and INTP

Today, I added equivalent Inner Directed matching Talent Profiles from my original research and decade of testing:

102 PMTL Thought Leaders; 

103 PMCI Commercial Innovators; 

104 PMRDE  R&D Experimenters; 

108 EECBG Core Business Groups; 

110 SAAS Analytical Specialists; 

112 SALS Loyal Survivalists; 

113 SPIP Idea Packagers and 

115 SPPP Professional Practitioners 

But, how are we doing with our Holiday Tau? For Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? 

Today’s Taubit of Wisdom fits nicely with “Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest and Leave a Legacy” series.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You’re allowed to experiment with your life, and even with your style and sense of identity.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Strange that I hear my mothers voice instructing me with her formal “Stephen” I only heard when I was in trouble resonating via two musical icons and the Holiday Tau of a comedian.  But, I’ll take it.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “Often the thing you don’t want to do is also the right thing to do, and you know that.  It’s why you don’t want to do it and also why you must.” Taurus

What if they are actually an extension of both yesterday and last week?  I’m just not buying the ending given my current fear of an operating system disruption.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “Some days there are so many loose ends to tie up they feel like an extension of yesterday or last week.  Just remember that you don’t have to do any thing.” Gemini

At the risk of plowing the same ground, I’ll acknowledge that this is with a minor twist the story of my career.  Figure it out yourself, then go put and find a decision maker who will pay you for your new found knowledge.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Because you know that growing through your mistakes is much faster style of learning than you get in a classroom, you can forgo the educational fees and instead get busy doing the thing.” Leo

Thanks, Steve.  Good advice.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Keep making things, like you do.  This is part of what keeps you vital and certainly something you’ll be remembered for.” Pisces

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S1 E102 — Why Is It Always Hidden in the Fine Print?

Oh my god. I came this close to disaster.  I almost lost all of the work that’s taken me well over a decade to test and write for my “Volume Two Manuscript” about “Work”. 

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Give yourself an advantage; take the time to organize and think it through.“ Aries

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 102 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 13th day of October in the fall of 2019.

Apple is updating their operating system.   According to the fine print, which my eyes normally glass over,  my favorite creative software, Inspiration, no longer worked after the update.

At stake were 16 talent profiles cross-linked interactively to Myers-Briggs (MBTI ) temperaments, aligned to organization types and growth stages – applied original research for identifying employers and customers which would be the best fit or worst fit for you.

If I hadn’t aborted the download, I’d never be able to access all that hard work. 

It freaked me out so much I returned to the Famous Steves website I saved back in September in my Pinboard Knowledge Bank while I left it to my unconscious brain to come up with an Apple work around.  

To my surprise I discovered a feature that allowed me to list 120 Steves by their sign — or the top 10 by each horoscope’s range of birthdays.  

For instance here’s what I found for Aquarius (January 21 – February 19):

Top Ten: Steve Nash, 45; Steve Perry, 70; Steve Yeager, 38; Steve McNair (1973 – 2009); Steve Prefontaine (1951 – 1975); Steve Terada, 35; Steve Roberts, 37; Steve Reeves (1926 – 2000); Steve Wynn, 77 and Steve Hackett, 69

With a little extra research on Wikipedia I produced the following table choosing the most famous I recognize:

      • Capricorns (December 22 – January 20) Steve Harvey, 62
      • Aquarius (January 21 — February 19) Steve Nash, 45
      • Pisces (February 20 — March 20) Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011)
      • Aries (March 21 – April 20) Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980)
      • Taurus (April 21 – May 21) Steve Winwood, 71
      • Geminis (May 22 – June 21) Steve Smith, 30
      • Cancers (June 22 – July 22) Steve Howey, 42
      • Leos(July 23 – August 22) Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69
      • Virgos (August 23 – September 23) Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61
      • Libras (September 24 – October 23) Steve Kerr, 54
      • Scorpios (October 24 – November 22) Steve Zahn, 51
      • Sagittarius (November 23 – December 21) Steve Aoki, 41

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes it’s difficult to anticipate disruptions when you are so used to following recommended updates — it’s such a habit followed unconsciously.  

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):“Give yourself an advantage; take the time to organize and think it through.“ Aries

Yeah, I hope this secret art of thinking isn’t pathological, haha.  It’s certainly original research — 64 lifestyle profiles defining neighborhoods you can find by age, stage, status and population density and then 16 talent profiles you can use to identify the best and worst fit for working for an employer.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “You’ll get a stretch of beautiful mental clarity.  It’s like you’re developing your own secret art of thinking.” Gemini

Like so many things in life, you hate to learn a lesson out of episodes of extreme change and disruption, figure out how to accommodate the impacts in your life, and swear an oath that you’ve learned your lesson … only to fall back into your old ways. 

