Winsight Episode 27: Gumby

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He was once a little green ball of clay…if you’re too young to recognize that line that’s ok. In fact when I was a kid, Gumby was an old show and we watched reruns of it and it still looked outdated. Gumby was a green character formed out of clay that had adventures with other friends. The reason I bring Gumby up in this episode is because it has leadership implications for you and me.

In this episode you’ll learn the following:

  • What golf and Gumby have in common
  • The balance between listening and overriding
  • The difference between vision and buy-in
  • The leadership model Gumby really exemplifies

How would you rate your leadership ability? How flexible are you when it comes to implementing your vision? Please share your thoughts with us below!

Winsight Episode 26: Leading the Current Generation

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Millennials. A single word can conjure up varying descriptions and emotions. Some of the stereotypes about this generation are true, yet others are not. Instead of sitting here and complaining about the shortcomings of this group, I prefer to point out how to lead them effectively.

In this episode the following points will be discussed:

  • Why teaching isn’t about being the “best in your field
  • How body language is a warning sign for motivation
  • The two types of vision that need to align
  • What Baby Boomers and Millennials have in common

Does this change your thoughts on Millennials? What adjustments will you make dealing with Millennials going forward?

An Interview w/ @TheNoLookPass

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If you know me or listened to any of my podcasts I have a deep love for sports, basketball in particular. In addition to starting Lakers Fans Unite, Twitter has given me the unique opportunity to meet some sports bloggers/media and get a first-hand perspective of covering athletes for a living. I admire how these professionals both view their role and have built their personal brand/following. A little over a month ago, I met Rey Moralde a.k.a. The No Look Pass for coffee and we chatted it up about basketball. I asked him if I could interview him for my “How to Build Your Personal Brand Series” and he graciously agreed. I hope you enjoy his story and can learn from him how to build your personal brand the right way.

1) How did you get into sports blogging as a career?

I just kind of stumbled onto it. I used to be obsessed with playing ball years ago before I rolled my ankle severely. While on the shelf, my friend suggested I write and blog about the NBA. After a couple of weeks, my little writings somehow caught the eye of an old sports blogging network called Most Valuable Network. It went from there and here I am, still writing and blogging nearly six years later.

2) What do you consider your biggest strength as a writer?

I don’t think I’m the best technical writer, far from it. I don’t think I’m the best basketball tactician, either, and I’m definitely far from that. But I do think that basketball is fun and writing about it should be fun. I like keeping it lighthearted and, at the end of the day, we use basketball (and any form of entertainment) to escape from the real world. People get so invested over sports that it turns into something we get angry over and that’s just unhealthy. I like to keep it fun and I’m glad that people have recognized that. So I would say “not taking it too seriously” is my biggest strength as a writer, if anything.

3) What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced?

Trying to avoid burnout. You need breaks every once in a while and I get obsessed, sometimes, over this entire thing. While I do say that not taking it too seriously is my strength, I also feel you’re “only as good as your next write-up.” And it can be a marathon; the NBA pretty much goes every day for eight months (playoffs included). I’m going into my 7th season and I think about quitting every summer, believe it or not. It becomes more of a relief than an accomplishment after the final game is over. But when the summer goes too long, I clamor for the NBA to come back. Figure that out. I’m hoping to pace myself better this season. But, yeah, avoiding burnout is my biggest challenge.

4) How would you describe your style/personal brand?

Fun. Silly. And it should be. I’m not sure if I’m a universally funny guy but I do like to make people laugh. You can see that attempted poor humor on my Twitter feed and in my blog entries. I think my style does stand out because I have no problem integrating things like 90s music, video games, teen dramas, wrestling, and my dating experiences into my NBA talk. Besides, having everyone do the same ol’ thing gets boring, anyway, right?

5) What advice would you give to other bloggers trying to build their audience/brand?

Be yourself and don’t give up. Never apologize for being yourself. That’s definitely helped me along the way. If you’re a serious guy, then be serious. If you’re silly, then be silly. Stay in your lane. And blogging about a sport takes a lot of time. Not only do we have to write but we also have to watch a lot so that we know what we’re talking about. What we do isn’t easy; we don’t snap our fingers and produce a blog entry over 45 minutes. We honed our craft over the years when it comes to writing and being a student of the game. People can definitely do it; if I made something out of it, I don’t see why others can’t.

Oh, and don’t burn any bridges. Because you never know if you’re actually going to need that person’s help down the line.

Winsight Episode 25: Failure as Feedback

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Nobody likes to fail. In fact, the more competitive you are, the more you hate to lose. Yet, failure is inevitable in life. It’s not a matter of “if,” but a matter of “when.” Surprisingly successful people experience failure more, not less, but it’s how you “frame” failure that makes all the difference in the world.

What if you chose to look at failure as feedback?

