Have you ever run with the bulls? Put on your white shirt, mix into the crowd, listening to their screams and grunts in every language imaginable, laced up your shoes, waited for the opening bell to ring then zoomed off. Zigging and zagging trying to find the best opportunity to get through the maze and into the crowed arena where thousands of fans are cheering? Or, did you sell off your 401k before the rally began? Welcome to Swimming in the Flood; a podcast where we develop the resilient leader’s mindset by navigating difficult currents in business. My name is […]
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I went to the market to pick up some milk and sundries for my weekly meals. At the front of the store was a table with stacks of Girl Scout cookies. They had all best kinds; thin mints, peanut butter patties, s’mores, Caramel de Lites, they had everything. Behind the table were three pre-adolescent girls each holding a box in front of them, waiting for my arrival and inspection. Of course, I was going to buy cookies. Wouldn’t you? Beyond being delicious, I support this program because of the entrepreneurship endorsed by the Girl Scouts of America. The GSA is […]
The passing of Jack Welch this week inspired me to update and replay this podcast.
I was in complete awe watching the fiery finish to last week’s Daytona 500. For those of you who are unaware of this story let me start by saying that Ryan Newman walked out of the hospital, under his own power, 42 hours after the crash. In the final lap of the Daytona 500, the remaining racers were tightly bunched and zooming across the backstretch in their effort to win The Great American Race. Ryan Newman car was hit in the rear sending it flying into the air. Then, the car bounced off the rail – in mid-air and flipped. […]
Here’s a little quiz for you. What does winning the lottery, dark chocolate, using a Stairmaster and Facebook have in common? Lottery, dark chocolate, Stairmaster and Facebook. Any guesses? The answer is they all give you a dose of dopamine. What’s dopamine? I think you’re going to like this answer. Welcome to Swimming in the Flood; a podcast where we develop the resilient leader’s mindset by navigating difficult currents in business. My name is Trent Theroux. Dopamine is responsible for the little burst of happiness you feel when you get Facebook likes. Our brains produce the chemical dopamine when we […]
We were walking in Wayland Square on the east side of Providence on an unseasonably cool June morning. Just poking our heads into shops, I graduated college three weeks earlier and didn’t have a dime to buy anything of value. It was our third date, our fourth meeting if you count the time we were just kissing in her car. I don’t remember conversing about anything in particular it’s normally small talk for people in their early twenties getting to know each other. Until, she told me that her therapist thought it was best if she wasn’t dating. My head […]
Is your antenna connected and ready to receive signals? Are you actively armed to interface with radio waves propagating through space? Are you prepared to intercept some of the power of a radio wave in order to produce an electric current in your brain? Mmm, let me put it more simply. Are you ready to receive a buying signal from a customer? Welcome to Swimming in the Flood; a podcast where we develop the resilient leader’s mindset by navigating difficult currents in business. My name is Trent Theroux. Buying signals quite often are as visible as radio waves. Most people […]
How long is your chain? Well, that was a rather awkward question. Sorry, I wasn’t jerking your chain, yanking your chain or listening to Two Chains. I sincerely want to know how long your chain is. Have you forged a long and heavy chain? A heavy steel chain tied down with cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses. Is that your chain? Welcome to Swimming in the Flood; a podcast where we develop the resilient leader’s mindset by navigating difficult currents in business. My name is Trent Theroux. “I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. […]
Last week I was in a local bar and was eavesdropping on a conversation between two septuagenarians. The two men were telling stories with the quick pace and tempo of a Muhammed Ali jab. The punchline would hit you before you even saw it coming. Their stories were about life, politics and sport. Each short and seemed to take place 30 to 50 years ago. It wasn’t long before I was laughing in my beer trying to be discreet about my social faux pas. One of the gentlemen caught me snickering and called me over. I approached them and one […]
Tell me one thing that makes you feel good when you come home from work. Just one thing. Is it the dog? The dog jumping up on your legs as if you were lost at sea for the past eight months. Is it the smell of something good cooking in the kitchen? A warm, hearty soup waiting for you. Is it small children screaming for you to look at the pretty picture they made in art today that resembles blood spatter photos from a CSI episode? For me, one thing that makes me feel good when I come home from […]