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Conversation 33 with Howard Polansky
I made a pitch for O.H. Ingram Whiskey - Hank Ingram, thinking you need to be the official whiskey of Corporate Thought!
I referenced the episode of this podcast with Joan Samson
With regard to meditation, I am referring to Dan Harris. His meltdown. The book I was talking about is 10% Happier.
Howard talked about the app Think Up.
Howard mentioned Dan Sullivan and his business Strategic Coach
Howard told us to check out the hidden page on his website for a video tracking his system.
Howard told us to read books in a particular order:
1. Get a Grip by Gino Wickman
2. Build a Business, Not a Job by David Finkel
3. Traction by Gino Wickman
Howard mentioned one of his favorite podcasts, The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes
Howard can be reached at Howard@cashflowcoachusa.com
Jacob started his career with Hyland Software.
Jacob had a difficult business divorce and told us how he dealt with it. This article may have been helpful to Jacob at the start of his businesses. www.thebalancesmb.com/why-business-partnerships-fail-4107045
Jacob speaks proudly of his team and brought the interesting point of asking potential employees about the hobbies and projects they have on the side. He explained that many of them work on side projects together. He believes it is important for them to use the valleys between customer projects to work on some of these side projects as part of the corporate culture and he will fund some aspects of these projects.
Jacob’s software company works on IOT (internet of things) projects. We spoke about IOT integration and he described a “smart faucet” for a customer and how it entered the mainstream being made fun of on the Daily Show. For more on IOT: www.zdnet.com/article/what-is-the-internet-of-things-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-iot-right-now
Jacob and I had a long conversation on corporate culture and finding the right fit with employees and exiting those from the organization that just don’t fit before the situation becomes toxic.
Jacob talked about books that inspired him along the way and how books that might have been important at one point in his career lost value as his career was built. His list of books included:
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosoki
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Before the Exit by Dan Andrews
The Family Board Meeting by Jim Shields
Own the Day, Own Your Life by Aubrey Marcus
Jacob’s company is M Genio .http://mgenio.com
He can be found on Linkedin @jacobglenn or email him - Jacob@mgenio.com
Brant dropped a list of books on me and I have been very busy reading!
The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton
Goliath by Mathew Stoller
Team of Teams by Stanley McCrystal
and Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
Brant is the bestselling author of The Lean Entrepreneur
Brant started the advisory company Moves the Needle.
I introduced Brant to the Cautionary Tales podcast with Tim Harford
Brant also wrote The Entrepreneurs Guide to Client Development which is coming out with an updated version for its 10th anniversary. Learn more at Startupbluebook.com
Brant is on all sodial media as @Brantcooper
and you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He told us he answers all email and he is looking for interesting stories of business development to tie into his next book!
Adrianne used the expression “Building the airplane mid flight “ which reminded me of the similar metaphor “building the bicycle while riding it”. So I found this.
Adrianne told us about her “do not do list”. I had never heard about those before but clearly its a thing.
I mentioned Team of Teams to Adrianne. I’ve mentioned the book before but here is an article on the takeaways from the book.
Adrianne is a very visual person - She uses Trello and Airtable - she described as a spreadsheet on crack.
Adrianne is a big learner and reader and uses LinkedIn Learning and Medium.com a lot.
Adrianne can be reached at www.savivets.org and on LinkedIn @adrinnephilips. You can email her at email@example.com
Marc Summe is an amazing entrepreneur and CEO of Minute7, a cloud based time and expense tracking tool.
Why do lawyers use 6 minute increments? I found this interesting article about the move away from billable hours for lawyers,
Marc is watching Ozark which I caught up on after the episode was recorded. He just re-watched Back to The Future and reported it is still good after all these years. I mentioned The Breakfast Club, Ferris Buller’s Day Off, The Goonies and Gremlins as also standing the test of time but not Crocodile Dundee.
I mentioned John Krasinski’s Some Good News and Curb Your Enthusiasm as funny lighthearted things to watch when life needs something funny.
Marc also mentioned The Last Dance the multipart documentary about the Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Marc mentioned Atlassian the owners of Trello which is one of my go-to tools that I use everyday and Stella Fayman, apparently now Garber. Her twitter handle is @startupstella
Marc can be found by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org He is @marcsumme on Linkedin or check out minute7.com
There were some connection issues that affected the quality of the recording but in typical Corporate Thought fashion, the episode is presented here with all the flaws so please bear with it as you learn about the impressive Jessica Katz
Jessica coaches businesses in Agile. She also talks about the subset Scrum. Here is an overview.
Jessica spoke about Gravity Payments and their CEO Dan Price and his decision to make a minimum salary of $70,000. Here is the full story.
I asked Jessica about the book Team of Teams which she knew well. It caused her to mention a company called Buurtzorgout of the Netherlands which is disrupting the nursing care industry by creating a teaming approach.
I told Jessica about Atomic Habits by James Clear which we featured on our social media posts recently.
For learning more about Agile and Scrum Jessica recommended Scrum Essentials by Ken Rubin. I think she meant Essential Scrum by the same author.
Jessica is currently reading (actually listening) to Paths of Alir by Melissa McPhail and next she is reading So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Jessica recommends that people really start with understanding their why and to state the culture of their company right at the beginning.
Jessica can be found at liberatedelephant.com
Ritesh and his brother Jigar are clearly both serial entrepreneurs.
Ritesh told the story of Justin Kan and the start up of Twitch
I taught Ritesh about Oblique Strategies, the card set developed by Brian Eno
Ritesh caught up on a show called Humans and he is currently watching Into the Night with his brother and dad.
