Tony Mayo’s Blog: Tools, Techniques, & Thoughts

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I use this blog to collect and make available some of my articles, insights, and guidance for the top executives I coach. My clients can easily find my best advice on goal setting, running meetings, stress reduction, and other topics important to anyone running a business. You can even learn how–and why–to meditate. I have videos, instructions, posters, and research results on this blog and a podcast on iTunes.

You are welcome to use all this in your work and to pass any of my posts along to your colleagues. I only ask that you preserve the attribution to me and not alter the content.

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Video Streaming for Speakers, Trainers, & Coaches V02

I’ve been “upping my game” on video streaming to cope with the new market conditions created by the pandemic. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned here and on my social media.

Here’s my first instructional live stream. Right below is an equipment list. To keep up with my newest demos and How-Tos, subscribe to my social media or newsletter here.



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Logitech Camera C922 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B01MTTMPKT/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Logitech Camera C930e http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B00CRJWW2G/TonyMayosHomePagA
Nikon D800 FX DSLR http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B07KYZKJPM/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Panasonic V380K camcorder http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B01A60SZ5U/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Sennheiser headset http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B00EA07B0I/TonyMayosHomePagA/
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Teleprompter http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B01AU4IF98/TonyMayosHomePagA/
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Yamaha MG10XU http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B00IBIVL42/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Zhiyun Smooth 4  Gimbal http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B07BHCC3BV/TonyMayosHomePagA/
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Video Streaming for Speakers, Trainers, & Coaches V01

I’ve been “upping my game” on video streaming to cope with the new market conditions created by the pandemic. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned here and on my social media.

Here’s my first instructional live stream. Right below is an equipment list. To keep up with my newest demos and How-Tos, subscribe to my social media or newsletter here.



Hardware {These are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay though I do earn a small commission}
Black Magic Design ATEM  Mini http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B07XZKRDLB/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Black Magic Design ATEM  Mini Pro http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B086R79PBC/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Blue® Yeti http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B008F4USMS/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Blue® Yeti Pro http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B004L9KLT6/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Elgato Stream Deck http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B06XKNZT1P/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Elgato Stream Deck XL http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B07RL8H55Z/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Logitech Camera C922 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B01MTTMPKT/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Logitech Camera C930e http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B00CRJWW2G/TonyMayosHomePagA
Nikon D800 FX DSLR http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B07KYZKJPM/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Panasonic V380K camcorder http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B01A60SZ5U/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Sennheiser headset http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B00EA07B0I/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Shure PGX4/PGX1-WL93 Wireless Lavolier http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B004J9AKNK/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Teleprompter http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B01AU4IF98/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Vidpro XM-L Lavalier http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B00PQYMFU8/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Yamaha MG10XU http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B00IBIVL42/TonyMayosHomePagA/
Zhiyun Smooth 4  Gimbal http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=B07BHCC3BV/TonyMayosHomePagA/
{These are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay though I do earn a small commission.}
Shareware
OBS Studio https://obsproject.com/
V-B Audio VoiceMeeter https://vb-audio.com/Voicemeeter/
USB Device Tree Viewer https://www.uwe-sieber.de/usbtreeview_e.html

 

Executive Coaching for Subordinates

Are you a business owner thinking about whether coaching might improve the performance of your COO or another key executive?  My answer is, “Yes,” in most cases, but only if the CEO is being coached. I’ve learned the hard way over the years that I can have a major, enduring impact with a COO or other direct report only when I am also coaching the CEO. I believe this is generally the case with true executive coaches.1

Any growth or development on the part of a subordinate that is not shared by the boss is likely to have two unwanted effects. First, the boss’s unchanged behavior will undermine and thwart the direct report’s new behavior. Second, the developing key executive will either abandon the changes or judge the boss to be the bigger problem and leave. As one blunt coach said to a prospect, “If I fix your VP without you moving in the same direction, you will become the problem.”

If your COO needs only “management training” there are plenty of less costly ways to get it. Start with the basic books, for example, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People, Ken Blanchard’s One Minute Manager, almost anything by Peter Drucker, starting with Management, and the classic by Bill Oncken Who’s Got the Monkey? (free download)

Stay away from inspiring stores of genius leaders such as Steve Jobs, Harold Geneen, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, etc. They are unique, lucky, and extraordinarily difficult to work with. They certainly were not copying anyone. Anyone attempting to copy them is likely to cause disasters both financial and personal.

These recommendations for management training, as with executive coaching, require the ultimate leader and influencer (you, the CEO/Owner) to learn and practice the same techniques.

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1 I say true executive coaches because, these days, every consultant, trainer, and even many salespeople now call themselves coaches. That’s a topic for another post.

Physical Distancing is Not a Guarantee ☣ SARS-Cov-2:

Physical Distancing is Not a Guarantee ☣ SARS-Cov-2:

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WHO & CDC recommendations for physical distancing A/K/A social distancing do not fully protect bystanders from a sneezing person who carries a viral infection, presumably including SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Stay home!

