Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Summer

June 2019

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The work goes by quickly, and unfortunately, so does the play.  Take pictures and notes.” Taurus What’s happening?  We’re in a slump I guess.  Ain’t no Holiday Tau worth having for us — Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

So WW and C’s Holiday Tau seems eerily familiar for today, June 7th, on Day 45 of My 1-Year Experiment.   Oh, wait here it is from Day 22 of the experiment: 

Huh, this is a pretty cool day.  I made it a habit of painting word pictures in my journals of offices, buildings, homes, and outdoor settings so I could reference them much later in my life.  Hmm. Come to think of it, I not only took a series of photos documenting how the construction crew built the building on campus so you could see its progress and how they managed to complete its 5 stories, but I photographed my office, its view and places where I advised Executive MBA students.

“4”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “The saying, ‘These are the good old days’ is completely true. So take pictures, not just of people’s faces but of the ordinary things.” Virgo

I’m scoring it the same, for the same reason.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: “The work goes by quickly, and unfortunately, so does the play.  Take pictures and notes.” Taurus

How things change after twenty-three days, or not.  What’s sup with G&G?  Their Holiday Tau picked up another famous Steve — Stephen King.  As a writer, I’m not sure this TauBit of wisdom fits him as good as it could.  But, I do remember a time right after I accepted my first job in my new career — the one I talked my way in with transferrable skills and had to fake until I made it.  

A crisis threw me and all my colleagues in our internal consulting unit into high alert.  Working with a partner I just barely met, we worked out a comprehensive system for laying off engineers and project administrators, but couldn’t sell it to the executives with the purse strings.  Until, we surfaced their resistance and dumbed down our pitch to what would happen in the first thirty days.  

That bite sized chunk turned out to be much easier for them to swallow.  And, working everything out comprehensively gave us the advantage of anticipating almost all of the failure points to avoid.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “If you think too far into the situation, you’re likely to get lost in details and complications, making it impossible to take a stance.” Virgo

So, during that career transition as weeks turned into months my faith had been tested.  Was this plan I doggishly followed as sound as I confidently kicked off?  I really didn’t control the outcome.  It felt like the rip tide had taken me out to sea from Newport Beach and all my energy swimming against it to shore hundreds of yards away from where my beach towel and umbrella sat wouldn’t be enough.  

And then swoosh a wave pushed me with so much speed and power back in to shore that I totally wasn’t ready or prepared.  But I’m grateful for it.  I got my shot in my first job of my new career.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: “You don’t get your shot when you’re good enough or when you deserve it.  You get your shot when it comes up.” Gemini

I developed a reverse order negotiations worksheet for those in my Executive MBA career classes.  It ends with weighing the trade-offs among three offers.  But it begins with all the other factors most candidates weigh at the last minute. Why not guide your business intelligence interviews to select for the must haves (salary) and tradeoffs — type of organization, stage of growth and talent culture that fits you the best?

“4” Steve Howey, 42: “It’s true that people are motivated by money.  You’ll be considering what makes a job worthwhile to you.” Cancer

And the smartest of the smartest combine Howey’s Holiday Tau with CM&W’s.  Know when to challenge your assumptions to tweak your filters to let more wisdom in.

“4”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69:People make assessments based on what they already know about the world.  The smartest people question everything including themselves.” Leo

Until it doesn’t.

“3”  Steve Nash, 45:Just when you think you’ve outgrown a situation, a new challenge will crop up to engage and a teach you.” Aquarius

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Google Me Some Chopped Liver

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

Summer

June 2019

“What are we, chopped liver,” as my Scottish grandfather on my mother’s side of the family would say?  Where’s our Holiday Tau when it really matters?  We need good fortune and all the rest for June 6th on Day 44 of My 1-Year Experiment.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Oh, not much to steal here either.  How did the iconic musicians, W&W allow the comedian to slip in to bask in their Holiday Tau?  Some things are better left to mysteries. 

