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The “Why” Generation

This is the third article in the Next Generation Leadership Series. Click to read the first and second articles.
Work-life balance: the millennial dream and the employer nightmare. I presented on the topic of millennials to a group of professionals at the Construction Specification Institute Phoenix Chapter. Their biggest struggle was trying to attract younger employees to their companies. The room was polluted with confusion about the trends of “work-life balance”. What is work-life balance? Who decides when work and “life” are in perfect harmony? Why is this new idea so pervasive among young professionals?

The Internet

A married couple boards a plane to Fiji with two kids ages 4 and 2. They don’t own any cars, they don’t live in house, and all their belongings fit within two suitcases and one carryon each. For 100 weeks straight, The Bucket List Family went on a perpetual “vacation” around the world. This lifestyle was made possible when Garrett Gee, the Bucket List Father, sold a bar code scanning app to Snapchat for $54 million. The real kicker is that Gee still hasn’t touched a cent of that money. Instead, him and his wife were inspired to sell their cars and belongings, so they could travel with $45,000. As they traveled, they shared their story on social media, gained a massive following, and soon started turning a profit.
The Gee family is living the millennial dream. They are the embodiment of work-life balance.
Twenty years ago, stories like The Bucket List Family weren’t shared worldwide at rapid speed. Modern media is like an IV drip of success stories streaming to everyone with internet access. The millennial generation grew up in a more transparent age. They heard all about the dreams that were coming true. They read about kids who became millionaires before they were old enough to rent cars. They watched movies based on the notion “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Their expectations were set on the top shelf, and now they’re looking for a career that gives them a ladder.
Millennials don’t want to settle for a job, they want to find careers that allows them to pursue their dreams. They want to work with a company that supports their ideals. Work-life balance isn’t about more time at home, it’s about career-aspiration alignment.

A Changing Workplace

Workforce culture is changing. This change has created two issues among employers: higher career expectations and a desire for more personal freedom.
High career expectations
Young employees want earlier advancements, greater upward mobility, and higher profile positions. Millennials want to know that they are adding value in a company that’s making a difference in the world.
More personal freedom
Many employers think that millennials aren’t prepared for more responsibilities. That they lack accountability. But we propose that millennials don’t take accountability because they don’t feel like a stakeholder. It’s a catch-22. Overbearing employers suffocate young dreams. Millennials want to contribute to a vision instead of being forced through a corporate assembly line.
Despite the popular narrative, millennials are flocking to leadership positions more than any other generation. According to a workplace trends survey, 91% of millennials aspire to be leaders. Currently, 50% of working millennials hold a leadership position. Additionally, 40% of millennials say that they want to stay with a company for more than 10 years in hopes of career advancements.
Many professionals worry that there aren’t enough management positions to meet the millennial demand. They might be right, but there’s an important differential between management and leadership. Many students don’t want to be managers, they want a career that affords room for big ideas, flexibility, and creative control. Any career field or job position can meet these parameters. In fact, many companies are finding very creative ways to make that happen.
If a company offered you a job; one where you chose your hours, your salary, and gave you complete freedom to do whatever you wanted, would you take it? Companies like SEMCO, Gore-Tex, Zappos are making this dream a reality. These companies have completely eliminated management positions. They have created more transparency and accountability throughout their organizations. Many organizations are taking similar approaches. They have started allowing flexible hours and incorporating leisure activities into the office. Most importantly, they are encouraging employees to take creative control over unique projects. By the looks of it, these trends will only continue to grow as more millennials enter the workforce.

Are We Prepared for the Change?

Many companies are responding to the demand for more leadership opportunities. But are students being prepared for this kind of workplace? The current school system is designed to prepare students for an antiquated work model. Students are taught based on standards and uniformity, not creativity and innovation. Students are rewarded based on their ability to follow directions regurgitate information.

Students should be being prepared for the workplace they will have. Graduates want leadership positions and companies are becoming more leadership-oriented. It’s about time that we prepare our students to be leaders. Children need opportunities to exercise creative control. They need free time to think about who they are and what they want to do. They need guidance from mentors to help them cultivate important leadership habits. These emphasize continuous growth, personal accountability, and learning to utilize others’ expertise.

This is the heart of our mission at the Leadership Society of Arizona. Students can learn how to become leaders through all aspects in the life, but they need guidance. They need opportunities to talk about their ideas and they need time to test out their ideas. We work with schools and teachers to create these opportunities in the classroom. We also hold summer leadership camps to give students a jump-start on their path to improved leadership.


