16 May

The Centurions Impact on Our Community

Thank you for supporting me at the Centurions party whether you sponsored the event or went as a party goer. The money we raised this year will go to the TMC Foundation and be used to expand the NICU.  Furthermore, monies will be going to Boys and Girls Club, Youth on Their Own and Boys to Men Mentoring as all four of these organizations are beneficiaries.  Who do you know that is a Centurion? Have you ever been to one of our events? I’m going to recreate the experience for you of how it occurs to me to be a Centurion and what it takes to put on our event.

We are a group of 100 active members with many senior and life members which is a status that is earned after many years of active service. Planning such things like the event name, theme, venue ideas, who leads a venue, graphics, ticket price and the event location takes place about eight months in advance. The event date this year was 05 May 2018, and we effectively started planning in October 2017.

Many individuals outside of Centurion membership have a grand impact on the event.  Although we do our best to build, donate and provide a service to our organization that results in a successful party, it requires a community to accomplish such a feat. Thank you to every family member, business owner, employee and friend that helped us pull off another stellar event.

Starting on Tuesday/Wednesday of the week before the event many actives go to the event site to start event prep.  Equipment gets delivered, the event site gets chalked to reflect the architecture’s plan, and we start building the structures that you see and interact. Many of us camp in motorhomes and trailers at the event site for the duration of the event. I started my journey on Wednesday at left site on Sunday, camping with my buddy in his motorhome throughout.

Many actives, senior and life members work from 0630 to 1800 or later Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to pull off the party of the year, for you and our community. It is a labor of love and the comradery shared with our blood, sweat and sometimes tears is an experience that solidifies friendships for life!

We share the excitement with you when the clock counts down to start the party.  Many of us rush to the front gate to see the costumes that you wear, the smiles on your face showing how ready you are for a good time and to meet our friends and loved ones to thank them in supporting our organization and us.

Throughout the party, we are your concierges. It is not our party, it is your party, and we are there to create the best experience possible. We facilitate your needs, keep the event clean and make sure each venue is in peak operation.  As the night draws to a close, we provide free rides home and escort you to safety, all the while thanking you for supporting us.

The event ends promptly at midnight and then the cleanup and tear down start.  Most of us are back to camp by 0100 then share a beverage, stories, and cheers to another successful event. First hand I stayed up until 0300 on Sunday morning and promptly passed out.  All to wake up at 0630 on Sunday morning to complete the event cleanup and tear down.  Typically, we are complete by 1400 or 1500 on Sunday afternoon.

The level of dedication and passion that I see from our members empowers me to give my all. Thank you, my brothers, for the support we provide one another and the unification we show as a group to throw the biggest party of the year and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for our community.  Thank you to the volunteers that donated their time and resources.  Thank you to our sponsors for believing in what we do and thank you to the party goers that came to have a great time.

It is my pleasure to be part of something bigger than myself and live a powerful life of giving that is shared with my brethren. Next year’s event is 362 days away, and I cannot wait to do it over again.  With love and respect to all who contributed to The Centurions Splish Splash Beach Bash event on 05 May 2018, thank you! See you next year.

 

Always Caring,
-Adam Dellos

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09 May

The One Thing You’ll Need to Read Today!

Today marks my thirteenth article written for you. Can you believe it has been three months since I started on my writing journey? I’m paying homage to my first article and writing a follow-up article pertaining to “The One Thing” book that has greatly influenced my habits.

Quote from my first article, “Whether you are in business for yourself, a high-level employee or a front lines employee, the emails I’m writing are in the personal/professional development space.  I’m inviting you to the possibilities I’ve created for myself, my team and my circle of influence.”

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I read “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller a couple months ago and have been practicing it every day.  It had a very impactful message to me and through my daily practice, I’ve seen stellar results.  I use an app on my phone called Goal Tracker that has a checkmark or an X if I practiced my ONE Thing.  You may use the app or a calendar to give a visual representation of your daily practice and habits.

