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TACTICAL PERFORMANCE BALANCED WITH ADAPTIVE PERFORMANCE

Tactical performance is how effectively your organization sticks to its strategy. It is the driver of focus and consistency.

 

Adaptive performance is how effectively your organization diverges from its strategy. Adaptive performance manifests as creativity, problem solving, grit, innovation, and citizenship.

 

Essentially, tactical performance is how well you stick to your plan, and adaptive performance is how well you diverge from your plan. Every high performer needs both.

Taken from There Are Two Types of Performance — but Most Organizations Only Focus on One by Lindsay McGregor & Neel Doshi. Harvard business Review.

DAVE CHAPPELLE – BEST CONCERT PROMOTER EVER

Okayplayer just published a post on Chappelle’s Block Party – 13 years later. They call it the best concert of 2004. I’d argue it was probably one of the best of the decade. Thank you Dave!

Read the full article here: Thirteen Years Ago Dave Chappelle Put On The Greatest Concert Of The Year

JUST BACK FROM THE 18th ANNUAL MARITIME FOLK FESTIVAL

Family traditions.

Irish Whiskey.

Join us next year at the RiRa.

We’ll have a table waiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ONLY THING COOLER THAN THE MIC LOCKER AT BLACKBIRD STUDIOS IS THE DRUM LOCKER

Of course seeing over 1200 vintage microphones is mind bending. But seeing a 100 year old Leedy in a locker so rich with history was just surreal.

HAD A GUIDED TOUR OF TREW AUDIO HOSTED BY GLEN TREW HIMSELF

While in Nashville for Summer NAMM, I was able to call on local dealers. Glen Trew took time out of his morning to personally show me around the shop. I saw the showroom, the manufacturing plant where they build all the Remote Audio product lines, and the service center. Location sound is not my wheelhouse so everything was new to me and I loved every minute of it. I could have stayed there all day.

TOURING PEARL DRUMS WHILE IN NASHVILLE FOR SUMMER NAMM

Was lucky enough to visit Pearl Drums while in Nashville. Got to tour the warehouse. See the recording studio. Talk shop. Play with Mimic. And was able to see a kit being built at the Music City Custom shop.

THERE HAS TO BE A STORY

One of us had once taken a long walking trip through the Southern United States. At first he had tried to explain that he did it because he liked to walk and because he saw and felt the country better that way. When he gave this explanation there was unbelief and dislike for him. It sounded like a lie. Finally a man said to him, “You can’t fool me. You’re doing it on a bet.” And after that, he used this explanation, and everyone liked and understood him from then on.

John Stienbeck, The Log from The Sea of Cortez

GOD AND THE CACTUS PLANT

God and I have no quarrels.  The almighty conceived the cactus plant.  If God would choose a plant to represent him, I think he would choose of all plants the cactus.  The cactus has all the blessings he tried, but mostly failed, to give to man.  It has humility, but is not submissive.  It grows where no other plant will grow.  It does not complain when the sun bakes it back or the wind tears it from the cliff or drowns it in the dry sand of the desert or when it is thirsty.  When the rains come it stores water for the hard times to come.  In good times and bad, it will still flower.  It protects itself against danger, but it does no harm to other plants.  It adapts perfectly to almost any environment.  It has patience and enjoys solitude.  The cactus has properties that heal the wounds of men and from it come potions that can make man touch the face of God.  It is the plant of patience and solitude, love and madness, ugliness and beauty, toughness and gentleness.  Of all plants, surely God made the cactus in his own image.
From The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay

UE SOUND TAP SHOWCASED AT BLACKBIRD STUDIO

Here’s a wonderful video of the UE Sound Tap being used at Blackbird Studio. This is a project that I’m immensely proud of.

The goal of Sound Tap is make personal monitoring so simple that anyone can do it. Just walk up to any speaker – anywhere – and tap into the audio feed. Turn a line level or speaker level signal into a headphone mix. And that’s it. No more trying to get rid of the wedge. No more trying to change behavior. Nope, the entire premise of Sound Tap is to work with what already exists, to plug into the existing signal chain. To be like water.

Take a look:

 

A special thank to Kevin Becka for making this recording session possible.

A special thanks to Greg McVeigh for dialing this in.

And an extra special thanks to John McBride for the vision, the creativity, and for the space.

