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Tiger Woods was a planned superstar. When he was three he appeared on the Mike Douglas Show, at age five he appeared on Golf Digest. So far, he has won 14 majors and he might win more than Jack Nicklaus’ 18. His career is about control and planning. Nutrition, swing, attitude, psychology: he’s the poster child of planned success.

Enter Bubba Watson.

Watson has never had a coach, a trainer, a nutritionist, or a sports psychologist, and he’s proud of it. He has never had a golf lesson. And he just won the Masters.

I’m sure he broke Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule, I’m sure he spent much of his waking time perfecting his game. But, it’s apparent he did it on his own accord. Following his rules. His mindset. And he succeeded by being creative.

According to a new survey of 1,500 chief executives conducted by IBM’s Institute for Business Value, CEO’s identify “creativity” as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future. That’s creativity – not operational effectiveness, influence, or even dedication. Coming out of the worst economic downturn in their professional lifetimes, when managerial discipline and rigor ruled the day, this indicates a remarkable shift in attitude. It is consistent with the study’s other major finding: Global complexity is the foremost issue confronting these CEOs and their enterprises. The chief executives see a large gap between the level of complexity coming at them and their confidence that their enterprises are equipped to deal with it.

Until now creativity has generally been viewed as fuel for the engines of research or product development, not the essential leadership asset that must permeate an enterprise.

If I was betting man, I’d put my future money on Bubba. He’s good at improvising, not following the advice of experts. He’s good at listening to his own voice, not listening to a coach.

Go Bubba.


The majority of recruiters don’t deserve a dime.

There, I said it.

Recruiter: Are you a pimp? Or a coach?

A few years back, my wife and I decided it might be time to leave Los Angeles.

We just had a kid. Los Angeles didn’t feel like the perfect place to raise our precious miracle.

Maybe we should move to the Mid-West.

Or up North.

East Coast.

I was contacted by tons of recruiters.

Big agencies. Small agencies. Start-ups.

Recruiters were falling all over themselves to offer opportunities.

In a very short period of time, I realized there are two kinds of recruiters:

Pimps and coaches.

The Pimp

The pimp doesn’t care about you.

They just care about their own bank account.

They pimp you out to any employer with an opening.

Not a perfect fit? We’ll make it fit.

Not the right position to achieve your goals? As long as you achieve their goals, who gives a damn?

Pimps don’t care about candidates, they only care about themselves. Their goals, their objectives.

They don’t give you feedback, they don’t prep you, and they’re just there to collect money.

Their goal is to get more business from the client.

When an opportunity doesn’t work out, they never call you back.

They disappear.

They have other people to pimp out.

The Coach

Coaches have a different mindset.

We’re all in this together.

They prep you for interviews.

They share insights.

They don’t just see dollar signs, they regard you as a human being.

When things don’t work out, they don’t just drop you like a hot potato.

They continue the conversation.

Some even become friends.

And coach you to the next level.

Good recruiters are first and foremost empathetic to the human experience

Sure, when you’re looking for a new job, you’re trying to get more money.

But that’s #34 on your priority list.

You want more respect.




A better working environment.

And 28 other factors that make you choose your new employer.

Pimps don’t get it. They think #34 should be #1.

Coaches get that taking on a new job is a huge commitment. From you. And your family.

They walk you through every little detail, listen to your concerns.

And, most importantly, when things don’t work out, they are there for you.

They give you insights.

Nuggets that will help refine your pitch.

And help them to find the perfect fit for you.

Over the years, I only encountered three coaches.

If you’re looking for job, you should get in touch with them.

They will take care of you.

They will help you throughout the process.

Here are my three superstars (in no particular order):

Gary Epstein

Robert Bishop (Mid-West)

Bruce Waxman

Get in touch with them.

You deserve better than being handled by a pimp.