The premise of the book is prioritization and creating success lists instead of a traditional “to-do” list.  By this, you are launching yourself towards maximizing your daily work to achieve a goal, versus being “in the weeds” and simply doing tasks and checking them off an arbitrary list.  It is phrased: “What’s the one thing you can do, such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

I’ve combined two trains of thought that have done wonders for my mental health and productivity both personally and professionally.  First, it was adopting the saying, “If you’re saying YES to this, what are you saying NO to.”  Hence if I say yes to something you take away the space to do what you want or feel most necessary to obtain a goal. The inability to say no impacts you in a way that you may feel a loss of Freedom or Self-Expression to make a choice. Rather you are making a decision on which one you want more versus a choice to do what you see as most important to you.

Here’s a caveat. In business, you may not be able to say no to a customer ready to pay or in dire need. Keep that in mind and work on a balance or delegate the task to an employee or co-worker.  You may even be able to set a time later in the day to get it done versus dropping everything to fix a problem that is not your doing.  In my personal life, I use it to keep a clear head, set myself up for success to meet my timely obligations and control my chaos that I love due to being a busybody type.

Now combine The One Thing principle, create your success list and ask yourself “If I say yes to this, what am I saying no to?” The results may be astounding! Here is a link to the book on Amazon. You may also try www.scribd.com or www.mentorbox.com for more of an executive summary if you feel you are unable or unwilling to read a couple of hundred page book.

MentorBox is a site which led me down different learning paths due to its method of teaching.  It gives an executive summary accompanied by a video and workbook, so you retain the main principles of the book.  Here is a link to The One Thing cheatsheet from MentorBox.  Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.

 

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25 Apr

The Last Password You’ll Need to Remember

The Last Password You’ll Need to Remember

I am reading “The Man Who Knew Too Much” by David Leavitt. It is a great read that gives insight into the life of Alan Turing and the brilliant mathematicians that influenced him. The Imitation Game movie was the cinematic version of this book and Alan’s history. He was the primary brainchild of the English breaking the German Enigma machine during WWII. Which leads me to what I am learning, Cryptography, in turn, sparked an article on how to secure your passwords. If you like math and history, consider reading the book. If you’re a movie go’er, consider renting The Imitation Game and enter yourself into WWII and learn about the invention of the computer.

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How do you feel when you forgot your password to that website that you use twice a year? How frustrated do you get when you “know that password should work!?” If you were in a serious time crunch for work or school and your password doesn’t work, what would you do; who would you call?

These are all common questions that one may ask of themselves on a daily basis, depending on how much you use your technology.  Based on several studies, on average 82% of people have forgotten a password on a website that they frequent.  About 64% of people either physically write down their passwords or use some spreadsheet to manage their passwords.  Alarmingly, 70% of people do not use a unique password for a majority of the websites they visit.

The first figure typically results in frustration and lost time because you have to search for the password or click on “reset password” link that most websites have.  The second figure may result in lost or stolen passwords and can cause a security breach of your personal information.  The last figure combined with the physically writing your password down or using an unsecured spreadsheet is most alarming, typically resulting in undesired access to 70% or more of websites containing personal information.

How might you solve this problem you ask? It is a simple solution that requires little effort and can be free to the individual.  The service is called LastPass and found at www.lastpass.com. The solution is in the name. You set up a secure password that will essentially be your “Last Password” to ever remember, then you import all of your current passwords and setup any new websites or application passwords in the LastPass portal.

Other features that increase its accessibility are secure notes, corporate subscriptions that allow you to manage employee passwords and a mobile application that allows you to have your passwords on the go. Regardless of how savvy you are on the computer, all of the above figures translate to valuable time wasted and crucial personal information compromised.

Consider the use of LastPass or a service similar to it that helps you keep track of all of your passwords securely.  Whether you are a business or an individual this platform allows for continuity between all devices if you are sitting at your desktop/laptop or on the go with your mobile phone.  LastPass’ tagline is “Simplify your life. LastPass manages your online life, so you don’t have to.”

“How would you feel if you left your front door unlocked and someone came and stole your valuables? Think about this next time you leave your accounts unlocked on your device without any protection.”

