S2 E49 — Navigating Waves of Disruption When You’ve Lost Your Bearings

How will our world unfold on the other side of this pandemic?  Back to normal? Or something entirely different?

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: If you wait until you are stirred to do a thing, it will be too late. To take advantage of a brief window of opportunity, you’ll have to move before you are ready and act before you are sure.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 49 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this 21st day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E48Tracking Millennials from One Resort to Another; S2 E4727 Adventure Regions for Your Remote-Working Bucket List; S2 E46Whimsy Passion Project or Epic Novel of Adventure?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E49Magnetize the Version You Imagine; S1 E48Holiday TauBit Trumps Funk; S1 E47Day 47 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E46Day 46 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

On April, 6 in 2020, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Salesforce listed 19 uncertainties from Society, Technology, Economy, Environment and Politics likely to influence how our world could unfold after the pandemic crisis.

Sometimes, just listing unsettling threats and uncertainties helps.

The details are contained in their collaboration in, “The world remade by COVID-19 Scenarios for resilient leaders | 3-5 years.”

    • The focus on leadership signifies the report’s audience is for business, industry and government entities.  
    • How those organizations react largely influence how conditions for good or bad will shift that impact on us,  directly or indirectly,  as employees, consultants, freelancers, customers and citizens.

For your consideration listed by the collaborators by society, technology, economy, environment and politics.

Society 

    • Levels of societal trust 
    • Psychological impacts after quarantine 
    • Impacts on different generations 
    • Long-term impacts on education 

Technology 

    • Attitudes toward data-sharing 
    • Speed of technological innovation 
    • Long-term effects on the workplace 
    • Types of new technology adopted

 Economy 

    • Speed of economic recovery 
    • Distribution of economic growth 
    • Impacts on inequality 
    • Shifts to new business models 

Environment 

    • Focus on fighting climate change 
    • Reduction of emissions 
    • Investments in renewable energy 

Politics

    • Long-term impacts on governments 
    • Impacts on public policy and regulation 
    • Levels of trust in political systems 
    • Changes in election methodologies

Will all these influences pressure leaders to the same degree?  Probably not.  

And some will ebb and flow over the three to five year time frame.  

You never know when opportunities emerge, but if you don’t anticipate and act when the window opens you may be left behind.

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

 “Your kindness radiates in all directions including toward yourself, and this fortifies and emboldens you to new heights of originality. You’ll fascinate, draw a crowd, sell to it and fund an enterprise you wholeheartedly believe in. How satisfying to know you’re making the kind of difference the world really needs now.

Is it too late to petition my mom for a new birthday, or do I just have to steal this one?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: If you wait until you are stirred to do a thing, it will be too late. To take advantage of a brief window of opportunity, you’ll have to move before you are ready and act before you are sure.”  Taurus

Granted it’s very difficult to navigate waves of change when you’ve lost your bearings.  But, there’s no time like the present to take some educated guesses how rippling-effects may game out.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Accept your fixed traits, and learn to highlight them, or work around them as needed. Every personality trait has within it the potential to be a worst or best quality and will be both, depending on when you look.” Gemini

Not only do your overused strengths turn into weaknesses, but if you know your Myer-Briggs Temperament I can identify the best and worst type of organization for you to choose and at what stage of their growth or decline.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:Sometimes you doubt the malleability of identity. But when you think about how different you were 10 years ago, it’s clear that change is inevitable and never stops. Believe in your aspirations.” Cancer

And, consider how the ripple-effect of the Great Recession effected your employability. What have you learned since then?

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62:You can’t become who you want to be by doing the same activities you were doing. You’ll change it up and be pleasantly surprised by what you learn about yourself.” Capricorn

Exactly my point to Mr. Howey.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): It’s all falling into place for you. The elements are settling before you, all within your reach. Later you’ll be able to jostle things around and make them fit a little better. For now, let it happen.” Pisces

Are they, or is it really just too early to tell?

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2663 to 2839.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E43 — See What You’ve Been Missing …

Patreon’s limited editing capabilities suck.  Their format choices totally changes how each of my publications originally appear in my WordPress blogs.  

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no easier way, no shortcut available, no hack or guide that will provide the answer. You just have to find it as you go along. Luckily, this hard way is also the fun way.” Pisces 

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 43 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this ninth day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E42It Was Short and Sweet, but Heart-Felt; S2 E41A Pandemic End to Real Estate and Consulting?; S2 E40The Profound Impact of the Pandemic on Nouns

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E43Desperation on Such a Summer’s Day; S1 E42Love on the Run; S1 E41The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream; S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On

Context

My new end of the week publication habit works.  Here’s what my early experimental attempt for Patreon became:

The Coming Millennial Migration — Will Remote Work Set You Free? 

“More sunsets are caught than sunrises because a greater number of people are awake in the evening than are watching for the break of dawn. Get on an early tract. There’s something spectacular in it for you.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Los Angeles Times, Catharine Hamm, Photo: Yang Lu

The Tau: Week Ending 5/9/20

New horizons. Grab some bucket list ideas to go — for deferred itineraries and remote-enabled resort towns. Curated from stories about local communities stretching along Pacific Coast Highway, in mountain resorts and on lakes, islands and in the great outdoors. 

But, here on the Atoll,  we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. Instead we hope our articles inspire your future adventures!

See what you’ve been missing. 

Check out this week’s headlines pulled from our daily “Top 30 Digest” delivered, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Where … ?

