Posts Tagged ‘leader’


Adapted from FORTUNE, 4/1/15

 “The culture of a company to me defines how excellent it will be, how helpful it will be, how ambitious it will be, how innovative it will be. But if there’s a self-honesty in the culture, [it also defines] how quick it is to admit the mistakes every company makes. There’s a whole set of things. Does a company have integrity or not? Does a company desire to do something more important than simply making money? Is there a reason for being, and do the employees really get the reason for being?
These things are critically important to me…”

It is a pleasure join the culture of Banc of California™.
Building California’s Bank. We are committed to building California’s bank by becoming the top full-service bank serving California’s diverse private businesses, entrepreneurs and homeowners.


The Masters

blazintallmansm“Strong partnerships prevail despite a persistent cultural bias for focusing on individual achievements.  Many observers of a two-person team want to know which of them is the real reason for their success, failing to understand that neither is the complete equation” – Rodd Wagner and Gail Wagner, PH.D, POWER OF 2.

It is unfortunate that on a day that we should have been celebrating Adam Scott’s success at the Masters, we instead were celebrating the families of the survivors of the Boston Marathon.  Like we had at the Daytona 500, sports, specifically the 2013 Masters exemplified key leadership values that can lead us all to ‘victory’; belief, power of two, and technology.

Veteran entertainer and morning radio show host, Steve Harvey recently highlighted that the path to ‘belief’ starts with ‘hope’.  Once you hope for success, you can develop ‘faith’ that helps you build a path.  Once you have faith, belief will become a guide.  From believing every day, success will naturally follow.  Facing the most challenging weather conditions in years. it was obvious to viewers by Scott’s posture that he had the belief he could defeat his champion competitors.

Secondly, Scott took advantage of the Power of 2.  Highlighted by the television announcers, Scott tapped Tiger Woods ex-caddy, who escorted him to three Masters as his caddy. “He was my eyes. He’s seen a lot of putts at this golf course; somewhere he might have seen that one. I knew it was a fast putt, so I said: ‘I’m going to hit it to go in the front edge. And he said: ‘Aim at least two cups over.’ It was an unbelievable read.”

Lastly, while PGA purists may debate or discredit Scott’s performance, the key to victory may very well have been Scott’s use of the prototype Cameron mallet.  Although Tiger had protested its use on November 6, 2012, Scott smartly adapted to the technological innovations, and excelled.

Check out the winning playoff putt at Business Insider.

Positive Thinking

blazintallmansm“It requires strength of character to make the transition to a positive thinker. It isn’t easy”

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale shared a number of wonderful and insightful thoughts with Gerhard Gschwandtner in his article Unlock the Power of Positive for Selling Power. “I figure that I am the sovereign judge of any thoughts that goes through my mind. Remember the old saying, ‘You can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.’ If a negative thought comes to your mind, you sit as judge with sovereign power over that thought, and you can cast it out. By practicing positive thinking for as long as I have – being basically negative – I have developed the ability to throw out the negative thought quickly…

A problem is a concentrated opportunity…The more problems you have, the more alive you are. Every problem contains the seeds of its own solution. I often say, when the Lord wants to give you the greatest value in the world, he doesn’t wrap it in a sophisticated package and hand it to you on a silver platter. He is too subtle, too adroit for that. He takes this value and buries it at the heart of a big, tough problem. How he must watch with delight when you’ve got what it takes to break that problem apart and find at its heart what the Bible calls ‘the pearl of the great price.’

…To me, positive thinkers are rugged souls who see every difficulty. But they are not defeated by difficulties because they know that they have within their own mind the ability to understand, define, make judgements, and arrive at the right decisions. In addition, they have what it takes to overcome, live with, or reduce the problem. In a sense, they are realists in that they see everything straight but are never overawed by difficulty.

Check out the full article at Selling Power