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: “In the process of reorganizing, everything will be taken out and examined.  You’ll see a vast improvement.” Cancer

I frequently say Steve Jobs killed me.  As a knowledge worker in the broadest sense, I’ve become sedentary which is not that healthy, right?

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: “Intellectual study seems passive because it requires little movement.” Capricorn

I’m sure Mr. Jobs’ Holiday Tau is important, but not necessarily for me today.  Feel free to apply it to your life.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “An endeavor will not only bring you money but will also bring you other kinds of riches that matter to you.” Pisces

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S1 E99 — What’s in a Name? Baby Boy Names?

For the “interview” I continued by moving on from where I left off to Cincinnati with background research about Ebenezer Ward Finney, a revolutionary war veteran,  Indian paths and trails followed from the East Coast down to the Ohio River to arrive at the farmland he inherited. Sets up similar story of Dad’s ancestor leaving Tennessee for Missouri and Missouri River and Gasconade River.

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

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “The fun part of your day will include research and gathering data.  The ones who show up will be just the ones you need.” Aquarius

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 99 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 10th day of October in the fall of 2019.

As a champion procrastinator I conducted a little original research.  I guess you could say it had something to do with my week’s goal of “working on the business” setting up everything I need to crowdfund my passion projects on Patreon.

Instead, I avoided the work and focused on Steves:  

What’s in a name? Baby boy names? “The Tau of Steves” may help me get the broadest Patreon, Facebook and LinkedIn following. 

310,771,873 people in the United States of America. 

406,129 named Steve in the US; 153rd most popular first name. 

Appeal to friends of Steve — pulling from babynameshub testimonials about Steves they’ve known.  

How many famous Steves can you name? 

Match zodiac signs to famous Steves.  

Complete Marc Maron “interview”; apply Sam Harris, Wikipedia and Marketplace assertive requests for support using a combination of Chris Erskine’s and Amy Krouse R’s voice and whimseys.”

Oh, and there’s this: 

Composing more of the “Marc Maron Interview” and then counted how many Steves he interviewed — 23 out of 1061, but Dr. Steve (Dr. Stephen Dansiger) appears 7 times — #34 on 12/29/9 with the last I found #876 on 12/28/17. 

For the “interview” I continued by moving on from where I left off to Cincinnati with background research about Ebenezer Ward Finney, a revolutionary war veteran,  Indian paths and trails followed from the East Coast down to the Ohio River to arrive at the farmland he inherited. Sets up similar story of Dad’s ancestor leaving Tennessee for Missouri and Missouri River and Gasconade River.

So I’ll twist today’s Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me to mean, when I’m in my composing and writing zone time doesn’t enter into my equation.  Especially, when I travel back in time to my memories of events and conversations.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Things can get tricky in familiar environments where you’re moving quickly and unconsciously.  You need others to call you so you’ll remember where you’ve been.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I couldn’t agree more.  Seems I’m always groping forward in my dim fog of complication, so let’s hope CC&W’s Holiday Tau can be answered in the affirmative.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Is your strategy working?  Right now, it’s hard to tell through the dim fog of complication.  Assume all is well and inch your way forward.” Leo

If I can simply trust Zahn’s and CC&W’s Holiday Tau, then I can feel unburdened when focusing on the “Tau of Steves” and finishing up key concepts from “Fantasyland’”

“5”  Steve Nash, 45: “The fun part of your day will include research and gathering data.  The ones who show up will be just the ones you need.” Aquarius

Yup, that’s been my experience.  Throughout my advising and consulting engagements I packaged ideas and original research into applied projects, classes, workshops and seminars. 

The last two books of my Knowledge Path series address field research to test the methods leading up to them in my first three books in the series.  

In the “Work” portion from my tagline, “Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. And Leave a Legacy” I’m drawing from the last 10 years of working with Executive MBA students and about 50 of their mentors to confirm a way to choose the best organizations and their stages of growth and the worst for you. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “Ideas inspire but until you implement the knowledge you don’t know anything.” Aries

Hold on now,  haven’t I come across a similar Holiday Tau before?  I’m pretty sure I singled out Kurt Andersen then and I’ll stay with my answer. I certainly would reach out to him digitally if his name was Steve Andersen.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “If only you could order up the people you want to meet.  Wait, you actually can do this, either digitally online, or spiritually.  The spiritual way works better.” Taurus

OK, I guess.  Repeating your stories about your self and what you are doing to yourself shores up your identity. Over doing it probably hardens and closes off your options to adapt or accommodate disruptions.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “Repeating your stories to others may be a social faux pas, but repeating them to yourself is personal development.” Libra

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