PCH Regions

          • San Diego mayor: Compliance with new beach rules bodes well for state business reopening
          • Pismo Beach: Where To Eat, Stay, And Play
          • Whale that washed ashore in Ventura County towed out to sea
          • Wineries Sue Over Cannabis Operation
          • The Malibu Beach Inn Is Offering a Unique Social Distance Dining Experience for Mother’s Day
          • Video captures coyote going for a morning stroll by Levi’s Plaza in SF during shelter-in-place order

Islands and Currents

          • Hawaii’s Proposals To Safely Reopen Travel…
          • I Was Stranded in Hawaii by Coronavirus — and the Magical Islands Completely Stole My Heart
          • Hawaii wants to ensure a sustainable relationship with tourism post-COVID19
          • Hawaii arresting rogue tourists for violating mandatory quarantine
          • 30 Best Bucket List Trips For Your Lifetime: Sailing The Hidden Caribbean
          • Here’s how Sandals plans to re-open its Caribbean resorts to guests
          • I’m Quarantined on a Yacht in the Caribbean. It’s Not What You Think
          • Squid are back in abundance along Central California coast
          • On Catalina Island, Unemployment Is 90%. A Local Food Pantry is Making Sure No One Goes Hungry

Mountains and Lakes

          • Why whitewater rafting could be the safest way to a family vacation this summer
          • Prediction tool shows how forest thinning may increase Sierra Nevada snowpack 
          • 9 Things To Know About The North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail
          • Cute Video: Mama bear rescues cubs, swimming them to safety one-by-one in South Lake Tahoe
          • Introducing The Mountaineers Statement on Climate Change

Pristine Treks

          • Outerbike cancels Deer Valley mountain bike demo event
          • How To Spend A Weekend In Historic Truckee, California
          • This Colorado Doggo Has Hit More Than 5,000 Summits
          • California Snowpack Already Nearly Bare As Drought Worsens

Deserts, Slopes and Ranges

          • Western Slope Farmers Forge On Despite Losing 90 Percent of Peach Crop
          • An Ace Hotel Gift Card Is a Win-Win Purchase
          • Live out your Santorini dreams in this Palm Springs house asking $3M
          • Take a Peek Inside Walt Disney’s Former Technicolor Dream House

The Tau 12 Months Ago 

“You’ve been happy with your choices, but now you’re starting to notice that there are new options on the horizon.”

Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.

Tags : COVID-19, climate, deserts, horizons, islands, lakes, migration, Millennials, mountains, Pacific Coast Highway, rafting, ranges, regions, rivers, remote, road trips, slopes, sunrises

Evidence

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Pain is a signal. It is possible to feel pain and not be hurt by it. For example, endurance sports enthusiasts may experience this as they push through a workout. Pain is part of the process. Hurt is a judgment.” Scorpio

I’m guessing that pain means frustration on my part.  If so then, yes, it definitely part of the process.  I get that.  There are no short cuts, there is only doing.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: You know your limits and your triggers, which makes you more powerful, not less. But take into account that things like that change. You get stronger and braver. Test and push yourself today.” Sagittarius

I detect a theme.  Quit bitching if you’re so powerful.  Push through today.  OK. Got it.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Your confidence comes from a wellspring of integrity. You know what you’ve done, what you have and who you are. You don’t require constant reminders of your greatness or tons of reinforcement to feel good.  Taurus

Don’t be so sure for this career reincarnation. Some reminders of greatness would be nice.  Or maybe just 500 pounds of reinforcement.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:You think about things in a certain way that you may not even be aware of until you express what you’re thinking to a friend. The act of articulating yourself brings about new insights.”  Aquarius

Not only for me, but I noticed this early on in my one-on-one advisory career with “C-Suite” executives.  I put on a brave face before each engagement fearing my lack of answers for someone operating at the top tier of an organization.  Until, that fateful day when I simply asked a VP what she had been doing already about the problem or challenge she faced.  Then, my natural instincts and intuition kicked in.  Get them to tell you and in the telling their answers reveal themselves.

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): There’s no easier way, no shortcut available, no hack or guide that will provide the answer. You just have to find it as you go along. Luckily, this hard way is also the fun way.” Pisces

Theory is one thing.  Explanations and instructions are just that.  Until you take all the teachings and advice and apply them is when the true knowledge is revealed.  No hacks or shortcuts to building your own experience into wisdom.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2,170 to 2300.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times. 
    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S2 E42 — It Was Short and Sweet, but Heart-Felt

“My pastor was talking about the ‘old normal‘ and how maybe there were parts of our lives that weren’t working … that weren’t all that great.   And now is the time to create a new normal for ourselves.”

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

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: “Being able to take a long view of things will save you from future discomfort. There are a lot of things you could take on. Consider what it would mean for your next few days and far beyond.”  Taurus

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 42 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this eighth day of May in the spring of 2020.  

Season 1 and 2 are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E41A Pandemic End to Real Estate and Consulting?; S2 E40The Profound Impact of the Pandemic on Nouns; S2 E39The Best Tau for the Pandemic Year, Don’t You Agree?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E42Love on the Run; S1 E41The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream; S1 E40Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On; S1 E39What’s Up with Facebook?;

Context

Some of my close friends, past co-workers, recruited mentors, former executive MBA students and people just like you are weighing in with their experiences:

Hi Steve, Great to hear from you. Do you remember me from your Right Management days? I ran the McDermott + Bull Executive Network then.

I appreciate your email. It got me thinking of a church service I listened to from 3 weeks ago…

My pastor was talking about the “old normal” and how maybe there were parts of our lives that weren’t working..that weren’t all that great. 

And now is the time to create a new normal for ourselves. 

It really hit home for me..even though I miss A LOT of components of my old normal I have really taken stock of the things that I don’t want to creep back in once we resume “normal” life.

It was short and sweet, but heart-felt.  I’d forgotten that she had moved to Golden Colorado and was curious how her clients and neighbors were adapting to the new normal.

I felt what you were able to accomplish with the Executive Network was so awesome.  In fact over the last 10 years when I ran the UCI Executive MBA mentor program I borrowed  monthly breakfast meeting ideas from you and recruited mentors from the network itself.

I love the “new normal” habit analysis and choosing what to keep and what not to, or at least improve on.  Keeping the “creeping back inners” away will be the challenge for me.  Although, given that the Sierra snowpack all but disappeared I’m glad I’ve made and sustained water conservation habits.

What’s the market in Golden like for executives?  Are you seeing any differences over the last few weeks (which feel like months and years 😎)?

Are you running a similar + Bull Executive Network there?

Since I reached out to “Friends of Steves” I gotten back really great responses and I’m considering how to summarize and share.

Evidence

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You often have to comply to the authority in a situation, which is what makes opportunities like yours today special. You’ll call the game and make the rules.” Scorpio

Wait, is this about wearing a mask or something?  Got no problem with that.  It’s so little to ask from me to do my part in this pandemic, right?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Being able to take a long view of things will save you from future discomfort. There are a lot of things you could take on. Consider what it would mean for your next few days and far beyond.  Taurus

I’m such a scenario and strategic exploration freak, there has to be reports or papers published that that the long view of things, right?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Once you decide that you are going to devote yourself to making progress, you’ll stick to an endeavor until you get where you want to go. The game has started. To delay is to lose any advantage you might have.  Gemini

Well, yes of course.  I’m fighting off a case of the blahs.  This TauBit should boost my persistence, but frankly it doesn’t.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:Consider that your most powerful asset is your reputation. So anything that lifts it will probably be worth the attention, effort and money that goes into the process.” Cancer

Sure, but this just reminds me of unfinished work describing what “Brand-as-Experts” do, in which organization type is the best fit for them.

