S2 E27 — Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You

I let Leo da V do out on a leash and he pointed out how lately I’m automatically judging and labeling and categorizing and attaching an emotion to an article’s headline.  Or to a topic in conversation.  Or off in the distance to someone walking the wrong way around the lake in a red hat.  

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

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:You’ll cut through the noise. Instead of trying to prove a point, you’ll appeal to the emotions of others and let the point arise naturally in a story that proves itself.” Cancer

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 27 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 11th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

He didn’t let me dwell very long on my self-development challenges.  Instead he triggered a replay with Emma the Baroness from last night.

“Wait, you’re saying I was right?” 

Friday night.  Happy Hour. 

The three Zooming Boomer chicks laughed, asked what was that about, traded pajama-all-day stories, capped on a super organized friend who has completely rearranged every closet, every drawer, every room, in her house.  

They’ve known each other since post-college Orange County Beach Town days.  

Two husband-less.  One widowed.  One divorced. One living alone.  

One wondering when she would shed an elder millennial recently divorced and who moved back home away from his ex and his kids. 

A blur in the background of the smallest Zoom window sings out, “See you Mom I’ll be back a little later.” She swivels slightly as he reaches for the front door’s handle. 

“Ok, what do you want for dinner?” 

Two Boomer chicks Zoomed before including my chick, Emma the Baroness, but she had never hosted.  

About 15 minutes earlier when they were about to go live Emma the Baroness wanted me to help her make certain the rookie would be able to make her way through the confusing mine field of interpreting prompt after prompt in the newer safety upgrades new Boomer Zoomers face. 

Time was running out. “Now you’re saying she shouldn’t just click on the active link I sent to her yesterday in the email?” 

Emma the Baroness wanted to text a confusion-busting message to make it easier. 

I could sense her panic while I tried not to judge, label, categorize and attach my growing annoyance to our exchange. 

“Just call her. We’ll walk her through.” 

“But, you said she didn’t have to set up a Zoom account, yesterday.”  

“Yes, but it might be easier if she had already signed in.” I said.  

“I’m going to call Shaggy, our millennial.” she said.  

Ten minutes until we go live. 

“You, said …” and the Emma the Baroness rattled off all the anxiety-reasons the social meeting would begin in disaster. “I’m calling returned-home-millennial mom because she’s done it.” 

She did after putting rookie Boomer chick on speaker phone.  

Five minutes left. 

We three hit a snag over which password, new or the one she uses for her email stopped us in our tracks. “I’m going to call mom of returned-home millennial and have her call you.” Baroness said.  

Two minutes.  If looks could kill.  

“I don’t even have my wine poured yet.” 

One minute. 

“I’m clicking on the email link and I hope they worked it out.” One was already in the waiting room the screen I showed Emma the Baroness. 

She clicked.  

Something was wrong on our end with the Emma the Baroness’ MacBook Pro.  She couldn’t use her computer’s audio like we had done in two earlier events. 

I ran to my office, grabbed my MacBook Air, instructed the Emma the Baroness to email me the invitation, clicked on the link.

Two screens of us sitting in front of our picked-up remodeled kitchen with the mood lights turned on greeted us. 

Emma the Baroness asked about the third Boomer chick, the rookie.  

“She’s here, oops what happened to her? I see you in two screens. Oh, there she is.” 

“So you were able to …” 

“I’m here, but why do I see you two?”  I told her about the gallery view and she clicked on it.  “How did you sign in?” the Baroness asked.  

“Oh, it was easy.  I didn’t have to become a member.  I didn’t have to use my email password. I just clicked on your email link you sent us and at the website clicked on join the meeting and here I am.” 

Two last things.  

I gave Emma the Baroness my computer with the audio working fine while closing hers and walked deeper into the kitchen to pour her a glass of happy hour wine saying in passing, 

“So, you’re saying I was right?!” 

“Yes dear.”

Evidence

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Seeing no Pandemic TauBits for Emma the Baroness and me, let’s move on to our Patron Saint. Wait, Steve you’re saying enjoy the Zoom?

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The situation seems far from ideal. What if you thought of this as perfect how it is? Imagine it would be ruined by any addition, subtraction or change. Suddenly, there’s a lot to love about it.” Aries

Wait, did I just do that with the Zoomer Boomers, Howey?  There you go.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:You’ll cut through the noise. Instead of trying to prove a point, you’ll appeal to the emotions of others and let the point arise naturally in a story that proves itself.” Cancer

I know I’m getting busted by Emma the Baroness anyway, so why not own up to not paying attention to deadlines imposed by others, social arrangement meeting times or planned events in the not too distant future?  Emma the Baroness can’t help but attend to them.  So, what you three amigos are saying is my strength she would point out how it irritates her.  

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: If you do things when you think of them, you save yourself the stress of having one more thing on your mental list. In general, anything you can get out of your mind and into the world will make your life easier.” Leo

For a gameshow host usually the answers on the board to questions make sense, but I’m not getting your Holiday Tau today.

“2”  Steve Harvey, 62:There are a wide variety of interruptions that might restore you, so long as the ruckus is outside of your ordinary pattern, and also out of your alternative pattern to that.”  Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers of one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1532  to 1581.

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.”

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

CENTER FOR KNOWLEDGE CREATION AND INNOVATION

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S2 E26 — Rethinking the N-Word

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up. Not quite awake, I found myself swimming in “introversion,” “thinkers,” “INTP” and idea packaging. But, mostly intuition, the “N-word” in INTP, not to be confused with the “I-word” meaning introverted.

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 26 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 10th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?; S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere AtollS2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

The sound of the rain soothed me awake at zero dark thirty.  I got up.  

It was paper day, but maybe an hour before I could reasonably expect one to arrive, if at all, on this continuing COVID-19 day for the delivery guy to maneuver through the storm surge.

What I’d been writing about was how well my idea packaging description (113 SPIP) syncs with my Myers-Briggs Temperament, INTP.  

But, why should you care? 

If you know your MBTI type already — one of 16 — as my Executive MBA students do, then you translate it into my Talent Profile system — one of 16 — and can identify the best and worst places for you to work, including growth or decline stages.