Millennials want the freedom to dream. Companies are creating innovative ways to provide it. It is now time for the education system to respond.
In our next article we will answer the big remaining question: if everyone wants to be a leader, who’s going to perform the labor?

Out with the New and In with the Old

This is the second article in the Next Generation Leadership Series. Read the first one HERE.

Kids These Days…

Since our last article, I have done some digging to find out when the belief of “young people don’t work as hard” began.

I came across two quotes that aptly describe millennials:

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners. Contempt for authority. They show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”

“[Technology] will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories. They will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves… they will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing. They will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing”

Here’s the kicker: both of these quotes came from Socrates [2,500 years ago] as he reflected on the youth of Ancient Greece. In the second quote, the “technology” that Socrates refers to is plain old ink and parchment. Even back then, people thought technology was ruining the kids’ minds. If you replace “technology” with “cellphones,” the quote sounds like it’s taken straight from a New York Times article about millennials.

Socrates isn’t the only one in history with the same opinion. Here are just few others that I found:

“I see no hope for the future…  for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint.” 

Hesiod (800 BC)

“The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no respect for their parents or old age. They are impatient of all restraint.”

Peter the Hermit (1200 AD)

“Never has youth been exposed to such dangers of both perversion and arrest as in our own land and day. Increasing urban life with its temptations, prematurities, sedentary occupations, and passive stimuli…”

G. Stanley Hall (1904)

This story is as old as time itself; the young versus the old. There has never been a time in human history in which the younger generation lived up to the standards set on them. The profound truth is that young people and old people are different…

A Logical Proposal

There’s a fundamental human characteristic that separates the old and the young: experience. People with more years of experience know their limitations. They know when they don’t know something. They know their own area of expertise. They are quick to ask for help instead of trying to do something they don’t understand. They avoid unnecessary risks. People with less experience tend to take more risks, think they are very knowledgeable, and seek to be good at everything.
This difference creates tension in the workplace. It is hard to work with someone who feels highly qualified even when they are not. As we get older, we tend to forget what it was like to be young. We tell ourselves, “I should have known that when I was younger.” We project this same idea on the younger people around us, creating unrealistic expectations. We think that younger people should listen to us, the older people, and learn from our mistakes. But we tend to forget that we were even worse when we were younger.
The main reason why generational differences is such a big concern today is because society is becoming more transparent. Fifty years ago, basic human stupidity was not considered newsworthy. Thanks to advancements in technology, the ignorance of society is  paraded before us on a daily basis for the first time in history. Even more, between the flurry of news outlets, social media, and reality TV, we have started worshiping ignorance as a society. These outlets have caused a shift in how we view younger generations. It has created an illusion that there is more ignorance, violence, and negative traits today than before. In reality, the world has, and always will be, filled with ignorance, especially among the inexperienced members of society.

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Human behavior is governed by natural law. Environments change, technology changes, and social trends change, but people will always be people. The youth will always be a little ignorant, there will always be something new to blame, and there will always be contradicting opinions. The one truth that we can hold on to is that everyone is the master of their destiny.
Millennials are not doomed because of their upbringing.  As people learn more, they grow out of “ignorant” traits. The same thing will happen to millennials as it happened to the generations before. The world will continue to change as technology advances. Millennials will adapt and will usher in new industries and business models.
There’s a lot of “noise” in the media today. If you can filter through the noise, you will find that there are many young people accomplishing astonishing things (30 under 30).
Because many young people lack real-world experience, they tend to be under-prepared for the working-world, so what can we do to help? Next month, we will discuss the future of millennials in the workplace. How to find and attract bright young talent, and how millennials can find the impactful jobs they are looking for.

How School Didn’t Teach Me My Most Valuable Lessons

When I graduated high school, I had my life figured out. I thought that I knew everything. I was the ideal product of the education system: great grades, a hearty resume, good test scores, the works. Growing up, I was told that if I got good grades, a good job would eventually be handed to me. I was taught that more rigor meant more success. I decided that the most rigorous degree field I could go into was engineering.