“5”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’ll have a strong first impression to a situation. Note it — even formally with an actual note — but don’t act on it. There is more to learn here, and you’re playing a long game.” Leo

I’m finding it very difficult not to judge those anti-vaccine and anti-mask people.  My knee jerk reaction is the saying, “There is no cure for stupid.”

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Success will be simple when you recognize what is and is not under your control, and then apply yourself only to the first group of circumstances. Applying yourself to the second group brings nothing but frustration.” Virgo

So, I’m not so sure anymore.  What is in our control?  

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: In days of old, the black sheep was shunned by the herd. Now the black sheep goes on the internet and finds a virtual herd with numbers so strong, the black sheep are actually the majority.” Sagittarius

Scary, but true. Or at least it seems that way.  If you equate black sheep with anti-vax, anti-mask true believers.  

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62:Your choices do not have to be dictated by things like age, race, gender or even by how much money you have in your pocket. Waste no time accounting for limits. Go straight to the workaround.  Capricorn

Yeah, good to know, but hard to figure out, right?

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): The issues that come up today are the sort you don’t have to reason your way through. Give your logical mind a break. Meditate, shower, drive, walk or sleep on it instead.” Pisces

Now, we’re talking.  The media onslaught is unyielding.  Maybe I can reset.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 2,170 to 2,300.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life  

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times. 
    • Saw the movie, didn’t realize that one of my favorite authors, Michael Connelly — his detective Hieronymus (Harry) Bosch book series and Amazon Prime series — also wrote, “The Lincoln Lawyer” which I just finished. Gotta tell you I can’t not see his lead character (Mickey Haller, Bosch’s half brother) as anyone else but Matthew McConaughey. 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

S2 E36 — Turning Lemons into Margaritas

Is this the popping of the stay-at-home-pimple expressed as frustration and anger? It’s easy to feel concern about thousands of us flocking to Orange County beach towns.

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

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Rebellion produces action, often erratic. Obedience produces action, often consistent. People obeying orders look reasonable and systematic, even while carrying out unreasonable orders.  Aries

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 36 in Season 2 of  “My Pandemic Year Experiment” on this twenty-sixth day of April in the spring of 2020. 

Season One and Two are a two-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic and then in this unfolding pandemic year.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E35Was this Pandemic Year a 1-Off or New Way of Life?; S2 E34Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?; S2 E33What Happens When Your Business Collapses?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E36Day 36 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E35Day 35 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

From here on in I’m adding a disclaimer to my Patreon posts:

Grab some bucket list ideas for your deferred itineraries. Curated from stories about local towns stretching along the Pacific Coast Highway, in mountain resorts and on lakes, islands and in the great outdoors. 

But, here on the Atoll we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. Instead we hope our articles inspire your future adventures!

See what you’ve been missing. 

Here are some of this week’s headlines pulled from our daily “Top 30 Digest” brought to you, “Fresh from the Labs. Literally bottled and set adrift from KnowWhere Atoll.

Evidence

I know I can’t speak for all of us Zahnny — the Fonz and Emma the Baroness, but yes, given the circumstances, our Holiday Tau feels good!

“5” Steve Zahn, 51: “It will be supremely satisfying to use your creativity. You’ll bring things into being that no one else could. They might be able to do something similar, but no one can do exactly what you can do.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Of course I wasn’t born yesterday or today.  But, under “house arrest” already, without really being caught for stealing your birthday doesn’t this place another spin on turning lemons into margaritas?

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Your work ethic is stellar, and you are using your time better and better. You make sure to do what you love as much and as regularly as possible and this makes your life feel meaningful and wonderful. You’re able to be more tolerant of people’s quirks, so the days go smoothly and your horizons open to a large view.

As some of you already know, I’m skeptical when during zero dark thirty while sipping a cup of home brew in my dark blue mug I steal 50% of the Holiday Tau available.  

Let’s turn to our Patron Saint, shall we?  Never one to shy away from assuming an independent, in-your-face kind of role Steve, is your Holiday Tau a commentary on our current political climate? Erratic action, unreasonable orders?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Rebellion produces action, often erratic. Obedience produces action, often consistent. People obeying orders look reasonable and systematic, even while carrying out unreasonable orders.  Aries

Likewise, W&W, has your Holiday Tau shifted to political commentary too?  Blaming and shaming on Twitter?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: People like to have someone to blame. In fact, they need it. Otherwise, how is anyone to go on as though they know what they’re doing and haven’t made significant errors?  Taurus

Hey Smithy, I kinda get your Holiday Tau.  You’re not buying lifestyles defined by consumption or advertising or social media?  Because, you are more than one identity expressed through a more authentic self?  Is that close?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: You understand the world by understanding yourself. The creed you follow, the values you uphold and the products you use are indicators of an identity that still doesn’t even come close to representing the whole of you.” Gemini

Howey, your TauBit of Wisdom seems simple and true for me.  I’m guessing all of my writing, and journaling fits the description, right?

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Having something to tell and not being able to tell it — that’s an agony! You won’t break anyone’s trust if you create a locked document or diary to spill your fascinating information into.” Cancer

Hmm.  Coach Kerr, I have to agree.  All the book reading is one thing.  Putting what you learn into action is quite another.  At the core of knowledge creation and innovation is the question asked around the legendary Xerox PARC R&D Paradoxy-Moron group — let’s invent something, then use it as customer,and see what it makes us become. Let’s see what this new technology changes for us, share it and build on it, try it out, see what it allows us to do better and innovate around those features and functions.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:The problems you solve today will give you something you can use later. You’ll build on these solutions. They’ll become the rules by which you solve future problems.” Libra

Listen, this Holiday Tau fits the image I have of you well — have you ever shied away from a challenge?  One, by the way, that you framed in big audacious goals?  I hope that on a smaller scale I can claim some of your Holiday Tau.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You’re not one to shy away from a challenge. You’ll dare to take on a difficult task and because of this, you’ll get a reward that is afforded to very few.” Pisces

Speaking of the common circumstances all of us find ourselves trapped in, does this count as a shift in the Holiday Tau as being different from last year’s natural experiment?

