After tonight’s headlines, here is my take on Johnson’s biggest 5 wins for the white & gold. #5[#4] Virginia Tech 23 @ [#19] Georgia Tech 28Bobby Dodd Stadium, ATLANTA, GA. 6:00 PM, October 17, 2009 Georgia Tech finally knocks off the biggest bully in the ACC, #4 VA Tech, in front of a packed house at Bobby Dodd and nationwide on ESPN. Josh Nesbitt rushes for 3 TDs and Tech completes just 1 pass, a 51 yarder to Bebe Thomas. The win snapped Georgia Tech’s 17-game winless streak at home against opponents ranked in the top five. #4[#5] Clemson 17 @ Georgia Tech 31Bobby Dodd Stadium, ATLANTA, GA. 8:00 PM, October 29, 2011 After a hot start, Georgia Tech comes in the underdog having lost two straight. The Jackets execution is flawless in the first half, giving Tech a 24-3 lead at the break. Tevin Washington rushes for 176 yards and breaks the two largest runs of his career, leading GT to a 31-17 upset victory over undefeated #5 Clemson and ending the Tigers run for a national title. #3[#15] Florida St 28 @ Georgia Tech 31Bobby Dodd Stadium, ATLANTA, GA. 3:30 PM, November 1, 2008 Florida State looks poised to win with the ball on the 3 with less than a minute left, but true freshman Cooper Taylor, making his first career start and his helmet-to-football hit pops the ball loose. The Jackets recover on the goal line to seal the win, shocking the Seminoles. Georgia Tech’s victory snaps an 0-12 skid against Florida State and gets the Jackets their first win against FSU since 1975- their first in ACC history. Jonathan Dwyer rushes for 145 yards and scores on runs of 36 and 66 yards for Georgia Tech. #2[#22] Georgia Tech 45 @ [#11] Georgia 42Sanford Stadium, ATHENS, GA. 12:00 PM, November 29, 2008 In Paul Johnson’s first game in Athens it looks to be much of the same for the Jackets, going into halftime down 28-12. The Jackets find a way to fire back in the second half winning a shootout in Athens; against the Dawgs stars Stafford and Moreno- two future NFL first round draft picks.Roddy Jones rushed for 214 yards and Jonathan Dwyer ran for 144, each scoring a pair of TDs. The Jackets bested Georgia 201-1 yards in the 3rd quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 26-0 to take a 10-point lead. Paul Johnson becomes the first Georgia Tech coach to win his first match-up vs. Georgia since Pepper Rodgers in 1974, giving Tech it’s first win in the series since 2000. #1[#10] Georgia Tech 39 vs. Clemson 34Raymond James Stadium, TAMPA, FL. 8:00 PM, December 5, 2009 After a tough win in Atlanta, the Jackets had to beat them again, this time for a conference championship and the 2009 ACC Title. Jonathan Dwyer and Josh Nesbitt both rushed for over 100 yards for Tech, doing just enough to win a shootout in Tampa. Georgia Tech victory gave the program its first outright conference championship since 1990 and it’s first BCS Bowl appearance in school history, a trip to the Orange Bowl in Miami- All in only Johnson’s second year as head coach.