Ritesh and Jigar can be found at theticketfairy.com
This was a deep and very personal conversation with Michele starting in high school and going through her career at Donna Karan and then her own fashion consulting business to raising her autistic son. Michele does an amazing job of showing how she manages all of the things she deals with and somehow finds the time to do it all.
April 19 is the birthday of many including James Franco, Tim Curry and Ashley Judd and anniversary to many events including the American Revolution ("The shot heard around the world was on April 19) and the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City.
Michele spoke about the SLP who really helped her understand what it was going to take to – Speech and Language Pathologist
Michele also mentioned how she has a Marriage and Family Therapist, an MFT and how important that is in her life.
For more information on our A-HA! Dinners and other Corporate Thought gatherings, please check out corporatethought.com
Michele can be found at michelemarrone.com and on Instagram and Pinterest @michonwear.
Noah is a self-described Recreational Mathematician
Our conversation started off discussing the restaurants and features of living in Charlottesville, Virginia. These restaurants included: Ace Biscuit & BBQ, Wayside Chicken and Moose’s By The Creek
Noah mentioned The Putnam Competition which he explained is essentially The Smartest Person on the Planet Exam
Noah is disrupting the Commodities Markets. Here is a primer on commodities trading (until Noah disrupts it).
I jumped on my limited knowledge of commodities markets by citing the movie Trading Places. Thankfully, Noah likes that movie and legitimizes the accuracy of how markets were described in that classic comedy.
Noah describes some games in explaining Game Theory. Battle of the Sexes and The Stag Hunt
I made a poor reference to War Games and Tic-Tac-Toe. Another great 80’s movie.
Noah can be reached at www.coordisc.comwhere you can learn more information about his project.
Melanie is a leading expert in Tax Lien Investments. You can learn more about tax lien investing from her great white paper. You can download it.
Melanie talks about fear and how it can hold you back. She talks about zero confidence and about grinding it out for purposes of putting a roof over her and her son’s head and food on the table.
Melanie talks about her mentor Ken who helped her start her company and the need to have a mentor…a “Ken” in their life.
I told Melanie about Yuval Harari, the author of Sapiens and Homo Deus. These are both amazing books.
Melanie loves How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. I am re-reading it.
A code of ethics and a moral compass is very important to Melanie and she has a zero tolerance policy at her company.
Melanie likes to listen and is inspired by the stories told on the podcast, Startup Hustle and she also listens to Startup Grind.
Melanie taught me about the “Saucemoto” which brings silly happiness to people
Melanie can be found at: @TaxLienWealthSolutions on Facebook and Instagram or at www.taxlienwealthsolutions.comand www.Detroitwealthsolutions.com
This was a fantastic conversation and I love how Mario navigated his life into finding and pursuing his passion.
Mario’s reference to three movies that influenced him:
1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2. The Wizard of Oz
I stumped Mario with an old school Food Network show staring Bobby Flay and Jack McDavid – Grillin’ and Chillin’.
Mario would come home from school and watch Great Chefs of America and Great Chefs of the World. Here are all the episodes.
Mario is impressed with Jose Andres and his Instagram show.
Mario pivoted to weight loss coaching and was encountered with the question “What do I eat?” So, he wrote a book…The Good, The Bad, The Cookbook
Mario can be pen/paper or organizes ideas on the computer using the program Workflowy.
I write long form articles using Scrivener.
Okay – here it is, Kraft Spaghetti.
I proclaimed Mario a real life Pete Schweddy.
Mario talked about his original 10 minute podcast concept and the GIO method – Gratitude, Intentionality and Outcome. He has an article on his blog describing the method.
Mario can be found at: marioporreca.com and most everywhere else.
Mario is grateful for his relationship with G-d, his family and for the opportunity to pursue what he loves.
Marsha’s early jobs included being a California Raisin. I couldn’t resist this.
Marsha drops a lot of books and articles worthy of our attention:
Phoenix Project by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford
Booster Rockets in the Workforce – article by Phillip Shoemaker
Marsha’s recommendations – never use password123! or anything similar. She references 2 Factor Authentication – Here is more if you are lost on this. Also password managers.
Trusted Advisor by David Maister is the first book that new team members at ScaleSec are asked to read
ScaleSec uses Gusto.com as their HR portal
I told Marsha about the Savannah Bananas and their owner, Jesse Cole.
Marsha told me about a small book that I was compelled to read right away - The Difference by Subir Chowdhury
Marsha’s last book recommendation is How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
Marsha is on LinkedIn or you can email her at email@example.com
Don is a successful author of two books – Sell or Don’t Eat and The Blueprint of God
Don was instrumental in the creation of the EPIC In Business Conference
Don is an avid reader and believes that leaders should be lifelong learners and readers. He mentioned many books as recommendations including:
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
The Infinite Game also by Simon Sinek
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
As a Man Thinketh by James Allen
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Daring Greatly also by Brene Brown
Awakening the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Go-Getter – by Peter Kyne. If you tell us more about you, we will share a copy with you for free.
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
Don spoke of Tony Robbins’ course Unleash the Power Within. I took this course following the recommendation from Don of being so instrumental in his life.
Don also mentioned The Authentic Women Series, published by his daughter Ashton but now renamed Awakening Membership. https://www.awakeningmembership.com
Don’s website is donwlong.com He has a free coaching programs available on his site. Also check out lifebitesforlife.comfor a free 30 day program of 5 minute talks from Don.
Marc is joined by a very special guest, his daughter Annalee Marling. They discuss the effects of the Corona Virus Pandemic on the lives of teenagers as well as her thoughts on race relations in the United States.
Starting July 1, please join us with special guest Annalee behind the microphone discussing life from the viewpoint of a teenager. We will return at the end of July with new conversations with entrepreneurs and business leaders but we believe hearing from Generation Z is important and provides a more varied and enriched collection of voices as we develop businesses to meet the needs of many.