Holiday Forecast for the Week Ahead:  

“… emphasizes concepts of power, force and authority, affording us the opportunity to reassess what we are able to do, who can help and why it’s important. 

It is often true that we place imaginary limits on ourselves or that others lead us to believe we must stay in the roles and positions that serve them best. We are like cattle that have been trained not to cross gratings in the road. Once our training has taken hold, the gratings can be replaced with painted lines that could be easily crossed were we not so afraid of illusory consequences… is a chance to rethink what’s got us so timid, find our points of leverage and see if there aren’t ways we can take back the power we wrongly or unnecessarily ceded. 

The second significant change … bodes well for getting business back on track….Our usual ways of doing business have been interrupted, and we’re having to get creative about how to move forward grit… and determination that helps us walk and work in hope.”

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1735 to 1760.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life 

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trip

S2 E34 — Why Is This Kicking Off the 4th Industrial Revolution?

Now we’re talking.  And, if you haven’t already noticed this is the first day we welcome Stephen King to our list of celebrity Steves.  

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 34 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 24th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E33What Happens When Your Business Collapses?; S2 E32Trapped and Bored? Or Unleashing a Reinvention Wave?; S2 E31Getting Charged from Box Automattic-aly

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E34Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E33Day 33 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E32Day 32 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Here’s the text of my group email I’m circulating with my former Proteges and Mentors after  yesterday’s marathon.

At our home we’ve earned our black belt in Zooming. 

But, this morning after writing portions of a chapter about organizations and what it takes to move from decline to reinvention, I just had to get out of the house.

I walked about three miles around a lake. 

Took a few video frames of a mallard duck family swimming across it’s surface in a mirrored reflection of fluffy clouds, local mountain peaks and lake-front homes.  

I also listened to Stephen King being interviewed in a Fresh Air podcast.  

He was asked about the pandemic (he wrote a book about one in the ‘90s, I think) and how did staying-in-place change his creative process, if he was in fact he was writing a new book now.

It did.  He is.

He had to revisit chapters already written (a process I know all too well) and figure out changes to the original setting of his story.  

He told Terry Gross it was supposed to take place on a cruise ship in 2020.  

I know, right?

But, he said he’s accelerated his writing progress, because being stuck at home he’s running out of things that normally tempt him to procrastinate. 

Temptations I know all too well.

And he said something else that now I’m wondering about.  

When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 chasm, what will have to be reimagined? 

I’m wondering if, given the rippling effects of interdependencies and supply chains, will anything in your life or industry or relationships with your clients or customers dramatically change as a result? 

Do you envision a new normal?

Or, will it be the same old, same old?

I’d love to hear what your take is.

Stay safe and healthy.

Steve

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I’m looking forward to everyone’s responses, as long as, I can keep my momentum going while simultaneously publishing now on Patreon. 

Evidence

And, I’m wondering how well our collective Holiday Tau steps up to meet our novel coronavirus challenges.

So, Zahnny you realize how high the stakes are for your Holiday Tau on this start to the weekend, right?  

You don’t want to disappoint the Fonz or more importantly my partner in crime, Emma the Baroness and me. I sorta, kinda get it, but I’m not fully appreciating a strong “5”.

“4”  Steve Zahn, 51:“It’s fortifying to spend time with people who appreciate you or to spend time doing the things that really make you appreciate yourself. The opposite is detrimental.Scorpio:

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for those of who weren’t born yesterday, but a day later.  And, let’s check back in late August when things will be back to normal.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

Love is the star this year. You want a deep relationship and you’ll get it; you’re able to be vulnerable and open to enrichment. You’ll connect with the emotions of others because you take the time to understand your own emotions better. You’ll soar on the confidence of a personal or professional win in late August.

So W&W I clearly see how this Holiday Tau fits you both, but I can only hope what I’m circulating in my group emails accomplishes any thing close to your standards.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’ll fill needs that people didn’t even realize they had. It’s also possible that you create need by providing something very interesting and getting people used to having it in their lives.  Taurus

Haha, you three had me with your opening premise about change, until you hit “ especially if the environment stays the same.”  Really? Stays the same. Really?

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Trying to change too many habits at once almost always fails, especially if the environment stays the same. Your winning move involves taking on one behavioral change at a time.” Leo

Now we’re talking.  And, if you haven’t already noticed this is the first day when we welcome Stephen King.  So things are getting harder than they should be and they don’t seem to be getting easier any time soon (may be in August if Today is your Birthday), but I find your Holiday Tau timely.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72:When things seem harder than they should be, figure out why. Ask, “How can I make this easier?” You might be surprised at how a few decisions can change the whole game.” Virgo

We used to imitate Steve Jobs with a similar motto, “It’s better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission.” And, I like how you tweaked your Holiday ever so much with pointing out sometimes it’s far better to stray from the beaten path.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54: “Don’t ask other people for green lights. Green lights don’t work that way. Usually, they are on timers. And often, when you hit one, you’ll start to hit them all. Or you can always take the backroads.” Libra

Now, don’t read this any other way than it is intended, Steve.  Your TauBit of Wisdom is a core value of mine being in the helping and developing professions as I changed careers.  But, today I’m just not convinced I should rate your contribution a “5”.

“3”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Your positive attitude is grounded in this: Everyone is capable of improving. So whether a person is innately talented or disadvantaged is really beside the point and certainly not worth dwelling on.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1654 to 1703.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

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S2 E31 — Getting Charged from Box Automattic-aly

I’m exhausted as any introvert can be — energy, ambition and overall level of caring about this passion project depleted.  Just grunt work left.

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:We don’t get to decide what’s empowering. You’ll get a charge from unexpected places, and watch others be revved up by things you’d have expected to be draining.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 31 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 18th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E30It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?; S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E31Day 31 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Spent the afternoon yesterday using my LinkedIn network to update Contacts and “Friends of Steves” emails.

Boring.

Until, one of my former Executive MBA students reached out to me.  

She messaged me in LinkedIn because she noticed I landed on her profile and clicked on her contact information and copied and pasted her into my contacts.  