The MBTI is the theory of psychological type as originally developed by Carl Jung and “operationalized” by two American mother and daughters, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers.

A quick Google search finds:

“The INTP type describes a person who is energized by time alone (Introverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving).”

Add to Google with a quick Wikipedia inquiry and you find more about “P”.

Sensing and intuition are the information-gathering (perceiving) functions. Those who prefer intuition tend to trust information that is less dependent upon the senses, that can be associated with other information (either remembered or discovered by seeking a wider context or pattern). They may be more interested in future possibilities. For them, the meaning is in the underlying theory and principles which are manifested in the data.

For most of my last career, I realized intuition and the process of visualizing something in advisory sessions helped me gain a perspective or framework for offering recommendations and original connections. 

Further, except for the I or the E, the NTP mirrored each other as did the other sets of 8 combinations I identified yesterday. 

According to a dictionary thinkers conceive, imagine, fancy, realize, envisage, envision mean to form an idea. Somehow an idea enters your mind “… with or without deliberate consideration or reflection.” 

Ideas stimulate or challenge your intellect or mind.  If you’re thinking you have an idea, belief, or thought about something.

Intuition I believe is more influential.

The two combine for me when I hear enough in a 1-hour advisory session or in a Starbucks conversation over coffee or breakfast (remember those) to trigger a picture which frames my response and quickly captures a solution to a problem they bring.  

Or how in sitting and reflecting on trends and combinations until, like during this rain storm, a picture emerges and triggers an “aha” moment. 

My brain unconsciously keeps chewing on the noise, data, information, knowledge and wisdom I’ve been exposed to — thinking — for a long time until the insight arrives.

    • Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge from direct access without the need for conscious reasoning, likely from an instinctive feeling. 
    • You know, like in those detective books, TV shows and the Harry Bosch Amazon Prime series — hunches and assumptions formed on the basis of past experience and cumulative knowledge. 
    • Intuitive hunches arrive wholly formed and quickly, without conscious awareness of the underlying mental process of information. 
    • Intuition as the subtle knowing without ever having any idea why you know it, more like a direct perception of truth, fact, who a person really is, how a situation will play out, what the future has in store for us.

Evidence

So what does the immediate future have in store for Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me?  Oh, great like all the tasks required for managing a self-publishing pipeline?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Whatever you accomplish, no matter how difficult or improbable it may be, it will be added to your regular duties. Consider the expectation you’ll be setting up and manage accordingly.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

On intuition I grabbed this even though it’s not my birthday.  I don’t know why.  If it’s your birthday, enjoy.  Or just drink Red Bull, because it gives you wiings, eh?

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

A bird’s first flying lessons are really about how to get pushed out of a nest and fall without getting too hurt. You’ve had those. This is the year you’ll take to the sky. There will be no competition for what you want. You’ll be driven by a hunger for accomplishment and adventure. You’ll swoop up a new role.

Okay.  This is one lesson I need to cultivate, so thank you for your Holiday Tau.

“5” Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): It’s good to know where the natural endings are. Sense them and get out while the getting is good. You’ll avoid the ruin and waste that can come with overworking things.”   Aries

If only Smithy.  I’m not getting out that much these day and it’s not because of my introverted temperament.  So, sorry you receive a lower ranking for you Holiday Tau.

“2”  Steve Smith, 30: You’ll be socially adventurous and gain great benefits from mixing in different circles. New situations are a chance to try out roles you don’t normally get a chance to play.” Gemini

Hi Howey.  I get it.  Life life like an art form! I might include your TauBit of Wisdom in my Report on the 1-year experiment.  Or, not.

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:As you decide moment to moment how you’d like to live, you’re forming who you are. This process is so immersive that there’s no time, reason or room for worry.” Cancer

Again, this what I’m talking about.  And as usual, it takes two comedians and a founder to spell it out for me.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your mind will possess an idea, and an idea will possess your mind. This tangle will be hard to let go of until you’ve figured out something substantial about it.” Leo

Hey G&G, your Holiday Tau hooked me at “experiment” and “tools”.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:In light of the day’s attitudes, it’s important to remember that the version of yourself that is measured in likes is not the real you; it’s a clever projection, an experiment and, at best, a tool for learning about yourself.” Virgo

You know for a TV gameshow host, I learn a lot from your Holiday Tau, Steve.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:You appreciate those who express themselves with great originality, and you strive to be such a person. It’s accomplished by listening to your thoughts and feelings and relaying them with specificity.  Capricorn

So, I’m piggy-backing your TauBit of Wisdom with your co-founder’s, the Woz!

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): You’ll seek a sense of accomplishment and completion, as well as the confirmation of certain ideas and beliefs. What you won’t seek is happiness, which is a byproduct of a goal, not the goal itself.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1532  to 1581.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”
    • “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.”

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 E25 — Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?

The dawn greets me with a surprise, I receive an email from one of the mentors I recruited and managed for guiding Executive MBA students in the program for our University’s School of Business.  

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

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62 :It’s not like your intuition comes and goes. It’s part of you that is always there. The volume sometimes ducks under louder sounds in your brain caused by more intense thoughts and emotions.” Capricorn

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 25 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 9th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E24Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll; S2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

By the last week in March I fought through the technical iCloud restraints.  I sent group emails to 370 former proteges and mentors and began hearing back one by one.  

I’m responding a little late here but good to hear from you.  Hope all is well for you and your family in this current crazy environment.  So much uncertainty in the short term, long term we should be OK.

I have been with Endress+Hauser in Anaheim for almost 3 years now, a producer of liquid analytical instruments.  We remain open today as an essential supplier to many critical industries.  Trying to safely stay open and hoping our luck lasts…

My e-mail has not changed and you can find me on Linked in anytime.

His uncertainty ran through many of my “back and forths”.  A little luck wished for.  I kept a running summary of how each experienced  the unknown for my next update. 

By coincidence, one of my Proteges finally took the bait:

I’ve fortunately been steadily busy.  There’s a series on Netflix that I was Archival Producer on and I received 2 Emmy Nominations.  I also received an international nomination for the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones.”  I recently did a CNN series on Late Night Television that’s going to be airing soon.  I also worked on the interstitial documentaries Behind the History running with the new Amazon series “Hunters” and I’m currently doing a Discovery documentary.  

