We had the opportunity back in the fall to have John Schneider, General Manager of the (SuperBowl bound) Seattle Seahawks speak to us at one of our CEOtoCEO breakfast meetings. What a treat…both from John being very entertaining with his dry sense of humor but the insights he shared with us about the Seahawks organization. We were honored to have him speak and now that the Seahawks are in the Superbowl (GO HAWKS!!) his comments provide some real background on why.
We want to share some different pieces of his speech with you over the next couple of weeks to give you some more insight into not only John, but about Pete Carroll and how they worked together to create what has surely been a historical season.
To start, we wanted to share an interesting segment from his speech where he talked about Pete Carroll’s background as well as his and how they ended up at the Seahawks and creating this amazing partnership that has had such incredible success. I will let you know this is about 7 minutes long so I would encourage you to watch when you have the time so you can hear all of it at once.
As you can see, they both failed…in many people’s eyes. But if you know anything about failure, it is simply the next step to success or as the famous Thomas Edison put it, it simply tells you what doesn’t work so you don’t have to try that again and can move onto finding what does work. They both figured this out, were motivated beyond their “failures” and came together to create an incredible machine called the “Legion of Boom” and the best team in the NFC division of the NFL…not bad for a couple of guys that failed a few times!
Yesterday at the CEOtoCEO Breakfast event, we had the privilege of having Andy Cates from Moss Adams speaking to a group of CEOs, Business Owners, and other professionals about both some key Tax Issues that were critical to be aware of in 2012 and some planning.
Andy covered a lot of areas for us – you can listen to him briefly describe the agenda of the meeting in the video. We will be sharing more videos of him talking about certain areas that will be important to virtually any business owner and individual. It was very timely to have Andy as part of our speakers group since a number of the opportunities (if there is such a thing when someone talks about taxes) he discussed would be “closing” the end of 2012 and we wanted to share this with our leadership audience. There was incredibly strong interest in learning more about these opportunities from the leaders in the room and from the feedback, most will be changing what they are doing to take advantage of some of these.
He also got to spend some time on the “planning” side of taxes for a business. The great part about Andy is that he is not just a “tax dweeb” but he is a “tax business guy” that understands how these issues pertain directly to a business and the best way to take advantage of these opportunities through proper planning. As he reminded all of us in the room, these were known in 2010 and this is when planning should have begun (I know, he told us so). But like most of us, it didn’t happen and now we are down to the final months and hours to incorporate some of this into our planning for the rest of the years.
Thanks Andy, very insightful, helpful, and in a language we could all understand. We will share more on this in some later posts on specifically the areas to be aware of and his planning ideas. Stay tuned…and don’t forget to join our CEO Discussion Group on LinkedIn where some of these questions will be posted as well. If you aren’t a member, it’s free and it’s a completely private place to have a discussion with ONLY your peers, other CEOs and Business Owners.
I’ve gotten to know Tom Gobeille, CEO of NCA, as a passionate and recognized thought leader in the IT world. Tom is one with the rare ability to see around the corner and openly sharing his visions with others to gain their insight then combining those thoughts into some really big thinking. At the CEOtoCEO Breakfast last week Tom provided some great insights as to how mobility, social media and cloud computing will be impacting our businesses. One of Tom’s passions is the upcoming NCA Security & Technology Conference that he and his team put together featuring experts from around the world to share where IT is and where it is going.
Rather than “tell” you about all the reasons why you, as a CEO, should attend the event, Tom did a great job of talking about why this event was created, who is speaking, why it is so relevant for CEOs, and how to sign up at our latest CEOtoCEO breakfast. We happened to capture this on video so we thought the best way to share it with you is to let you hear it from the creator of the event.