What Will Golf Do with the Arrival of the Drones?

by Jim Carroll

Sometime in the next few years, someone is going to arrive at a golf course, and have their entire round filmed by a drone up in the air overhead. It will follow them around via a GPS link ; their fellow players might be annoyed at first, but with the ultra silent motor, they’ll soon barely notice.

A drone flies over Pebble Beach, providing some unique views of one of the world's most famous golf courses.

Later, that someone will edit the highlights of their round to share it with friends; they might sent it to the their PGA Pro to help analyze it for training purposes; or they put it some other unimaginable use.

Right now, drone technology is where the Internet was in about 1993, and in the next 5-10 years we are going to see explosive growth in both the number of drones as well the sophistication of the feature set they support.

I was thinking about this while out for my latest golf round yesterday; I’m pretty wired up already, and maybe I just need a drone to complete my wired golf-self.

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That Sense of Belonging: A Teamwork Necessity

by Laura Stack a.k.a. The Productivity Pro®

“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people.“— Brené Brown, American author

We all want to belong, whether it’s as part of a marriage, a family, a social club, a political party, a community, a nation, or some combination of the above. The best workplace teams also provide a sense of belonging. Well-established work processes, mutual respect, a deep sense of familiarity, and a commitment to group decisions and actions can all contribute to greater productivity.

Perhaps most importantly, productive teams develop and live by a series of team norms. These represent the “rules” all team members work under, based on group consensus. They don’t have to be unanimous; but like most group decisions, everyone lives by them for the good of the whole.

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Congratulations to the new CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame Inductees

CPAE Hall of Fame

Our wholehearted congratulations to the new inductees into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, the highest speaking award given by the National Speakers Association and bestowed on only five people each year worldwide. The CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence) is the prestigious lifetime award for speaking excellence and professionalism. The 2015 inductees included Jeffrey Hayzlett, Simon T. BaileyLaura Stack, Stephen Shapiro, and Walter Bond. Prior CPAE Speaker Hall of Famers include Ronald Reagan, General Colin Powell, and Zig Ziglar. To date globally, 227 people have been inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame .

Inductees are evaluated by their peers through a rigorous and demanding process. Each candidate must excel in seven categories: material, style, experience, delivery, image, professionalism and communication. The award is not based on celebrity status, number of speeches, amount of income or volunteer involvement in NSA.

Congratulations to these award winning speakers!

For more information about these speakers and others, contact Capitol City Speakers Bureau at 800-397-3183.  www.capcityspeakers.com

Are We Educating Students for a Future that Doesn’t Exist?

by Daniel Burrus

Few subjects these days are more contentious than education, and rightly so. If our children are our future, it’s essential we do everything we can do educate them properly, to prepare them for what’s to come. But are we schooling our kids for a future that might not even exist by the time they’re ready to transition to the working world?

thumbnailToday, more than ever before, the ground beneath our feet is continuously shifting — growing and expanding in ways few have been able to anticipate. And with exponential advances in technology being reached with each passing year, the pace at which the global economy is changing has increased proportionally. The fact is, we might be training the next crop of professionals for obsolescing positions, and we may be failing to accurately predict the yet-to-be-invented industries and professions of tomorrow.

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Lessons Learned in Seattle

by Joe Calloway

I took this photo this morning in my neighborhood Starbucks. There’s 11 people in line ahead of me and 14 in line behind me. This is not unusual for a Starbucks.


My business is to study the marketplace, figure out what makes market leading businesses and top performers successful, and pass those ideas along to my clients in ways that they can immediately apply and use. Last month I got to spend a couple of days in Seattle with members of the Starbucks leadership team. Here are 3 takeaways I learned from them that you can use immediately:

  1. “We are afraid of every coffee shop that opens.”  So why would the company that dominates the coffee business be afraid of a little neighborhood coffee shop? Because Starbucks is in the “little neighborhood coffee shop” business. They are never complacent. They never take anything for granted. And they never, ever stop improving their product.
  2. “The only thing that creates success is performance.” For them, that means the performance of their products and the performance of their people. Everything else is just conversation.
  3. “Our leaders are all in.” I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of leaders more committed to and enthusiastic about a company than what I saw at Starbucks. That commitment and enthusiasm helps create a culture that flows down through every employee company-wide.

I just told you three things you already knew. We don’t get held back by what we don’t know. We get held back by what we know and don’t do.

Three ‘Team-First’ Lessons From One Of This Weekend’s Hall-Of-Famers

By Don Yaeger

Many of us have been asked to take on a new role on our professional teams in the past. Change is the nature of today’s workforce but, if we are being honest, is usually met with resistance on our part—especially if the move could be perceived as a demotion.

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz—part of arguably one of the most dominant starting rotations in Major League Baseball history—volunteered for the ultimate job change. A few years after his team won the 1995 World Series, they were seeking another competitive advantage in order to find new success. Smoltz answered the call and moved from starting pitcher to closer, a move some might have considered a professional step backwards. But three years later, after settling in and becoming a dominant force in the bullpen, Smoltz moved back to starter again because that’s what the team needed at that point.

“The hardest thing I ever did was changing positions as a pitcher; it’s like playing right handed and learning how to play left handed,” Smoltz said to me recently in an interview. “But I wanted to win in the worst way, even if I had to sacrifice in order for our team to improve.”

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