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow John C. Maxwell “If you can become the leader you ought to be on the inside, you will be able to become the person you want on the outside. People will want to follow you. And when that happens, you’ll be able to tackle anything in this world.” 1. Character: Be a Piece of the Rock “Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” ~ Bernard Montgomery, British Field Marshal What must everyone know about character? n Actions are the Real Indicator of Character n Talent is a Gift, but Character is a Choice n Character Brings Lasting Success with People n Strong Character is the Foundation on which to Build Success. 2. Charisma : The First Impression Can Seal the Deal “How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you.” ~Dan Reiland, Vice President of Leadership Development, INJOY “When it comes to charisma, the bottom line is othermindedness. Leaders who think about others and their concerns before thinking of themselves exhibit charisma.” ~John C. Maxwell 3. Commitment: It separates Doers from Dreamers n To the boxer, it’s getting off the mat one more time than you’ve been knocked down. n To the marathoner, it’s running another ten miles when your strength is gone. n To the solider, it’s going over the hill, not knowing what’s waiting on the other side. n To the leader, it’s all that and more because everyone you lead it depending on you. Improve your Commitment n Look at how you spend your time, are you really committed or do you just say you are? n Know what’s worth dying for. n Practice the Edison method. Make your plans public, then you might be more committed to follow through. 4. Communication: Without It You Travel Alone n Simplify your Message- It’s not what you say, but also how you say it. n Really Care about your Audience n Show the Truth- Believe what you say, Live what you say n Seek a Response- the goal of all communication is action “Developing excellent communication skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership. The leader must be able to share knowledge and ideas to transmit a sense of urgency and enthusiasm to others. If a leader can’t get a message across clearly to motivate others to act on it, then having a message doesn’t even matter.” ~Gilbert Amelio 5. Competence: If you build it, they will come “Competence goes beyond words. It’s the leader’s ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how- and know that they want to follow you.” ~ John. C. Maxwell Keys to Cultivate High Competence n Show up Every Day & Come Ready to Work n Keep Learning, Growing, and Improving n Follow Through with Excellence n Accomplish More than Expected n Inspire and Motivate Others 6. Courage: One Person with Courage is a Majority “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.” ~Karl Barth, Swiss Theologian “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” ~Eddie Rickenbacker “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt 7. Discernment: Put an End to Unsolved Mysteries “Smart leaders believe only half of what they hear. Discerning leaders know which have to believe.” ~ John. C. Maxwell n Effective leaders need discernment, although even good leaders don’t display it all the time. Examples of Famous last words: n “I think there is a world market for about five computers.” Thomas J. Watson, chairman of IBM .(1943) n “I don’t need bodyguards.” Jimmy Hoffa, one month before disappearance (1975) 8. Focus: The Sharper It Is; The Sharper You Are n The Keys are Priorities and Concentration n A leader who knows what his priorities are but lacks concentration knows what to do but never gets it done. n If he has concentration but no priorities, he has excellence without progress. n But when he harnesses both, he has potential to achieve great things. How should you focus your time and energy? n Focus 70 Percent on Strengths n Develop them to their fullest potential n Focus 25 Percent on New Things n Growth = Change n Focus 5 Percent on Areas of Weakness n Minimize weaknesses as much as possible, delegate 9. Generosity: Your Candle Loses Nothing When It Lights Another “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” ~ Calvin Coolidge, American President “All that is not given is lost.” ~ Rabinranath Tagore, Indian Poet Cultivate the Quality of Generosity in Your Life n Be Grateful For What You Have n Put People First n Don’t Allow the Desire for Possessions to Control You n Regard Money as a Resource n Develop the Habit of Giving 10. Initiative: You Won’t Leave Home Without It “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” ~Conrad Hilton, Hotel Executive Qualities Leaders Posses To Make Things Happen n They Know What They Want n They Push Themselves to Act n They Take More Risks n They Make More Mistakes 11. Listening: To Connect With Their Hearts, Use Your Ears n You have to be silent to listen. n Both words are formed from the same letters. n S-i-l-e-n-t n L-i-s-t-e-n “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” ~ Woodrow Wilson, American President “A good leader encourages followers to tell him what he needs to know, not what he wants to hear.” ~John C. Maxwell 12. Passion: Take This Life and Love It “Concentrate on what you do well, and do it better than anybody else.” ~ John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s Pizza What makes it possible for people who might seem ordinary to achieve great things? n Fact: More than 50% of all CEOs of Fortune 500 companies had C or C- averages in college n Fact: Nearly 75% of all U.S. Presidents were in the bottom half of their school classes n Fact: More than 50% of all millionaires entrepreneurs never finished college n They All Had Passion, It Makes A Difference! 