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"Golf is the only sport I know of where you have to call a penalty on yourself. If that's not honesty and integrity then I don't know what is."
- Rande Somma
Many of you have and know your 5-year goal. In golf it could be to break a score; 100, 90, 70, win an amateur or professional tournament, improve shop sales or reach a new plateau in your business or for the company you work for. But how many of you have asked yourself what that success looks like for you; i.e. did you change as a person to achieve it or did you compromise your values to get there?
While President of Worldwide Automotive Operations at Johnson Controls Inc., Rande Somma's first question to his team wasn’t ‘What do we need to do different to achieve these new goals?’ it was ‘What won’t we do, under any circumstances, to achieve our new goals?’ They first defined what they wouldn’t do; which was violate their values. Things such as lay people off to reach earning numbers or not paying earned bonuses. They then defined the goal and how to achieve it. In today’s interview we discuss that entire process and how to develop a culture so these things flourish.
Rande used this outline to help JCI reach Fortune 100 status and still uses it today when mentoring young professionals as part of his group Rande Somma and Associates. It helps people in all walks of life avoid some of the pitfalls so many fall into in their quest for success. In addition to his mentoring program he and his wife also started the Rande and Georgia Somma Integrity First Scholarship Program at Robert Morris University, Rande's alma mater. Last and certainly not least he is the author of the book ‘Leadershit: A Look at the Broken Leadership System in Corporate America’ a book that dives into some of the problems he encountered over four decades in and around the corporate system and leadership in general.
This episode is filled with a lot of great information and regardless of what industry you’re in or what your life’s ambitions are you will take away some great words of wisdom to help achieve them all after listening to my interview with Rande Somma.
If you want to reach Rande to learn more about his book; 'Leadershit: A Look at the Broken Leadership System in Corporate America', his mentoring program, the Integrity First Scholarship, a lecture or speaking engagement, or consulting he can be reached by either of the following ways: email at email@example.com or at LinkedIn under Rande Somma & Associates
Golf 360 came about from a theory I wrote a decade ago called The Golf Paradigm. This theory was in the process of becoming a master’s thesis and book until life got in the way and time didn't allow it. It is something I came up with after spending over 30 years in golf. During that time, I was fortunate enough to have met, become friends with or worked with some exceptional people. Some of them were within the industry while others were outside of it but they all had phenomenal information that helped me improve as a player, a coach and a person. Whether it was a world-renowned coach, genius club fitter or engineer, ground breaking health professional or therapist, fantastic mental coach or psychologist or someone that understood how to utilize all of these to the benefit of the whole, they are some amazing people. There were also many others, all highly accomplished and from various fields; the business world, other professional athletes, and many more that were kind enough to pass along the knowledge they had acquired over a lifetime of work. Not only did their input help me as a touring professional, it also helped me in life and with my current teaching position with the The Golf Paradigm Academy. I wanted to take my good fortune of having access to so many people and bring that to you so you could apply it to your own game and life. With such a wide array of people I thought why not call it 'Golf 360'
The common denominator with all of the guests is they have two things in common 1) they were very highly accomplished and exceptional in their field and 2) they were more than willing to share their knowledge, experiences and pearls of wisdom with me and many others who were more than willing to learn and improve themselves in their games, business or life.
I hope you enjoy listening to each of the guests and can utilize the information they pass along; whether its a story, an experience or fascinating information so you can continue to improve your game and life.
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During this discussion you will learn more about:
What's a 'Jagoff'?
Golf on the Southside of Pittsburgh
Growing up with working class parents and a dad that loved golf
Growing up and learning hard lessons; right vs. wrong
Playing at the collegiate level
What playing college golf taught him about managing a schedule
Ryder Cup observations
Rande's book 'Leadershit: A Look at the Broken Leadership System in America'
Honor and Integrity and what it means to people today
Is 'failure' a good thing?
How do you define 'success'?
Ask yourself 'Look out 5 years from now and define your own success' and is it enough?
Mentoring; Why parents aren't qualified and strangers are
Why managing success is harder than adversity
How to cultivate the right culture for success and NOT giving up on your values
What happens when the wrong answer is NOT an option
Entrepreneurship the fastest growing thing in America and why
Hitting numbers vs having integrity
The wrong compensation and using short term earnings to justify pay
Golfers and calling penalties on themselves
Goals are a good thing but what matters more?
The two things no one can ever take away from you but you can give away in the blink of an eye
The Integrity First Scholarship Program @ Robert Morris University
Advice for today's young people
What's Rande's Superpower?
Fuzzy Zoeller and corporate outings; cigarettes, vodka, steak and a hand full of salt
Living in the Moment - ADHD and the Raisin Story