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Race for Vets

Less than 2 weeks until Malibu!

I’ve got less than two weeks until the Nautica Malibu triathlon and am hoping you can help me reach my $6,000 fundraising goal.  I’m currently at $2,798 which is 47% of my goal.  A donation of $20 would greatly help me achieve my goal and go a long way in supporting veterans via the Got Your 6 non-profit initiative.  Can I count on you for this tax-deductible donation to empower returning veterans and military families.

You can make a check donation with details posted on RaceForVets.com, but we’ve recently worked with Got Your 6 to enable online, credit card donations at GotYour6.org/donate.  If you decide to donate via Got Your 6, please make sure you list “Race For Vets” at the In Honor Of section so that your donation gets included in our fundraising total.

As a reminder, many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match your charitable contributions, effectively doubling your donation to Got Your 6.  Check with your Human Resources Department to learn about your company’s matching gift program.

Any amount, great or small, helps. I appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress… thank you!

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Race Recap: Honoring Our Heroes 10k

Now that my ankle sprain has healed, I’ve managed to get in my second virtual 10k race.  The Honoring Our Heroes 10k was a race done at each participants schedule and location, my choice was in beautiful Los Angeles.  The virtual race was sponsored by Will Run For Bling and each participant received a personalized bib to wear while they completed their race as well as a medal (aka “bling”) to wear proudly after competing in the virtual race.

My 10k course included a nice downhill to start, but a bloody long uphill in the second half; it would seem that I need to do a better job finding flatter courses to run!  While not elated with my finishing time of 53:50, I cannot truly complain as its my third fastest 10k that I’ve run to date and a good sign that my ankle is still feeling good.

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Race Recap: Hills of Milltown 5K Challenge

While visiting family back in Maryland, I was able to convince one of my sisters to run the Hills of Milltown 5K Challenge with me.  The race was my first full day back east and thus was a very early morning wake-up for my body and I could tell immediately upon starting the race that my legs were none too happy to be recruited for a performance on so little sleep and at such an early time for them.  No matter, my sister was running the race after giving birth to her second child only four months prior.  So, no complaining from me, she’s the one manning up!

The race started off with an immediate uphill run followed by several other hills along the way.  The back roads of Milltown were quite beautiful and made for an enjoyable course.  The people of Milltown and the staff putting on the race were super kind and helpful with the various twists and turns out on the course.  Best of all, the race ended with a massive downhill on what was the initial climb.  Nothing like letting momentum carry you to and across the finish line.  The official race results had me coming in 16th place overall (7th in age group) at 24:40.37 and my sister crossed in 23rd place overall (4th in age group) at 26:21.02.  Pretty darn good placings for our tired and post-maternity legs!

The post-race party and awards were on the Courtyards of Tonge Row at the Little French Market Cafe and River House Pizza Co Courtyards.  The Ellicott City Old Town Farmer Market was in full swing and the party featured live music, beer garden (first beer free for runners!), and wood-fired pizza and pulled pork and pit barbecue.  Those folks in Ellicott City sure do know how to party after an early morning race.

Thanks again to everyone who has donated to the Race For Vets cause so far, all the veterans and their families that you have helped via Got Your 6 thank you graciously.  Now for the pictures from the race… enjoy!

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Race Recap: Run For Our Heroes 10K

While I was back east visiting family, I participated in a “virtual race” benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.  The Run For Our Heroes 10k was a race done at each participants schedule and location from May 24th to 31st.  I convinced one of my sisters to do the run with me while visiting extended family in Mt. Gretna, PA.  The virtual race was sponsored by Step2Leap and each participant received a personalized bib to wear while they completed their race as well as a medal to wear proudly after competing in the virtual race.

While the 10k course I mapped out in Mt. Gretna included a massive hill to finish and an overabundance of non-shaded roads (note to self: run on the shady side next time!), I was pretty happy with my finishing time of 46:36!  That ended up being my second fastest 10k that I’ve run to date and a great precursor to longer races coming up later this year.  That time also places me for 3rd overall for the 10k participants, not too shabby!

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Race Recap: Race for Success 5K

There’s no better way to kick off the race season with a nice and easy tune-up race; something with a small entry group, in a scenic location, and a short distance.  That tune-up race was the Race For Success 5K on Saturday, March 8th at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.  They had a 1K kids run after the “big kids” 5K so I dragged my wife and kids along with me; I pushed my son in our jogging stroller through the 5K course while my wife guided our daughter through the 1K.

The proceeds from the Race For Success benefited the local middle and high schools in Westchester, Playa Vista and Playa del Rey.  The event has been able to raise funds each year to save programs that would otherwise have been cut due to decline in budgets.  Each year local schools face financial hardships and must find many ways to raise more funds just to keep up existing programs and staffing levels.  While the race itself did not directly benefit veterans or their families, it was a great tune-up race to get ready for the race calendar to kick into high gear!

