S2 E7 — Smart Moves and Shifting Opportunities

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

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

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

Shifting Opportunities

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

What’s Going On …

Smart Moves

Long-Form

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

Working on the Business

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

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S2 E6 No We Don’t Share Your Precious Little Frickin’ Data; S2 E5Second Season Sneak Preview: My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E4Sneak Preview: Day 4 of My Pandemic Year’s Natural Experiment; S2 E3Day 3 of My Pandemic Year Experiment;  S2 E2New Season Preview:  Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming;  S2 E1Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

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 S1 E7Day 7 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E6Day 6 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E5Day 5 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E4Day 4 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E3Day 3 of My 1-Year Experiment;   S1 E2Day 2 of My 1-Year Experiment;  S1 E1 – Day One of My 1-Year Experiment

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S1 E105 — Will Fortune Smile on Us Later in the Evening?

I hated what Apple put me through this last week. But my work around is holding up, and this is Saturday night so why don’t Emma the Baroness and I give it a try to see if fortune smiles upon us later this evening.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Signmate Henry Winkler recently claimed the qualities of tenacity and gratitude as his guiding values. Should you do the same, fortune will favor you this evening.” Scorpio

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Saturday’s Episode 105 in the first season of ” My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 19th day of October in the fall of 2019.

It took me until 3pm just to finish the rescue work I started three long days ago when Apple decided to no longer support the software and documents critical to my manuscript.  

      • Triage began on Sunday when I had no clue what to do at first. 
      • On Thursday, when I assessed the pending damage I realized the original Inspiration’s interlinked files contained broken and neglected links to add insult to injury. 
      • I painstakingly scrubbed connections throughout the entire manuscript’s research, but focused mainly on “16 MBTI Equivalents” separated into Extroverts (Outies) and Introverts (Innies). 
      • I finished off a long day yesterday  by reconnecting broken linkages between 8 MBTI Introverted Temperaments  to my 8 Talent Profiles.  

And this is Saturday, WTF?  I’m running on fumes.

I’m close to making my linkages whole, that I can’t stop now.  Which brings me to back I to my original research and a decade of field testing.  

Basically you can organize four Organization Types by their four Internal Talent Profiles found in each that when taken together define a unique talent culture distinct from the other three. 

Why should you care?

You’ll either be attracted to or repelled by one of the four talent cultures.

Odds are if one Organization Type attracts you, then you’ll enjoy working there and find it easier to succeed.

And, you can define which stages of growth will be a best fit or worst fit for you:

Organization Types: 

            • Paradoxy-Morons; 
            • Emerging-Entrepreneurs; 
            • Sustaining-Associates and 
            • Systematic-Professionals

Stages of Growth: 

            • Start Up; 
            • Emerging Growth; 
            • Rapid Growth; 
            • Sustained Growth;
            • Maturity; 
            • Decline and 
            • Reinvention

Well, this is Saturday night so why don’t Emma the Baroness and I give it a try to see if fortune smiles upon us later this evening.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Signmate Henry Winkler recently claimed the qualities of tenacity and gratitude as his guiding values. Should you do the same, fortune will favor you this evening.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wait  WW&C’s may be useful in the working on the business promotional and pricing strategies?

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The only difference between repeating actions in exchange for money or for free is money provides an external motivation and free cultivates an internal one.” Taurus

Wait, similar Holiday Tau, but was it for Smith?

“3”  Steve Smith, 30: “The best way to gain a skill is to jump in and figure it out, expecting to mess up a fair amount and learn as you go.  Don’t buy the class, just begin the task.” Gemini

That’s me, baby. I’m feeling totally free.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: “If you can spend two-thirds of your day doing what you please, you’re among the truly free.” Sagittarius

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

What Can You Do?

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

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

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

Outer Directed (MBTI profiles):

ESFJ and ESTJ

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

S1 E103 — Innies and Outies and Other Potential Catastrophes

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

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

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

Evidence

Happy Birthday, Dad!

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

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

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

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

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

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

102 PMTL Thought Leaders; 

103 PMCI Commercial Innovators; 

104 PMRDE  R&D Experimenters; 

108 EECBG Core Business Groups; 

110 SAAS Analytical Specialists; 

112 SALS Loyal Survivalists; 

113 SPIP Idea Packagers and 

115 SPPP Professional Practitioners 

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Steve.  Good advice.