Joan mentioned that her lack of management skills when she and her husband first started out in business. She uttered the phrase “Adapt or die”. I found this book on leadership with the same title and plan on reading it.
Joan used to own the Starling Diner in Belmont Heights, California and it appears the menu has not changed much. One of my favorite breakfast spots in the country.
In describing the menu items, Joan spoke of Sacred Cows on the menu. She wasn’t suggesting a lack of beef on the menu. Rather, the idiom “Sacred Cow” - a firmly held belief that is rarely questioned and is largely exempt from criticism or opposition. Here is an interesting take on questioning everything and not getting caught up with Sacred Cows.
Here are several sites for how to do water marbling including Step by Step Instructions and this site about Suminagashiand this explanation of Turkish Ebru.
Joan is learning to play the ukulele via YouTube, including lessons on Harvest Moon and Hallelujah. Here are covers of Harvest Moon and Hallelujah
Joan can be found on Instagram at @gomarbley or check them out at Gomarbley.com
Incidentally, the bells you hear in the background are from The Tide, light rail train that runs past my new office! Please let me know if it is distracting.
Nicole and I started discussing what is social media and ways to utilize it including her use of LinkedIn.
We plugged Zack Miller and his book, Anomaly. He was on my podcast – check out his episode.
Context and tone in texting is an issue and we lamented those who don’t pick up the telephone to talk.
Nicole let us know she is good at pushups. Here is how to do them with proper form.
Here is Nicole’s video on Full Service vs. Triple Net leases.
Nicole and I had a great discussion about regions (specifically Norfolk/Virginia Beach) lacking identity and its factor in social media and the newest attempts to create branding.
I love using Evernote and since recording this episode I am using the product as a regular part of my system.
I recommended Atomic Habits by James Clear to Nicole.
Nicole was excited to talk about Public Policy and how it fits into her world of commercial real estate and she is completing her Master’s Degree in that.
Jacob is a documentary about Jacob Appel and is available on Amazon Prime.
Nicole listens to How I Built This with Guy Raz. And mentioned a recent episode about Dippin Dots. She also listens to Freakonomics Radio.
She is NicoleCampbell1 on LinkedIn
You can email her at Nicole.Campbell@devaris.com
Maya and I had a great conversation almost initially about the books sitting on her nightstand, all of which I will be reading too:
Becoming by Michele Obama
Scaling Up by Verne Harnish
Rise and Grind by Daymond John
The Holy Bible
Maya mentioned a Facebook Group she started for small business owners, Leading through Crisis. It is described as a private group for small business owners and entrepreneurs to gain the tools, support, community and inspiration to effectively lead in times of uncertainty.
Maya commented that “Sometimes our darkest moments inspire brightest ideas” I found numerous variations on this quote and also this article.
I loved Maya’s idea about recording herself to perfect her pitch. Others have been using this concept to improve themselves as well.
Maya told me all about 1 million cups and indeed it is nationwide.
Maya told me about trying to crowdfund using ifundwomen.com. Also, I guessed wrong about April/May as this episode is finally being released in June!
We had a great conversation about sharing ideas rather than keeping them to yourself. I found this article from Richard Branson espousing similar ideas. On this topic, I love how Maya stated it is about “Community over competition” and I subsequently learned that this is a trending hashtag, which is likely a very good sign for the future.
In another sign that you can find anything on the internet, here is the Lipstick scene from the Breakfast Club.
I mentioned Dan Harris and his ideas that meditation can be performed in small increments. For more about his ideas, see here.
Maya can be found at: ewedded.com
@mayaholihan at Facebook and Instagram
Maya also hosts a podcast, Happily Altered After available here and likely everywhere else you get podcasts.
We discussed not working for the weekends and the question of work/life balance along with the question of pursuing a paycheck (job) vs. passion. See this TED talk too.
We talked about pricing models and 6 minute increments (Time & materials) vs. widget pricing (unit basis). Here is a detailed dive into pricing.
Dan used the opportunity of money he inherited from his Grandfather as the cushion allowing him to “jump” which he calls stupid financially but really isn’t.
Dan plays the lottery which he thinks is financially stupid but he does it anyway. Check out this podcast.
Dan talks about the loss of structure in setting up his own business so is building back structure by renting studio space. He also books appointments early in the day to force structure to his life. Here are other ideas.
Dan is always in learning mode. He believes that is one of the nice factors of the photography industry in sharing knowledge. He mentioned the following organizations:
Professional Photographers of America
Texas Professional Photographers Association
Dan discussed the difference between specializing and meeting the needs of the many by offering a more full spectrum of photography services. He has favorites but needs to offer all to earn a living. Here is an interesting discussion.
Dan would love to be a documentarian. See this guide to documentary photography.
I believe Dan is a natural storyteller. There are numerous resources on improving your storytelling skills. Here is one.
Dan can be found at dbephotography.com and @dbephoto on Instagram
Please excuse some of the background sounds evident in this episode.
Almarie mentioned liking Live with Kelly & Ryan. I don’t watch daytime television so I have nothing to add here.
Definition of Normal according to Merriam-Webster
Almarie mentioned 50 Shades of Grey
Almarie was excited to discussed Competing Values Framework. Here is a primer.
Almarie is currently reading Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture: Based on the Competing Values Framework
Definition of Recalcitrant according to Merriam-Webster
Peter Drucker was indeed the father of business management
I spoke of reading The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad in high school.
Almarie mentioned the business book, Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson
Almarie mentioned the concept of Hitler as a Great Leader albeit with a horrible agenda. This is a section of the US Holocaust Museum website on rise of Hitler as a leader.
We discussed the concept of Values Based Leadership.
