2010 – Great year for Team TAG

2010 was a great year for Team TAG.

I feel very lucky to be working with a dynamic group of young professionals.  Here’s to a terrific 2011!

Below are some highlights of 2010.

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Crisis Leadership – Saving the Big Bear Classic

Another year for our annual Org event.  10+ years of a weekend peppered with great business knowledge combined with crazy, childlike competitions and relationship building.

This year was different though…

Things started off great.  125 of our best and brightest ready and motivated for a great day of teaching and learning.  The events team was on point.  The teachers were on point.  What could possibly go wrong?

 

 

The night before our event began, we had news of a 100 acre fire that started near Ventura.  This was a concern considering we were planning on staying in Malibu – potentially being in harm’s way.  As the day went on, we heard news of the fires growing.  As I write this right now, this 100 acre fire has grown to 132,000+ acres.  Wow!

 

 

As we were preparing to wrap things up during the “business portion” of our meeting, the group came together and discussed the concerns.  All of the cards were put on the table about the fire, the smoke, and the 50/50 chance of an evacuation happening in Malibu.  This was the critical moment.

None of us are smarter than all of us.  I believe this to be true.

Everyone was asked to get back in to their small groups and come up with some solutions to some of our challenges (regarding physical and emotional safety, evacuation if this was required, drinking and driving, finding alternative places for 125 people to sleep, etc).  Everyone’s voices were heard.  Everyone’s concerns were heard.  Everyone’s opinions counted.

 

 

When we all returned to talk things through, it became clear that we were not going to have our event in Malibu.

Now what?

A small group of leaders assembled to get in to problem solving mode.  A clear challenge was in front of us as most hotels and airbnb’s couldn’t accommodate 125 people.  3 hours of internet searches, phone calls, negotiating…

We finally settled on going to hotel near Disneyland.  Why not venture out to the happiest place on earth, right?

Once we solved the problem of a good night’s sleep, we had our next big challenge…

What are we going to do to save our classic weekend?

Once again – a team of brains got together and talked…. and talked… and talked some more.

Huntington Beach – here we come!

First event – “The Skit”.

 

 

 

Second event – “Dizzy Bat”.

 

Third event – “Bocce Ball”.

 

Fourth and final premier event – “Volleyball”.

 

The spirit of our classic weekend was in full force as everyone acted silly and enjoyed themselves.

 

I was in awe of the great people that we work with.  I didn’t hear one complaint from anyone.  I heard laughter all weekend.  Everyone brought their A game to the event and everyone had a great time.  This is a group of leaders and winners.  The futures look bright for this squad.

We saved the notorious Big Bear Classic.

 

 

 

 

Family Restaurant Night – Boys & Girls Club

TAG serving The Boys and Girls Club

TAG's Volunteers
Leaders, Servers, Philanthropists

On June 12, 2017, TAG and its army of volunteers gave a few families in Santa Ana an unforgettable evening.  The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana hosted the event lead by Lupita and her great staff.  The goal was to invite a handful of families that have children attending the Club to a wonderful evening of good food, good company, and some live entertainment (thrown together by TAG).  The thought was to encourage families to eat together, enjoy each other, and strengthen family bonds.  In today’s busy world, it’s easier said than done for families to be able to enjoy family meals together.

Restaurant at The Club

TAG showed up to the Club early to set up tables, chairs, flowers, cutlery, etc – and did their best to give the families a 5-Star experience.  Musical instruments were available and the TAG’s “gutsy volunteers” did their best to accommodate requests.  🙂

Volunteers were in the kitchen preparing the food (catered by local restaurants).  And of course as meals were finished, the crew did an excellent job cleaning up and preparing the B&G Club for another day of serving kids after school.

Kitchen Crew
06.12.2017

The highlight of the evening was to see the families enjoying their time together appreciating a great evening of food and entertainment.  Kids are always a pleasure to serve, and having fun is always easy at the Boys & Girls Club.

“Being able to help out at the Boys & Girls Club was a special experience.  Just doing something as simple as serving a meal goes such a long way to these families and being able to be a part of it was very rewarding.  I am so thankful for the staff for allowing us to be a part of it and thankful for the continuous work they put into the community on a daily basis.” – Kelsey Dieter (HR Manager of TAG)

The Kids

Easy to have fun at The Club with The Kids

We appreciate the Boys & Girls Club staff for always having hearts of gold serving their local communities.

We appreciate our volunteers for selflessly giving their time and energy.

And most of all, we appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the community and do our best to serve and give back.

7 tips from successful entrepreneurs to stay motivated.

Check out my YouTube video:  Self Motivation tips

1. They know what they are meant to do in life.

Choose a destiny, then. Define your purpose. Chart your course. Once you answer the why, you will have unlocked the first door on the path to constant motivation.

 

2. They know what they’re supposed to do each day.

If you have several big rocks staring you in the face each week, then your goal each day is to chip away at them. Knowing that they are there and knowing you must conquer them creates a sense of motivation that won’t quit all day long.

 

3. They prepare mentally for each day.

-Music is going to be the quickest way to snap your mind into a powerful state.
-On your phone you can create an album of the things you want in life.
-I look at my goals that are next to my bed straight away.
-Plenty of great motivational material is on YouTube.

 

4. They refuse to rely on self-discipline alone.

Self-discipline, moreover, is limited. Benjamin Franklin was famous for his pursuit of moral perfection. At the conclusion of his perfection experiment, he wrote this: “I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it.”

