Family Restaurant Night – Boys & Girls Club

TAG serving The Boys and Girls Club

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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
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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.

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!

Millennials: Why are they unhappy?

H = R – E
Happiness = Reality – Expectations
That really makes a lot of sense.
Millennials (and other generations) should expect great lives.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with high hopes and grand expectations.  I think the big challenging question is this:  In what time frames should I expect these great things?  Greatness will come over years of mastering your craft.  As long as we all understand the 10,000 Rule (it takes 10,000 hours of practice to be considered an expert), then I think we’ll all be in great shape.
Enjoy the read.
Jaime
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Why Millennials Keep Dumping You: An Open Letter to Management

We have always wanted to create a hip, fun work culture filled with cutting edge ideas and terrific talent.  This article paints a great picture of things to avoid when trying to attract today’s top Millennial talent.  Enjoy the read.

Original Article from  via LinkedIn


This post was cowritten with Elizabeth McLeod, a millennial and cum laude graduate of Boston University, and daughter of Lisa Earle McLeod.

Attracting and keeping top millennial talent is a burning issue for leaders. Millennials are 35% of the workforce. By 2020 they’ll be 46% of the working population.

Some of our most successful clients — organizations like G Adventures, Google, and Hootsuite — are filled with millennials who are on fire for their jobs. Yet many organizations struggle to attract, and retain, top millennial talent.

One of us, Elizabeth, wrote this letter, to share insights about what top-performing millennials want and how leaders can ignite the “energy of a thousand suns.”

An Open Letter to Management:

You hired us thinking this one might be different; this one might be in it for the long haul. We’re six months in, giving everything we have, then suddenly, we drop a bomb on you. We’re quitting.

We know the stereotypes. Millennials never settle down. We’re drowning in debt for useless degrees. We refuse to put our phone away. We are addicted to lattes even at the expense of our water bill. Our bosses are not wrong about these perceptions. But,pointing to our sometimes irresponsible spending and fear of interpersonal commitment isn’t going to solve your problem. You still need us. We’re the ones who’ve mastered social media, who have the energy of a thousand suns, and who will knock back 5-dollar macchiatos until the job is done perfectly.

I’ve worked in corporate America, administrative offices, advertising agencies, and restaurants. I’ve had bosses ranging from 24 to 64. I’ve had bosses I loved, and bosses I didn’t. I’ve seen my peers quit, and I’ve quit a few times myself. Here’s what’s really behind your millennials’ resignation letter:

1. You tolerate low-performance

It’s downright debilitating to a high achiever. I’m working my heart out and every time I look up Donna-Do-Nothing is contemplating how long is too long to take for lunch. I start wondering why leadership tolerates this.

Is that the standard here? No thanks.

Fact: Poor performers have a chilling effect on everyone.

2. ROI is not enough for me.

I spent Sunday thinking about how I can make a difference to our customers. Now it’s Monday morning, what do I hear? Stock price. Billing. ROI. Suddenly, my Monday power playlist seems useless. I’m sitting in a conference room listening to you drag on about cash flow.

I was making more money bartending in college than I am at this entry-level job. You say I’ll get a raise in a year if the company hits a certain number? So what? I need something to care about today. Talk to me about how we make a difference, not your ROI report.

Fact: Organizations with a purpose bigger than money have a growth rate triple that of their competitors.

3. Culture is more than free Panera.

Don’t confuse culture with collateral. Yes, I am a cash-strapped millennial who really appreciates free lunch. But I don’t wake up at 6AM every day to play foosball in the break room. I’m not inspired to be more innovative over a Bacon Turkey Bravo.

I need to be surrounded by people who are on fire for what we’re doing. I need a manager who is motivated to push boundaries and think differently. Working in a cool office is really awesome. So is free lunch. But a purposeful culture is more important.

Fact: A culture of purpose drives exponential sales growth 

4. It’s ok to get personal

Treat me like a number? I’ll return the favor. This job will quickly become nothing more than my rent payment. I’ll start living for Friday and counting down the minutes until 5. After a few months of that, I’ll probably have a drunken epiphany and realize I want more out of my life than this.

Then I’ll prove your assumptions right. 8 months in, I’ll quit and leave. Or worse, I’ll quit and stay, just like Donna-Do-Nothing.

That’s not good for either of us. Here’s what you need to know:

I was raised to believe I could change the world. I’m desperate for you to show me that the work we do here matters, even just a little bit. I’ll make copies, I’ll fetch coffee, I’ll do the grunt work. But I’m not doing it to help you get a new Mercedes.