 

With Love and Care,

-Adam Dellos

 

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18 Apr

Leadership without Rank

I was hired as a network technician in 2007 and was very excited to start my new position.  If I could, I would’ve slept outside the front door on a cot in my work clothes with a toothbrush hidden under my pillow ready to go at first light.  I noticed that I was acting a bit more bubbly than normal for the first six months. I attributed that to my excitement for what I was going to learn, the people I was going to meet and the impact my skills and personality were going to make in my organization.

For many months I gave it my all.  I dedicated myself to the message my department was promoting and gave much more than what was expected of me. I had a big project due during the summer months one year, and I was onboard to making it a success. I chose to cancel my normal summer vacation to ensure this project was completed on time and with the utmost quality. I completed the first phase of the project on time and submitted my work.  With my teeth grinned in excitement to hear the good news that I did a good job, I patiently sat and waited.

My direct report came to me a week later and said that the work I performed was non-satisfactory. Without a full explanation from my boss of where I had slipped up, I was unclear on what was expected. As my excitement still shined through, I went back to work and corrected my work that was deemed non-satisfactory.  I resubmitted phase 1 and submitted a draft of phase 2 to my direct and again, waited patiently. He came back a week later and said that I was off the project.  I was distraught and angered by what I saw as a kneejerk reaction without cause, reason or explanation.

This kneejerk reaction was the first incident that chipped away at my “want to do more than expected,” and I started slipping into “only do what is expected,” mentality.  In another matter simple in its approach, I asked for a book so I may learn and study a new technology that we were implementing. When I asked my direct report, he said: “Let me check the budget.” A couple of weeks go by, and I hear nothing back, so I ask for it again.  He again says, “Let me check the budget.” Again, a couple more weeks go by, and I hear nothing, so I ask for it again.  He shows his frustration and says, “It’s not in the budget, I’m not getting it for you. If you want it so bad, go ahead and get it yourself.”

That was the second incident and nail in the coffin of “I’m only going to do what is expected of me.” That mentality only lasted a few months before I committed myself to pursuing my business full-time and giving everything I’ve got to myself and my customers where it’ll be appreciated. Ten years later, here I am writing this article and running a successful business with the best team any company could cultivate.

How many times have you experienced this for yourself or heard/seen this happen in your workplace? How many good people have left your organization due to situations that may have been completed with clear communication and reinforcing the company and employee’s mutually aligned goals? In my recollection, I can think of at least 14 people that have left the places I’ve worked over the years due to similar scenarios.

Whether you are an employer or an employee your leadership in similar scenarios detailed in my story does not require rank to make an impact. I had the pleasure of meeting Rob Redenbach at a conference he presented at in Sep 2017. He wrote a book called “Leadership without Rank,” and it focuses on the gap between what is expected of a person and what they want to give. You may find the book at his website www.redenbach.com.

There are two main points that I’d like for you to consider, no matter if you are an employer/employee/one-person-business.

  • Your rank/title/position inside of a company or your social structure does have a direct correlation on the amount of influence inside of the conversations that you have. On the flip side of the same coin, the non-ranking people that take a stand for what they believe in and communicate it effectively, have an exponential amount of influence than those that say nothing.
  • When you commit to creating an empowered culture that continually produces work people want to give versus producing work that they are expected to give, you must practice inside this culture every day. It is now your way of life.  It is not a tactic or strategy to get people to work harder; it becomes a mutually aligned agreement between you and everyone in your life that you enroll into your possibility. This way of being and acting requires effort, dedication and taking a stand for anyone that contradicts this culture agreement, including yourself if you are the one contradicting the culture that you are building.

We as a society can accomplish spectacular things when we are not worried about looking good or feeling bad about expressing what’s important to you. Your leadership as an individual in your workplace and social structure makes an impact whether you know it or not. The feeling of belonging to something bigger than yourself drives you to do in excess of what is expected.  Imagine a company, a life of friends/family and a world that does in excess of what is required out of life to survive. Rah rah motivation lasts a finite amount of time.  Belonging to a cause bigger than you as an individual lasts a lifetime. Consider you are the one person that can create this culture and live a powerful life that is authored by you via your Leadership without Rank.

 

Always Caring,
-Adam Dellos

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