Recently, I was requested by INSPIRERY to do an interview about my career and my story. It was a fun experience and I hope to follow it up with other sites soon. Check it out!
Other interviews I have been a part of in the past include:
I came across an interesting article about a former Google employee who taught his fellow coworkers mindfulness and emotional intelligence during his 20% “me” time. At the end of it, the goal was to teach one to pursue his passions that were unrelated to his or her work responsibilities but that would ultimately benefit the company. His approach was to recruit other big names in the industry and have them speak (on the company’s dime) with a central message of always doing the right thing for Google and the world. What he didn’t know was whether or not Google would condone the message or not. In his words:
“The secret of my success in Google is to always do the right thing for Google and the world. And then I sit back and wait for them to fire me. So if they don’t fire me, I’ve done the right thing for Google and the world. If they do fire me, then I’m in the wrong company. So either way I win.”
He went on: “This is one of those situations where I just do the right thing and then, if it doesn’t work out, just ask for forgiveness.”
What is your secret in the workforce? My view is that one should always do the right thing for the company. Shoot first and ask questions later…or firing from the hip can be maverick, but sometimes asking for forgiveness later is the quickest way from point A to point B. I agree that this won’t work for every employee, but there are definitely situations that warrant this. Be nimble and flexible, and use an agile, well thought out approach for every situation.
I read a recent article about rethinking how you manage that really piqued my interest. When there are issues to be resolved and decisions to be made in the workplace, it takes a certain level of effort to get the job done. I’ve been on both sides of the equation here — as an employee who has reported to a superior and as a manager with direct reports. And because of this, I know that there can be different solutions taken that arrive at the same answer. However, some solutions may be more or less efficient or effective than others. Knowing how to effectively communicate, either employee to boss or vice versa, is important here. The key to resolution is ownership — if one feels they are vested in the project or the issue at hand, they’ll take on responsibility and see the task to completion. On the flip side, if there are always questions but no proposed solutions, or if one’s solutions are always discounted, there can be no real ownership. It’s all about the appropriate level of employee empowerment!
A recent article about Apple’s interview questions was really interesting which got me thinking — as a manager, I’ve never been asked questions like this before during an interview. I ask the typical questions about who you are, where you’ve been and what are you up to now. I’ll usually ask a few questions to make the interviewee think, such as what is your favorite excel formula and why? Or ask them to describe a situation that had conflict and see how they resolved it. But it dawned on me that there is a whole other creative way to glean information from a candidate and Apple seems to have it down pat. There are some pretty challenging questions in this article. How would you answer them?
Following are some of them:
The San Francisco 49ers have had an interesting yet fantastic offseason. Just when we thought there was no way the 49ers could have four head coaches over the last four years, they go out and sign offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan from the Atlanta Falcons, shortly after signing on a new GM in former safety John Lynch. Generally, rookie GM’s find it challenging in all aspects during their first campaign at the helm, but this year’s draft has proved otherwise. Coming off of their worst season in NFL history where they went 2-14, the 49ers earned the #2 pick in this year’s NFL draft. Held over the last 3 days, following is the list of final picks:
1 (3). Solomon Thomas, DL, Stanford
1 (31). Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama
3 (2). Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, Colorado
3 (40). C.J. Beathard, QB, Iowa
4 (15). Joe Williams, RB, Utah
5 (2). George Kittle, TE, Iowa
5 (34). Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech
6 (14). D.J. Jones, DT, Ole Miss
6 (18). Pita Taumoepenu, LB, Utah
7 (11). Adrian Colbert, CB, Miami
What is most interesting is the wheeling and dealing that occurred right out of the gate. After the Cleveland Browns selected Myles Garrett at #1, the Chicago Bears traded their #3 pick for the Niners’ #2 pick, as well as for pick 67 in Round 3 and pick 111 in Round 4. On top of that, the Niners received a 2018 third-round pick. Interestingly, the Browns selected Mitch Trubisky, quarterback from North Carolina, leaving Solomon Thomas, DT from Stanford, as the #3 pick for the Niners! Solomon Thomas was who they wanted to begin with, so the Niners started off the draft with a bang and a steal!
Shortly thereafter, the Niners traded their 34th pick (Round 2) and their 111th pick that they just acquired, to Seattle, in order to draft arguably the best LB in the draft in Alabama’s Reuben Foster. When the smoke had cleared, the Niners had just drafted two of the top 3 players on their board. Remarkable!
Can’t wait for the season to start – go Niners!
“Hope Arises” was the name and topic of this past Sunday’s sermon at Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, as we celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior, who sacrificed his life so that are sins could be forgiven.
Many things seem impossible in the midst of chaos and in many respects, they really are. Whether one is dealing with a broken marriage, infidelity, financial or legal troubles, disease or sickness, there is one thing that has withstood the test of time — and that is hope. While every man dies because of father time, those who believe that God raised Jesus Christ from the dead will live eternal life. How do we know this? Because, the resurrection proves this, and it says so in the bible.
This tells us that with God, “all things are possible”. Pastor Dudley tells us that God specializes in the impossible. All he asks us is to Confess and Repent, Believe in Him and through baptism, we may live a new life. Our past will be forgiven and our future will be secured. Isn’t that something — that is hope and salvation in its purest form.
Happy Easter to all…
Most individuals at some point in their life have had the desire to become successful. Whether that is due to their financial worth, their position at a company, or their overall status, in terms of how others may perceive them. It isn’t until you’ve experienced things like failure, setback or hardship, that one fully begins to understand and embrace life, especially after having achieved success in the past. When you’ve had it, you’re on top of the world and nothing can take you down. But when you’re not careful, things can come crashing down in an instant. Importantly, perhaps the way to become successful is not for the extra zero, or for the promotion, or for the press — but rather seeking to merely be valuable with no expectation in return. Valuable to others, including your family, in the workplace, amongst your friends, or at church. Inherently, you will be a man of success.
“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”