“2” Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56: You don’t have to know everything.  That’s what search engines are for.  Having excellent judgment — that’s the rare thing.” Taurus

 

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Love on the Run

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

Spring

May 2019

This life of crime is rubbing off on me in more ways than one. Seven months ago the love of my life, Emma the Baroness, and I celebrated our anniversary in Italy.  We loved Tuscany.  Who wouldn’t, right? 

In my Kindle notes I’ve been collecting phrases from authors like Dan Brown — “The Inferno” and his “Lost Symbol”.

Welcome to “Day 42 of My 1-Year Experiment”on May 31st. Today’s writing tutorial example, comes from “The Broker: A Novel” by John Grisham set in Tuscany. 

Listen to the sounds, the rapid chatter of friends, the laughter, the guy over there whispering into a cell phone, the pretty waitress calling into the kitchen. Take in the smells—the cigarette smoke, the rich coffee, the fresh pastries, the warmth of an ancient little room where locals had been meeting for centuries.

This Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me reminds me that you can’t buy happiness, unless you shell out the big bucks for three weeks in Italy.  Happiness is a byproduct of cherished memories and paying it forward moments.

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Purposefulness makes you happy, but happiness doesn’t make you purposeful.  That’s why happiness is a famously terrible aim.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Researchers note:  Sometimes when the strength of the Holiday Tau is weak, I tend to collect a half a dozen or more to make up for it.  I already noticed that occasionally I can thread together a string of Tau Bits swiped from Steves for a collective group wisdom greater that the sum of its parts.  Today is not one of those days.

“3”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): Different spiritual elevations fit different times of life.  Don’t strive, push, or believe you should be anywhere but where you are.” Aries

“2”  Steve Smith, 30:When it comes to your own motivations, you’ll be brutally honest, rooting out fear, resistance and anything standing in the way of your desired result.” Gemini

We’ve already established that more frequently than not I show up as an introvert.  Introverts recharge their batteries not by plunging into social activities and large groups of people like extroverts do. 

The irony of my work life is for a profession I taught, facilitated and spoke in front of audiences.  Each time by the end of the session I felt feverish, light-headed and barely able to put two sentences together.  I needed a long moment of solitude to regroup my energy.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: The notion that personal space is sacred is a learned concept.  You’ll need more space today.  Claim it, and then protect your claim.” Cancer

Maybe, maybe not.

“2”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:You can see success in your mind’s eye and position yourself to head right into it.  Once you’ve established this, any other direction you go is a function of fear.  Virgo

Wait.  If you combine G&G’s Holiday Tau with Aoki’s then the TauBit threads weave a better story.  Fear, check.  Missed opportunities, check. Being foolish, check and check.

“4”  Steve Aoki, 41: If you don’t take the opportunities that come, you’ll regret it.  If you do take them, and they wind up being foolish, that’s still better than having no story to tell.” Sagittarius

Initially I vacillated about including Harvey’s Holiday Tau.  Now, I know why.

“2”  Steve Harvey, 62:The impulse to share is telling.  You’ll learn what moves you.  You’ll also learn who you really care about.” Capricorn

Which leave’s me with one of my innovative heroes who lived a non-heroic life, especially how he treated his daughter.  But, I’m a big picture kind of guy who is always on the look out for filling the details.

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “While it would be cool to get the insider scoop, without a solid understanding of the big picture, the details won’t matter.” Pisces

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Inspired by:  Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

The Dream Was Over, Long Live the Dream

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

Spring

May 2019

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:If wisdom were a needle in a haystack, you’d find it.  Precious insights could come from anywhere.” Gemini

Across from me in my office as I sit on my futon, brown with black triangles, in the lower white drawer sits a box of spiral-bound steno journals.  

I’ve been off the air as my friend Dave used to say traveling back in time guided by my felt tipped pen on lined paper.  

Of all my passion projects this one feels the most like a memoir in the making — but with slight twist.  

Anyway, on today, May 26th, and very nearly every other day this week leading up to Memorial Day and, of course the wedding anniversary of Emma the Baroness and me I’ve time traveled.  