I thought she had moved back to Silicon Valley from Orange County but in a couple of message volleys discovered she’s operating from the UK, having relocated her strategic marketing and customer experience consulting firm.

The exchange boosted my energy level. 

But, what really got my creative juices flowing was stumbling across an article profiling the CEO of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, who had been interviewed on my Sam Harris podcast.  

His company is behind WordPress and having acquired Woo Commerce and Tumblir and, get this, he’s got 1,1170 employees in 75 countries “speaking 93 languages … The company does not have an office.” 

Steve Glaveski wrote about him while introducing levels of remote work citing the pluses and minuses on Medium, The Five Levels of Remote Work — and why you’re probably at Level 2. 

In his three dimensional pyramid leading to a blue tip of the of Nirvana (which very few any reach, he works his way down to asynchronous communication 

(4) Nirvana 

(3) down to adapting to the medium and 

(2) down to recreating the office but online and

(1) at the bottom non-deliberate action. 

Of course you climb it from 1 to 4 if you know what you’re doing.  

You can probably guess tech companies like Automattic and “Box, Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all told their employees some variation of ‘work from home.’” 

Evidence

Oh, oh.  How am I coming across?  Does Zahnny’s Holiday Tau hit too close to home?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “A story can be an instrument of control. That’s why you have to be very careful about how you cast yourself in your own stories. Make sure you’re the hero, not the victim.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Haha.  We all know this isn’t my birthday.  Not even close.  Nor is it Emma the Baroness’ but we’re not above faking it.  Not to the level of paying for fake IDs or passports, but more like a misdemeanor offense.  Chaos? Check.  Intention? Check. Transformation?  I’ll check into it and report later in the year.

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

You have everything you need to take on this exciting year. Do plenty of brainstorming and experimenting to figure out what you like and want to pursue. Once you have strong intent, all will organize around that. A patch of chaos you weren’t sure what to do with will turn out to be the source of an exciting transformation.

Again with your spot on TauBits of Wisdom, G&G.  Drudgery turned into an energizing coincidence via LinkedIn and then Glaveski’s Medium article about Matt Mullenweg’s approach to making Remote Work, well work boosted my serendipity-fueled adrenalin higher.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:We don’t get to decide what’s empowering. You’ll get a charge from unexpected places, and watch others be revved up by things you’d have expected to be draining.” Virgo

Would you agree with our Patron Saint, Emma the Baroness?  We started off that way, but have we settled into habits?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): For a relationship to succeed, all parties should be self-reliant and yet willing to ignore that and rely on one another anyway, not because they have to, but because that’s what relationships are for.  Aries

Wait, is this a companion TauBit of Wisdom to McQueens?  Are you three trying to tell me something?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: It’s amazing how doing the right thing in general will lead to many very specific correct actions. The situation that most needs improvement will fall right into place.  Taurus

Needy is as needy does, but I’m not risking a small fine for stealing yours.

“2”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Approval, attention, affection, recognition — to pretend you don’t need these things is silly, but to appear to need them too much is off-putting. So you’ll play it rather cool, choosing your moments to be direct.” Leo

Hi Harvey, you Holiday Tau is timely and on display as MAGA folks demonstrate against anything forcing them to change their habits for the good of the Huntington Beach, California.  Separately, I’ll make sure I include your TauBit of Wisdom in my Report of my 1-year experiment.  Thanks, Steve.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You’re not looking to be consoled by things that affirm what you already believe, at least not consciously. To stay aware and honest, keep questioning what you think is true.  Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1594 to 1628.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”
    • Just picked up “Bob Dylan In America” by Sean Wilentz.  Maybe because of the subliminal messaging like the times are a changing and the answer is blowing in the wind, but I kinda like Sean’s fanboy becomes music critic becomes historian surrounding Dylan’s life and times.

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S2 E30 — It’s Crazy. Why does Amazon Prime Work, but Netflix Doesn’t?

Was it triggered by all our neighbors working remotely and their kids attending “zoom school”?

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

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:The messiness of life is the best part. Maybe it won’t make the edit for social media, and that’s why the insider’s view is always the best. Intimacy is about knowing another person’s mess.” Virgo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 30 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 17th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E29Three Months That Changed the World; S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E30Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

Cox WiFi kept dropping — it’s been off more than it’s been on — so yesterday I worked on correcting bogus “Contacts” emails one-by-one via LinkedIn changing them in my “Friends of Steves” master spreadsheet.  

    • I still required online capabilities for copying and pasting them through the hot spot feature on my iPhone — as my sister showed Emma the Baroness and me when we last visited months ago in Michigan.  
    • Later in the evening I  tested Internet access with Apple TV.  Why did Amazon Prime work, but Netflix didn’t?  Maybe it wasn’t WiFi in that case, but Netflix popularity and T-Mobile capacity?  Netflix is free on T-Mobile as a perk for signing up.

Meanwhile I wasn’t looking forward to my next call with BC (which turned out fine as a Zoom video session) and, to be honest, my mild anxiety compounded my low-ebb feelings from the mind-numbing WiFi work arounds.

Sure, BC lashed out about his favorite local restaurant’s forced closing potentially for good.  

He dropped by for lunch in the charming plaza in La Quinta where he moved from Newport Beach.  

His move was longer go than I realized triggered by two events, his mother passed away and he had heart by-pass surgery.  

“What happened? I don’t recognize my country,” he said.

His local La Quinta gym closed where he treated his ailing back in its jacuzzi and swam laps. 

For as long as I knew him he competed in the Masters program at the University before his relocation to the exclusive California desert.  

Once we got past our rants and reactions to coronavirus business closures, it only took a couple of minutes to find our conversational groove like old times.  

Mostly through his love of rock and roll and former training in anthropology from Stanford and my wondering aloud if there was a half-life for wisdom.  

He thanked me at the end of the call for realizing as an executive coach, why I had recruited him in the first place, he found an angle for approaching the local restaurant owner and offering business advice.

I should have thanked him for the boost in energy I felt from reestablishing a common ground in our personal and professional relationship.

Enough to slog though the excruciatingly slow process of listing emails of my 1840 LinkedIn 1st degree network in my “Contacts” once again.   

But the boost dissipated as I realized it will take 4 or 5 weeks at 5 days a week just to complete my LinkedIn updates.  

Ouch.  Yawn. 