Almarie can be found at @almariedonaldson on Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org or @dralmarie on Instagram
Richard discussed the importance of having three plans: Business Plan, Marketing Plan and Financial Plan. Read this for the basics of a plan.
We discussed the idea of having concrete goals in uncomfortable settings and the benefits of a micro goal.
Don’t ask people what they do. I have referenced this article in the past but it bear repeating. 27 questions to ask instead of What do You Do?
The Art of War is the one book that Richard believes everyone needs to read. This website contains side-by-side translation and commentary, cross references, and PDF and text downloads of the full book.
Richard spoke of charting a course and mapping out getting from point A to point B. This made me think about mind mapping, a tool which I employ regularly. There are lots of technological solutions around mind mapping or you can use paper and pens or markers. Here is a basic overview.
Richard is a big believer in writing down his plans and goals. There are lots of articles about the benefits of doing so. Here is one.
I recommended Atomic Habits by James Clear to Richard.
Expensive notebooks and pens – Richard was trying too hard to be neat so he goes with cheap notebooks. Expensive tools dissuade him. Here is an interesting list of the “best notebooks”. Note the wide range in prices.
Richard talked about his non-profit foundation for young entrepreneurs ages 7-17.
Richard can be found at www.Suffolkexecutiveoffices.com
or email him at Richard@suffolkexecutiveoffices.com
In the introduction, I introduced Dana Todd as formerly The Queen of SEO. I found this old interview with Dana about Search Engine Optimization.
Dana talked about people missing live experiences because they are too busy with the technology. She specifically referenced the idea of recording a live concert and watching through the tiny screen rather than absorbing it in real time. Recording and watching live concerts on their iPhone as recording it...it is annoying and likely illegal.
Dana is building an online marketplace in bespoke women’s clothing. I mentioned that there are a lot of entrepreneurs entering the “online marketplace” space. Apparently, there is significant growth in online marketplaces.
Dana spoke about the practice of Subud. I knew nothing of it and started down a rabbit hole on it. Start here if you are interested
It is Moldova and it is in Eastern Europe. I experienced major problems saying it correctly during the conversation.
I mentioned Tony Hsieh’s book, Delivering Happiness
Dan is reading (or rather listening to) The Transparency Sale by Todd Caponi
Dana mentioned “Ask Me Anything” livestreams that Business of Fashion is running in different time zones and the sharing of information by business leaders.
Dana loves to connect with people and is happy to connect on fashion and literally anything else. She can be found at Balodana.com
@balodana on instagram
@balodanafashion on Facebook and Twitter
@danatodd on Twitter
Lots of links in this episode:
Including Gary Vaynerchuk including his old Youtube show Wine Library TV.
The " iron man" book, Finding My Voice by Mike Reilly.
It turns out that the phrase “Welcome to the Thunderdome” from Mad Max has been uttered in numerous films and TV shows including Waiting, and Superbad.
The Poster of Old Yankee Stadium made of words that hangs in my office.
Correction – My parents launched Vanmarc Shipping in 1974 not 1973.
Zack mentioned Scrivener which I use too - Great for organizing longer form content.
We spoke about companies legacy systems hampering technology innovation and adoption . This is a great article about it.
Merriam-Webster definition of Infotainment
Zack lamented the handling of the Ryan Lochte scandal in Brazil by journalists. Here is a rundown on the story from USA Today
We were talking about binge or marathon watching tv and how many subscribers Netflix had. Not surprisingly, Netflix added 16 million new subscribers in the first quarter of 2020 for a total of 182 million subscribers.
Zack mentioned two shows he binged - Breaking Bad and its spin off Better Call Saul.
Zack mentioned Ramit Sethi’s book, I Will Teach You to Be Rich and the idea of learning at least one nugget from every book you read.
Squirrel, we then went off into a tangent about nootropics including a Shout Out to Four Sigmatic as well as Michael Pollan and his books Omnivore’s Dilemma, and How to Change Your Mind. See the episode with Sheryl Ryan for more.
Zack mentioned The Game Changers and its effect on him as well as athletes who follow a vegan diet, Rich Roll, the ultra-marathoner came up and we discussed the Tennessee Titans who have numerous vegans among them as Derrick Morgan’s wife is a vegan chef.
Zack challenged me to post about the proper form for cycling. The trainer I referenced is Walt Gonzalez of Peake Endurance in Chesapeake, VA..
My favorite novels: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and The Stand by Stephen King and my favorite show was The Sopranos
The ESPN 30 For 30 about Allen Iverson in which he did not appear.
Zack’s favorite books: North by Scott Jurek, Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler, Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins and My Fight Your Fight by Ronda Rousey.
We also mentioned the Barkley Marathons and the documentary about the unsupported bike race across America (the Trans-Am).
Zack’s favorite tv shows are Lost and the US Version of the Office.
Zack can be found everywhere at zackmillersays and leaves us with the hack to use the same handle under everything.
Please excuse the echo – we recorded this in a public room with some ambient noise and bare walls.
Sheryl talked about the difference between structure and rules. I found this great blog post about it.
The amazing book The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan entered our conversation several times. One of my favorites!
We lamented the growth of clickbait. I found this interesting article questioning whether all clickbait is bad.
Sheryl uses Tailwind to plan her Pinterest and Ingram posts.
I told Sheryl about my love of the podcast Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard Experts and Monica Padman.
Sheryl described herself as a solopreneur and talked of some of the difficulty in using others especially with her content. Here is an interesting article about entrepreneurs versus solopreneurs.
Sheryl mentioned how she uses templates in Canva in designing her content. Canva is a very robust product.
We struggled to come up with the term Safety Data Sheets (SDS or MSDS) which describe the toxicity of chemicals and other materials.