What grabbed me was two dreams I forgot about, but had the presence of mind to record the very next morning decades ago.  

“The dream was over — but in my diary I recorded the following coincidence: 

‘Later, making the bed … about 7:30 am Emma the Baroness, having covered up her breasts with her pink bra (for teaching) stood on the opposite side of the bead.”

‘I had this dream,’ I said, it was about …’

‘Me too,’ she interrupted, ‘I was …’

‘… about to catch a plane and was on an airstrip?’

… I was at an airport too, going to Europe with my parents — we were living on Stern Avenue, and I forgot a few things and had to get them … we were late.’”

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Self-doubt is the enemy of imagination.  Trust and lean further into your creativity.  Agree with and build on the goodness there.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

May I steal your Holiday Tau?  How did I find that dream coincidence stuck in one of 36 journals I hadn’t read for eons since the box had been sitting on a shelf in our two car garage all these years?  

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:If wisdom were a needle in a haystack, you’d find it.  Precious insights could come from anywhere.” Gemini

What about you two, G&G?  This memoir-like search for wisdom feels lofty.  I aspire to the second part of your Holiday Tau.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: You have a lofty goal, yet it is within the realm of possibility.  You’re ready to get honest about what’s working and what’s not.” Libra

Last two.  I realize you could say I was greedy.  Isn’t that what a life of crime will do for you?  We can do this one of two ways.  The hard way or the easy way. Either way I want your Holiday Tau. 

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: “Some say all you really own in this life is yourself.  Even that can seem reductive or, when actions get away from you, a stretch.” Sagittarius

Say what?  

“4”  Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011): “Some people have a short attention span for what doesn’t pertain to them.  Aim your stories accordingly.” Pisces

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Nothing to See Here, Keep Moving On

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

Spring

May 2019 

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Questions such as ‘why does this matter?’ or ‘what is important about this?’ will bring you past the symptoms and right to the root issue.” Taurus

Nothing to see here, keep moving on. It’s a disappointing Day 40 of My 1-Year Experiment.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Wisdom from the Two W’s and the Two G’s — look over there while I steal your Holiday Tau’s on 5/18/19.

“Why?” and “What If?” better suits me better.  Here’s what I’ve written to remind myself (but I hardly follow) — In each draft I should be asking myself, “If That, Then This” to identify steps and rippling implications. If that is true, then this is what you need to do. And — “Why does this matter?” or “What is important about this?” What is in the news [and] how does it apply to you? Which parts affect you?

“5”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69: Questions such as ‘why does this matter?’ or ‘what is important about this?’ will bring you past the symptoms and right to the root issue.” Taurus

Please.  Please may I steal your Holiday Tau?  Please may I look for patterns?  It’s basically what I do with nouns, right? Nouns come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but I’m only interested in tying people, places, things, ideas, information and trends together in new and original ways.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61:There’s an element of randomness that’s made the way into your consciousness and is starting to seem maybe not so random after all.  Look for the pattern.” Libra

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

What’s Up with Facebook?

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

Spring 

May 2019

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time to yourself seems like an impractical indulgence, you’re happier and more loving once you’ve tended to your tranquility needs.” Scorpio

I have a love-hate feeling for Facebook, don’t you?  It’s what’s been on my mind today, May 17th, on Day 39 of My 1-Year Experiment .  Yes, I recognize if I want to attract a better following on social media I need to spend time on it.  

But, on the other hand, ever since I read “Who Owns the Future” by Jaron Lanier I grown weary of what he calls siren servers.  Someone crystalized his argument by saying if you’re getting it for free, then you are the product.  

In my email, Ad Age Digital led with the headline, “Advertisers fear losing consumers who delete their Facebook history.” 

Technology experts now began advocating for the break up or dismantling of Facebook, even as the Siren Server bans Alex Jones for spreading hate speech.  

Even an early investor in Facebook and a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg has grown sour on its business model.

