Wednesday, September 30, 2009

‘Cats cruise past Reeds Spring

Team prepares for Homecoming showdown with Marshfield

By Alyssa Spradlin
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 4:16 AM CDT
The Logan-Rogersville Wildcats may have expected a win over the Reeds Spring Wolves on Friday, Sept. 25, but that didn’t stop them from bringing their “A” game.

“It would have been easy coming into a game like this for our guys to let down, but they did a great job of staying focused,” LRHS head coach Doug Smith said of his defensive line. The D-line held the Wolves scoreless, giving the ‘Cats a 38-0 victory.

Rogersville’s Barrett Hillenburg fights off a Reeds Spring defender during the game on Friday, Sept. 25. Hillenburg was one of several ‘Cats who saw a lot of playing time.
Gabe Zapata’s 31-yard field goal would put Rogersville on the board early in the first quarter. Matt Reuter ran the ball 20 yards to give the ‘Cats their first touchdown, ending the period with Rogersville leading 9-0.

The second quarter was the breakaway quarter for Rogersville with Grant Clouse scoring on a 45-yard run. Quarterback Colton Dill completed a pass to Reuter for the two-point conversion.

Dillon Lassley picked up a 23-yard pass from Dill to take the ball to the 25-yard line less then three minutes later. Three plays later, Dill would score on an 8-yard keeper, followed by Zapata’s successful extra point kick.

Rogersville picked up a Reeds Spring fumble with less than three and a half minutes in the half. Clouse ran the ball 34 yards for another touchdown on the next play. Zapata followed it up with another extra point, making the score 31-0 at the half.

Rogersville’s reserve offense saw significant playing time in the second half, with Joe Zimmer coming in to quarterback after the first play. He had his own successful keeper with 2:32 left in the quarter. Zapata’s successful kick brought the score to 38-0, triggering the turbo clock.

Barrett Hillenburg took over quarterback duties in the fourth quarter. He and Mason Mawby combined for a series of short gains that put the ‘Cats within five yards of another touchdown. Mawby ended the game with six carries for 28 yards; Hillenburg had five carries for 17 yards.

Rogersville ended the game with 305 rushing yards on 39 carries. Dill had 108 yards passing, with 10 carries for 52 yards and one touchdown. Clouse had seven carries for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

The 4-1 ‘Cats host the 3-2 Marshfield Blue Jays Friday for Rogersville’s Homecoming game.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Secret to "Likeability" by Pam Holloway

Strange as it might seem, likeability is not a gift - it's a skill set. Is it worth developing? You decide. Here's what we know about likeable people:
1. They are more successful in business and in life.
2. They get elected, promoted, and rewarded more often than those less likable.
3. They close more sales and make more money.
4. They get better service from all types of service providers, including Doctors and other health care providers - which means they probably live longer as well!

Still not sure? Take a look at these studies.
A Columbia University study by Melinda Tamkins shows that success in the workplace is guaranteed not by what or whom you know but by your popularity. In her study, Tamkins found that, "popular workers were seen as trustworthy, motivated, serious, decisive and hardworking and were recommended for fast-track promotion and generous pay increases. Their less-liked colleagues were perceived as arrogant, conniving and manipulative. Pay rises and promotions were ruled out regardless of their academic background or professional qualifications."

The Gallup organization has conducted a personality factor poll prior to every presidential election since 1960. Only one of three factors - issues, party affiliation, and likeability, has been a consistent prognosticator of the final election result. Of course, the factor is likeability. What makes you likable?

We find a plethora of opinions as to the specific elements that contribute to likeability. Tim Sanders in his book, The Likeability Factor notes these 4:

1. Friendliness: your ability to communicate liking and openness to others.
2. Relevance: your capacity to connect with others' interests, wants, and needs.
3. Empathy: your ability to recognize, acknowledge, and experience other people's feelings.
4. Realness: the integrity that stands behind your likeability and guarantees its authenticity.