Apparently Oreos are NOT vegan.
Sheryl spoke about one ingredient swaps as a simple way to make environmentally sensitive changes in your life. Truly a great resource for this is her own Greenopedia.com
Sheryl loves the book Cradle to Cradle by Bill McDonough
I mentioned Michael Pollan’s recent book How to Change Your Mind and that led to a brief discussion about mushrooms – both hallucinogenic and adaptogens varieties.
Sheryl also spoke of her interest in enneagrams. I recently took an enneagram test myself. Here is a site for a free test and explanation.
Sheryl mentioned that one of her favorite business books is Winning the Story Wars by Jonah Sachs https://amzn.to/3bxDWXg
We also discussed, In Defense of Food also by Michael Pollan with the mantra “Eat Food, Not too Much, Mostly Plants”
Sheryl can be found at Greenopedia.com
She can also be found @Greenopedia on Facebook and Pinterest and @SherylRyan on Instagram
David mentioned Millard Fillmore – the 13th President of the United States (1850-1853) and the last President not to be affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican parties.
We discussed the Iranian hostage situation which began in November 1979 and lasted not for 100 days but rather for 444 days. That same link confirms that indeed, it was the start of the show Nightline (its original title was The Iran Crisis--America Held Hostage) whch was started to compete with the Tonight Show.
The connection with tying a yellow ribbon Is through Penne Laingen, wife of one of the hostages, Bruce Laingen who told a reporter we could teach the Iranians that you can protest on the streets without being harmed and suggested they tie a yellow ribbon to nearby trees. From that interview, the ribbon slowly spread across the country and Ms. Laingen was asked to tie a yellow ribbon to the national Christmas tree.
I told Dave about Armchair Expert, with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman. Dave mentioned the commercials featuring Dax and his wife Kristen Bell and that one of his favorite movies is the Mike Judge classic, Idiocracy.
Dave spoke of the history of digital Communications in the White House and the launch of whitehouse.gov. I found this article about it featuring Dave being interviewed. He also spoke of the basic level of communications available on Air Force one on September 11, 2001. I found this excellent piece on Politico
We discussed the Nixon- Kennedy Debates in 1960 and Dave recounted a story of meeting someone with firsthand knowledge. Here is more of that story.
Dave gave a Shout out to Widener University which is his alma mater (Mine too).
We discussed the influencer economy at length. Here is a great podcast episode with greater detail.
Dave spoke of YouTube as the second largest search engine in the world. Read this article for more.
I mentioned the backpack review guy on YouTube. His name is Chase Reeves.
If you don’t know what packing squares or cubes are…you need to.
I was able to find the movie that Dave mentioned regarding women serving in the military. It is called Served Like a Girl and I look forward to watching it.
Dave and I debated homeruns vs. strikeouts. After the podcast, Dave texted this to me: “ You can link to this for Babe Ruth reference. His name appears an awful lot on this list. Aaron, on the other hand, had fewest SOs. That’s why Babe Ruth stuck in my head. Many HRs & SOs comparatively.”
Dave quoted Wayne Gretsky – “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” See this article for more about taking your shots.
We spoke with reverence of the rolodex. Here is the history of the venerable office tool.
Dave’s company is Capital Gig and you can find them at Capitalgig.com
You can email him at email@example.com and he uses the @almacy as his handle for the socials.
I spoke incorrectly referencing the USNS MERCY. That hospital ship was enroute to Los Angeles. The hospital ship berthing in New York was the USNS COMFORT. Here is more information about the history of the USNS COMFORT.
Laura mentioned turning off the water when brushing teeth. I found this statistic about turning off the faucet: two gallons of water flow from a faucet each minute. Something as simple as turning off the water while brushing your teeth can save up to three or four gallons of water per person per day. That’s more than 1,000 gallons of water per year or enough for almost 100 four-minute showers.
We had a brief confused conversation about numerous authors. Iwas referencing Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History and it’s episodes on higher education. I found this article.
What followed was a list of other authors and books while I tried to explain Gladwell to Laura. These included Tim Ferris, author of The 4 Hour Work Week and then Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why which I incorrectly cited as The Power of Why and graduate of Northern Valley Regional High School like Laura and myself Finally Laura and I agreed she was referencing Eckhart Tolle, the author of Power of Now.
Laura was surprised that the Bowery Ballroom was listing events rescheduled from May 18 forward. As the COVID-19 pandemic is a evolving situation, here is a link to the Bowery Ballroom website and calendar of events.
Laura used the story of DJ D-Nice and his evolving free virtual dance floor parties “Club Quarantine” as an example of the power of online communities and how people need relief from the stress of the pandemic. Here is a great summary of the story.
I gave a shout out to Virginia Beach Recording Arts, where the Corporate Thought podcasts are edited. I also mentioned the newly redesigned Corporate Thought Website.
Laura spoke reverently of Howard Bragman. This is his company.
Early in her career, Laura worked for Former US Senator and NY Knick, Bill Bradley.
Laura well stated “Age is only a number and that number doesn’t matter”. I found an article demonstrating just that.
I spoke of his long term desire to achieve Inbox Zero nirvana. Here is an article on how to achieve it.
Laura used to host a sports podcast called Bullpen Betty.
We discussed the idea of a shortened season for major league baseball or possibly a cancelled season. There was a great article released today on the statistical advantages of a shortened season.
Laura spoke of her friend, sportscaster, Roger Clark. Here was a short interview I found with him.
Laura’s Contact Details:
Alter Ego Website: bullpenbetty.com
Bands Laura Represents:
Dan Nastasi and Kings Never Die
Please excuse some of the audio quality issues. During the time of the pandemic, some of the niceties of recording studios are sacrificed for getting the information out timely.