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JAMA Insights
March 26, 2020
Turbulent Gas Clouds and Respiratory Pathogen Emissions
Potential Implications for Reducing Transmission of COVID-19

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Good luck, get plenty of sleep, & WASH YOUR HANDS!

Get more SARS-CoV-2 info for your business on this blog by clicking here.

 

COVID-19: Don’t Panic & Don’t Be Passive ☣ Prepare Your Business Now

COVID-19: Don’t Panic & Don’t Be Passive ☣ Prepare Your Business Now

What you need most right now and for the coming weeks isn’t alcohol wipes or N-95 masks. It is reliable information. The difficulties of obtaining it are examined thoroughly and frightfully here, in a broadcast from WNYC, On the Media | Covering a Pandemic: Epidemic Voyeurs No More

My top 3 recommendations.

#1: Rely on information directly from scientists and medical specialists.
Here are reliable sources:

#2: Get Ready NOW! (more…)

Coronavirus COVID-19: Protect Yourself & Others

Coronavirus COVID-19: Protect Yourself & Others

Basic Protective Measures

  • Maintain 4-6 feet of Physical Distance. Stay Socially Close.
  • Avoid touching your face: eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if you are tired, nauseated, feverish, or coughing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with clean tissue or sleeve.
  • Clean knobs, handles, & switches daily.
  • Wash hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not share towels. Label your own. Wash it every other day.
  • Replace shared towels with disposables.
  • Use only hand sanitizers with 60% or more alcohol.

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☣ Coronavirus is coming to us. Is your business ready?

☣ Coronavirus is coming to us. Is your business ready?

Tony wearing Face Mask RespiratorA global pandemic now seems inevitable.
Get ready!

You’ve no doubt heard the advice about handwashing and avoiding crowds in confined spaces: concerts, aircraft, conferences. I’d add, “Do everything you can –STARTING RIGHT NOW– to stay healthy and strong: adequate sleep, regular exercise, and good food (including weight control).”

 

Here’s one you may not have thought of:

The U.S. CDC recommends getting a flu vaccination.

The CDC has detailed guidelines for employers here:

 

In particular, I’d suggest:

  • Have a clear and well-communicated policy for various epidemic scenarios.
    • Step One: How will employees know whether to stay home?
    • How will you communicate your status to clients and vendors?
      How will they communicate their status to your business?
      For example, what if your cleaning service abandons you?
  • Implement “Work from Home” technology and policies. This should include:
    • A staggered schedule of “dry run” tests by every single employee who might need to work from home.
    • Plan and prepare projects that can be postponed until people are at home, so they have things to do in case their regular duties are exhausted or rendered unnecessary under the circumstances.
  • Make sure you have all essential positions filled. You don’t want to lose people to illness when you are already short-staffed.
  • Stock up now, before the rush, on hand sanitizers and face masks, including wipes for conference tables, telephone handsets, doorknobs, coffee machines, keyboards, etc.

Any other ideas?
Add yours to the comments below.

A Giant of Business Innovation’s Guidelines For a Good Life

First of all, RIP Clay Christensen. He did great work and set a fine example in many aspects of the way he lived. I may even forgive him for cultivating the Mormon Mafia at HBS, which spawned Bain Capital and other banes of business.

I am grateful to a client who recently shared this wonderful Harvard Business Review article with me, Managing Yourself | How Will You Measure Your Life? Here are some of my favorite excerpts with commentary.

I can relate to his insight from a meeting with Andrew Grove of Intel. It is what distinguishes coaching from what most consultants and advisors do, “instead of telling him what to think, I taught him how to think—and then he reached what I felt was the correct decision on his own.”

I also agree strongly with this, “Management is the most noble of professions if it’s practiced well. No other occupation offers as many ways to help others learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contribute to the success of a team.”

I can’t agree, however, that people become, “unhappy, divorced, and alienated from their children. [because they] implemented that strategy.” Individuals do not have total control over outcomes. He should remember the admonition, “If you want to make God laugh tell him your plans.” Stuff happens.

I agree that, “People who are driven to excel have this unconscious propensity to underinvest in their families and overinvest in their careers—even though intimate and loving relationships with their families are the most powerful and enduring source of happiness.”

I heartily endorse his version of, Culture eats strategy for breakfast. “Culture, in compelling but unspoken ways, dictates the proven, acceptable methods by which members of the group address recurrent problems. And culture defines the priority given to different types of problems. … Families have cultures, just as companies do. Those cultures can be built consciously or evolve inadvertently. … Like employees, children build self-esteem by doing things that are hard and learning what works.”

I could quibble with his interpretations of marginal cost analysis or humility but I endorse where he goes with even those loose premises. Rationalization and opportunism are corrosive. Healthy self-esteem improves learning, respect, & cooperation.

This quote sums it all up, “Don’t worry about the level of individual prominence you have achieved; worry about the individuals you have helped become better people.”