Since I have to do budget cost reports and projections, I’m constantly using many of the things I learned in the program.  I’m also still in touch with many of my fellow classmates.

Finally, in my non-assertive way my initial email prompted her to ask!

What are you up to these days? 

Which, in a “Work-on-the-Business”, means the time has come to jump start weekly email newsletter updates, while balancing time for research into “Chasing the Dime,” “The 5th Risk” and “The Introvert Advantage” with writing my manuscript.

Over the past ten years I’ve field-tested the content I’m writing about in my “Volume Two — Work” manuscript in advisory sessions, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and in mentor meetings.  

Staring at a blank screen is not one of my favorite past times.  I have to make some basic choices.  Write about what you know, right?  Should I start with chapters about the “Inner Directed”?  A university is filled with them. And, so is the federal government and large, mature organizations of all types — Systematic-Professionals. 

“The Fifth Risk”  describes how the thinkers — scientists and researchers — in federal departments were targeted by Trump’s administration, while “Chasing the Dime” describes the inner workings of a (fictional) commercial research laboratory which fits the Paradoxy-Moron organization type.

I’m flip-flopping a little when I realize “thinkers” represent my common audience — but, they “come in” both extrovert and introvert temperaments listed below.

8 Myers–Briggs Thinking Types associated with my research (Talent Profile Code)

4 Inner-Directed 

ISTP (103 PMCI), 

INTJ (104 PMRDE), 

ISTJ (110 SAAS), 

INTP (113 SPIP)  

4 Outer-Directed

ESTP (105 EEMA) , 

ENTJ (106 EEOA), 

ESTJ (116 SPIT), 

ENTP (101 PMBI).

I’ve got a lot on my plate and not enough concentrated time to flesh out stories and case studies my students, proteges and mentors shared with me for the first draft of my “Volume Two — Work” manuscript.

Evidence

Is there any Holiday Tau  I can turn to today?  Zahnny, your TauBit of Wisdom seems to be the undercurrent theme I’m receiving in my emails.  And, it’s meant for me, even better.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Waste no time fretting about what could happen, especially if it’s negative. Lots of things can and will happen. Good lives are lived in the margins of hope and possibility.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thank goodness Zahn, the Fonze, Emma the Baroness and I didn’t have to swipe yours, even though you are our Patron Saint.  Sorry, Steve I’m passing on this one. Strike that your honor. Forced to work from home turns out to be the major adjustment we face with personal space!

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The day’s conflict has to do with two people trying to occupy the same space. Neither one is more correct. When ego and pride are put aside, there is a way to take turns.” Aries

Smithy, we’ve shared very valuable Tau before, but this just isn’t relevant for me today. I’m such a buffoon, Steve your Holiday Tau clarifies how to take advantage of our Patron Saint’s. 

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: There’s a way to make peace with every moment. Finding it requires you to drop knee-jerk reactions and decide to think something different. You’re willing because you love peace more than you love arguing.” Gemini

Howey, somehow we just aren’t connecting today with any of the Holiday Taus for Steves, except the only one I can legitimately claim all for myself. Sorry, I’m sticking with my first impression. 

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:Loved ones have their own lives and adventures and when those journeys take them in different directions, you stay the course of your own knowing that the road of love always circles back.” Cancer

Yeah, I’m feeling your TauBit of Wisdom today G&G, but it just doesn’t win the day for me, you know.  You almost got me with the “inner life” tied to the 4 inner-directed thinkers, but not quite.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:Hard work is fine with you today. Boring work is fine, too. Whatever the work, it is your attitude about it and the inner life you bring to it that makes it worthwhile.” Virgo

Hey Harv, how’s it going?  Now, your Holiday Tau feels right up there with Zahnny’s.  Yours starts with “intuition” and then it includes both “thoughts” and emotions, so yeah I’m all in. 

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62 :It’s not like your intuition comes and goes. It’s part of you that is always there. The volume sometimes ducks under louder sounds in your brain caused by more intense thoughts and emotions.” Capricorn

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1532  to 1581.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”
    • “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.”

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 E24 — Working Remote from KnowWhere Atoll

The moderator poked my right arm which served to transport me back to the moment.  She looked at me as if silently asking me if I was all right and did you hear the question?  I nodded a thank you and I’m all right. “Where does Art come from?” was an easy one to answer.

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

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re thoroughly original. It’s not that you reject the traditional approach or the way most others are doing it, it’s just that you clearly see a way to do it differently.” Leo

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 24 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 5th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E23Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal; S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E24Day 24 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

Usually like Paul Simon I get all the news I need from my AccuWeather app, but today I’m drawn to the Comics page.

You won’t be able to see the big picture today and that’s perfectly fine. … growth happens one cell at a time. Focus on what’s next. Your intuition will help you this. Ask a question about what to do, and then accept the answer. The big picture is made up of several small pictures.” Holiday Mathis

I’m almost never disappointed in the wisdom traded between Frazz, a school janitor  song writer, and Caulfield, a precocious student and smart ass beyond his years.

“… When you just ask for answers, and you get your answers, then you bypass the search for patterns.  And patterns are where you find the answers, and the search is where you do the learning.” From Frazz by Jef Mallett

Other than hanging out with Comics, how should I be spending my time?  

Carefully breathing life into more than a dozen unpublished drafts about Italy in the Western Skies and Island Current queue, write the origin story of South Orange County neighborhoods which illustrates two-way migration to and from hundreds of similar lifestyle profiled neighborhoods across regions of the US for my website, Knowledge Banking, and then crank up tentative drafts of Norway.

That’s the writing and editing fun stuff.  

But I need to keep all of these documented daily habits on track to crescendo into self-publishing five books, regardless of questionable results from my scheme to draw rave reviews from Patreon fans.  

Which is another way of saying I shouldn’t hang out so much with Comics, because I need to work on the business by protecting the pipeline, and the writing process without allowing distracting, slip-sliding-away procrastinations (frequently interjected by Leo da V) “this close” to gating the flow from inspiration to publication, promotion and beyond.

Speaking of Leo da V, he turned out to be useful.  

“Where does Art come from?” was an easy one to answer.  