Chad and Lauren are reading Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson.
They essentially formed their own book club, as described by Lauren. – I found this great article about the growth of book clubs during the COVID-19 crisis. Perhaps you will start your own book club. https://bit.ly/2UWMZK0
Lauren and Chad spoke of some of the lessons they considered in discussing books together, including the use of the word “fair”. I found this interesting article regarding defining “fair”. https://bit.ly/2w4D7FI
Lauren speaks about trust and honesty as a foundational element of building relationships. I found these interesting conversation starters on the topic. https://bit.ly/3dLgPtI
Chad is reading 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell and related the messages therein to developing trust as a leader.
Chad referenced Good to Great by Jim Collins and Level 5 Leadership. According to Collins’s website, Level 5 leaders display a powerful mixture of personal humility and indomitable will. They're incredibly ambitious, but their ambition is first and foremost for the cause, for the organization and its purpose, not themselves. While Level 5 leaders can come in many personality packages, they are often self-effacing, quiet, reserved, and even shy. Every good-to-great transition in our research began with a Level 5 leader who motivated the enterprise more with inspired standards than inspiring personality. For more see Collins’s website.
Lauren explained she is currently reading books by self help author Brene Brown. You can find Brene here.
Lauren is also reading a daily devotional A Year of Positive Thinking.
Chad mentioned that Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why is starting a virtual book club about his book. It is being hosted on YouTube. Here is the link.
Finally, I gave a shoutout to Northern Valley Regional High School, in Demarest New Jersey (Home of the Norsemen) where Simon and I both went to high school. Other notable alumni will be making appearances on this podcast this year so stay tuned for those.
Ruth is a realtor with Keller Williams Real Estate.
Once a musician, always a musician. Here is another example of musicians not working in music.
Ruth mentioned that Saying yes to one thing is saying no to another.
Ruth speaks extensively about being a survivor of domestic abuse and violence. Ruth said that every day she had to find something to hold onto. I found this article about finding things to hold onto.
Ruth wrote a mantra on a yellow legal pad with a Sharpie Marker:
Go Hard when you are happy, when you are sad, when times are good, when times are bad. Just Go Hard when you can’t get up or when you are up. You just Go Hard every day all the time do not stop.
I mentioned Angela Duckworth and her book Grit to Ruth.
Can you reinvent yourself? Apparently Yes!
Article from Psychology Today
10 Ways to Reinvent Yourself when You’re Stuck in Life
Bold – Program from Gary Keller and a video
The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday
The Millionaire Real Estate Agent by Gary Keller
The One Thing by Gary Keller
Gratitude List – Ruth makes a list every day of five things you are grateful for. Google Gratitude List and you will be highly motivated.
Apparently Oprah makes gratitude lists too…
Ruth spoke highly of her doctor, Dr. Jill Narden
EDMR Therapy really helped Ruth significantly.
The Choice by Dr. Edith Eva Eger
Glass Castles by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle Movie Trailer
Ruth writes an inspirational quote on her mirror with an expo marker every day or writes something that starts with “Today I choose ___________” and then chooses something. Examples of this.
The dinner occurred at Virginia Beach Recording Arts which was formerly Thomas Crown Studios owned by Timbaland It was part of the Corporate Thought A-HA! Dinner Series.
The evening was generally about disruptive innovation, the term coined by Clayton Christensen and was attended by 8 thought leaders.
Collin spoke of mobile clean room labs or production facilities able to bring the facility to the product rather than the product to the facility.
John spoke of his people as being on the front line and expecting much of them in a service based business but rewarding them as well. This led to a mention of Jesse Cole and the story of the Savannah Bananas.
Harsh was “paralyzed” without his cellphone. One of the features of the A-HA! Dinners is that cellphones are banned and we confiscate them during the event. I found this article about cellphones at restaurants. Harsh mentioned Alvin Toffler books. I admit I knew nothing about Alvin Toffler except his name referenced in the song Levon by Elton John. Now I have reading to do! He also made the general statement that men want technology and smart houses. I found this interesting article about closing the gender gap as it comes to smart home technology.
Aaron talked about relevancy and how companies need to shift to keep up with changing times. He told us a saying his grandfather used that if you aren’t growing, you are dying. I found this is credited to William S. Burroughs with the quote, “When you stop growing you start dying.”
Charles talked about the disruption by the cannabis and hemp industries.
Ruth talked about growing up and playing music from an early age and the educational benefits of playing music. Ruth also attended the CSEHY Summer School of Music .
Kent talked about the barging industry. Healso talked about small companies competing with large players and the ability to make quick decisions results in being disruptive in a traditional industry.
Richard, who is a social media / food Influencer has an Instagram page devoted to amazing Virginia food. While you are on the gram, please make sure to check out my page here.
Chris is the owner of a company called Prime 3 Software
Chris describes himself as a Reluctant Entrepreneur. I found this article about the phenomenon. https://bit.ly/2naaUII/ I also found this book, The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Turning Dreams into Profits
Chris mentioned his prior employers labeling people as resources and found the idea abhorrent. I found this interesting article about when people are referred to as resources and what to do about it: https://bit.ly/2lap5gq
We discuss quality, budget and schedule – three legged stool. Chris is referring to the The Project Management Triangle is also known as the Triple Constraint, Iron Triangle and Project Triangle. See here: https://bit.ly/2l5aoLp
It is true! Chesapeake, Virginia is the third most boring city in America.
The shipping industry is very old as we discuss.
There is a quick aside that “What do you do?” is a terrible first question. For more read this: https://www.theminimalists.com/do/
Chris mentions that he is reading E-Myth Mastery:The Seven Essential Disciplines for Building a World Class Company.
Chris talks about his friend Garrett and his company Green Umbrella Software.