7 Components of Likeability
Through research and experience, these seven elements are integral for "likeability":
1. Positive mental attitude
Likeable people exude a positive mental attitude. That does not mean they are silly or giddy. They don't ignore hardships or failures, but consciously reframe those difficulties and negative emotions to healthier positive ones.
Positive means that you can find a better direction out of a problem, rather than wallowing in the problem or negative emotion.
2. Non-judgmental
The truly likable are non-judgmental. They recognize that everyone is trying to get by the best they know how, and they treat everyone with respect and understanding.
3. Open
Passing critical judgment is a sign of inflexibility, a highly unlikable trait. The opposite of that is what we call "openness." The truly likeable are open to new people, other ideas, and different ways of doing things.
They demonstrate openness in their behavior, the tone of their voice and in their language.
4. Secure
Likeable people are, "comfortable in their own skin." They don't feel the need to talk over, correct, constantly make jokes or laugh nervously. They don't brag, talk incessantly or hide behind details or humor.
5. Vulnerable
One of the most likeable characteristics is vulnerability. People who can say, "I don't know," who are able to admit mistakes or show a sensitivity, are seen as more likeable.
6. Able to get outside the Self
Those whose primary focus is on themselves rate low on the likeability scale. Conversely, those who are secure in themselves and able to turn their focus outward rate much higher. It's part empathy - our ability to recognize, acknowledge and experience other people's feelings, which is a key attribute of likeability. This is more than the ability to be empathetic. It is the exercise of this ability. It is about becoming relevant. We become relevant in the lives of others when we learn about their interests, wants and needs.
7. Like me
We like people who like us. We also like people who are like us. As humans we are constantly seeking points of similarity. We look for and are attracted to people who are like us in terms of values, interests and experiences. Studies suggest we are also attracted to people who physically look like us.
More Exposure: Familiarity Breeds Likeability Recent studies have shown that more exposure is sufficient to increase the likeability of a person (or an object). In short, we are more attracted to and tend to like people who are familiar to us. So, in a selling situation, if the prospect likes you a little when you meet the first time, he may like you even more the second time and so on. With that in mind, your objective is to continue to increase the numbers of exposure to your prospects.

How Likable Are You?
How well would you say you demonstrate those likeability characteristics in your meetings with prospects? The key word here is "demonstrate." You can "feel" as though you are being open, relevant or empathetic, but that doesn't necessarily mean that's how you are being perceived by the prospects.
Whether we like it or not, likeability makes a difference in all aspects of how we are perceived. Our likeability follows us all at home, at work and in social settings. The important thing to remember is that it doesn't really matter what we think of ourselves when it comes to others making decisions about us.

About the Author
Pam Holloway is a business psychologist and co-founder of AboutPeople, a unique training and consulting firm that helps companies maximize the people side of business. She is a program designer, author and teacher specializing in Market Psychology and Organizational Dynamics. Pam also delivers keynotes and workshops throughout the United States and Europe.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Money You Could be Saving with DMP - Geico Spoof 2

Haven Fun at work is one of our Values. It's written in stone. Way to go Jonny Adams!

Marc Seal Performance at Coach House

This is the guy we went to see in Concert last night. He is amazing. This was filmed at the venue we saw him at. Cool. It's a famous Concert hall for virtually every band you have ever heard of has come through here.

Marc is a Believer and a good friend of our new VP of Sales, Mark NeSmith who was nice enough to take Rog and I. We all sat in Marc's wife's booth with some of NeSmith's old SoCal friends. What a cool evening.

Marc is the artist that Taylor Guitars sponsors to showcase their products. It's amazing the things he does on that thing...

Oprah 24th Season Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling - flash mob

See the Back Story of how they pulled off this Flash Mob. It started with one Choreographer, who taught 20 dancers, who in turn taught 800 volunteers, who in turn taught 21,000 people this dance in one day. The Principles of Biblical Discipleship are powerful. The 800 are the key. The Volunteers make it happen. Are you doing what you can do?

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

LogRog JV vs Branson

This was a tough 12-15 loss for the Wildcat JV. They played hard and Nick Hiller had a great night. If you watch at 4:18 in the video, Barrett throws what would be the game winning TD pass, but it was called back for ineligible lineman down field. If you watch the play closely you can see that it was the fullback (who is eligible) that was down field. It was a bad call and it cost them the game. Its a tough break, however we know that great things lie ahead for this team. Hold your heads high boys and go play hard next week!