Driving all the way over I was in my head, nervous and anxious about how I would do.  I almost missed the last turnoff.  The steering wheel stiffened. My keep-the-driver-in-the-middle-lane feature jarred me out my fear induced revery.  

Would I be late? Where is the building and parking lot? Did I wear the right clothes — not too casual, not too formal? Would they notice the zit in the middle of my forehead? What would they expect of me?  What if no one else showed up? 

The moderator poked my right arm which served to transport me back to the moment.  She looked at me as if silently asking me if I was all right and did you hear the question.  I nodded a thank you and I’m all right.  I picked up the Crystal Geyer water bottle in a silent nod to the eager student and gestured a just-a-moment, and with a smile first, took a small swig to lubricate the dryness in my mouth, pausing for effect and after twisting the cap back on replied, “I’ve always been told that Art comes from Tupelo or Tallahassee one of those ’T’ places.” 

A polite laugh from the attendees allowed him enough time to ask his follow up question, “Haha. No I mean where does your art come from?”  

To which I replied with a twinkle in my eye, “Oh, actually from KnowWere Atoll.” And, I meant it.

Evidence

One of the fun things about quality control and efficiency and laziness emerges from my process of finding the Holiday Tau online after checking each contender, on the section next to the Comics page,  so I can cut and paste.  I’m usually in a hurry which is my excuse for not noticing these gems until today:

Holiday Forecast for the week ahead:  

… brings us into full awareness that we don’t know everything we want to or need to know to move forward. Many will be enticed to sign up for formal coaching or classes. Those who love a good plan will ready themselves, believing that a difficulty you expect is much easier to handle and master than one you don’t. But if the luxury of formal education isn’t within your reach, don’t worry. Learning on your feet might be frustrating but it makes you stronger than any other kind of learning. Life isn’t a controlled environment in which the tests and lessons have been laid out logically, leading to the mastery of one skill set. Life is more of a jungle free-for-all where the rules, if there are any, keep changing. The prizes change, too.

This one, unlike the forecast is legitimately for Emma the Baroness and me.  About love.  We’re all about love even after all these years.  As a lover and a husband, what would happen if  I didn’t rank Zahnny with a power “5”? You (I) don’t want to find out.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Loving is easier than communicating love, which can be tricky, laden in expectation and the pressure to get things right. For today, stop trying to communicate and just focus on loving.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So you’re saying if I really buckle down and actually spend the time like I should, instead of listening to Leo da V, July and September will be golden — if only this was my birthday, which it is NOT!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

 … and you’ll hang your star on ideas you hadn’t thought possible. Make vision boards, to-do lists, bucket lists and the like. Motivation and plan will come together with a satisfying click. You’ll have money to invest in July. September brings a sweet happening in your personal life.

You know, like mom I always liked you best — all of you, but equally.  Two comedians and an inventor.  Just creative enough and inventive enough to recognize a kindred spirit, eh?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You’re thoroughly original. It’s not that you reject the traditional approach or the way most others are doing it, it’s just that you clearly see a way to do it differently.” Leo

Yup.  Not only tribes I belong to, but improving the moving among tribes and the talent cultures the form in different organization and at each unique stage of growth.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: You improve the world by doing as much as you can in the tribes you belong to. If you feel limited by the group, then you’ll join another. Your capacity for friendship and service is bigger than most.” Sagittarius

Following Leo da V’s musings is more fun, but what I’m getting from your Holiday Tau today, Steve, is track where he nudges me to spend my time, and slowly but surely reinforce myself for time in service of closing the gap accomplishing both doing the work and working on the business.

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): When you follow your own leadership, reward, encourage and treat yourself. The more you reinforce a preferred behavior, the more likely you are to exhibit it.” Aries

Is this some kind of intervention?  Or are you two musicians in cahoots with our Patron Saint, McQueen?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: You’ll ask yourself, ‘Is this who I want to be?’ and then make little adjustments from there to either reinforce your choice or turn it in a new direction.  Taurus

What about you Smithy?  Are you ganging up on me, too?  Wait, your Holiday Tau says I don’t have to panic like everyone else did making a run on Costco toilet paper?  

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: The sky is not falling. It makes some people feel better to join in a panic, and there’s always one going on somewhere. You can choose to participate in it or not. Do what’s right for you.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,481 to 1532.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”

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 E23 — Gaping Loss No Amount of Mourning Will Heal

March came in like a lion and left us feeling like this was the start of a Great Recession rewind …  But, then is this what’s really going on?

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

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Each bit of information has a particular frequency. When you share information, you share the vibrational tone of it, too. Vibrations change what’s around them. Choose carefully what you share.” Gemini

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 23 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 4th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E22Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines; S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?; S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E23Day 23 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment;

Context

“The digital era has turned what was once unconscious into a very conscious act of curation.” — Holiday Mathis

But, then …

“You’ve lost weight.”  That was the first thing I noticed, but kept to myself while the percolator grumbled to a halt and I unfolded the morning newspaper.  

“What, no more mega-rich hot properties to sustain you?” I said nothing.  

Thinner paper. Fewer sections commanding their separate but equal identities.  

It reminded me of the days, weeks and months leading up to our summer vacation just a few years ago when real estate news was no news.  

It was status quo. Then later hit its groove bullying its way back into the California news.  Now what? 

“You’re becoming anorexic,” I kept to myself.  

At  least you showed up on time, when the family room glare reflected off the darkened french doors leads me from the front door into the chilly blackness at 5:23 am.

Craving that dark smudge of newspaper ink on the tips of our thumb, and pointy-finger and bird flipping fingers Emma the Baroness and I settled into our family room facing couches to recommend articles we each scanned briefly.  

We traded Chris Erskine’s column with each other, now post loss of his wife and adult son, for his take on the human condition:

Hostage Day No. 21: At some point, men will need haircuts and the nail salons will be forced to reopen, or this thing could get really ugly. As it is, a lot of husbands are discovering that their wives have been coloring their hair. Once relationship secrets like that start spilling out, where does it end? 

Turns out the Chardonnay Moms in our little town require a bit of maintenance. The husbands require almost zero. Once in a while, you splash them with a little Lysol. “OK, dear, turn around,” the wives then say, and blast them with the garden hose. 