So, somehow I need to schedule that without stopping Patreon postings and with adding consistent email messaging to Proteges, Mentors and Friends.  

Yawn again.

Evidence

How about a Holiday Tau boost?  Game. Set. Match.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Visualizing alone can’t make things true, but it can motivate action that feels natural and familiar instead of labored and difficult. As you visualize the future, you lay its groundwork.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I know this is Friday, so Steve is this a randy suggestion — your Holiday Tau — one I should whisper to Emma the Baroness tonight?  Or are you hinting at something else entirely?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’ve been thinking about how to get what you want, and it’s clear you’ll need to make a special request. Timing is everything. It will be better to ask after nightfall or tomorrow.” Aries

So, Smithy I’ve tried several attempts to understand the gist of your Holiday Tau.  I stood up, stared at the middle ground out my office window, walked to our front lawn, bent down and pulled a dozen weeds, came back to my office and reread it, but I can’t quite grog it.  Sorry.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You are coming back to a part of yourself that has been long abroad. It’s not that you outgrew or rejected this aspect of you, but you have not been able to prioritize it. That will change.  Gemini

Aha.  Funny this is your Holiday Tau, Howey.  As I was walking, staring and weeding while contemplating Smithy’s TauBit of Wisdom I settled on the essence of your’s instead.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:Life has its own set of navigational rules. To understand it, you have to look backward; to live it, you can only go forward. Also, you can only feel what it’s like to be inside it when you’re standing still.” Cancer

Wait guys.  Is this all about the time I was out of work for almost a year?  That stretch defined a long, very long learning curve about transferrable skills and understanding new careers operationally, but most importantly by learning new jargon for describing what I had accomplished in previous jobs — you know like how long it takes to learn a new language.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: There was a time you didn’t believe that you could actually change your circumstances by merely observing them differently. Now you believe it, and you do it on a daily basis. Today brings proof.  Leo

Okay G&G your Holiday Tau can be taken two ways.  The last part about knowing and enjoying another’s mess intimately is about our life long love affair — me and Emma the Baroness.  The second could be about what I took away from a chapter in “Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives” about how Brian Eno lives his life like and art form developing several passion projects at the same time.  If one doesn’t work out he jumps to another.  Either way, it works.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:The messiness of life is the best part. Maybe it won’t make the edit for social media, and that’s why the insider’s view is always the best. Intimacy is about knowing another person’s mess.” Virgo

Here’s how I’m relating to your Holiday Tau couch Kerr, I mean coach Kerr.  I’m trying to squeeze about 1840 people into a room through that small Interned door when Cox WiFi keeps shutting it on and off all day.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:It’s like you’re trying to move a couch into a room with a small door. Once inside, everything will work out nicely. But getting through this tight squeeze will take some doing. What needs to be released in order to move forward?” Libra

Ha.  Easy for your Holiday Tau to say.  I realized it will take me four or five weeks of swimming trying to keep my head above water once I dive in to get it done!

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:Why return to projects that were not enormously successful the first time around? You’d rather move on, and move on you will, after a brief bit of business is handled. Dive in and get it done.” Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1594 to 1628.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”

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S2 E29 — Three Months That Changed the World

“Ripple Effects” dominated my 5:30 am only partially conscious brain.  Sipping my first cup of Folgers in my favorite dark blue mug which belonged to my mother-in-law, Emma the Baroness’ mother.  

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are enacting patterns that served another situation and no longer apply to the current one. There’s nothing to work on here. As you get used to the way things are now, the unnecessary things will fall away naturally.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 29 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 16th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E29Day 29 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

In an If-This, Then-That logic path, my thoughts trigger “assimilation” and “adaption” or “disruption” and “accommodation.” 

      • We’re witnessing the speed at which each part of specific supplier chains come unlinked. 
      • How will they reconnect, some no longer in the same chain, or any chain? 
      • And how the money in circulation slows. 
      • And how consumers representing the buying power of 66% of the US economy will lose confidence, save like never before and fear for their jobs while income streams dry up as their bills come due. 
      • Are we entering another Great Recession or another Depression? 

And I admit to mild anxiety about our nest egg and no matter how diverse our portfolio is, everything like before devalues together.

While flipping Apple News I came across a “Prepper” article reviewing a book published just as the COVID-19 pandemic broke, but not including it.  

The gist of it laid out how “the paranoid conspiracy believers” want to live through chaotic, disruptive times.  

Why?

Some brand reputation repair, maybe? Thriving while everyone else suffers, they’d  be able to show to their detractors they aren’t so weird,  just reasonably prepared.  Like, “Who’s laughing at us now?”

I guess their scenarios may be possible, even probable, since the virus won’t disappear for at least another 6 months.

Terry Gross interviewed Stephen King on her Fresh Air podcast to which I listened while walking about 3 miles around the lake. Yes, the reason was to promote his next book whose plot took place on a cruise ship in 2020. 

Oops.  

Given these changing times, and the date, who would believe the rest of the frightening story now, he asked Terry?

And that meant King had to reimagine the setting in 2019,  before the reality of hundreds of vacationers actually became horribly trapped.  If that, then it meant his publisher’s deadline accelerated.  

Meanwhile, I’m spending high amounts of energy and time with low return (ROE) by updating spreadsheet and contacts lists — getting to the “Ds” in alphabetical order.

Last night, one of my mentors left a message on my phone to kick around thoughts he’d been working in his head about mutually common interests.

Evidence

If all that, then what?  Any sage advice for a mildly anxious anticipator of vicious cycle ripple effects? So Zahnny, is your Holiday Tau describing a snake shedding its skin — unnecessary things naturally falling away?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You are enacting patterns that served another situation and no longer apply to the current one. There’s nothing to work on here. As you get used to the way things are now, the unnecessary things will fall away naturally.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So, shed my metaphorical skin and make room for doing more skill sharpening all in the name of efficiency?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You may not do what you set out to do, but that is hardly the point. The more you try and accomplish, the better your skills get. Soon your ability will be so sharp that all connected work will be done in a fraction of the time.  Aries 

Now we’re talking Smithy.  I guess your Holiday Tau really describes the pattern of swirling clouds in my Folgers at 5:30 am. Now it’s up to me to assimilate?

