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South Texas links sports and career success

Sunday, October 13, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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More than 100 NEW members and supporters received winning advice from a panel of sports and consumer products veterans at the NEW South Texas fall networking event, Sept. 26, 2013 at Junior League of Houston.

Steve Randol, vice president, retail operations, Nestlé; Pam Gardner, CEO, Your Mind at Work; Jo Evans, head coach of the Texas A&M softball team; and Reid Ryan, president and general manager of the Houston Astros, explored the drive to win. Laura Lopez, of Laura Lopez and Company, moderated the discussion.

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Successful approaches to life, sports and corporate careers are similar, Gardner said. "Leadership principles can be found in many areas of life, including parenting and sports.”

Energy and motivation, when properly managed, are critical components of leadership and performance, the panelists agreed.

"Recovering energy is as important as expending it,” Lopez said.

Randol advised that "energy management is intentional,” encompassing areas that include "physical, nutritional, emotional and spiritual.”

"When you are able to balance your energy,” Gardner said, "performance goes up.”

"Leaders can burn their team’s energy the fastest and the quickest,” Evans added. "It’s important to understand that.”

The panel shared thoughts on managing healthy dialogues with yourself and others.

Randol advised NEW members to "rate your process, not your results,” when measuring success, and Ryan reminded the crowd, "to whom much is given, much is expected.”

"Stay away from the intrigue and gossip,” Gardner cautioned. "Complain up, not sideways.”

The right behavior as a team member can define you as a leader, Evans noted. "Be there when your teammate is not,” Evans said. "What you know how to do isn’t all it takes. Character gets you where you want and need to go.”

The event provided essential takeaways for members. Whitney Coneby of Altra was inspired to take a leadership role at work. "Leadership isn’t just for those in management positions,” she said. "Everyone in the company has the ability and the opportunity to be a leader.”

Organizations sending delegations to the event included Altria, Coca-Cola, Kroger Co., Mondelēz International and Nestlé.


Lindsay Park and Steve Randol of Nestlé, Reid Ryan of the
Houston Astros, Pam Gardner of Your Mind at Work, Laura
Lopez of Laura Lopez and Company and Jo Evans of the
Texas A&M softball team talked sports and success at the
NEW South Texas fall networking event in Houston.


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