13. Positive Attitude: If You Believe You Can, You Can n Your Attitude Is a Choice n Your Attitude Determines Your Actions n Your People Are a Mirror of Your Attitude n Maintaining a Good Attitude Is Easier Than Regaining One Words of Wisdom ~Thomas Edison n “Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration, If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” n “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when the gave up.” 14. Problem Solving: You Can’t Let Your Problems Be A Problem “You can measure a leader by the problems he tackles. He always looks for ones his own size.” ~John C. Maxwell Leaders With Good Problems Solving Abilities Demonstrate Five Qualities n They Anticipate Problems n They Accept the Truth n They See the Big Picture n They Handle One Thing At a Time n They Don’t Give Up On a Major Goal When They’re Down 15. Relationships: If You Get Along, They’ll Get Along “The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” ~Theodore Roosevelt, American President All people have some things in common n They like to feel special, so sincerely compliment them. n They want a better tomorrow, so show them hope. n They desire direction, so navigate for them. n They are selfish, so speak to their needs first. n They get low emotionally, so encourage them. n They want success, so help them win. 16. Responsibility: If You Won’t Carry the Ball, You Can’t Lead the Team “ Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. . . In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.” ~Michael Korda, Editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster Are You On Target When It Comes To Responsibility? “When an archer misses the mark he turns and looks for fault within himself. Failure to hit the bull’s-eye is never the fault of the target. To improve your aim, improve yourself.” ~ Gilbert Arland 17. Security: Competence Never Compensates For Insecurity “No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” ~ Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist Margaret Thatcher, world leader n “You don’t follow the crowd, you make up your own mind.” ~Words of encouragement from her father n She stood for conviction in leadership. n The “Iron Lady” was elected three consecutive terms as prime minister. n The ONLY British leader of modern era to achieve that great honor. 18. Self-Discipline: The First Person You Lead Is You “A man without a decision of character can never be said to belong to himself. . . He belongs to whatever can make captive of him.” ~John Foster, author “Don’t quit, because once you in that mode of quitting, then you feel like it’s okay.” ~Jerry Rice, Best Ever Wide Receiver 19. Servanthood: To Get Ahead, Put Others First “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: The ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~ Albert Schweitzer, Philosopher & Humanitarian “The true leader serves. Serves people. Serves their best interests, and in so doing will not always be popular, may not always impress. But because true leaders are motivated by loving concern rather than a desire for personal glory, they are willing to pay the price.” ~Eugene B. Habecker, Author 20. Teachability: To Keep Leading, Keep Learning “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” ~John Wooden, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Why Should You Keep Growing? n Your growth determines who you are. n Who you are determines who you attract. n Who you attract determines the success of your organization. n If you want your organization to grow, you have to remain teachable. 21. Vision: You Can Seize Only What You Can See “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” ~ John C. Maxwell Vision is everything for a leader. n It leads the leader. n It paints the target. n It sparks and fuels the fire within, and draws him forward. n It is also the fire lighter for others who follow that leader.23 Remember “If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~Walt Disney
Spotify, is a game changer, a generational breakthrough and a fantastic idea; it will revolutionize music for the next generation. Probably the biggest change to how people listen to music since the iPod in 2001. What it is: -Our generation listens to music on an iPhone, there were 50 MILLION iPhones sold in 2010 alone. -My iphone syncs to my car, computer, home stereo, I use it when I run, etc. The only drawback is that I have 8000 songs, so if my iPhone holds 32GB, than the vast majority of the storage is used up, and it can sometimes take a while to sync (5-10 min) if I add several new albums. Well, not anymore… SPOTIFY: You sync your music collection free, one time, to the online database…and it’s there for you to access anytime, whenever you want, without taking up any hard space. It has a deal with 3G (which is everywhere now) so there is no streaming ‘lag’, its completely seamless…and on top of that you don’t incur any data charges at all, whatsoever. If you upgrade to Spotify Pro, which is $10 a month, or less than the cost of a single CD, you have complete access to every song in the world, in the complete database of 15+ million songs…which is growing more rapidly by the day. I have yet to search for even an obscure song and not be able to find it. Example: you open spotify on your iPhone, search for “Michael Jackson” (you can search by album, artist, song, etc.) instantly every Michael Jackson song/album ever recorded is displayed (it even will allow you to sort by popularity, year, newest, etc.), you click on what you want and it starts playing…no wait at all. You want to save a song to a playlist? You can, you can make 10,000 playlists or favorite track lists that are easier for you to access next time. There are no limits, advertisements or non-premium quality tracks. The biggest wow factor: Our generation is all about social media (facebook, twitter), you can share songs with friends, post what your listening to via a timeline to facebook, share favorite playlists or albums with friends and even record your stats history. It will show you what your favorite artists are, what you listen to most and how many plays of each song have occurred over time. You can view what’s most popular in your area, in the world or with your friends. The ability to have all the music in the world in your pocket, without limitations or lag (not XM-which doesn’t give you the option of listening to exactly what you want), without taking up any hard disc space, or sync time, is a breakthrough to how we listen to music from here on out. No longer will you have to download a single song, buy a track, album or listen to the radio… It allows you complete control of how and what you listen to for the rest of your life.