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ll have a heightened awareness of what arises from your subconscious, whether it be in the form of dreams, creativity or the assimilation of subtle clues you’ve picked up along the way.” Gemini

You mean trapped inside these four walls for ever more?  Okay, I’ll bite. What is really true here? What is really true here? What is really true here? How long will this pandemic last?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Consider what it means to feel trapped. If a person believes there is a lack of options, it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not; limits are in place. Ask the question and repeat: What is really true here?” Leo

Hey G&G are you two being diplomatic during a pandemic with a virus which appears to be spreading exponentially?  

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Problems just get knottier when left to nature. The thinking — or more likely the unthinking — that created a tangle cannot also unravel it. You’ll employ your higher mind.” Virgo

Haha.  Don’t encourage me okay, Aoki? Am I interpreting your Holiday Tau as a sign that there’s a natural progression of interest — “The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book”?

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The historic cases of subjects falling in love with their biographers are numerous — a natural progression, as there is nothing more seductive than interest. Use the concept to your advantage.” Sagittarius

Great, just great.  Something to look forward to in our imperfect place quarantined with imperfect people — not you Emma the Baroness — huh?  Like can you explain the last beat for me?  

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:Places aren’t perfect because people aren’t perfect. Wherever they go, they are there inside an imperfect vessel. While it’s futile to look for the ideal spot, today you’ll find one that’s much better than the last.  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines grew from 1594 to 1628.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “The Fifth Risk,” by Michael Lewis  describes how the thinkers in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, especially the scientists and researchers. “‘I was fucking nervous as shit, Bannon later told friends. I go, Holy fuck, this guy [Trump] doesn’t know anything. And he doesn’t give a shit.’ Even in normal times the people who take over the United States government can be surprisingly ignorant… The United States government might be the most complicated organization on the face of the earth. Its two million federal employees take orders from four thousand political appointees. How to stop a virus, how to take a census, how to determine if some foreign country is seeking to obtain a nuclear weapon or if North Korean missiles can reach Kansas City: these are enduring technical problems.”
    • “Chasing the Dime,” by Michael Connelly describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type. “(In the lab) is where you find time for more AE work. Analyze and evaluate. When the unknown or unexpected came up in the lab you stopped and went into AE mode. What do you see? What do you know? What does it mean? In the lab everything was clear … simple. Quantifiable. Scientific theory was tested and either proved or disproved. No gray areas. No shadows.”

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S1 E173 — AI, EVs, MRIs, Me and Steves

Yesterday before changing the appointments for two, not just one MRI and then spending time at the Honda dealer and eventually at the RSM Toyota dealer, I had met Steve at Bagel and Brew.  

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ve a solid feel for one part of the deal, and then there are other parts in which you’re not so surefooted.  With study and repetition, you will master every aspect of the interaction.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 173 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 20th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

I followed my game plan of establishing common ground — asking how long he’d lived in Mission Viejo and then sharing personal stories about me and Emma the Baroness.

How we lived in the Newport Beach neighborhoods known as Corona del Mar and Balboa Island before lucking out by “winning” three real estate lotteries from one in Irvine to two in Mission Viejo for Finisterra and Pinecrest.

He didn’t recall the name of one of original HR execs from his company (before his transfer from Texas) who contributed to the Orange County Development Round Table  (OCDRT), but said he leaned on corporate HR partners both in Houston and in California while progressing through sales. 

Now he said his son is in a corporate role of VMWare, which he had never heard of, and was experiencing the shifting sands of corporate life in sales management like he had.  

I told him about my trials and tribulations with WordPress (he hadn’t heard of it) and my 6 websites (he had someone else do his)  and self-publishing about where to live when we had considered our moves.

And about work — the results from the OCDRT collaboration project.

And, to leaving a legacy after talking about his last week’s visit to wrap up his mother’s estate, passing in her 90s.

“Yeah, we expected it, but you don’t really, right?”

It’s still a shock.  

Another HR guy from his work passed away too last week or so.

We got serious for a while describing my unexpected profound reactions to Italian history and art. 

And, he nodded in agreement with how you can’t miss the highlights if you’re vacationing in Italy — the Renaissance, Coliseum and Vatican in Florence, Venice and Rome.

I asked if he was Steven or Stephen.  Steven. 

Steven.

“What is it Dale Carnegy says, ‘A name is the most powerful … something,’” he volunteered in reaction to my segue to Thanksgiving with expectant Millennials and the absence of Steve on their list of names in consideration.

I drew blanks from him when I asked the do-you-know-many-Steves line of questioning.  

He didn’t really know where it came from or why his mother chose it. 

He remembered who the Steves were in the “Tao of Steve” film, but never saw the movie.  

His reaction conveyed how he might enjoy reading my books and signaled if I needed to follow up with him for input and stories for either “Volume Two Manuscript” or “Volume Three Manuscript” he’d enjoy it.

Returning to my office, I received phone call messages and texts about RAV 4 Hybrids from eager sales rookies.

So, I ended the afternoon getting my 4Runner ready for trade in.  

    • Simple Greened the white residue from cracked radiator on the rest of the engine. Waxed hood and roof above windshield.  
    • Washed floor mats. 
    • Used portable feature of vacuum cleaner for floors, seats and rear area.  
    • Used ArmorAll for all black trim.
    • Used Mothers as alternative to ArmorAll for four tires.

Evidence

So Zahn, is your TauBit of Wisdom for the day referring to my dearly departed and paid off, faithful “friend” of nearly 20 years and 178,000 miles or my problem of being overtaken by events? 

If it’s the 4 Runner, is it the way to better miles per gallon a functioning stereo system and an upgrade to Apple CarPlay?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “You see the problem that is standing in your way but what you might not see is that this problem is the way.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Don’t feel too bad Mr. Patron Saint, Steve remembered you, but not the independent movie about you — not the ones you were actually starring in — how cool all your moves were in the romantic sense. 

Since I’m no longer a leader in the world of work, I’m not ranking your TauBit as high as Zahn’s for today.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): None will question your ability to lead.  The thing is that you’re not yet sure about where, why and how you want them to go.” Aries

Smithy, my son, thank you for your Holiday Tau in tandem with Zahn’s.  I finally get the difference between EVs and hybrid vehicles and leasing options vs. buying options.  Fingers crossed.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ve a solid feel for one part of the deal, and then there are other parts in which you’re not so surefooted.  With study and repetition, you will master every aspect of the interaction.” Gemini

Well, it certainly won’t be love, now will it!  And why is this your Holiday Tau instead of Winwood and Wonder’s? 