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

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evidence

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

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

Instead, I avoided the work and focused on Steves:  

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

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

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

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

How many famous Steves can you name? 

Match zodiac signs to famous Steves.  

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

Oh, and there’s this: 

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

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

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

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

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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S2 E2 — New Season Preview: Rippling Effects, Implications and Consequences We Didn’t See Coming

You’re supposed to buy on the story — how promising a stock looks into the future at today’s price.  And, sell on the news — the best may be over for the next quarter so you take money off the table and squirrel away your profits

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn

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

Evidence

Hi and welcome to Friday’s Episode 2 in Season 2 of the Pandemic extension of my Natural Experiment on February 28th in the last day of winter of 2020.

This being a closing day for the stock market week leads to guessing over the weekend where the market will open, it’s not quite surprising that investors would be spooked.  

Which is why “What If That, Then This” logic should include second and third order implications.  

    • Like what is emerging just below the surface that might negatively impact the coronavirus virus efforts and stock market correction and recession fears. 
    • How can you account for the surprising ripple effects cascading in different directions like dominoes tipped over?

How seriously should we take falling dominoes?

Turning to our Holiday Tau — for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me — what’s the meaning of these ripple effects? 

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Your pie wins the contest, and your special sauce garners worldwide intrigue. This is the stuff of fantasies and diary entries, so be sure to put the day’s events and potential events into both.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is there a sense of panic I can buy into?  Haha, just kidding.  I’ve learned my lesson as a rookie 401K and IRA investor.  I never experienced a time when I lost so much money — well actually the value of shares in a mutual fund not the actual money unless you sell the shares — for such a long time in the last Great Recession.  This time around we learned our lesson, Emma the Baroness and me.  

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62:The correct next move might be no move at all. To stand there until the world shifts is a real test of patience that will pay off.  Capricorn

So, coach Kerr again you’ve laid my soul open.  An SPIP, like me feels too constrained operating in a talent culture that won’t encourage independent idea packaging even if the organization is packed with systematic professionals.  It’s why I build the whole Executive MBA Career Curriculum from scratch and chafed at the pressure to conform over the last two years. 

“5”  Steve Kerr, 54:You’re an original.  Saying the lines others have said gets old fast.  It’s invigorating to express your uniqueness.” Libra

I have Emma the Baroness, the love of my life, to remind me of this when I get too busy with my manuscripts and Patreon platform machinations, oh and your Holiday Tau, Steve.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: The sparkling parts of life are the in-between moments when you have nothing to gain or lose.  What’s valuable is unquantifiable.” Sagittarius

As I type this I’ve wrapped my left knee in an ice pack having returned from walking three miles around our lake.  This TauBit you’re sharing, Steve, feels painful and counter intuitive physically. 

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): Though it sounds counterintuitive, moving the parts that don’t want to move will keep you pain-free.  Use this as a metaphor for another part of your life.” Pisces

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves

Long-Form

    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before. The report includes 
    • Began reading and taking notes on “The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World” by Marti Olsen Laney — All human beings have 99.9 percent of  the same genetic prescription. Our individual differences come from the 0.1 percent of our genetic material that is just us — derived primarily from our neurochemistry,  a private reserve of about 150 different brain chemicals and recipes to formulate our neurotransmitters — guide messages from cell to cell, directing all brain functions.
    • A SURVEY OF 222 LEADING SCIENTISTS FROM 52 COUNTRIES who identified five global risks: failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; extreme weather events; major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; food crises and water crises

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V 
    • Progress —Early feedback from Finnmark:  Interesting concept. I think your opening salvos should be free so people can get a sense of what their Patreon membership will provide. Also, blogs are not going to reach a young audience if that’s what you want. Youtube is far more effective for that age group. 
    • Progress — My Response: Wow, I’m impressed.  Thanks for taking the time to give me great feedback.  Yes you’re probably right.  Nobody reads anymore, so we’re an endangered species.  You’ve given some ideas, I should reach younger people.  I saw videos of your grand niece on the gondola, but I wonder how to reach her.  Oh, wait.  I know. I’m following her on her twitter feed.

Working on the Business

    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

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S2 E1 — Sneak Preview Asking “How Toxic is Your Work Life?”

Why am I happiest working for companies in major decline? When employees are jettisoned. What’s like to be introverted?

