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Mari Pat Varga
I assist my clients to be seen and heard in a crowded marketplace.
I assist my clients to be seen and heard in a crowded marketplace.

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band provided the soundtrack of my youth. There was something magical about the chemistry and charisma of that ensemble. I felt they were a tribe of brothers whose bond seemed unbreakable.

In Bruce Springsteen’s recently released autobiography titled Born to Run he talks about what went into forming this memorable band, the E Street Band. As he pondered who should be in the band and his vision of what he wanted the band to be and represent, he first thought about all the great rock bands he knew. He knew they coalesced around a clear persona, a compelling story and a dream so powerful that it could stir emotions and camaraderie between the performers and the audience.

For teams to be successful, there must be an overarching vision that captures the imagination and motivates the work ethic in a way that produces joy and meaning.

He wanted good musicians, friends and personalities he could bounce off – he wanted the “neighborhood block.” He said, “You don’t need the best players, you need the right players.” All those players ultimately click into something unique.

Successful teams know each other, work hard, laugh together and inspire creativity.


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33 shots in 29 minutes. 45 assists and 54 fields goals. 60 points in under 30 minutes makes history for Golden State Warrior, Klay Thompson.

Recently waiting for a business meeting to begin, a couple of colleagues and I were sitting around and one mentioned the December 5th basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Indiana Pacers. I hadn’t seen the game but was riveted by the enthusiastic re-telling.

Turns out Klay Thompson, considered the GSW’s third best scorer, dropped 60 points in less than 30 minutes during the game. He made history that night for the most points since the shot clock era (1954-55) by a player in less than 30 minutes. The previous record holder was his more famous teammate, Stephen Curry, at 46 points.

How the heck did he do this? What were the factors that needed to be in place to allow this extraordinary feat to occur? I did a little research and here’s what I determined was crucial to this successful splash -

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Are you a Decathlete or Specialist at Work?
At work, do you do one thing really well or have you developed the ability to do many things with a high level of proficiency?
I look forward to watching the Olympics every four years – not only to watch the amazing athletes who have trained so hard to get to this point – but to also observe how the athletes manage the pressures and intensity of the competition.  How they express “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”.  While locked in battle, how well do they work together and demonstrate respect?

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When we go to the theatre and see actors on the stage communicating a story we get wrapped-up in the action and forget that the lines that are spoken are scripted and the movement on stage is choreographed. If the production and talent are good it all looks and feels organic and yet it was orchestrated well in advance.

Business speakers can use similar techniques when making a presentation or a big conference speech.

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7 Ways to Look Really Confident (Even When You're Not)@jeff_haden via @Inc

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The Outsized Life of Muhammad Ali via @newyorker "Known as a supreme athlete, an uncanny blend of power, improvisation, and velocity; a master of rhyming prediction and derision; an exemplar and symbol of racial pride; a fighter, a draft resister, an acolyte, a preacher, a separatist, an integrationist, a comedian, an actor, a dancer, a butterfly, a bee, a figure of immense courage."

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Great strategies for improving productivity
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