Two years into my undergraduate career I realized I wasn’t really cut out for engineering. I wasn’t enjoying my classes, and I lacked direction. While my classmates were memorizing differential equations, I was having an existential crisis. I started to realize who I really was… just a dumb kid without a clue in the world, trying to convince myself that I had everything figured out. For the first time in my life, I realized that in the big scheme of things, I didn’t know anything. It didn’t matter how much information I memorized, or how many tests I passed, because I wasn’t happy and my life was a mess. Nothing I learned in school prepared me for this kind of struggle.

It was at that time that I really started searching for who I wanted to be and not so much what I wanted to do. I looked high and low for mentorship. I had a bunch odd jobs and took a variety of different classes, but everything changed when I met Dr. Dean Kashiwagi.

I met Dr. Dean when I signed up for his leadership course that proposed he could teach someone “how to know everything without knowing anything”. Through his research, he found that effective leadership is more about understanding and accepting, instead of controlling and commanding. He taught that the best leaders don’t try to know everything, instead they know how to leverage the knowledge of the people around them to accomplish a greater goal.


These lessons in leadership helped me realize my greatest downfall. Throughout my academic career, I was too focused on my own life. I was lost in the details of what I was doing and I never stopped to figure out why I was doing it. To find direction, I needed to look outside of myself and seek the guidance of leaders around me.

This story is all too common for many other Millennials. We’ve grown up in an increasingly complex world. We’ve been trained to memorize, regurgitate, and repeat. Most of us have done well in school and learned valuable information, but school doesn’t teach us how to apply it in a meaningful way. As we finish 17 years of education and walk away with thousands of dollars of debt, we just want to know that it was all worth. We want to know that we have what it takes to add value to society. We want to make a difference.

Modern college and high school students are facing a depression epidemic, and I believe the problem is much deeper than chemical imbalances or too much social media. I believe that these students are overwhelmed with the complexity of life. Students are taught that if they don’t know all of the answers, they will fail. Students don’t need more answers, they need to learn how to ask for help, how to recognize when they don’t know, and how to be okay with being wrong or failing.

Since working with Dr. Dean, I have earned three degrees: a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, and master’s and doctorate in management with a construction focus. Through my two decades of education, the most valuable thing that I learned is that my success doesn’t depend on how much I know, it depends on how willing I am to ask for help. This is the message that I want to share with the world. This is the reason why I co-founded the Leadership Society of Arizona.

I want to simplify the complex lives of students by helping them feel comfortable with not knowing.

The Language of Metrics – Workshop Results


The Leadership Society of Arizona (LSA) is partnering with the professional organization, International Facility Management Association (IFMA), to create a new leadership workshop series that unites professionals and students in the Phoenix Valley. These workshops are part of a joint initiative to create an education pipeline that provides students with valuable leadership training while also connecting them with local industry experts. LSA provides activities proven to help students learn 10 times faster and discover a meaningful career path. IFMA professionals have offered to host each workshop at their facilities throughout the Phoenix Valley, and together with LSA have created a unique career preparation resource for students.


This first workshop was sponsored by the IFMA Student Chapter at Arizona State University, who hosted it at the Tempe Main Campus. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from recently retired ASU professor and industry expert in the delivery of professional services, Dr. Dean Kashiwagi. Dr. Dean shared the culmination of his 25 years of research; the power of metrics.

Metrics are the language of simplicity. When metrics are meaningful and easy to understand we can decrease decision making, minimize administration, and gain a better vision for our futures. At this workshop, high school students, parents, college students, and professionals had the opportunity to develop metrics to simplify their own lives. They learned how to clearly set goals and accurately measure them. Attendees were also able to hear from Dr. Dahval Gajjar, who shared his personal experience on how using metrics enabled him to become the youngest construction manager to ever work for Harkins Theaters.

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Over 60 people attended Workshop 1, making this event the most popular IFMA Student Chapter event in the last 15 years. In attendance were 47 college students, 12 industry professionals, 5 high school students, and 2 parents. Attendees were asked to provide workshop feedback which can be seen below:

Performance Criteria Metrics
I am satisfied with this workshop 98%
The information I learned is relevant to me 98%
This workshop will help me achieve my goals 95%
I would recommend this workshop to my friends 93%


“Awesome presentation! I really appreciate the hands-on application and especially the input from the student team. Thank you!” – Industry Professional

“I like how you guys are making things simple and how to get over hard situations. I like the food as well the most.” – College Student

“Great workshop. This topic would be great for high schoolers and college freshmen: find what you’re good at THEN pick the career.” – Parent


This workshop marks the first great milestone in creating an impactful student to industry pipeline. For the first time, LSA and IFMA have been able to unite students, parents, and professionals. This event is the first of eight workshops scheduled for the fall of 2017. The dates and locations for each workshop are provided below. LSA and IFMA aim to make this workshop series a flagship leadership series for years to come.


