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Partnering to support local YOUTH!

Scottsdale LeadershipZack Barna, Scottsdale Leadership Board Member, Class 24
President, Boompromo

The Scottsdale Active 20-30 club has supported Scottsdale Leadership for many years. Their interest in our community’s youth makes for a great partnership for our annual Youth Leadership Award. As a partner, the 20-30 Club is offering Scottsdale Leadership alumni a $50 discount on tickets to their upcoming event!

The NiteFlite Red Carpet Gala is on Saturday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.  It’s a fabulous evening of unique experiences held on the beautiful grounds of Talking Stick Resort.

You’ll experience LIVE fire and aerial performances, feel like a celebrity when your photo is taken on the red carpet, dance to local bands and DJ’s, smoke a stogies in the cigar lounge AND indulge in free food, drinks, and desserts provided by the Valley’s best restaurants.

Proceeds benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale and other local children’s charities.

Let’s join our partner for some fun!

Use discount code: SL2030 (gives $50discount on $150 VIP Ticket at checkout)
Tickets available online Scottsdale20-30,NiteFlite


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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helpers prepared a 2011  blog report for Scottsdale Leadership.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Motivation Doesn’t Grow On Trees

Zack Barna, Guidelight MarketingBy ZACK BARNA, Class 24
Owner, Guidelight Marketing

As I sat down to write my New Year’s Resolutions for 2011, I found myself thinking not only about goal-setting, but also how motivation and fulfillment played into achieving those goals. While certain endeavors seem to spark an innate motivation in me, other tasks seem destined for the perpetual back burner. Motivation is paramount to accomplishing goals in every aspect of our lives – but what fuels it?

I recently read Daniel H. Pink’s thought-provoking new book DRIVE which talks about how societies, like computers, have operating systems – a set of mostly invisible instructions and protocols on which everything runs.  And these systems have evolved over time. Motivation 1.0 was all about survival (eat, drink, survive).  Motivation 2.0 was built around external rewards or punishment (the carrot on a stick).  But in the twenty-first century, people are motivated by much more complex issues than survival or money.

The new concept of Motivation 3.0 reveals that people are actually motivated by three major factors, factors that I have certainly seen at work in my own life.

AUTONOMY over time, task, team, and technique.   As a small business owner, I treasure the freedom, flexibility and independence that come with running my own shop. Autonomy absolutely drives innovation in my company and helps keep me enamored with my career. But even in a corporate environment, it’s important for people to feel empowered to make decisions and trusted to enact change within the company, in order to keep them motivated.

MASTERY – constantly getting better at something that matters, but never fully mastering it. This year, I started working out at CrossFit Scottsdale, and the fitness philosophy and environment has brought me a new level of workout motivation. Much of the hook for me is the fact that each week is full of new challenges and opportunities to grow, and I am humbled by the fact that I will never fully master every skill.

PURPOSE – a cause greater and more enduring than themselves. Pink argues that purpose maximization is taking its place alongside profit maximization. Through my involvement with community organizations like Scottsdale Leadership and Scottsdale 20-30, I have experienced first-hand that purpose and motivation go hand-in-hand. With community involvement, you get out what you put into it, which provides a different, more authentic source of motivation than money could ever offer.

The ultimate source of motivation for me is family. I want to build a successful business so I can provide for my family and offer them financial security throughout our life. I enjoy being physically fit because it means that I have the energy to romp around with my kids, and will hopefully live long enough to see them grow old! And community involvement has taken on a new importance since having children, because I want our community to be a good place for them to live and grow.

So, what motivates you? What types of motivation have worked (or not worked) in your workplace or organization?

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Wake Up and See the Airplanes

By ZACK BARNA, Class 24
Owner, Guidelight Marketing

I love my job.  I love building relationships and connecting people.  I also love my community involvement with Scottsdale Leadership and Scottsdale 20-30.  It seems that the adage, ‘the more you give, the more you receive,’ is constantly at work in my life.  My only problem is stopping long enough to come up for air. But ever since the birth of my now year-old daughter, Camryn Grace, I have a newly realized desire to stop and smell the roses – or, in Camryn’s case, notice the airplanes.

Since her birth, the lessons she has taught me are immeasurable, and many of these lessons happen in the simplest moments. For example, she has an incredible ability to hear airplanes overhead. No matter what she’s doing, whether splashing in the pool or romping around with our bulldog, she never misses an airplane flying through the sky.  She’ll be running and laughing and then, all of a sudden, she’ll freeze and shoot a finger high into the sky, showing all of us the airplane she spotted (which none of us adults had noticed).

So now I pose the question: Are you seeing your airplanes? Or is your Blackberry’s incessant buzz drowning out the cues of life’s simplest pleasures? I’m certain that I missed my share of airplanes over the years, but Camryn’s birth renewed my connection to the things that make me happy and fulfilled, and inspired me to compartmentalize the other areas of my life so they don’t interfere with what really matters.

As business owners, my wife and I constantly strive to achieve that elusive work-life balance. To that end, we have created some household practices that help us establish boundaries between our professional and personal lives, even during the craziest of weeks.

  • We have “technology free” family dinners – no TV in the background, no Blackberries on the table.
  • On the nights that we have to do some work, we wait until our daughter has gone to bed so we can be fully present with her during dinner and bedtime
  • We designate “No Work Nights” each week. That means no laptop, no Blackberry, no tweets, no blog updates
  • We relegated our phones to other end of bedroom instead of our nightstands, so they aren’t the last thing we see at night and the first thing we see in the morning
  • Each day, we nurture ourselves with a little dose of nature, even if it’s watering the outdoor plants together. Not only does the fresh air revitalize us, but the airplane-watching is far better outside… 😉

As technology continues to evolve, I think balance will become even more elusive for all of us, and even more important. So, I challenge you to take a moment to stop to identify your ‘airplanes,’ and spend some time each day looking for them.

In a recent article by Russell Helwig in the Scottsdale Republic he explains that taking breaks is important for leaders.

I want to know- what do you do to take a break?


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