In this episode, we’ll look at the following:

  • What dreaming and growth have in common
  • Why callouses that athletes develop relate to you
  • Why you should be seeking out feedback, regularly
  • The relationship between success and failure

When have you sought out feedback? How has this episode changed your approach towards failure? Please share your thoughts below!

Winsight Episode 24: Through the Eyes of a Child

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Recently my daughter turned two years old and we celebrated her birthday for about a week. When she turned one, we had a big party, but I doubt she really knew what was going on. This time though, she loved being the center of attention when people sang Happy Birthday to her; she ate it up. It was such a joy to watch the expression on her face and see how happy she was.

As a parent, there’s a lot I’ve learned from my daughter and wife. Here’s just a few: it’s no longer about you anymore. Routines becomes essential. Patience is necessary for your sanity. But of all the things I’ve learned one stands out to me more than the rest: being present.

In this episode I’ll discuss the following:

  • What effect the future and the past have on your present
  • How a short-term memory can be a good thing
  • How much control you really have
  • What worrying actually is and how you can control it

What’s been your personal experience with worry? How does it change by looking through the lens of a child’s perspective? Please share your thoughts below!

Winsight Episode 23: Your Legacy

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In tribute to whom I believe is the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, episode 23 is about cementing your legacy. Legacy is something we tend not to think about until we get older. Maybe it’s the thought of mortality that gets us thinking more purposefully about how we’re living. WHY doesn’t matter as much as WHAT you’re doing today to shape it.

In this episode, we’ll ask the hard questions to unlock the answers to your legacy, such as:

How do you view failure?

What do you want your personal brand to be?

What do you want to be remembered for?

What are you doing today to take a step closer to your legacy?

Be bold. Act with purpose. Comment below and show you’re serious about shaping your own legacy!

Winsight Episode 22: Dream Chaser

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You don’t go after your dream. Your dream comes after you. Have you ever thought of your dreams in that order? Most people believe dreams are out in front of you, but what if in order to find your dreams you actually looked backwards?

In this episode, we’ll discuss the following:

How your past is more telling about your dream than anything else

What role frustrations play in your dreams

How big your dream actually needs to be

Why chasing your dream really doesn’t work

After listening to this podcast how much closer does your dream(s) seem to you? What’s one tangible step you can do this week that will help you get closer to making your dream a reality?

National Coach Academy Review of Growing Forward

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The professional coach behind the Growing Forward coaching service is a former youth pastor. This fact alone should give anyone looking for solid and effective coaching services reasons to be hopeful. Youth pastors help teenagers and young adults resolve personal issues and develop effective new attitudes as well as address attitudes and mindsets that may be holding them back. Best of all, youth pastors are trained to reach people on an emotional level in a ‘real’ and personal way without the often off-putting ‘clinical’ ambiance of professional psychotherapy or other more formal types of counseling.

Besides the training of the person behind Growing Forward, Scott Asai, what makes this particular coaching service interesting is that it focuses on a holistic ‘meaning-based’ approach to personal coaching. We all need a sense of meaning. We all need a sense of purpose. In fact, if we’re all honest, we can all trace our issues to how this deep and fundamental need is, or is not, being met in our lives.

Read more here! http://www.nationalcoachacademy.com/review-of-growing-forward-career-coaching

Winsight Episode 21: Recipe for Success

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If you’ve read business books, online articles or things of that nature you’ve heard inspiring stories of successful business ventures gone right. What you don’t realize is that represents about 1% of what business owners really experience. I mentioned in a prior episode that the fail rate for a first time business is 80%. Those are the statistics that don’t get publicized because it doesn’t “sell” well.

What you should really be taking a closer look at is a successful serial entrepreneur. Someone who has taken his/her formula and plugged it into several businesses over and over again with positive results. The business (or the product) gets the glory, but the recipe for success is actually the process repeated.

In this episode, I’ll share the following examples:

How Terry made the transition from real estate to restaurants seamlessly

What a special recipe and unique selling point have in common

How we think of businesses “backwards”

The role of a system and how it can transform your business

After listening to this episode, what ingredients are in your recipe for success? Has your focus on your dream changed? If so, how?

Winsight Episode 20: Artist vs. Producer

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Ever since I became a business owner, I assumed I had to do everything. I’m the coach, marketing department, sales team, operations director, etc. But recently I’ve been reading a book written by a friend called Dream Year and it made me rethink how I spend my time. Ben Arment, the author, poses the question: Are you the artist or the producer?

In this episode, I’ll share my insights that I’ve learned about:

  • The difference between an artist and producer
  • Which one you are suited more towards
  • The myth about chasing your dreams
  • What you need as your dream gets bigger

So which one are you: the artist or the producer? Who do you need to surround yourself with to accomplish your dreams? Please share your thoughts below!