For more details about upcoming workshops, please follow this link: http://old.leadaz.org/2017-workshops-registration/


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Organization For Your Life

How organized are you?

Optimism bias a tendency to overestimate our likelihood of experiencing good events and underestimate our likelihood of experiencing bad events. For example, in a survey people were asked, how likely that one would have a fatal heart attack one day, only 19% were realistic, while 56% were too optimistic and 25% were too pessimistic. In reality, a person has a heart attack every 34 seconds.

Optimism bias can kick in whenever we try to evaluate ourselves, including how organized we are. We all know that being organized is necessary to keep things in order. We were taught to be organized ever since we were little, and most high school and college students believe that they are organized “enough”. However, is that true though? Check out the video below, see how many characteristics you have:


What does being organized look like?

Definition – organized (businessdictionary.com)

  1. Having taken something that is messy, chaotic, or unordered and rearranged it logically, into a structured or coherent layout, or into specific and/or defined groups. For example, the student organized his locker into specific sections
  2. State of being efficient or methodical. For example, the person was highly organized and knew immediately what to wear for any occasions.

Some other characteristics of a person who is organized:

  • Having a routine
  • Always pre-plan
  • Rarely getting surprised
  • Knowing what to do throughout every hours of a day
  • Being able to track and recall events over a long period of time
  • Understanding himself
  • Spending more time helping people


How to become more organized

Not everyone of us is perfect, hence, we are all unorganized to a certain degree. What matters is how much we realize our flaws and put in the work to actually change and become better. The Leadership Society of Arizona proposes 4 simple tasks that you can start implementing in your life to help you build a firm foundation and structure later in life.

Keep in mind…

  1. Change take time – One can’t simply change overnight, it takes time. Don’t have high expectations to make drastic improvement. Slow and steady wins the race. As long as you are applying correct principles, you will become better.
  2. People are unique – the tasks that we propose might not be applicable to everyone. You may find one task easier than the other, so just do the easy ones. Since all aspects of our life are related, when you improve in one area, other areas will improve as well.
  3. Our minds are weak –We can’t solely rely on our mind to go through life. It is necessary for us to have structures in our life so that we can do things without having to think about it, which allows us to save our already limited brain power for other things. Utilize technology and people to help you change.

Four things that can help you become more organized

1.      Keep your e-mails inbox clean

Nowadays, most communication and coordination takes place digitally and this likely won’t go anywhere in the future. Hence, learning to keep track of your e-mails is crucial for any type of career. Knowing how to use email to its full capacity is a valuable skill that is not taught in school. Things you can do to keep your emails organized: Have multiple accounts for different purposes (personal, school, work, etc.), create folders to sort all e-mails, never let your Inbox gets full, practice on writing professional emails (http://englishlive.ef.com/blog/write-perfect-professional-email-english-5-steps/).


Is it going to explode if I click it?…


2.      Downsize your wardrobe

Choosing what to wear is a decision that we have to make every day. The more clothes you have, the more decisions that we have to make. Sometimes we keep clothes that we are never going to wear that is going to take up even more space. Try to keep the amount of clothes down by having clothes that can be worn for multiple purposes (jeans, dress pants, simple T-shirts, etc.) and put away / donate what you don’t need. As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn something in the past year, you probably don’t need it.


How many more places can you go with this?


Compared to this…

3.      Go to bed on time and wake up early

If there is anything that you can do right now to improve your life quality tremendously, this is it . Five facts about sleeping:

  • Sleep is vital to your well-being, as important as the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. It can even help you to eat better and manage the stress of being a teen.
  • Biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence — meaning it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm.
  • Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Most teens do not get enough sleep — one study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.
  • Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week — they typically stay up late and sleep in late on the weekends, which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.
  • Many teens suffer from treatable sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea.

(Teens and Sleep)

(How Sleep Deprivation Impacts Mental and Physical Health in America)


Not only going to bed on time is important, waking up early is also vital for your well-being. Waking up early allows the digestive system to operate and get rid of existing toxics in the body. Moreover, research has shown that the best time for the stomach to absorb nutrients is from 7-9AM. Hence, sleeping in would badly affect your health. Sleeping too much would even cause dizziness and tiredness for some people.