Give me some mental holiday time, please.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Time to yourself seems like an impractical indulgence, you’re happier and more loving once you’ve tended to your tranquility needs.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Leave it to the double W music icons to tempt me with their Holiday Tau.

“4”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69:You’re where you’re supposed to be and the world outside just has to wait.” Taurus

Here’s my take on Smith’s Holiday Tau, if I don’t understand the rules I’m sure Emma the Baroness would gladly set me straight, right dear?  But, what happens if social media  platforms replace intimacy and friendships with fantasy and selfies? 

“3”  Steve Smith, 30:You’ll be aware of how the rules change as you move in and out of the various concentric circles that span the realms between intimacy and distance.  Gemini

It’s not enough to become aware of how rules change.  The trick is to have “if this, then that” actions sketched out. The best way I can advise is to stimulate your own powers of foresight.  Check it out here.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61“ When the action doesn’t go to plan, you’ll quickly come up with a new one.  This is better than passively riding out the direction everything seems to be falling in.” Virgo

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 36 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

May 2019

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:When you get too caught up in small details, it will set off alarms in your head that say you might be playing too small.  See the bigger picture.” Gemini

Sure, I’m a little disappointed.  There ain’t no Holiday Tau for Zahn, Winkler, Emma the Baroness and me today, 5/10/19.  Our last boffo day, was what, almost a week ago?  So, let’s return to our of life of crime.

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Let’s see, what’s going on.  I feel a need to work on how well I write.  One of my bigger projects is a manuscript shaping up to be part memoir and part about the half life of wisdom and knowledge. 

But, phrasing is what I’m working on today.  Truth be told, I’m a big fan of Dan Brown.  Some stuff I’ve lifted like, “Your window of opportunity is very small if you want …” or “… stole an anxious glance at his wristwatch.”

I see my de-plagerized phrasing as a return on effort (ROE) which hopefully will payoff sometime in my future.

“4”  Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: You don’t always do things for the money.  In fact, for you to get involved, there have to be at least two other good reasons beyond financial.” Leo

Smith’s Holiday Tau couldn’t be more descriptive as I “… cocked (my) head in surprise.”

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:When you get too caught up in small details, it will set off alarms in your head that say you might be playing too small.  See the bigger picture.” Gemini

Now, this just feels good. I’m guessing, “… how it might relate to a project I’m working on.”

“3”  Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69:There are days to just meander, and days like today when meandering will fuel your desire to act.” Taurus

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Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate

Day 34 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

May 2019

“3”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Poke around to get to the story behind the story, as jumping to conclusions will surely lead to error.” Scorpio

Should we pity the plight of retailers? That was the question addressed in an article on 5/5/19 about how Walmart took advantage of 4 trends other primary brick and mortar retailers missed or didn’t capitalize on.  Does that count?

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

As a Systematic-Professional, Idea Packager who favors autonomy over just about everything else, yup I understand …

“4”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): As you do what’s right for you, you’ll probably be fully aware that it’s not what some people would have you do.” Aries

I’d twist Aoki’s Holiday Tau to emphasize I’ve put time and energy in to running enough scenarios to anticipate good and bad stuff coming our way to pivot into another direction.  At least I like to think so.

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41: You’re responsible and cautious enough to know when the situation requires a different approach.” Sagittarius

I had a 5-year run which was one of the most fun I had orchestrating cultural change doing what was right.  One of my co-conspirators called what we had going was a license to steal.  As long as it was moving the needle towards a “Climate for Innovation” we were appreciated.  But, when our senior executive sponsor couldn’t resist the temptations headhunters persistently dangled in front of him it was over.  What took five years to institutionalize fell apart in 6 months.

“4”  Steve Harvey, 62: The life you’ve lived has sometimes been big, other times small. Know which scale you’re dealing with.” Capricorn

To be honest, except from being a fan, I can’t tell you why I stole Nash’s Holiday Tau.