We talk about taking the leap to starting your own business. I found this interesting article about it: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/296704 I also think of Pamela Slim’s book Escape from Cubicle Nation on this topic, as well as numerous content from the prolific Gary Vaynerchuk including: https://bit.ly/2lJ9moD
Chris is married to author Jessica Ruddick, a successful novelist.
The idea of teaching children about entrepreneurship is fascinating. Makes me think about expanding the A-HA Dinner Series (the dinner series of Corporate Thought Events) into a teen program…more to come on this in the future. In the meanwhile, I found this: https://lemonadeday.org
We discussed the question of morning vs. evening workouts. Chris seems to do both.
As Chris points out, Google disbanded its Google Labs project.
MVP – Minimum Viable Product.
The Phoenix Project– a favorite book of Chris that he gifts to people,
Next on his reading list is Atomic Habits.
Chris listens to Joe Rogan’s podcast and to Naval Ravikant who has Chris thinking about his personal hourly rate among other things
Corporate Thought Events was born out of our mutual belief that gathering together, as well as having dynamic engagement and interaction is important. We recognized that attending another conference, luncheon or banquet with overcooked salmon drenched in a sauce we can’t describe, prepackaged garlic mashed potatoes and a dessert that’s been sitting on the table past its prime is no longer where business professionals, entrepreneurs, and the like thrive. Corporate Thought Events is about those rare moments where we meet someone or someones who can make a major impact on our business and/or personal lives. We believe a greater experience exists beyond the mediocre speakers using the opportunity to deliver an unwanted sales pitch, and “networking events” (a term we despise) with its inherent superficial exchange of business cards and drinking binges. So, we set out to do something about it.
Dave and Marissa
Dave mentions that a former partner likened law partnerships like the relationship of Italian City-States. An overview of Italian City-States can be found here: http://epicworldhistory.blogspot.com/2013/07/italian-city-states.html
We discussed guiding conversation in cocktail parties and some of the difficulties in doing so. I found this interesting guide from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/christinapark/2015/03/30/an-introverts-guide-to-small-talk-eight-painless-tips/
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: https://amzn.to/2MgEmsA
Ship Arrests – One of the common procedures in maritime or Admiralty law is the arrest of a ship which sounds really cool (remember, I used to be a maritime lawyer) https://www.marineinsight.com/maritime-law/ship-arrest-under-maritime-law-reasons-procedure-and-precautions/
Yin and Yang – An understanding of Yin and Yang can be found here: https://www.ancient.eu/Yin_and_Yang/
Books by Rachel Hollis: Girl Wash Your Face: https://amzn.to/30RTH6aand Girl Stop Apologizing: https://amzn.to/2wrmO2j
Rachel Hollis – Creator of a Multimillion dollar media company: https://thechicsite.com
A conversation with Jack and Jim Arnold
Analog vs. Digital Planners – I was surprised that Jack still uses a paper calendar/planner but he explained using both paper (analog) and cellphone (digital) planners. I found this great blogpost about using both. http://www.asianefficiency.com/productivity/digital-analog-calendar-system/
Familial Pressure – This is an interesting article on family pressure on career choices. https://lhstoday.org/10400/features/do-parentals-pressure-career-choices/
Feeding the Soul - Here are some ways: https://www.success.com/33-ways-to-feed-your-soul/
Work-Life Balance – We spent a lot of the conversation discussing work-life balance. https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/are-you-living-to-work-or-working-to-live-and-does-it-really-matter
Nashville – Country Music Hall of Fame.
Malcolm Gladwell – Revisionist History. http://revisionisthistory.com
Conversation with Will Russell
It was a great wide ranging conversation that left me looking forward to having Will back on the show.
Will mentioned the Pareto Principle (the 80/20 rule) in passing. It is likely familiar to our listeners but just in case, here is more information: https://bit.ly/29nFCDl
Marc’s daily brainstorming exercise 10 Ideas A Day comes from James Altucher. Read about it here:https://bit.ly/2Jd0QbF
Ideas for ice breakers rather than “what do you do?” https://bit.ly/1YETLiA
Will was passionate about a couple of things and started by asking Why referencing Start with Why by Simon Sinek https://amzn.to/2W2WZUK
He also turned us on to Values Based Leadership and referenced Luck Stone - https://www.luckstone.comand their non-profit: InnerWill
Marc’ made mention as always to Monica Padman (Armchair Expert) https://armchairexpertpod.com
Will reads a lot of James Patterson https://www.jamespatterson.com
Marc referenced difficult authors that make him work his brain when he reads them. These include:
Don DeLillo https://www.amazon.com/Don-DeLillo/e/B000APRGIO, Thomas Pynchon https://thomaspynchon.comand Umberto Eco http://www.umbertoeco.com
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad https://amzn.to/2W6JH9J
Marc loved reading Sapiens by Yuval Hari https://amzn.to/2JCB1kM
At the end of the conversation, Will mentioned Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi https://amzn.to/2VBMxEr
Oh and as for the video game based on Flow https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(video_game)
Today we discuss Marc’s ideas for improving Major League Baseball...now if only the league and the owners would listen! Then we announce the question of the day - 10 ideas to reduce email inbox clutter.