AT ZINGERMANS

TURNING PREGNANCY INTO COLOR

My wife was pregnant with our daughter during our first autumn in New England. We were surrounded by the incredible light and color of the trees and plants all around us and all of that made its way into our daughter. As my wife’s belly grew, I started tracing her silhouette to track the growth. At first we used paper and pencils but that quickly evolved and took on a life of its own. Pretty soon we were playing with colors and began to mix natural ochres and handmade mulberry papers with Japanese Sumi-e ink.

Hospitals and birthing centers found us and wanted to hang our paintings. Friends heard about what we were doing and wanted to do it as well. Strangers started calling so we began to sell our pregnancy art prints kits and we made a lot of expecting new families very happy. I’m sure there are plenty of Art Bellies prints still hanging in rooms all around the country.

We even won a Mom’s Choice Award and were featured in the magazine Pregnancy & Newborn.

MAD LIPS – MIND CONTROL MADE EASY

Turn any picture into a funny video with Mad Lips. Here’s how it works. Choose any photo, record a video of yourself saying something silly, and place your talking lips or face on the image. It’s that simple! Featured in the App store around the world!

  • Top 10 Photography: Italy
  • Top 10 Entertainment: Israel
  • Top 10 Photography: France
  • What’s Hot: United States
  • What’s Hot: United Kingdom
  • What’s Hot: Canada
  • Più richieste: Italia

Use Mad Lips to:

  • Have Justin Beiber or Barack Obama send personalized love notes to your friends
  • Make your pets talk
  • Make your own Annoying Orange videos
  • Post the best birthday videos on your friends’ Facebook wall
  • Become a superstar on YouTube with your own creations

Here’s a wonderful review by The Wonders of Tech

Surprisingly, Mad Lips became a hit with educators and students around the globe used Mad Lips for school projects. We didn’t see that one coming. We just thought dudes would use talking monkeys to ask ladies out on dates. Just goes to show you that you never know how your products will be used.

Take a look at this great school write up by Class with Apps

I MADE THE COVER OF MMR MAGAZINE

I’ve been a reader of MMR for years. I never dreamed of being showcased in the magazine let alone making the cover — on the NAMM recap issue no less!!!

I’m privileged to represent Ultimate Ears and to help tell our story about how we’ve been enabling MI retail sales because of our methodical roll-out of our 3D laser scanners.

Read the full interview here: Crafting the Ultimate Monitoring Experience with Ultimate Ears’ Mike Dias

GIANT PUPPET PARADE FOR THE PETERBOROUGH CHILDREN AND THE ARTS FESTIVAL

This is hands down the greatest giant puppet parade on the planet. It’s an annual tradition in our home. They give giant puppet making workshops but if you don’t make a full on puppet, there are still plenty of ways to participate. Our little girl has been part of it every year.

COVERED WAGON RV PARK WON A SOUTHERN NEVADA LANDSCAPE AWARD

I have special memories about the Covered Wagon RV Park project. I designed the park to have the look and feel of a botanical garden. Each lot was named after a single plant species and guests could tour the park and learn about the drought tolerant plants showcased throughout.

This was also the project that helped me launch Southwest Growers, my first company. It was my dream and passion to found a wholesale nursery dedicated to revealing the natural beauty of the desert. Most of the plants growing in the Covered Wagon RV Park were from my initial batch of plugs and 1 gallons. A few cactus on site were “borrowed” from other projects. To all of those who helped, a much belated THANK YOU.

I WAS INTERVIEWED BY THE LEGENDARY TETSUYA KARASUMARU WITH BARKS

I was fortunate enough to travel to Hong Kong and Japan for the launch of the new flagship product from Ultimate Ears. While on the press tour, I sat with BARKS editor-in-chief for an in-depth interview about all things related to audio and headphones.

Here’s the full interview.

 

PRESS TOUR IN HONG KONG

WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED? I’M ON THE YAMAHA WEBSITE AND MARKETING MATERIALS FOR THE TF SERIES

There I am right along with Keisuke Kobayashi, CTO for audio-technica, Michael Polten from Sennheiser, and Matt Engstrom from Shure. Good company indeed!

A special hat tip to all the friends behind-the-scenes who helped make this possible.

Mike Dias & Yamaha

I MADE THE INNER CIRCLE: MY INTERVIEW WITH BOBBY OWSINSKI

Bobby had just gotten fitted for a set of custom in-ear monitors and thought it would be a great idea to find out as much as he could about them, so he asked me, Mike Dias – sales director for Ultimate Ears, to come on the podcast to fill everyone in.

Take a listen:

 

OWNING RISK LEGACY