“2” Steve Nash, 45: The help will come from somewhere — maybe not the place that promised to give it.  But it’s coming.” Aquarius

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Why I Stole Your Sign and the Mysteries of Your Life

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

My 1-Year Experiment

Consider this 30-day summary a pawn ticket to sketchy things I’ve learned from stealing your sign without doing the time. I feel so guilty about it that I’m willing to sell it back to you.  

“5”  Steve Howey, 42:If you could go back in time and warn your younger self, what warning would you issue? What diversion would you suggest?” Cancer

Howey, how did you know?  I’m sketching out a memoir about lessons I’ve learned following “The Knowledge Path: Live. Love. Work. Play. Invest. Leave a Legacy.  It’s about making a life for yourself in your own way.  

One of the many warnings is about sensing when one job or career is leading to a dead end.  And what to do about it.

But there’s so much more.  What about the collision with artificial intelligence just over the horizon?  Or the type of world our children and grand children will inherit?  Will it be inhabitable? 

And, what is the half-life of wisdom?  

How fast do the tried and true rules of thumb and lessons taught to us by our mothers and their mothers no longer make a difference today and in the near future?

Who knows best?  Which lessons stand the test of time? Especially in these ever accelerating times?

This is what animates me and why I’ve been reading and taking notes on autobiographies while tracking future trends likely to upend our sense of normalcy.  

It’s an approach that addresses a life well-lived but leaves a legacy for others.

And, if I’m honest I couldn’t have done it if you weren’t so distracted with your own life that you left your Holiday Tau unguarded.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “The world has its tools for assessing one’s success, but they’re impersonal.  You get to choose the metrics by which you judge yourself.” Leo

My leap of faith into this 1-year project forced me to figure out some thingson the fly.  

On Day 4  patterns emerged that just didn’t feel right.  

Maybe I should back up a little.

My sign (and Emma the Baroness’ as well) is Scorpio because we were born between October 24th and November 22.  

On those days, when I felt our horoscope, the Holiday Tau (named for its source, Holiday Mathis) just didn’t provide anything of value, I had a decision to make.

I still wanted to feel motivated, inspired, and at least a little bit wiser so I scanned through Holiday’s remaining 11 horoscopes and stole the ones that I could use. Thank you for your’s.

I’m not proud of the fact, but it is my life after all. Confessing about it up front helps set the highest standard of truthiness for the rest of this year. Think of it as a code of honor among thieves.

Neither of the Holiday Taus for the Steves I’ve noted so far today were meant for me and Emma the Baroness, and yet they illuminated my path ahead.

So, if our Holiday Tau sucked, I grabbed a few others which spoke to me.  And sometimes I kept ours, but included others too.

Are you with me so far?  

Now back to Day 4.  I found myself grabbing half of the available Holiday Tau.  Is that too much?  What does it indicate about me?  What does that foretell about the outcome of this 1-year experiment?

By Day 10 another pattern emerged. Maybe none of the available Holiday Tau for the day rose to the challenge, but if you tried hard enough you could weave a theme that could be created by combining three or more. The sum is greater than the parts, ma would always say.

Was that kosher?  Is that the kind of precedent I wanted to set?

On Day 22 it finally dawned on me how brilliant the Holiday Tau for Carell, Martin and Wozniak from Day 4 actually was.  So brilliant, full disclosure, that I actually backtracked, before it was too late and the task became so burdensome, and scored the wise bits of  Holiday Tau — TauBits of Wisdom — and ranked each.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “The world has its tools for assessing one’s success, but they’re impersonal.  You get to choose the metrics by which you judge yourself.” Leo

Yesterday I wrote about how ‘disappointed’ I felt when we missed out again on the Holiday Tau.  But, I’m thinking about stealing 6 or 7 or more TauBits that could apply to me and ranking them in a range of value from ‘1’ (hardly worth the mention) to ‘5’ illustrating off-the-charts relevance. Is that diluting the value of this experiment? Is it too early to draw conclusions about the ideal number I track?  If it isn’t, maybe I could pay attention to just four or five Holiday Tau.