A normal human being spends 1/3 of his life sleeping. By being discipline in bedtime at a young age, we are setting up a strong foundation to do well in this 1/3 of our life, and be healthier, have more capability to take care the other 2/3 of our life. There is a lot of research that continues to affirm how important sleep is to our mental and physical well being.


4.      Track what you have been doing and have a planner

The Leadership Society of Arizona has developed a Time Tracker spreadsheet to help our students track what they have been doing 24/7. The spreadsheet can be used to track activities for every 30 minutes, and over time, be able to show overall time spent for each activities weekly, monthly, and yearly. This tool is crucial to help organizing a student’s life for several reasons:

  • It is easy to use – students only need to plug their activities in the spreadsheet, all other analyses are done automatically by the system.
  • It does not require drastic change – the spreadsheet only helps the students see clearly their activities and patterns in their life to better understand who they are.
  • It helps with recalling events – by documenting all activities, students would be able to recall what they have done quickly which most people have troubles with doing it.
  • 100% spreadsheet users reported to have their wasted time decreased – when one is able to see how much time he wasted, he will adjust based on his capability. However, we have observed that all of our users were able to cut down their wasted time by 50%.

The time tracker tool allows a student to track his activities over a long period of time

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway



Being organized helps improve our productivity, healthiness, and successfulness. Most of us are unorganized to a certain degree, hence, changes are needed in order for us understand life and be comfortable with our unique growing process. The Leadership Society of Arizona has developed multiple structures to help our students to be more organized. Our structures do not require the student to drastically change which usually cause even more stress, but simply help them see reality and propose changes based on who they are and at their own pace.

Education Change Is At Our Doorstep



“‘Our education system is a mess; it is failing us, our children, our future’ — a catchphrase I hear at conferences, during dinner and casual conversations.” – Sebastian Turbot
The educational system has never been a serious problem until now! More than ever, we can see the failures in education by the unemployment rate and lack of expertise in the workplace. Sebastian Turbot identified 5 reasons why the education system needs to change:

1. Graduates are not being trained

60% of employers say that they have trouble finding graduates with the skills they need. Education is supposed to equip people with skills needed to be successful in the industry, but most of the time that is not the case. Spending hours on cramming information, memorizing equations and taking tests doesn’t seem to make a skilled employee.


2. Unemployment

75 Million young adults are unemployed. With millions of people unemployed, finding a job can be difficult for a lot of people. The fact that so many are looking for jobs might be a good indication that our educational system is not working.

3. Changing Future

The “one job one employer” career is over. With advancements in technology, the entire job market is changing. People will need to be more flexible to deal with the change.

4. The Age of Technology

Research estimates that 20 million jobs will be lost globally to robots and artificial intelligence.  Any job that can be automated, will be automated.  We no longer need people that can input data, memorize information, and stamp papers anymore.  We need people who are can think and are innovative, something that robots can’t do.

5. Creation of New Jobs

Research says that 15 years from now, 65% of graduates will be going into jobs that don’t exist now. Our educational system is outdated. It is not built to educate people in being creative, innovative, and confident. We need to adjust our education to adapt to our changing future.

Schools Changing For Students

Even though the evidence pointing to education reform is overwhelming, over the last 30 years the system has stayed the same. However, there have been multiple organizations trying to change that. BRAC, Escuela Nueva, Ideas Box, Me and My City, Big Picture Learning, Bridge International Academies are just some of the initiatives that are addressing the faults and rifts in education.

The Leadership Society of Arizona

The Leadership Society of Arizona (LSA) is one of those “outside the box” societies looking to prepare our children for the future. By teaching simple concepts instead of technical information, children can build more confidence, increase leadership skill, and learn 5x faster.

These new ways of educating people are paving the way to a brighter future for our entire society. The educational change is at our doorstep. We can either embrace it or we can be left behind.


For full article by Sebastian Turbot>>>

Consistency Yields More Effective Learning



Due to the large amount of information around us, we rarely stop to analyze our own lives. This causes an issue when we are trying to identify why we keep losing our keys, why we forget our homework assignments or why bad things keep happening to us. Not having an understanding of why we find ourselves in certain situations causes us grief, confusion and an attitude of ungratefulness. Consistency can help.


