12/31/12

Wishing you a Gray Haired Eminence for the New Year

Big Red Car here.  Happy New Year!

So The Boss is having a nice bourbon and gingerale with a pal of his and they get to talking about Boards of Directors.  In particular, about Boards of startups or small private companies or small public companies.  So, if you are on the Board of Exxon Mobil this is not for you but you can read it anyway and you will see the similarities.

The Boss has served on lots of Boards and is constantly being asked to serve on more.  He likes serving on Boards as does his pal.

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12/30/12

Gun Regulation — or why you just cannot trust the liberals in America

Big Red Car here.

Hope you are getting ready for a nice New Years Eve holiday or at least a bit of the bubbly and a holiday spirit.  Have one on me and Happy New Year!

Be good to yourselves, you deserve it.

Well, I had hoped that The Boss would not get involved in the gun debate but I also wanted a white Christmas in Austin.  Not going to happen.  Either one.  So let me see if I can get his views down in print correctly.

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12/27/12

Mentoring v Coaching — is there a difference?

Big Red Car here.

A lot of folks read my blog post yesterday on Mentoring — Head Fake or Worthy Endeavor.

I received a few questions — Hey, Big Red Car, what is the difference between coaching and mentoring?

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12/24/12

Mentoring — head fake or worthy endeavor — a case study (The Leadership Series)

Big Red Car here.

The other day we spoke about “developing talent” and mentioned that mentoring was a critical element in the development of talent.

Here is a real world story of mentoring.  Read it at your own risk.

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12/22/12

Question No. 1 (The Leadership Series)

Big Red Car here.

So we received a question from Austin entrepreneur and business owner — Joni G.  Old time friend of The Boss.  Very successful entrepreneur and Mom.  Creator of jobs, runner of businesses and all around great American.

A good question, indeed.

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12/18/12

Developing Talent in the Small Business (The Leadership Series)

Big Red Car here.

The Boss is still in Steamboat Springs skiing and I am still in the driveway waiting for the old boy to get home.  I am wasting a lot talent just sitting here.

Which brings me to the subject of developing talent.

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12/18/12

A Gig, a Product, a Job, a Career, a Profession (The Leadership Series)

Big Red Car here.

The Boss is still up skiing in Steamboat.  Snow is still pouring down and I am starting to feel just a bit sorry for myself.  I have been cooped up all week since Sunday and am getting a bit anxious.

I want to get out and run.  My job, my work, is to lower the top and run like Hell.  Through the neighborhood — never, ever violating the speed limit mind you — and when The Boss is feeling a bit wild through the Hill Country and out to the lake and back again.  I have a great job.  I am in the pleasure business.  Come ride with me.

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12/16/12

Aviate, Navigate, Communicate — crisis management (The Leadership Series)

Big Red Car here.

So The Boss is up skiing in Steamboat Springs in Colorado.  I wonder what is going to happen with Colorado and the legalization of marijuana.  I don’t see The Boss smoking any weed, but who knows.  Away from home and all, eh?

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12/15/12

Better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than being in the air and wishing you were on the ground

Big Red Car here.

So the other day The Boss and I head out to Georgetown, Texas to shoot a few “touch n goes” to keep the flying skills sharp.  I listened to him and a buddy talk about flying and business and how they are related.

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12/14/12

Startup Entrepreneurs, Safeguard Your Valuables

Big Red Car here.

The Boss was up early this morning meeting with a young entrepreneur who was in the midst of a startup.  They got to talking about how difficult it was to raise money and to get his idea to market.  Nice young guy full of piss and vinegar.  Going to be a big success.

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12/13/12

Innovation — how it is supposed to work

Big Red Car here.

So The Boss is out having a coffee.  Early riser likes to have a coffee for a meeting early in the morning because when the coffee is over he can scoot if he wants.

So I hear him talking about this article in The Atlantic.  Read this article.  The author, Kathryn Hawkins, wrote a great article.  She writes some great stuff about innovation in the United States.  Very interesting stuff on a number of different levels.

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12/11/12

The Fiscal Cliff

Big Red Car here.

So yesterday, I am over at Green Mesquite Barbecue at the corner of Lamar Boulevard and Barton Springs Road and a cute little Mercedes convertible howdies me and asks:  “Hey, Big Red Car, do you know where I can find the Fiscal Cliff?”

So I’m thinking — is that a new restaurant or a bar?  So I ask her:  “What is the Fiscal Cliff?”

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12/10/12

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy — the attack on Pearl Harbor

Big Red Car here in a somber mood.

This is how World War II started for the Americans.  The English and French had been fighting the Germans for some time now.

It was a devastating attack and almost destroyed the entire American Pacific Fleet.  But the Japanese failed to send in another wave (or two) and failed to destroy the fuel dump on Ford Island, the submarines and the aircraft carriers at sea.  The Japanese then turned tail and ran back to Japan.

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12/10/12

The Big Red Car Visits the Littlefield Fountain

The Big Red Car goes to the University of Texas Littlefield Fountain

Big Red Car here visiting one of my favorite places.

Click on the thumbnail and look at me visiting the Littlefield Fountain at THE University of Texas.  In the background you will see the famous or infamous University of Texas Tower.  You may remember that Charles Whitman, an ex-Marine and UT student, shot and killed 13 people and wounded an additional 32 victims while shooting from the Tower.

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