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Parenting….not for the weak.

Posted: February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

My wife and I had our hardest parenting day yet this past Sunday. Our 8 year old was playing in his indoor soccer leagues championship game against the only team that beat them in the regular season. These kids won every game by at least 5 goals and walked through with the exception of 2 games. They ended the regular season in 2nd place and I am very proud to say that my son was a huge part of that success averaging a hat trick a game.

So this is where things got difficult. Now my son is a lot like me which means once something gets into our head we can be pretty stubborn. This can and will be a great ability for him down the road if used properly, but I have also found first hand that it can be really difficult as well. As you can imagine when you can literally make yourself believe 100% anything you think up there are some issues that can arise.

Now back to the game and I should mention they also scrimmage this same team every Monday in practice. They have never beat this team so it is understandable to a degree that an 8 year old would get somewhat negative about the game. The problem is that Kadyn convinced himself so much that his team was going to lose that the boy forgot to show up.

They found themselves down 2-0 early in the game, but Kadyn scored the first goal and brought them within one. Now here is where the cliff just dropped and Mel and I as parents watched our baby boy crumble. The other team came back and scored a quick goal. To Kadyn that was the end of the game and the point that he decided to quit on his team and hopefully began the process of learning.

Now watching our son fall apart, quit on his team, act out on the field, all the things he was doing out of frustration was absolutely crushing us. It was like getting your parenting report card and it just has one big massive F. At that moment and since I have not stopped thinking about what we can do to fix this? How do I show my son the importance of team work and that quitting on a team lets so many people down? The questions are not stopping and I don’t think they will as this lesson is going to stick with us for a long time.

I love my son more than he will ever know. He has the potential to do anything he wants. He is a straight A student and a phenomenal athlete. What I have to keep reminding myself is that he is just an 8 year old boy and will learn.

The most important lesson out of this day is that Mel and I have so much work to do before we are quality parents. It won’t be easy and we know it will come with plenty of days like this, but we love our kids, our family, and everything we have that you can really only look back and recognize that this was not a day that hurt our family, but a day that is going to shape our family.

Adversity in life is nothing but a speed bump along life’s path.

Kadyn, should you ever find this blog post I want you to know that no matter what your Mother and I will always love you. You really are a special little man and you make our world so much brighter. Remember to always give 110% in anything you do and you will never lose. As I told you last night, I do not care if you win or lose, but I do care if you give 100% or 50%. Regardless of it is Academics, Athletics, etc… give everything you have to what you are doing at the moment.

I love you Kadyn,
Daddy

Consistency

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

What do you think is one of the easiest things for you to control? Well if you answered Consistency then you my friend would be correct.

It seems like such a simple thing, but yet so many companies, organizations, managers, salespeople, etc… do not seem to understand it. Companies, people, etc… are all pretty complex things so what do we look for to help ease the day, consistency.

See what Dictionary.com has as the definition of Consistency:

Consistency comes to play in everything. For example; When we are setting up Social Media Plans for clients or our own company we should be talking about creating a consistent game plan. Now things will come up and obviously you will have to address them as they happen, move on the fly, but still stay consistent. What is the message we are sending and does it seem to change on a day to day or crisis to crisis situation? Remember that the world is that much smarter with so much information readily available to them that they will see the wrinkle in your inconsistent armor if you go that route. Saying you are this today and that tomorrow is probably a good way to make sure you are nothing in a year.

Another area where consistency may be more important is internally. When companies wonder how they can begin to build their legacy and company culture, consistency is a great place to start. Put it this way, if your employees know that what you say today will hold up in a two weeks, assuming nothing major has changed you will find you have very loyal people similar to external communications. Company culture is built from the inside out so begin building with a consistent style and game plan.

To be honest I think part of this random post is because we have a new puppy who I am learning that being consistent is very key. This is nothing new and has always been one the easiest ways IMHO to create loyalty internally and externally. If you want a loyal fan base or work force then create a very consistent message, game plan, sales processes, etc…and you will find that people will respond positively.

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Good Afternoon,

A colleague just forwarded this video to me and I totally forgot that I never added it to my blog. Maybe that was because I was a complete slacker with this blog so I am posting it now.

A special thanks to Mary Fletcher Jones from Fletcher Prince for putting this video series together.

Making some changes

Posted: January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Good evening,

So I have been working on making some changes and trying to make my blog look stronger. I am going to make a conscious effort to start talking about my experiences, events, thoughts, etc… I set this blog up over a year ago and have really let myself and anyone who has visited this site down by not providing fresh and worth while content.

Good news is I am doing it this year, no more talking, no more thinking, and no more excuses!!

Let the blogging begin!!!!
Colby