5. They are the authors of their own rule book.

Another way of saying this is that self-motivated people set their own standards. And, invariably, these standards are high:

High standards can be hard to maintain. Yet they produce massive amounts of motivation, which in turn helps to fuel high achievement.

6. They develop insane goals.

The science of setting goals basically says that the simple act of creating the goal helps to drive the accomplishment.

7. They never lose sight of the goal.

Every day. Stuck on the mirror. Dinging on your phone. Taped to your computer. Hanging on the wall. Running through your mind. Everywhere. Always.

Keep your goals at the forefront of your mind, and you’ll never lose motivation.

Best,

Jaime

 

Attitude: A Self Fulfilling Prophecy

Attitude is somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

If you think something sucks, then it’s going to suck.
If you think something is great, then it’s going to be great.
This might be an over-simplified way of looking at life.  I have just found that looking for the silver lining will keep you optimistic, and eventually opportunity will come knocking on your door.
When I think of the times in my life when I chose a “less-than-great attitude, I didn’t want to let myself down from high expectations.
As I grew older, I realized that there are 2 ways to play the game:  “Play to win” or “Play to not lose”.
If we’re going to make 2017 a year of winning, let’s choose a positive attitude.
Jaime

Make This the Best Year Yet

How was your 2016?  Good?  Bad?

How do you want your 2017 to be?  I think everyone wants to be optimistic and hopeful for the new year.

Planning, preparing, and goal setting certainly don’t guarantee success – but I do believe that a plan increases our chances of success.

In the spirit of preparing to hit the starting line, enjoy the article below from my buddy Michael Josephson.

Jaime

 

The tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions reflects one the very best qualities of human nature – the ability to reflect on and assess our lives in terms of the goals we set for ourselves and the principles we believe in.

It’s still not too late to formulate a self-improvement plan to make our outer lives and inner selves better by adopting more positive attitudes, living up to our highest values, and strengthening our relationships.

Continue reading “Make This the Best Year Yet”

Hepp’s Stock Tip for 2017:  Bet on Liam Boyer

Do you know what it feels like to exhaust yourself, give everything you have, bring the most and best out of yourself, and then win a championship?
A couple of months ago, I was lucky enough to watch a baseball classic come to and end when the Chicago Cubs won in 10 innings of Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians.  I watched the players jump up and down, yell, scream, high five, hug, and celebrate like champions.  To me it doesn’t matter what the sport is, I just love watching winners give everything they have and get super emotional after.
Saturday night (December 17, 2016) was another one of those moments.
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Every year, I host a really fun weekend for the Top Players in our group of companies.  This year, we had about 120 people come to Los Angeles for another action packed weekend.  As the teams were put together for the Big Bear Classic, Liam was asked to take on a tricky task.  His powerhouse (Picha) was in a position to lead a team himself, and Liam and Wanis would then have to partner up to put together a “marmalade team” from two different organizations.
I felt for Liam – as I thought there was a good chance that this team might come in dead last just simply because there will be a lack of synergy since the team spawned from two orgs and because Liam’s star player was now a competitor.
We started off bright and early on Saturday morning with a “running event”, and it was followed up with a 7-person ski event.  Gareth Roberts proved in the preliminary heats that his team was unbelievable with the skis.  These guys basically figured out how to run in these crazy skis.  I was so confident that Gareth’s team would win, I bet my buddy Cog-A-Dog a beer that Gareth’s team would blow Liam’s out of the water.  This was my second time mistakingly betting against Liam.  Liam’s team squeeked out the W, and I found myself chugging a Miller Lite.
As the contest went on, Liam found himself going head-to-head with the mighty Joe Nolan team in the finals.  Joe’s team (in my opinion) won the “team spirit” award as they were hyped, loud, and winning most challenges.  Somehow Liam’s team won 5 straight beer pong games to pull off the championship.  It was an unbelievable run and an unbelievable weekend.
Congratulations Liam, Wanis, Rod, Phil, Patrick, Randi, Danny, Christopher, James, and Sonia.  You guys are winners, and you were lead by a winner.  You guys stepped up to the challenges, you bonded and became one unit, and you taught us all some great lessons.
  • Never under-estimate a couple of men that served this country (these guys know how to win).
  • Never under-estimate an “Angry Rod” – when this guy is focused – he brings himself to a new level.
  • Never under-estimate the swag and quiet diplomacy of the Egyptian – he made sure all dialog on the team was positive (not one ounce of negative energy…. ever).
  • Never upset Randi.  2016 hasn’t exactly been kind to her, but she refused to let the year end on any kind of loss.
  • Never refer to Phil as Samuel L. Jackson.
  • It doesn’t make sense to bet against Patrick considering he’s higher than a kite – he’s starting his first business next week.
  • And when you have a couple of rookies like Danny and Sonia – you never know what you’ll get.  These rooks brought their best and showed us that the new guys are optimistic and expect the best from themselves.
  • And of course, we learned that Liam Boyer understands and exhibits the Law of Victory:  Winners Find a Way to Win.

Liam gave us an exclamation mark for 2016, and he’s telling us all he can compete with the best of us.  I am betting on Liam’s Organization winning in 2017, and we will crown a new Org Consultant within the next 18 months.

One of my stock tips for 2017:  buy Boyer stock.  It’s on the rise.

Jaime

Check out this video from our Top Gun/BBC Weekend!