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Professional athletes require unique financial planning due to the amount of compensation and timing of the earning career. Athletes, with their families, should create a financial plan that spans the playing career, transition to post-play career and long-term life goals.

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Case Study: Group Flow

Louis Gerstner’s book Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance is a fascinating account of the former IBM CEO’s historic turnaround of the tech giant. One lesson I took away from the book (available on Audible.com) was that Gerstner initially made no major decisions, but rather spent time talking with different divisions.  One when he had a clear idea of IBM’s needs across the organization, did Gerstner develop an overarching strategy that served to right the ship.  This collaborative approach relates to author Steven Kotler’s statement in Stealing Fire about the  kind of leader Google was seeking in a CEO: someone able “…to let go of his ego, merge with the team…” Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal is available on Audible.com.

Finite verus Infinite Game

“They also make the very clever shift away from seeing those in their industry as competitors and rather see them as rivals. A competitor is someone you want to beat. And the obsession again is too much on the finite. What are the metrics, how are we going to get ahead of them? A rival is someone who’s strengths reveals to you your weaknesses. So to see those in your industry and admire where they are better than you, instead of trying to beat them, you look at where your weaknesses are, and improve. It’s constant improvement.” -Simon Sinek

Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse is a very interesting book and available on Audible. The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek is scheduled to be released June 6, 2019. Can’t wait!

Traits of Billionaires include GRIT and Resilience

Success demands not believing the hype, or lack thereof, tunnel vision, GRIT and resilience. Each level becomes ever the more challenging but the formula remains the same: Just do the work.

Just downloaded Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Eric Barker on Audible.com.

Alkaline versus Acidic Foods

A recent conversation with a friend about acid reflux brought up a 2004 email from my father. Below content from his email is the framework in which I think about the food I eat. While the average pH value of yogurt is about 4, which is somewhat acidic, a drinkable yogurt from Trader Joe’s always settles my stomach.

“Strong alkaline food: Grape, tea, Seaweed.

Medium alkaline food: Yellow bean, tomato, pumpkin, strawberry, lemon,
spinach, banana, & egg white.

Weak alkaline food: Red bean, apple, onion, tofu, green color
vegetable.

Strong acidic food: Egg (yellow portion), cheese, persimmon.

Medium acidic food: Bacon, pork, beef, margarine, bread, wheat,
chicken & fish.

Weak acidic food: Rice, peanut, beer, clam, oil fries.

85% of cancer patients have acidic body fluid (pH< 7.4). Best acidic foods: alkaline foods ratio is 1:3”

Grande Armee invasion of Russia

Charles Minard’s graph follows Napolean’s Grande Armee thru it’s march to (tan color) and back from (black color) Moscow. Napoleon who understood the ‘friction of war’ started the campaign with approximately 600,000 soldiers. The black line shows the severity of the forced retreat with 20,000 some of his initial 600,000 troops eventually making it back to France.

Which brings me back to thinking about General Lee at Gettysburg, with his Calvary commander Jeb Stewart’s location unknown, all culminating in Pickett’s Charge.

Graph source: Wikipedia

On Grand Strategy

“It was in our strategical thinking, in the strategy of peace, that we made our mistakes. It was because our strategy was wrong that our tactics, whatever they were—and they were various—never worked out. And if now we do not develop a grand strategy of peace, we shall be wrong again—and we shall have another war.”

Richard Law, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, March 1942

KCL Grand Strategy @KCL_CGS Apr 12

How to manage with Ben Horowitz

Mr. Horowitz’s book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, is available on Audible.com. Within this book are battlefield lessons on managing an organization during extremely turbulent market conditions.