We live now in a world of our own small, comforting habits. Everyone is coping differently. 

My bored son and I pass long days practicing his driving. We drive round and round in giant loops, admiring the mushroom clouds of spring. Look, whatever gets you through the night. 

I try not to judge. Heck, I barely move. I’ve worn the same pair of PJs during my entire captivity. I sit around reading dog-eared Ken Kesey novels and listening to Kenny Rankin records. I thumb my ear as if there’s a bug in there somewhere. 

My daughter Rapunzel confesses to, once or twice a day, pausing to take a few deep breaths to test her lungs.

When I feel scared, I imagine striking out the ’27 Yankees. I pitch Babe Ruth nothing but butterfly changeups and dirty curveballs. I zing him tight on the chin. He laughs a little and flicks the next pitch into the North Atlantic. 

Jerk.

But, then …

Evidence

The question now turns to which TauBits of Wisdom might lift the surrounding darkness and lighten the mood?  Right, no legitimate Tau for Zahnny, the Fonze, Emma the Baroness nor me, so skipping then to those other four Steves who are ripe for the picking, eh?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wait, Smithy, are you synching up your Holiday Tau with well, Holiday Mathis’ curation insight — flipping from unconscious to consciously intended? Or is your’s operating on a physics string theory kind of rhythm? 

You’re making me stand on my tip toes to grab, “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. off our top book shelf. 

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: Each bit of information has a particular frequency. When you share information, you share the vibrational tone of it, too. Vibrations change what’s around them. Choose carefully what you share.” Gemini

So Coach Kerr, you’re going to have to help me out with your provocative Holiday Tau. I hope it’s not how I felt the economic and political vibrations signal another Great Recession, so be prepared.  I hope it’s about Kobe Bryant being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame instead. 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’ll experience an instance of poetic justice. This is the most delicious happening of the week and is best savored instead of shared, as its meaning is mostly relevant to you.” Libra

Haha.  As if this passion project isn’t enough to stretch my essence and reputation (real, but probably imagined) I hope you are right.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: You know who you are, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try new styles of being. The more confident you are in your essence, the less you need to cling to one way of presenting yourself.” Sagittarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,481 to 1532.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

    • “Rhythms of Vision: The Changing Patterns of Belief” published in 1975 by Lawrence Blair, Ph.D. “Whereas our outer, rational memories show us only brief span on the surface of history behind us, our inner memories — through myth and symbol — detect currents of meaning beneath the future as well.”“The outer chaos and confusion of our time is but the disturbance which characterizes the metamorphosis of all great rhythms, or aeon’s, into a new one; but inwardly, the iron-filings of a special kind of related knowledge are already polarizing themselves around a new pattern of Meaning, revealing that a deeper knowledge of universal laws in contingent on a deeper knowledge of the self, and the schism between the two wolds of science and religion is beginning to heal and to merge into a single majestic river of vision.”

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 E22 — Paranoid Rose Review and Traffic-Copped Check Out Lines

Those little changes in routines make Emma the Baroness and me a little more paranoid. Months ago, she bought a box not wanting to spread a persistent cough to the “Three Chick” sipping wine and dinner during their Rose Review on opening night of “The Bachelor.” Now, we have more masks than we’ll ever need to use, right?

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): When you seek achievement and goals, there’s a definite end in mind.  But this thing you’re after now will be an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 22 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 3rd in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E21Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E22Day 22 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment

Context

We like shopping at Ralph’s grocery store as early shoppers line up on the sidewalk in a queue waiting until for their elders to unhurriedly roam the aisles, stand on footprints six feet apart, and be traffic copped-like choreographed into check out lanes.  

Except for the major change with plastic bags — the heavier duty reuse kind — that the checkers and the baggers don’t touch anymore.  

That change causes the minor major riff in men and women shopping.  Men hunt.  Women graze.  Emma the Baroness hates self-check out machines and would rather wait minutes longer in check out line to save a job.  

Since we’re now bagging our own kill, I’d rather mosey up the “Welcome Valued Shopper” and handle my transaction in seconds.

We’re proud of our safety first protocol.  Did you touch the virus?  

We Purell our hands, our keys, our phones (sorta) the door handles, the trunk latch but not our face mask.  

We stage our grocery bags at the entrance of our garage having Purelled its opener, and the garage refrigerator handle, and the door nob to our house and then wash our hands with hot soapy water Sanjay Gupta style.

We let the bags with nonperishable, non-refrigerator imperatives sit in the garage for 36 hours, just in case.  And then another 24 hours for items we let in neatly lined up against a hallway wall on the brown wood floor that connects our downstairs bathroom to our dining room and into the kitchen.

Uh oh. Now what? 

I slept in until just a smidge after day light.  Trundled down the stairs. Peaked out into the gray.  And couldn’t see it.  Without any filter, paranoid questions flooded my mind:

      • Maybe it was obscured by a bush, or landed under the CR-V resting on the cement.  
      • Was the Orange County paper printing presses halted by the virus?  
      • Or, the paper slinger sidelined by what Trump insists is the China virus?  
      • Couldn’t she, Holiday Mathis, who writes the Holiday Tau, have predicted this? 
      • Or, did she?  Without the print edition, how will we find out?

Fighting to float to the top in my mind, past the road to paranoia, is the offramp to understanding, I remind myself over and over.  

Why is something happening? 

If that, then this!

    • If that’s the reason, then you’ll know exactly what to do about it. 
    • The cause that explains the symptoms.  
    • Marshall McLuhan said something like it’s standing under something, visually.

Curiosity.  

To me it’s a gap closer.  

It’s what drove Leonardo, if you believe Walter Isaacson, and scientists that Mario Livio explained in, “Why: What Makes Us Curious?”  

Even Michael Connelly, my favorite author since watching Prime TV and then reading his Harry (Hieronymus) Bosch LA detective series fictionalizes curiosity in a non-Bosch story.

His main character (maybe falling under Leo da V’s spell)  should be paying attention to wooing the critical next investor to keep his lab afloat instead of solving a Malibu beach murder. 

In Connelly’s “Chasing the Dime” novel, the pursuit takes him into an impossible, high risk set of circumstances with no way out. 