What is consistency?

Consistency is the ability to repeat an action or a routine over a period of time. A person can be consistent in thought, speech or actions. When a person is consistent, they do the same thing over and over regardless of the environment or the people they meet; they repeat the same process because it produces a desired result. For example, it takes more than one workout to get fit. Through irregular workouts, a person will be more stagnant in their growth or weight loss than someone who is consistent. In a study among overweight women, inconsistent physical activity over 12 months resulted in 7.0% average weight loss; 40 minutes a day for 5 days a week over 12 months resulted in 13.6% average weight loss.

A person who wants to have more friends does not be nice one time and assume that they will have more friends immediately. A person who wants to be happier will not smile one time during the day and think that everyone in the world is evil. In order to get stronger, more friends or in order to be happier, the person has to repeat an action over and over again.


What have studies said about consistency and success?

Those who work on consistency will be able to measure how they are changing over time. Those who are consistent can see if something works or if it does not work. Consistency will also keep you accountable. Like working out, you cannot expect instant results unless you consistently exercise. Consistency also builds discipline to make a person successful. Consistency is important for branding, and for establishing who you are to other people. Robots and automation are replacing factory workers even in China because they can consistently produce a certain desired result each time, which minimizes accidents and increases productivity. Consistency is the key to success.


Consistency in Practice: Sleep

Going to sleep at the same time every day is highly important. “Studies of people whose sleep sessions are irregular or short show they are at higher risk of developing diseases that can lead to early death, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. David Schnyer, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Texas, Austin said, “Changes in sleep can create system wide changes in the organism, and all of the stages of sleep affect the entire body and brain.”

In a study about freshmen college students, sleep patterns influenced GPA; each hour delay in weekday or weekend rise time decreased the GPA by 0.132/4.0 and 0.115/4.0, respectively.  This means that each hour a student is inconsistent and stays up past their usual bedtime, they decrease their GPA by 3.2%.  Research also shows an association between later bedtimes and lower GPAs.  Sleep duration was not different between the groups, but subjects with a more irregular sleep pattern had lower academic performance.

In another study, researchers evaluated students’ confidence and performance following two sleep scenarios: 24 hours of sleep deprivation (All-nighter study sessions) or 8 hours of sleep. The all-nighter participants were more confident that they put in more effort. However, the all-nighter participants actually performed worse on the tests than those who received 8 hours of sleep.

Depression and sleep are also interrelated, especially with irregular sleep. During college, 14.8% of students report a diagnosis of depression and an estimated 11% have suicidal ideation.  In a study of female college students, sleep debt of 2 hours per night and/or a bedtime after 2 am was associated with greater depressive symptoms. Irregular sleep schedules are also associated with greater rates of depression.


What are five things we can do to be more consistent?

Becoming consistent, especially in the mundane things of our lives, will bring  faster and better ways of doing things. Here are 5 ways to become more consistent:

  1. Simplify –Cut the clutter out from your life.  Try and make less decisions on what you’ll wear and how you’ll act around certain people.  Wear the same shirt for a week.
  2. Focus on 1 thing – There are lots all of us could change in our lives, but doing them all at once is not sustainable.  Try and find 1 or 2 easy things you could be a bit more cognizant of one thing. When you do this rather than everything at once, you will have a more effective and lasting change.
  3. Measure it – Measuring can help you tell where you are and how you have progressed over time. W. Edwards Deming, the creator of Lean management, stated, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”.  Consistency helps with measurement.
  4. Ask for help – Try to find someone who can help you with your goal of becoming more consistent; parents, a coach, friend, teacher, counselor, etc.
  5. Form a routine – Routines are the essence of consistency and will show you ways that you can improve.



In order to be happy, you must be consistent in what you do. Consistency will decrease the amount of times we are unprepared for the curveballs life throws at us. You will be able to fall asleep more easily if we go to bed at the same time every night. Consistency can help in every facet of life.

The Natural Laws of Success – A Lesson from Professional Athletes

Success is different for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your passion is in life, if you have a dream, you have goals. What is the best way to achieve our goals?

There’s a pattern to success and achieving goals. Our program teaches students the laws of human nature that lead to success in all aspects of life. We call these principles “The Natural Laws of Success”.

