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

 

Rain Delay Speech

 

There is a serious leadership moment when Heyward called a Team Meeting (Players only) during the rain delay in Game 7.

Heyward’s message, via MLB.com:

“I told them I love them. I told them I’m proud of the way they overcame everything together. I told them everyone has to look in the mirror, and know everyone contributed to this season and to where we are at this point. I said, ‘I don’t know how it’s going to happen, how we’re going to do it, but let’s go out and try to get a W.'”

Great lessons for all of us.  We all have moments when we need to give the right speech at the right time.
When has been a time in your life when you heard the right thing at the right time?  Have you been the person that needed to give this speech?  Comment below!
Jaime

Watch the Speech here: Rain Delay Speech

Make America Kind Again

With the results of the election settling in it really bothers me to see how much hate there is.  Trump fans are boastful and insulting (it seems).  Clinton fans (or Trump Haters) are very unhappy and vocal.
Check out how this one mom is trying to spread kindness amongst all the negativity out there
Somehow we all need to stop the hate.  
Jaime