Show notes Camille Crofton Cherry This was a great conversation over a nice bottle of wine. The conversation starts out a little stiff frankly which is funny since Camille and I have known one another for quite some time. However, after the first break, it really opens up around the 30 minute mark and we have a great discussion about women in the workplace, especially in a male dominated industry like the maritime industry. Amazon links are affiliate based and we appreciate your support by using same. Camille is a third generation family member at Crofton Industries When looking up subaqueous cabling (3:45) which rolls off Camille’s tongue like she have been saying it her whole life (she has), I found this really interesting article. Camille mentioned a lot of books she likes including: The Coaching Habit by Michael-Bungay-Stanier (20:00) https://amzn.to/2XDY02H Radical Candor by Kim Scott (59:13) https://amzn.to/2DvI1Mp And for light beach reading she recommended: Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman 1:04:52 https://amzn.to/2DtOO9qand The Alice Network by Kate Quinn 1:05 https://amzn.to/2GzkRW2 We discussed The Complement Sandwich which Camille also referred to as a Shit Sandwich and which I was unfamiliar with. 52:50 I found this interesting article about it here. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/creative-leadership/201808/no-one-wants-eat-your-compliment-sandwich I struggled to find a citation to the concept that if someone is arguing with you they respect you which we discussed at 58:25. However I did find that the quote “Everyone you meet is an expert in something you are not” or at least a variant thereof (1:12:30) is attributed to Bill Nye of “Science Guy” fame. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/651871-everyone-you-will-ever-meet-knows-something-you-don-t For those of you who did not understand the reference to Monica Padman of Armchair Expert fame and fortune (1:15:00) You can learn about her here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3974945/ Camille apparently performed the Star Spangled Banner in front of numerous crowds including at the Norfolk Tides minor league baseball team. https://www.milb.com/norfolk She also performed at the a minor league soccer team that was the Virginia Beach Mariners, who shut down in 2007. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Beach_Mariners and at the Richmond Vultures Roller Hockey, which was a major league roller hockey team (who knew) that played until 1998. http://www.hockeydb.com/stte/virginia-vultures-8845.html Oh and as a final note, I tried and tried to find a video of Camille on The Next Big Star, the Ed McMahon talent show (1:18:00) but I just couldn’t. However, I did find this article so we know she is legit: https://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-xpm-20000721-2000-07-21-0007210037-story.html
Today we review Marc's ideas for new television dramas and ask for you to brainstorm 10 words to describe your next 90 days. Think about what you want your life to look like and come up with 10 words to describe that.
Marc’s Adventures in San Antonio
This is a three part episode covering my first ever trip to San Antonio, Texas. I really enjoyed the trip and my varied experiences there.
Part 1 A trip to Paris Hatters
It was great meeting Alexandra Sledge and her dad Abe Cortez. In the end, I wound up with a Stetson Open Road model hat as a gift from Marcus Arky who joined me in the conversation with Alex and Abe. My hat
My main reason for a trip to San Antonio was to present at the World Petrochemical Conference.
Part 2 – Presentation on using Mississippi River for shipping containers on barge
World Petrochemical Conference hosted by IHS Markit
IDEAL X – World’s First Container Ship:
Cost of building railroad track
One of the best parts of the trip was visiting the old Pearl Brewery which has been transformed into a mixed use project of restaurants, shops, a hotel and housing. We had a great meal at Cured and had a wide ranging conversation about the role of the Chief Hospitality Officer and how to build relationships with your customers.
Part 3 – A conversation with Marcus Arky of Metro Group Maritime and Jim Arnold of Red Sky Advisors over lunch at Cured in the Pearl District
Metro Group Maritime
Red Sky Advisors
Pearl Brewery District
Noma and Rene Redzepi
This is a very quick 10 ideas a day coming from the Delta SkyLounge in JFK airport today reviewing 10 ideas for branding a new business and asking today's question, 10 ideas of things to do when you are bored in a hotel room!
Show Notes for Conversation with Kisha Moore. These are also on the website at www.corporatethought.com
The Sweet Life is her YouTube show – soon to be published. We will update the notes when it is available. In the meanwhile, check her out at hummingbirdmacarons.com
Terri McHugh (7:50) Terri is a Instagram influencer. Check her out at xoxoterri.com
Gary Vaynerchuk (9:40) How do you use time. This is a standard mantra of Gary’s but here is an excellent example of it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHXUGXOeLxc
Cortez – burning all the ships (12:00) I was unaware of this story until Kisha told me. Read more about it here: unstoppablefamily.com/story-cortez-burning-boats/
Definition of Failure (39:45) Merriam-Webster Definition: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/failure
Go Find the Helpers Movie (48:45) I couldn’t find such a movie but I believe Kisha may have been referring to the documentary about Fred Rogers as that quote about looking for the helpers is attributed to him. The documentary is actually Won’t You Be My Neighbor. See here for more: http://www.focusfeatures.com/wont-you-be-my-neighbor/
Source of Life Gold (55:00) – the liquid supplement that Kisha takes suggested by her personal trainer and husband https://amzn.to/2WY5Cg1
Turmeric (57:45) – this is the other supplement that Kisha takes (this one in pill form) She recommends taking it with several whole peppercorns rather than buying it with pepper already in the capsule as she thinks buying a premium for the pepper is silly! https://amzn.to/2Ipe4B5
Books recommended by Kisha:
Girl Go Wash Your Face by Thomas Nelson (59:25) https://amzn.to/2KqhtlS
Finish - Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff (59:40) https://amzn.to/2G3Oe2H
Never Split the Difference – Negotiating as if your life depended on it by Chris Voss (1:00:10) https://amzn.to/2X3ZBP3
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (1:00:00) https://amzn.to/2UQmcAY
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (1:01:45) https://amzn.to/2X3bJQu
Medium (1:02:15) Medium is a unique platform for publishing (and reading great content from interesting writers. I have published on their site. https://medium.com
Today we review the 10 ice cream flavor we came up with including cheddar cheese and bacon as well as pear walnut and many more. Also we asked the question 10 ideas for fiction book titles you would author.
Today we review the answers to yesterday's question about self help books and ask the question - if you could go back in time, what 10 now deceased people would you want to meet and interview and what is one question you would ask them.