Coronado High School Logic & Leadership Academy

In the Fall of 2016, we had the unique opportunity to teach a leadership development course to the Coronado High School (CHS) Football Team. Over the course of a semester, we offered 20 students 6, one-hour workshops to help them become more successful. Many of the students struggled to keep their grades up in school and had disciplinary issues. After talking to CHS administration, we decided to develop a curriculum specifically for high school football players.

Life Lessons from Professional Athletes

The Natural Laws of Success are present in all aspects of life. They are clearly exemplified through the lives of highly successful people. At CHS, we chose to focus on professional athletes to make the course more relatable. Keep reading to find out what we taught about Stephen Curry, Ray Rice, and Tom Brady!

Stephen Curry – Success is Not an Accident

Stephen Curry is an all-star, plain and simple[1] [2]. He has seen some incredible record breaking moments in his career[3]. The impressiveness of his talent pales in comparison to the inspiring story of his rise to fame.

Curry was always talented, but what set him apart from others was his coach-ability and hard work. One summer in high school, Curry’s dad (a former NBA player) told him that if he wanted to be better he needed to completely change his shot[4]. At first, this change hurt his game, but Curry spent the entire summer mastering this skill. This is only one instance of Curry’s dedication. In the video below, you can see how relentless Curry was in striving to be the best.

Success – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxsdiusm1NQ

We often think that successful people catch a lucky break, but that might not be true. Nature is governed by cause and effect; every action must have a reaction. Your success is the result of your work. Curry is a champ because he asks for expert advice and then he relentlessly works to improve himself.

Success is not an accident. It’s a natural law: if you utilize expertise, and work hard, you will reach your desired results.

Ray Rice – You Control Your Life

Ray Rice is another all-star player[5], but his recent fame is for a much different reason. In 2014, Rice’s career was turned upside down because of a domestic violence case[6]. In the course of one year, he was dropped from the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL. Eventually, he was permitted to play again, but today, teams still won’t hire him.

Since his suspension, Rice has done some serious soul-searching[7]. He’s been forced to rethink his career. He continues to work as a free agent, but he still hasn’t been picked up by a team. In the meantime, he’s turned his focus to the community:


Today, Rice isn’t playing football, but he’s making an even greater impact by speaking out against domestic violence. While his actions might have ruined his NFL career, he doesn’t let that dictate his future. Rice never blamed anyone else. His story is powerful because he’s willing to take full accountability for his actions: “I’m not proud of what happened, but I am proud of what I did to never, never, never, ever get to that place again.” (Ray Rice, NY Daily News).

True success cannot exist without accountability. We cannot learn from our actions unless we’re willing to own them. We can only grow when we admit our faults. Success is a mindset.

Tom Brady – The Key to Life is Constant Improvement

Tom Brady is another common household name. You probably know about Tom Brady even if you don’t watch football. What you might not know is who he was before becoming one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

Brady wasn’t much of a player when he was young. The one thing that made the biggest difference in Brady’s life was his approach to learning. From the beginning, Brady stopped at nothing to find good coaches. Well into his professional career, the 4-time Super Bowl champ continued to get help from his high school coach. Take a look at these two videos (they’re a little long so feel free to skip through):



Brady’s propensity for constant improvement doesn’t stop at football. He is a fanatic about every aspect of his health, family life, and personal routine[8]. Brady maintains a rigorous diet at all times: at home, on vacation, and during the off-season. His life isn’t about winning a couple Super Bowls, it’s about achieving excellence in all things.

The number one characteristic of all successful people is a commitment to progression. Success requires the willingness to learn and dedication to a routine conducive to growth. Success is a 24/7 lifestyle.

Program Results

The students at Coronado High School were deeply inspired by the lives of these three athletes. As part of our program we wanted to measure how the Natural Laws of Success affected the students. We asked 15 teachers to observe how students’ behavior changed after completing the 6-week program. The results are staggering:

  • 10 of the 15 teachers noted observable improvements in the students
  • 14 out of 18 students showed improvement in class performance
  • Student overall class performance improved by 9%
  • Time management improved by 13%
  • Respectfulness improved by 12%
  • Understanding, social aptitude, and college-readiness improved by 10%

These changes came after only 6 hours of instruction. We interviewed several of the students and found that the course inspired them to repair relationships with their families, improve their study habits, complete all of their homework assignments for the first time, and live healthier lifestyles. Every student who attended more than 3 classes achieved the goals that they had set at the beginning of the program.