But, continuing on and not feeling content to leave well enough alone I recorded Smithy’s.

“5”  Steve Smith, 30: You’re struggling against what you want.  Maybe you’re worried about how others see you. Dig deeper for enlightenment.” Gemini

It stopped me in my tracks.  Smith’s TauBit of Wisdom nailed me.  Isn’t this whole thing a stupid waste of time, I thought. What should I do?  I am worried about how others see me.

What a difference a day makes! 

On Day 23 I acknowledged that selecting too many Holiday Taus in one day says something about how desperate I must be to recover from yesterday’s downer message. Honestly Day 22 marked how volatile a day can be from a high to a low. Turn, turn, turn …

Yes, I don’t really need to steal anyone else’s Holiday Tau when I’ve received one of the highest TauBits already today.  And yes, I was complaining that too many TauBits might be too much to absorb.  But check these out.  This might be the single best day in the “Tau of Steves” history as we know it — well, so far during this one-year experiment. 

I’m listing all six so you may steal them from me if they will brighten your day:

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): You’re fall of ideas, and they’re not just coming from your brain; your heart, stomach and body will generate wisdom worth acting on.” Aries

“5”  Steve Smith, 30:When you’re stuck, change any sort is improvement.  That will be enough to help you wiggle free from perceptive limits.” Gemini

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: Admirers will tell you that you should market yourself widely. As you further develop your talent, it will speak for itself.” Cancer

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: “If there’s one thing you can do to improve your life, business and relationships, it’s to see things from another person’s point of view.” Virgo

“5”  Steve Aoki, 41:You’ll use your talent for matching people with fortuitous opportunities.” Sagittarius

And, finally I stole Mr. Harvey’s Holiday Tau for its humor and profound insight.

“5”  Steve Harvey, 62: You are seldom more creative than you are just after being truly, deeply and profoundly bored.” Capricorn

Skipping ahead to Day 26 I continued feeling my low self-confidence and sinking self-esteem. 

Today, I’m back to second guessing why I’m running this 1-year natural experiment.  Shouldn’t I just be noting my Holiday Tau — the one I share with Steve Zahn, Henry Winkler and Emma the Baroness?  Shouldn’t the TauBit knock my socks off?  Maybe, I’ll be coming back to the topic after the first 30 days.

And yet, look what happened:

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Remember the time when the unexpected change shook up your perspective and then something truly positive came out of it? You’ll get more of the same.  Scorpio

Finally, finally, a Holiday Tau meant for Zahnny, the Fonz, Emma the Baroness and me!

Here’s what it triggered for me:

In my original field research about ‘work’ which I tested in workshops and advising sessions with hundreds of Executive MBA students I’ve been exploring disruptive change — as driven by a specific type of organization named ‘Paradoxy-Morons’ and at a specific stage of growth when companies feel either desperate enough to enter or innovative enough to bake it into their Organizational DNA — reinvention.

But wait, that’s not all.

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980): “You can see patterns that others won’t notice.  To see such a thing emerge brings profound satisfaction.”  Aries

So over time I believe 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 and test it with the ‘what if’ of experimentation.

Over the last couple of days now at the end of first month of my 1-Year Natural Experiment, how did the Holiday Tau hold up?  Should this experiment be terminated or extended for one more month?

Even though our Holiday Tau is easy to dismiss as a commercial for Coca Cola — which I did at first, but now I’m reconsidering it as a short and sweet guiding principle.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Find the real thing. There will be no good substitutes.”Scorpio

It just seemed to sugary.  But then I reflected on what had so dominated my time on that day.

“Here I am working my way through my knowledge bank of articles saved and curated for my website, ‘Knowledge ATMs: A peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding and working for yourself,’ for which I’ve had to sift through an avalanche of what turned out to be bogus or at least iffy stuff on the Internet.  So I assembled a list of major topics that I need to get up to speed on:  Self-Publishing (duh); The Book Authoring Process Itself; Writing as a Living; The Business Side of Writing and Website Design.