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

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you call things will be really important, as will be the words you choose in general.  Overall, it will be your aim to tone down the drama.” Scorpio

Evidence 

Yea! It’s Thursday again and welcome to the first Episode in the Second Season of ” My Next 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 27th day of February in the winter of 2020.  

All you need to know today is which are employers are best fit and worst fit options for you to consider in your career trajectory. 

After all why search and search to receive an offer you negotiate and find out working in a toxic environment is the worst decision of your life?

I spent most of my time continuing with what it’s like to be introverted (8 of 16 MBTI Temperaments) , but in the beginning of my Volume Two manuscript I had to convert Inspiration graphic files into four pdfs or else lose access to them when I update this MacBook Air’s operating system. 

I declined.

Here’s a taste:   113 SPIP:  What do you need to know to understand my Talent Profile?  

The 113 refers to one 16 Talent Profiles numbered 101 to 116.  The SP of SPIP refers to Systematic-Professionals (a type of employer) and IP means Idea Packager.  Within a Systematic-Professional organization you’d find three other talent profiles rounding it out. 

In my original research you would realize you too were an SPIP if you were drawn to positions which required a high degree of improvement efforts and medium degrees of mastery and embedded knowledge. 

Without getting more bogged down into the weeds, the best organization type for someone like me is “Systematic-Professional” and believe it or not, the best stage of growth is “Decline” which is a sad state of affairs brought about by an over extension of a prevailing business model or outdated systems.  

It would take a lot more time to explain why “Decline” wouldn’t be the worst growth stage for me, as you might expect.  

Any effort to head off  a “Decline”and choose a “Reinvention” path is met with the highest degree of resistance to change and ends in a “Red Tape Crisis”.  

But, we Idea Packagers shine because the Red Tape Crisis requires an injection of outside-the-system perspective.

Overview of my Volume Two Manuscript: 

    • If you already know your MBTI profile, you can find out what Organizational Type to find and which Stage of Organizational Growth to pursue.  Conversely, which ones to avoid.   If you are miserable now, then you probably work in one of the talent cultures your should have avoided, if only you knew better.
    • If you more readily identify with one of the 101 – 116 profiles based on high to medium degrees of disruptive innovation, independence, speed, new knowledge, affiliation, improvement, mastery you will understand which to pursue and avoid.
    • If you are a leader facing the unique challenge and crisis at a particular stage, you will have a better idea of the talent profiles that you’ll need to have on your team to succeed and which members you should help self-select to the organization type or stage that would be more fulfilling to them, but at another employer.

I’m feeling the Volume Two Manuscript requires some distinctions and definitions, but a lot of war stories I collected over the years I advised C-Suite Executives and Executive MBA Students aspiring to be come top level leaders. 

Will any of the Holiday Tau for today motivate, encourage or inspire me through the writing? 

I don’t think I need to tone down the drama, Zahn as your Holiday Tau suggests. Instead I need to weave in some stories — especially those up against the crises facing employees, managers and leaders at different stages.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “What you call things will be really important, as will be the words you choose in general.  Overall, it will be your aim to tone down the drama.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Can we have a sing along to this TauBit of Wisdom?  Here’s the danger for me getting bogged down in the middle.

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: It’s just good marketing to tell people when the job is starting and when it’s finished.  People get very bored with middle bits.  Taurus

Hmm.  At first I dismissed your Holiday Tau, but rereading it, it illustrates something to highlight about what it takes to be successful at one stage of growth — say in a start-up — the opposite is required to be successful in the next stage.  If you continue as an organization you decline until what you offer is useless and dumb.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): There are things you shouldn’t and won’t do because, while they might have served a purpose once, they are now useless and dumb.  Aries

What’s Going On …

Shifting Opportunities

Smart Moves 

Long-Form

    • Is ‘The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For,’ with its scenes of youthful triumph and predictions of a savvier political class, too optimistic? I’d say not, because the coming tribe really does bring hope of breaking the gerontocracy — time is on their side, of course. Is it a book only for young people, as opposed to “oldsters” (to quote Alter)? I would say the book needed to be written by someone her age, but it holds lessons for everyone. Along with the compelling personal narratives, there is historical context and acknowledgment — much of it from the subjects themselves — that every innovator stands on the shoulders of those who came before.

Progress and Procrastination

    • Procrastination — Lost a full day replacing my 2000 Toyota 4-Runner with a leased Honda CR-V

Working on the Business

    • Today 1,277 Flipboard users follow one or more of my 35 digital magazines.

Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

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