Until some little thing overlooked shows just a sliver of light which may lead to the daylight at the end of the darkening tunnel. 

With enough venture capital, he’d be back breakthrough-ing in his “Paradoxy-Moron” lab.

Which, is the answer Connelly’s scientist character would have, if he was Steve Zahn, the Fonze, Emma the Baroness or me instead. 

And for those who know me, this is one of the opening standby questions I’d always ask of clients and EMBA students who sought my career and life trajectory advice. 

It’s the topic explored in the opening chapter, “Life on Your Own Terms” in Book One, “On Your Own Terms: Pack More Meaning and Passion into Your Life”. And, thanks for asking, I took my own advice …

Evidence

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “If you had all the money you could possibly spend, then would you still be doing this work you’re doing today? If not, what work would you still be willing to do? A job you love won’t feel like a job at all.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Thanks, guys. Your Holiday Tau means the most to me as I push through on this passion project path.  But, will the scenery get better sometime soon?  How long before we’ll be forced to change?  Shouldn’t we take the time to toy with ideas and spin some scenarios?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Though you may doubt your path, don’t turn back. Forward march. The scenery will get better up ahead. The time to change is when you’re certain. Give yourself the leeway to toy with ideas.” Leo

Hi Coach Kerr.  Correct me if I’m wrong. What your Holiday Tau signals is the setting and the frame of mind you should be in to spin scenarios about what probably will happen, given the rippling effects of unintended consequences and the reactions to those first, second, and third order into other traumatic changes in time to take advantage as they play out?

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You appreciate easy, delightful hours but you don’t expect every moment to be a smooth adventure. This helps you take on challenges without the stress and drama that comes with thinking things should be different.” Libra

Now, isn’t this the newer story of my life on this path?  Yo G&G I’m talking to you.  Nod if you’re there.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You can occupy the present without being there. Your internal reality is constantly reaching into the future, back to the past or to the realms where the opinions and stories exist. Bringing yourself to the present moment takes effort.” Virgo

Hey, W&W I like the your Holiday Tau, because the lyrics speak to me much like Leo da V, my muse does when he whispers something that triggers free associations frequently enough to create something new.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Dreams have been called postcards from another world, an interior landscape where a different language is spoken. The awake and reasonable part of you could crack some of this subconscious code today.  Taurus

However comma here’s the counterpoint to always following Leo da V, the part about a strength over used turns into a weakness.  Thanks Steve for letting me swipe your TauBit of Wisdom.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: What should you do with the thoughts and actions that run at cross-purposes with what you want? Drop them. Decide what to do and then tell yourself that it’s as good as done.” Sagittarius

At first I felt due to circumstances I over curated today’s Holiday Tau, but your’s Smithy is step two to Aoki’s, am I right?

“4”  Steve Smith, 30: It would be easy to blame circumstances for the things you don’t have time for today, but that goes against your sense of responsibility. Instead, you’ll make extra efforts to prioritize what matters to you.” Gemini

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,481 to 1532.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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 E21 — Cycles of History Rhyming with Endlessly Disruptive Rhythms?

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance? It won’t be the last time, because it happens more frequently.  

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

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): When you seek achievement and goals, there’s a definite end in mind.  But this thing you’re after now will be an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention.” Pisces

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 21 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on April 2nd in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E20Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments; S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E21Day 21 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment 

Context

Overtaken by events once more, I’m urgently summarizing the last four critical chapters from my second book in The Knowledge Path series, “Authentic Lifestyle Businesses:  Plug Your Passions in and Play Anywhere”.

Is it time for elevating these lessons to a higher priority for publishing on Patreon?

Disruption  (Surviving)

“Those of us who have been in transition (between jobs) can tell you that when you are blind-sided it’s not fun.” 

How do we miss the writing on the wall that leads to shock, bargaining, denial, anger, depression, and finally acceptance.

Steps (6) Anticipate changing circumstances and economic cycles.

Anticipation (Thriving, Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF))

“Give yourself and your loved ones more choices and options.”

Why anticipation acts like an advanced warning device: gain more control and thrive.

Step (19) Anticipate the growing shifts in life and business. Nobody wants to swim upstream if the current is moving everything in the opposite direction. Clue your fans in.

Translation  (Fans)

“What isn’t smart is to build the core of your business around something that can change in a heartbeat.”

How to take complex change and translate it into concrete action that lets other people survive the tsunami, you become one of the most valuable people society has to offer. 

Step (18) If your lesser fans have lost their way and you can offer solutions to thrive in bad and good times, then you have a solid opportunity to convert them into true fans for life.

Resilience  (Time Frames: 2003 to 2008; 2009 to 2014; 2015 to 2020)

“You see your peers not able to adapt, not able to grasp reality, and it’s really the death of a thousand cuts.”

What happens when you exceed your “absorption threshold” especially for longer periods of time – dysfunction, fatigue, emotional burnout, inefficiency, even sickness or drug abuse.

Step (17) Sketch out your trajectory in 5-year time frames.  Will we fall into another recession?  Absolutely.  Will you be ready this time with future-proofed strategies? 

Step (7) Persist and pivot to navigate external threats and opportunities.

Does history repeat itself?  

Was it really Mark Twain who said something along the lines that if it doesn’t it rhymes.  

The lessons from thriving during the Great Recession may require tweaking, but the rhythm and chorus feels about right.

Evidence

Let’s check in with our Holiday for today, shall we?

Unless or until this period in our lives becomes more dire, I’d say our legitimate TauBit of Wisdom rings true, just not that high on my list.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “The best reason to improve?  For you, it’s to fulfill an idea you have about who you might be.” Scorpio 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

I realize this is only the second Holiday Tau for 9 sets of Steves, but without considering the rest your’s hits home.  My research into Inner-Directed MBTI temperaments as a way of identifying their best fits in organization type and growth stage must be what you’re talking about.  I have to weigh this set of COVID-19 concerns to determine if the potential pandemic threat is a distraction or a new focus. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You can’t afford to be pulled out of the flow of what you’re doing.  Sure, you can jump back in, but every distraction cost you something.”   Aries

So W&W I hear the tune you’re playing, but today’s not the day for me to sing along.

