June 2019: Journeys

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Pregame is all about goals, but lately, we’ve been talk about souls. The daily “workouts” at the Pregame Clubhouse focus on business: clarifying your goals, creating a game plan, staying accountable for your actions, and connecting with the people who will help move you forward. But why are we doing it? What is the point of building a business? For Pregame members, it’s about building an extraordinary and authentic life. In fact, that’s the primary goal. Business is but a platform to extend one’s larger mission and values to the place where we spend the majority of our time and […]

We Are All Entrepreneurs: Being the CEO of You, Inc.

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In today’s culture, entrepreneurship is glorified. But for all the wrong reasons. We elevate founders – well, the conventionally successful ones – to heights previously reserved only for rock bands and movie stars. Success, the ultimate American value, is exemplified by the narrative of the solo dreamer who had an idea and then through grit, determination, and deserved good fortune, achieved fame and material wealth within his lifetime. Of course, this story is a fabrication. No one achieves success alone. The road from idea to IPO is never a straight, ascending line. And the original seed was usually planted in […]

Your Culture is Killing You

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If you’ve brushed up against corporate hiring practices lately, you’ve probably encountered the concept of Culture Fit—the idea that you should screen job applicants so that you only hire people whose beliefs and behaviors will integrate smoothly into your organization. It’s true that hiring people who don’t integrate well with your company culture can be highly disruptive. If you bring highly-competitive people into a highly-collaborative environment, or order-takers into an initiative-driven system, the outcome can be as hard on your existing staff as it is on the misfit new hire. However, Culture Fit can also be used as a proxy […]

Red Dirt Girls

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For ten days, we are bound by clay, water, sand and straw – in various ratios and textures. Bamboo, tapioca, and cement show up from time to time, but basically, we are women with red hands and feet. Kahlo (as in Frida) is 18 months old. Susan is 77. We are every decade in between. We are Thai, French, Hungarian; Canadian, American, Mongolian. We are Pakistani, raised in Canada, living in Malaysia. We are Punjabi, raised by immigrants in the UK, teaching in Chang Mai. We hail from Japan, Scotland, China, and Hong Kong. We are – the 35 of […]

Six Employment Engagement Tips to Give Your Small Business a Competitive Edge 

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It’s been 10 years since acclaimed author and CEO Chip Conley’s best-seller PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow, compelled a generation of leaders to increase employee performance and engagement by creating a culture of purpose.  Yet today, when 66% of employees and 68% of executives surveyed agree that businesses don’t do enough to instill a sense of purpose, his message seems more relevant than ever. Conley first achieved CEO superstar status at age 26 for his high-profile turnaround as founder and former CEO of hotel chain Joie de Vivre.  Driven by his mission to “create joy” he turned […]

Fighting Fuckery 101

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  Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster. —Sun Tzu, The Art of War I fight fuckery and build belonging for a living. If you’d like less of the former and more of the latter, read on. It doesn’t matter if you’re pitching a product or selling a service: fuckery divides. I used to trip over phrases like “trust-eroding behaviors.” One evaluation I received after an office training I led said, “Your information is useful, but I find the term ‘trust-eroding behaviors’ confusing and jargon-y.” I agree. What a wordy way to […]

Seeking Contributors! 2019 Writers’ Challenge

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You love to write, or know you should write more, but it’s tough to hold yourself to it with so much going on in your life and business. Relax. We’ve got your back. In true Pregame form, we’re here to create accountability (and celebration!) for your writing goals. This year, we’re inviting you to join the 2019 Pregame Magazine Contributor Challenge: 12 articles in 12 months. To make it even easier, “articles” can be posts of any kind, including podcasts with show notes, photo journals, artwork, video with text, and anything you’ve already published as long as you own the […]

January 2019: Pregame Your Goals

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  We Don’t Make Resolutions. We Achieve Goals. Those are the words boldly emblazoned across the windows of Pregame HQ at this very moment. They’re a dare. They’re calling out empty intentions. They’re inviting you to rethink your New Year strategy. There seem to be three stages of New Year’s resolutions: Yeah! Resolutions! We optimistically intend to lose weight, save money, do a Whole 30. Then, after January’s discipline and motivations subside, February feels tenuous, and by March we conveniently forget (or purposely ignore) those dreams when real life and old habits reconvene to sabotage all that initial progress. Which […]

Art in the Interactive: What is the Nature of “Our” Space?

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Chief of Program and Pedagogy at YBCA—and newly-appointed Vice President and Artistic Director of Social Impact at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.—will use his wisdom and words as Moderator of the ‘re:home’ For Freedoms Town Hall, Saturday, December 15 from 6-8pm, to explore the question “How do creatives show up as humanitarians within the context of democracy?”   Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, Sanctuary City Project’s mobile tricycle silk screen cart.     Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari, Sanctuary City Project’s billboards and banners, San Francisco. […]

December 2018: Impact

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A lot of lip service is paid to giving back; to what’s wrong, who’s responsible, who needs help, and how to help them. But how much action is being taken? My hunch is that the ratio of talk:action is wildly disproportionate. This month, we explore what our impact is on our clients and on our community at large. At Pregame HQ, every year, quarter, and month, we set Impact goals. Often the most overlooked area of business, impact encapsulates the areas of reputation, legacy, and community impact. For most solopreneurs and newer businesses, impact goals are the realm of building one’s […]