South Texas links sports and career success
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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
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.”
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
Laura Lopez and Company and Jo Evans of the
Texas A&M softball team talked sports and success at the
South Texas fall networking event in Houston.