While there wasn’t an official category for “stroller pushing dudes”, I was told by an official at the finish line that my son and I were the first to cross the line in the category.  So while our time of 25:48 only manage to get us placed 182nd out of 1,127 overall, 137th out of 531 men, and 12th out of 46 age group men we were “1st” in the stroller group!

Overall the most fun thing about the 5k race with my son was him alternatively screaming “go go go”, “faster”, and “weeeee” as I pushed him along the course.  That’s better than any pre-programmed computer voice that you might have piped into your head from a fancy smart phone.  My son, the race coach!

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Game Over: NBCUniversal Edition

That pesky Bowser took out my last life, so unfortunately we won’t be working together to rescue Princess Toadstool from the castle. Hopefully we’ll meet up for some two-player action again, but until then may your travels through Mushroom Kingdom be safe and enjoyable. Player One… out.

TODAY and Nightly – Dec 31st

Matt Lauer taped a fantastic roundtable conversation with 4 of America’s Medal of Honor recipients this week. It is set to run on both the Today Show and NBC Nightly News on DEC 31st. Please pass it along to your mailing lists as it is a truly unique opportunity to get inside the heads of people who have more than earned the right to be called hero whether they accept the title or not….and what we all can learn from what they have taken away from the experience…it’s something for the whole family, military or not, to experience together.

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Nautica Malibu Triathlon training #throughglass

I’ve worn my Google Glass(es) while training for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon the last few weekends and wanted to share some of the pictures of the area around Zuma Beach that I’ve taken with Glass… enjoy! If you’d like to donate to my fundraising in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, then please graciously do so here: http://nauticamalibutri2013.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=4&i=1059352&u=1059352-322595231&e=7084305771.

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Diverse Teams + Desire To Disrupt Status Quo = Breakthrough Ideas

Earlier today I sat in on a webcast that Joi Ito from MIT Media Lab hosted with David and Tom Kelley from IDEO where they discussed how to foster a culture of innovation and maximize the creative potential of said innovative organization. Then this evening I attended an intimate discussion hosted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at WeWork between Kevin Winston of Digital LA and Eric Garland of Live Nation Labs. I’ve excerpted some of both discussions below, but more interestingly I’d like to analyze some commonalities. The brothers Kelley came at the discussion from an agency, teaching, and author/public speaker background while Eric had an entrepreneur turned corporate research & development background, but both ended up hitting on some similar topics. Namely: hiring the best people, fostering their communication, and then getting the hell out of the way.

A common thread has emerged lately in articles I’ve read, videos I’ve watched, and events I’ve attended where managers response to the general question of “what was most important to your success?” is almost always along the lines of “I had a great team”. Clearly some people long for a shortcut to success, but the common answer tends to be “hire great people”, “set your team up for success”, “rinse & repeat”. So then how do you go about hiring great people and setting them up for success? The Kelley brothers seemed to say that having a diverse background was valuable for their team members (I seem to recall one of the brothers noting an opera singer on staff) and that diverse employee base allowed for a wide-ranging set of experiences from which to draw upon during creative sessions. That approach may work well for an agency in that they often work on varying projects and clients and need to have a different approach on a regular basis. However, I wonder how that applies to someone like an entrepreneur or someone  locked into a specific marketplace (e.g., Eric Garland’s focus on the music industry and advancing Live Nation’s business via his Labs team).  Can those teams afford the luxury of a diverse employee base or must they stick to the “engineers and designers with pre-existing experience in the music industry” bit that seems to permeate job postings? The answer, in reality, seems to be against a diverse employee base (see Live Nation Labs job postings for an answer to that). But this is a small sample size, so if you’re aware of teams who hire specifically for diverse candidates I’d love to hear about them to compare their success and failures against organizations who hire for job-specific talents with marketplace experience. My second question of “how to set up your team for success” was hit on by Eric during his discussion; he seemed to say that allowing the team to work when, where and on what they wanted while keeping them physically and mentally separated from upper management was a key to success. Any additional thoughts you have on this topic would be warmly welcomed in the comments section below; let’s chat!

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News Roundup: Google Glass and Healthcare

A roundup of articles covering the intersection of Google Glass and Healthcare topics…

Five Potential Healthcare Applications for Google Glass — http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2013/07/17/five-potential-healthcare-applications-for-google-glass/

Inside The Operating Room With Google Glass — http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnnosta/2013/06/21/google-glass-in-the-operating-room/

“OK GLASS:..TEACH ME MEDICINE!” — http://rgrosssz.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/ok-glass-teach-me-medicine/

TEDxDirigo – Rafael Grossmann – iPod Teletrauma: the $229 130 million sq. ft. Trauma Room — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9QW5jhuPKI&feature=youtube_gdata_player#mHealth