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: There have been plenty of days when you didn’t want to do something, and you did it anyway because you’re a person who honors your commitments.  Today, you’ll be rewarded.”  Taurus

Okay.  Are you saying feelings of panic or the denial of procrastination or just plain distraction can work for me?  I’m not quite there yet, Smithy but if it comes to that, I’ll remember your Holiday Tau.

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: Stay fixed on your aim, and let whatever feelings show up organize themselves to help you.” Gemini

Howey, is your Holiday Tau about writer’s block?  Or, is this a complementary TauBit of Wisdom to share with Smithy?  Either way, I’m not feeling the need.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42:There are plenty of reasons why you can’t do the thing, and writing them down is the first step in your plan.”  Cancer

Here’s how I’m interpreting your Holiday Tau guys, tell me if I’m wrong.  This loops back all the way to McQueen’s TauBit of Wisdom, right?  So, I need to reach out to my network of mentors, proteges and longtime associates and friends to check in on how they are coping?

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Your reputation is excellent, and you’ll like the feedback you get when you test that.” Leo

Firm believer here, Coach Kerr.  Your Holiday Tau might as well be preaching to the choir. Especially we introverts love to reflect and meditate, and if this COVID phenomenon is just a scare, I’ll be able to return to offering options when changing careers.

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:Can anyone tell you what to do with your life? Sure, and lots of people will be happy too. But moments of reflection and meditation will give you better intel.” Libra

Sometimes I mix you and Kerr up although you played a different style of basketball in the NBA.  You should become a coach.  Anyway, spaces.  Almost like that famous Wayne Gretzky quote about shooting the puck to where the scorer will be, not where he is now.  Your soccer probably contributed to how great you were at reading spaces and passing lanes in motion.  Am I right?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45:The space between things will convey more meaning than things themselves.  You’ll get good at reading spaces.” Aquarius

OMG.  Your Holiday Tau completely took a sharp turn from where I felt your were going.  I love where you left it — an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention — so you!

“5”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): When you seek achievement and goals, there’s a definite end in mind.  But this thing you’re after now will be an endless cycle of exploring and reinvention.” Pisces

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1,481 to 1525. 

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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 E20 — Panic, Fertilizer and Least Expected Meaningful Moments

In hushed tones, he says the market for his business is booming with marijuana growers.  She’s not expecting to return to her medical role as her office shut down and surgeries have been postponed. Their kids took turns photo bombing the video stream. 

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

Hi and welcome to Sunday’s Episode 20 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 29th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E19What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?; S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E20Day 20 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment

The meaningful moments keep coming this year, and when you least expect them.  You’ll slip into the flow of a project, and the feedback you get will really light you up and cause you to slightly change your trajectory.  Extraordinary relationships begin in ordinary daily settings.  You’ll be an important leader in a group, though you may prefer to lead from within lower ranks.

Evidence

Zoomed snapshot updates spread out from Florida, north to Michigan and Chicago and from the Midwest in Indiana. 

AJ and D-hops, a Florida Gen-X couple with no children just started renting a place while their home is remodeled. 

He works at an aerospace conglomerate that Emma the Baroness’ father did, and sometimes flies to San Diego to cross the border to their facility, now on his 10th year. He qualifies as an essential employee, seemingly unaffected by the Coronavirus-19 rippling effect.  She works remotely and is discovering what their dog does all day when both had been working at their normal jobs.  

 T. Stephen and Art Mom, living in southern Indiana on the Ohio River. 

Both twice divorced and now re-married Gen-X and Gen -Y couple,  one 50-years-old and a sometime chef, but are idled at home as the auto industry supplier furloughed workers until there’s a reset.  Art Mom, the mother of three daughters requires chronic care for cancerous stomach and kidney health issues is possibly facing yet another surgery and passing kidney stones like it was nothing. They’re making over their back yard to plant vegetables, kind of like a World War II victory garden, for meals and food security.  A pet rabbit keeps their dog company in their house. 

Art Sis, 65 plus Baby Boomer lives by herself in small town outside Ann Arbor, 

She asks if the Chicago adult children endured a major storm bearing down on rural Michigan as fog set in.  She shut down her coop art retail shop on them downtown corner of small town which offered items designed and made by local artists.  Earlier she was on a video conference call with fellow realtors making plans for down real estate market.

Ty and Cam, urban Chicago Millennial parents expect their second chid in May.  

They’re both working from home and giving the spotlight over to their daughter on Zoom, whom everyone else encouraged to sing and dance which she did reluctantly for the first part of the call, but enjoyed performing after the initial shyness wore off.  

Ty’s sister, Cheerio, also a Millennial parent is holed up at home as a family with three kids outside a major university in Ohio.  

Petie’s, her husband works remotely as an IT/HR professional for a major commercial and retail supplier of fertilizer. He says the growing market for their business is  booming with marijuana growers — he said in hushed tones.  She’s not expecting to return to her medical role as her office shut down and surgeries have been postponed.  Their kids took turns photo bombing the video stream.

What kind of omen is it that none of the Steves’ Holiday Tau measured up to at least a “3”, let alone “5” on this final day?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Not my birthday, but I had to add something.  Is this adjusted for the growing pandemic?  You be the judge.  Let’s just hope so. 

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

The meaningful moments keep coming this year, and when you least expect them.  You’ll slip into the flow of a project, and the feedback you get will really light you up and cause you to slightly change your trajectory.  Extraordinary relationships begin in ordinary daily settings.  You’ll be an important leader in a group, though you may prefer to lead from within lower ranks.

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1461 to 1,481.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E19 — What’s Percolating in Our Collective Unconscious?

Are we a dying breed? On the endangered list? We long-form columnists, essayists, authors, freelancers, reporters, journalists, bloggers and self-publishers? Sustaining a lifestyle business takes time and persistence.

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

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 19 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 28th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E18What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?; S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo? 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E19Day 19 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:If you’re slightly less available to others and more able to go off by yourself, you’ll be incredibly more creative and available to the world.” Virgo

Evidence

What would Leo da V do? Today he’s got me musing about endangered long-form writers ….