“5”  Steve Howey, 42: You don’t have to be the best, brightest, most creative, quickest, coolest or anything else.  What you really need to be is finished with this deal so you can move on.  Cancer

Howey’s Holiday Tau pulled me back to reality from Zahnny’s Top of Sugar Mountain as a counterpoint so necessary for me to stay on task.  Focus, prioritize, finish.

And, finally on Day 30 even my Holiday Tau agreed with Howey’s from the previous day. Is that a sign?

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When a project or goal seems stalled, it’s usually because there’s too much else going on.  Spend time prioritizing.” Scorpio

Is there an easy way to prioritize?  Thank you Mr. McQueen. Here are two topics I’ve been struggling to write about for a manuscript. This one is about the reinvention process at the intersection of a) different organization types and b) at a growth stage.”

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):You have much to invest — heart, time, money, effort, hopes and more.  Choose two and see what happens.” Aries

But, let’s leave the last TauBit of Wisdom — maybe the most accurate for me — to Greene and Guttenberg for what happens next after you prioritize and invest …

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: When you’re alone, your mind will race to ideas that are ahead of the times.” Libra

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Day 30 of My 1-Year Experiment

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

Spring

April 2019

So somethings fall into place.  If I’ve done my math correctly I calculate that this marks a monthly milestone on 4/28/19 for my 1-year experiment of surfacing the Tau of Steves — something that even I don’t  know yet.

Ok, is it just me?  Or as I quickly scan down through the Holiday Tau for all the Steve’s I’ve assembled here today a pattern emerges. 

 Pattern recognition is what all we humans do.  

It’s one of those evolutionary survival mechanisms in our brains.  I love connecting stuff together in patterns, so maybe I’m reading too much in, given I’ve reached a milestone and all.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “When a project or goal seems stalled, it’s usually because there’s too much else going on.  Spend time prioritizing.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is there an easy way to prioritize?  Thank you Mr. McQueen. Here are two topics I’ve been struggling to write about in a manuscript about what I field tested over the last few years while teaching and advising healthcare and other executive MBA students.  This one is about the reinvention process at the intersection of a) different organization types and b) as a specific growth stage. 

“5”  Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980):You have much to invest — heart, time, money, effort, hopes and more.  Choose two and see what happens.” Aries

I’d commit a felony if I had to in order to steal G&G’s Holiday Tau. If I never find another TauBit which describes my curse that would be just fine.  For some reason I’m a sucker for a creative idea or an innovative product or a consumer trend, but I’m almost universally feel disappointed in how long it takes to catch on.  In my role coaching wannabe entrepreneurs I could visualize their world beating solution and encourage the hell out of them. 

It’s taken years to factor in timing.  How long it takes for an idea to progress to an invention to an innovation and then ride the wave of emerging to rapid growth to become a force in the market place.  I imagine it and it’s like it exists.

“5”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61: When you’re alone, your mind will race to ideas that are ahead of the times.” Libra

And, maybe if I call the person in charge of this disruptive change the Chief Reinvention Officer (CRO) I can prioritize my writing time and effort. Thanks for letting me steal your Holiday Tau, Howey!

“4”  Steve Howey, 42:A lot depends on how you name a problem.  Stay curious and lighthearted.” Cancer

Thank you for your Holiday Tau Steve, for what I perceive is a cautionary tale.  To flesh out the story I’ve experienced advising CROs a few regrets surface about consulting — how you can only advise and motivate, but the doing is out of your hands. 

So if the your pearls of wisdom bring fortune and fame they are claimed rightfully so by your client. If things don’t work out was it due to your ineptitude, their competence or their cultures immune system fighting back?  Action reviews help you improve and recognize landmines to avoid. 

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: You’ll be looking back. Regret is always an option, but why bother with it?” Capricorn

So given all that, maybe the most practical advice to live by is simply Nash’s Holiday Tau, right?

“4”  Steve Nash, 45: Pay attention to the habits you want to keep, and repeat them as often as possible.” Aquarius

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