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You think you know what enough love is, but you’re already loved so much more than that.  What will you get busy on, knowing that love is already covered?” Virgo

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — Headlines and Highlights from Fresh from the Labs

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 
    • Progress — Interviewed a Friend of Steve and gathered his feedback on my passion projects, especially The Tau of Steves.

Speaking Volumes — 

    • On hold until Patreon’s up and running.  My interviewed Friend of Steve offered more feedback at the right time for both volumes, Two and Three manuscripts.

Banking and ATMs — 

    • Figuring out a campaign for moving $1 Tier Balboa Island supporters to $3 Tier Cambria patrons sets the stage from a specific start date to a deadline in spring.
    • Friend of Steves interview checked off a task for the week and provided a partial proof of concept

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S1 E171 — When’s the Best Time to Air Dirty Laundry?

Too many questions. Is it about airing my dirty laundry? Is it about me? Yesterday I lost my way sketching out my Systematic-Professional story for the Volume Two Manuscript.

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Often the answer isn’t to talk about things.  Brainstorm other ways to make a point.  If you find you still want to talk, your success depends on timing and framing.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 171 in the first season of “My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 15th day of February in winter of 2020.

Context

Is it about lessons in mentoring and building a pool of executives from Right Management Consultants? 

      • Is it about shifting expectations any INTP 113 Systematic-Professional Idea Packager would have?  
      • Is it about encountering 2008 and 2009 graduates who felt they were sold a bill of goods?  
      • Or about how the requirements changed and I chafed at those requirements?  
      • Or is it about how my guidance provided insight into how plateaued professionals might advance once they better understood the lay of their land and how to propose value-adding strategies of overcome their type-casting weaknesses?  
      • Or, had my platform where I could test out my ideas and refine them in a curriculum that Tom said could replace what they’re teaching in the Executive MBA program glaringly stood apart from the cookie-cutter approach, binder-driven, same-old same-old service?

Patreon. 

      • Am I wrong in assuming my potential patrons are serial givers interested in the creative process and how creators do their work? 
      • What happens when they join Patreon by pushing that button?  Is my broad appeal now about giving back by supporting creatives?  
      • By promoting the Patreon brand, and by association my brand? And, by taking the first line about we … endangered long-form writers?
      • My updates should reveal my challenges and time to devote to mastering my craft of writing. 

My process of “What would Leo da V do” to 

      1. Imagine and Conceptualize; 
      2. Pre-Write;  
      3. Draft;
      4. Edit several times; and finally
      5. Publish. (Recall tips from TrainingSells about instructional design or following an outline, etc.) 

I have so many questions, what can I learn from the Tau of Steves?

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Often the answer isn’t to talk about things.  Brainstorm other ways to make a point.  If you find you still want to talk, your success depends on timing and framing.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researcher’s Note:  Nope.  My birthday is still eight and a half months away.  Did you guess when?  

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

“You’ll learn what most excites and interest you and take action on your self-discovery.  It will be as though your feelings are wired to an intensity-controlling dial that you can move for your benefit, adventure or comfort.  New friends contribute to your joy, as do people you help, especially through work.”

Haha And on Monday, what, rest?  Seriously, you’re probably cautioning me against airing dirty laundry in my Memoir, aka “Volume Three Manuscript”?

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Raising the standard will help you make a change.  Bump it up a little today, maybe a bit more tomorrow.”  Taurus

Howey, I know your TauBit of Wisdom offers hope, I’m not feeling the virtuous spiral up when it comes to breaking in that bucking bronco of a platform named Patreon.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Though spirals generally go downward, they also can go upward.  You’re moving through an endeavor this way.”  Cancer

I don’t say it often enough.  Or maybe I always look towards an inventor and company founder plus two comedians to advocate for perspective.  So, back away from the chapters recalling the decade between 2009 and 2019? 

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Take a step back and a look around.  You’ll see a few better options that could make a world of difference for you.” Leo

Or, maybe I should combine an NBA coach with an inventor and company founder plus two comedians to recognize I’m stuck in the trees and may need to shift my scope to the hill overlooking the forest and then begin with one tree at a time.

“4”  Steve Kerr, 54:Regarding the thing you’re trying for.  You can do this.  You’re strong and able.  It’s just that the scope may be a little off, at least for these early stages. Start easier.” Libra

I half expected another NBA star to pile on with an NBA coach with an inventor and company founder plus two comedians like they do when they win a championship.  Instead, I realize your Holiday Tau, Steve, is what I wait to occur when I’m in so many advisory and coaching sessions, especially between 2009 and 2019.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:Before events occur, you’ll imagine them by running a film across the projector of your mind.  This happens  automatically, though adjusting your expectations will be a deliberate act.”  Aquarius

End of the Week “Knews” for FOSs

Trends — 

Short-Form — Headlines and Highlights from Fresh from the Labs

Long-Form — 

    • My notes from the introduction in “21 Lessons for the 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari:  Sapiens, surveyed the human past, examining how an insignificant ape became the ruler of planet Earth. Homo Deus, my second book, explored the long-term future of life, contemplating how humans might eventually become gods, and what might be the ultimate destiny of intelligence and consciousness. What is happening right now? What are today’s greatest challenges and choices? What should we pay attention to? What should we teach our kids? Thinking about the big picture is a relatively rare luxury. A single mother struggling to raise two children … 

Progress and Procrastination — 

    • Procrastinate — I should have been crafting a Special Offer campaign as a way to move $1 Tier (Balboa Island) to $3 Tier (Cambria), but I didn’t get to it yet.
    • Progress — Published how go sign up instructions  for receiving your $1 Balboa Island benefits, “Trouble Claiming Your Digest? Take These Steps.”
    • Progress — Published “Ask Me Anything” for new followers that included, What does being an introvert have to do with anything? We come in six temperament flavors. We’re easy with solitude. In fact, many of us prefer mountain cabins, if given the choice, which inspired me to write about quality-of-life communities in the Sierra and Rocky Mountain Ranges. I happen to be one that I call SPIP short for Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager. 

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

The Knowledge Path | Know Laboratories | Knowledge Banking | Knowledge ATMs | Western Skies and Island Currents | Best West Road Trips