I’ll give you everything I’ve got, but I need to know it makes a difference to something bigger than your bottom line.

Signed,

A Millennial

The millennials are telling us what we already know in our hearts to be true. People want to make money, they also want to make a difference.   Successful leaders putpurpose before profit, and they wind up with teams who drive revenue through the roof.

Lisa Earle McLeod is the creator of the popular business concept Noble Purpose and author of the bestseller Selling with Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do work That Makes You Proud

Los Angeles Dodgers News: Fun at stadium leads to toddler’s arrest

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Christine O’Donnell – reporting live from Dodgers Stadium (September 14, 2014)

LOS ANGELES – Police arrest child for throwing a paper airplane that caused the Dodgers historically pitiful 19-3 loss to the Giants Saturday night.

Witnesses say three-year-old Dane Hepp mischievously threw a massive paper plane toward the field in the 8th inning of the game confusing and distracting players.

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“Did you see the size of that paper plane? Who wouldn’t be distracted,” Yasiel Puig said.

“There were a lot of people throwing paper planes during the game, but the extra large one, that’s why we lost so horribly,” catcher Tim Federowicz said.

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Baby Hepp was charged with disorderly conduct and booked at Van Nuys Jail shortly after 11:00 p.m.. We reached out to his father, the man who some say made that massive plane, but he declined to comment. Still, reporters say he chortled when asked about his son’s amazing strength.

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Character Development

I found this article from my friend – Michael Josephson.  I have always believed that a person’s professional growth is directly tied to personal growth.  In other words, if you work on becoming a better person and continuously “upgrade yourself”, you can expect to see upward mobility in the workplace.

Enjoy the article.

 

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The Seven Cs of Character

As you consider your goals for the New Year, I hope you’ll think about working on your character. No, you’re not too old and I don’t mean to imply you’re a bad person. As I’ve said often, “you don’t have to be sick to get better.” In fact, it’s a lot easier to make a good person better than a bad person good.

The struggle to be better takes place during our daily choices.

People of exceptional character stand out from the crowd because they develop the wisdom and strength to know and do the right thing in the face of pressures and temptations to do otherwise.

There are seven core qualities called the Seven Cs of character: conscience, compassion, consideration, confidence, control, courage, and competence.

 

CONSCIENCE. Your conscience is your moral compass.  Take care of it. Use it. Trust it.

COMPASSION. Nurture, express and demonstrate compassion by caring about, giving to and helping whomever you can, whenever you can in all ways that you can.

CONSIDERATION. Be considerate.  Always be aware of how your words and actions affect others so you can do more good and less harm.

CONFIDENCE. Approach every opportunity and challenge with confidence that you are worthy enough and able enough to succeed. Never doubt your inner strength to overcome temptations, difficulties and misfortunes with honor and dignity.

COURAGE.  Protect who you are and what you believe with courage. Master your fears and preserve your integrity by doing what you know is right even if costs more than you  want to pay.

CONTROL. Control the emotions, urges and appetites that demean you, damage your name or diminish your future.

COMPETENCE. Continually build your competence, the knowledge, skill and ability to ethically and effectively solve problems

Lessons from Pigeons

I came across a great article that studied the behaviors of pigeons in a controlled environment.  I think there are a couple of great lessons that parallel with human behavior.

Enjoy!

 

2 Lessons on Adapting and Entitlement

During an experiment, pigeons were put in cages with one green and one red button.  In one cage, if the birds pecked the green button they would get food every time.  In the other, the green button yielded food erratically and the pigeons had to persist to get enough food.  In both cases, pecking the red button did nothing.  Both sets of birds thrived, learning what they had to do to survive and to ignore the red button that yielded no food.  But when the birds that were used to getting a reward every time were put in the cage that fed them only occasionally, they failed to adapt; they hit their heads against the cage and pecked wildly at everything in sight.

 

 

There are two worthwhile lessons from this study.  First, the pigeons quickly learned from experience to avoid the red button because it was unproductive.  There are lots of people who would lead smoother and happier lives if they just stopped pushing red buttons that never give them what they want.

Second, even birds who have it too easy get spoiled and develop an entitlement mentality that prevents them from adapting to situations where they can solve their problems if they just work harder.  Some people are like that too.  They don’t deal well with new circumstances especially those that require persistence.

Part of being responsible is learning from experience to appreciate the benefits of tenacity and the wisdom of avoiding useless, harmful and self-defeating patterns of behavior.