    • And, about the plight of bookstores and book publishing and why I’m learning as I go iterating with all the moveable parts building a knowledge bank  — taking concepts, putting them into practice and becoming more efficient at producing better practices towards self-publishing
    • A phrase from my way back and connected to Xerox PARC surfaces.  It’s what inspired me to create and share new knowledge. 
    • It’s how they described their research and development process — we experiment with each new tool (new prototype in the lab) to see what it makes us become, and then we innovate again and repeat the process.

And, of course Leo da V’s got me off wondering if it’s true that innovation like rust never sleeps?  

    • What lies in our imagination now?  
    • What’s percolating in our collective unconscious as we stretch and use limited resources in new and different and resourceful ways? 
    • As we improvise? 
    • As feelers (introverts, ambiverts and extroverts) open their hearts and souls in altruistic, unselfish ways.  
    • And thinkers (introverts, ambiverts and extroverts) open their minds and viewpoints to see new knowledge created and patterns that signal solutions never tried before to address complex challenges from a different angle. 
    • Take the why of curiosity to the what if of experimentation.

Turning to today’s Holiday Tau how strong is it, our legitimate one, for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me? Not much, I’m afraid.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51:“You don’t feel comfortable in every environment but you’re willing to try until you feel the level of comfort that helps you navigate it.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wow, this couldn’t be better if it really was my birthday, but it isn’t  If it’s yours I see good things coming your way, right?

Today’s Holiday Birthday:  

You’ll meet the person who can help you launch your life in the direction of your dreams.  You’ll connect in different social circles in the next 10 weeks.  Next month places you in opportunity’s path, and you’ll turn an ordinary situation into an extraordinary moneymaker.  Friends and family will celebrate you.

Wow, Steve I now know why we appointed your our Patron Saint.  You couldn’t more on target for today.  And you’ve got me recalling my conversation with Brook when we wondered out loud if there was a half life of wisdom, like there is for engineers?

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): The world is changing fast.  What worked for you parents won’t work for you.  Past generations have much to offer you, and vice versa.” Aries

Hey G&G, while you might not be our Patron Saints, your TauBit of Wisdom fits for an innie Like me!

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:If you’re slightly less available to others and more able to go off by yourself, you’ll be incredibly more creative and available to the world.” Virgo

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1452 to 1461.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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S2 E18 — What is the Truth and How Can You Tell?

Today’s episode marks just under three weeks of running a new experiment, because the current COVID-19 pandemic surprised me.  Was it forecasted?  How long will it last?  What are the implications?  

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

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 18 of the Second Season’s  My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment, on March 27th in the spring of 2020 here in California.

Previously in Season Two, the Pandemic Year

S2 E17Shutting Mountain Resorts Down, Closing Boutiques, Kicking Tourists Out; S2 E16Scroll to the Bottom for Foresight and Quality-of-Life, Right Leo?; S2 E15Behaving Badly, Why Big Sur made “Fodor’s Travel NO List” 

Related from Season One, the Normal Year

S1 E18Day 18 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E17Day 17 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E16Day 16 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E15Day 15 of My 1-Year Experiment

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:What is truth?  You’ll grapple with this today, as there are many ways to account for what happened; some of those ways include feeling your way through.”  Aquarius

Evidence

While working on “Ask Me Anything” or AMA for my Patreon platform it dawned on me that my Knowledge Path series — the 5 books should be back in demand.  

Because it answers the question:  

    • How you can take advantage of working remotely if your employer sees the light.  
    • Pick the right place to live as an innie and a different community as an outie for happiness.

What was the spark that ignited the original “Best West Road Trips” the original digital magazine?  

    • What did you expect?  
    • As an introvert, what did you encounter? 

There’s a story about an Internet service giving free access to Santa Monica families with a photo of the empty pier and the iconic Route 66 sign. 

This can be the origin story for Fresh from the Labs. The Volume Three legacy story of the Howard family moving from the Carolinas to Tennessee to Missouri and then the story of road trips following Manifest Destiny wagon trains and the Mother Road to land at the Pacific Ocean and then following Pacific Coast Highway from Tip to Tip spawning 35 digital magazines along the way.

What are you writing about in the next book series? 

    • Answering the question is it possible to discover which type of organization is right for you? 
    • And, which stage of growth suits you better.  
    • And, of course the flip sides of the question — which organizations and growth stages to avoid like the plague and why?  I may reach out to you to solicit your experiences.

And, answering the question about wildcards.

    • Accounting unknown disrupters that trigger catastrophes and shock to well laid plans.  Ripple-effects illustrating the power of scenarios and avoiding the seductively short-sided planning as usual — the best, worst and middle path.
    • What ifs, a better understanding of, the domino effects of, why, reverse engineering, imagining, curious about, surfacing insight, emerging, gauging the probability of any lessons learned and, more importantly, applied. 
    • Monitoring the rippling-effects from the vantage point of an OK Boomer as dominoes and fear of dominoes falling while being stuck inside these four walls replicated throughout the extended family.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Pressure is one thing, but the fear, uncertainty and doubt surrounding the early and conflicting news about COVID-19 is quite another.  And, so about your TauBit of Wisdom, oh Patron Saint, how do you go about creating tranquility illusions?

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): When was the last time you felt no pressure? It’s been a while.  Go where you can create the illusion of tranquility.”   Aries

Hey you two comedians and inventor, your Holiday Tau resonates with me, because I almost always never consider the value proposition.

“5” Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: Many need to have a confident feeling they’ll be getting their money back.  Use this concept to your advantage.” Leo

Will something like integrating how to choose the best possible place for remote work — Volume One with Volume Two manuscript about work what Chief Reinvention Officers do emphasizing finding the silver lining and advancing organizations during disruptive times qualify as a that direction? 

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:There will be something to cut out, things to organize several things to align.  The magic comes from focusing in a particular direction.” Virgo

Your Holiday Tau reminds me of Stephen Colbert’s degree of truthiness — and how hard the president makes it for his followers to decipher the truth about this pandemic.  Thanks.

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:What is truth?  You’ll grapple with this today, as there are many ways to account for what happened; some of those ways include feeling your way through.”  Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @knowlabs followers or one or more of my 35 digital magazines jumped from 1407 to 1452.

Foresight

Quality-of-Life

Long-Form

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