Life is governed by unchanging laws of nature; success is no different than gravity. Every individual has the ability to reach for their own measure of success. As we adopt more successful habits, we naturally begin to achieve our goals, big or small. Results require the right actions. You decide what you will do with your circumstances. If you’re always learning, you will always improve.

Leadership isn’t a job title, it’s a lifestyle.

Jake Gunnoe Recognized as the 2016 “New Leader” of the Year


In December of 2016, Ubiquity Leadership selected 25 professionals who stood out from among their peers as top leaders. Jake Gunnoe, from Arizona State University (ASU), was selected as the “New Leader” of 2016. He was chosen from a highly competitive pool of candidates from over 60 large companies (including Apple, Shell, KPMG, and the NFL).

Ubiquity Leadership is an Executive Coaching & Leadership Development firm based in Ottawa, Canada. They have worked closely with executives for the past 16 years offering a variety of services ranging from leadership coaching, assessment, training, and etcetera.

In the Fall of 2016, Jake had the opportunity to work with Ubiquity’s President, Terry Lipovski. Terry coached Jake in preparation for a keynote address at the International Facility Management Association World Workplace 2016 conference on October 5th. With Terry’s guidance, Jake successfully delivered a crowd-winning speech to over 2,500 attendees. Of Jake’s performance Terry is quoted:

“This guy has serious talent! I worked with Jake in preparing for his World Workplace 2016 Keynote Talk and I must admit to being blown away by his remarkable result. Delivering his first big conference Keynote, Jake *Rocked It*, delivering a talk that I later described as “True Art On Stage”. His message was excellent yet it was his Style and Timing that took this talk from Good to Great to Simply Amazing. Jake, I encourage you to continue to find audiences to enlighten. Bravo!!” –Terry Lipovski, 2016

Performance Based Studies Research Group

Jake is now completing his Ph.D. at ASU, and expected to graduate in May 2017. Since 2013, he has worked under the mentorship of Dr. Dean Kashiwagi, Director of the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG). His current research efforts focus on integrating engineering and scientific processes with professional talent management and leadership development. He has authored 10 publications and personally worked with over 15 organizations conducting service delivery and management research implementation.

Jake is only one of several promising graduate students who work under Dr. Dean. The researchers at PBSRG have created an educational experience that enables students learn at an exponential rate. This model equips graduates with the skill sets of a seasoned professional without requiring years of technical experience. Dr. Dean is quoted saying:

“…Jake Gunnoe took the stage at Worldwide IFMA and time stood still. A number of people who truly know the effort realized that the future generation [of Best Value] is knocking on the door. Congratulations to Jake Gunnoe. For those who were not there, try to appreciate the years of effort and the dreams of the PBSRG young guns (under the mentorship of Jacob Kashiwagi and Kenneth Sullivan) that culminated in the most outstanding presentation [by] Jake Gunnoe on the largest stage ever.” –Dr. Dean Kashiwagi, 2016

Future Leadership

The PBSRG leadership development model is based on the Information Measurement Theory (IMT), the founding philosophy behind the world famous Best Value Approach. Dr. Dean’s protégés are the next step in proliferating IMT and Best Value to companies everywhere. Jake Gunnoe will be graduating in May of 2017, Dr. Dean anticipates 6 others to follow and prepare to look for future employment opportunities over the next 5 years.

 Watch Jake’s 2016 World Workplace address CLICK HERE

Learn more about Ubiquity Leadership CLICK HERE

Find out about the IFMA Greater Phoenix Chapter CLICK HERE

Learn about Leadership Society of Arizona CLICK HERE


The PBSRG team at an IFMA meeting. Bottom Row: Nguyen Le, Steve Georgoulis (IFMA), Sylvia Romero, Dean Kashiwagi, Isaac Kashiwagi, Yutian Chen. Back Row: Charles Zulanas, David Gastelum, Jake Gunnoe, Jose Ayala, Tamil Elango, Alfredo Rivera

A Successful After School Program

According to the Center for American Progress on the topic of “work and family life balance,” 70% of American children live in households where both parents are employed [up from 20% of mothers who worked in the 1960s] (Miller, 2016; Schabner, 2016).  American children live in a nation where 86% of males and 67% of females work more than 40 hours per week. This is more than any other developed country in the world. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, working parents identify they feel stressed, worn out, and have less quality time with their children (Miller, 2015; Education Week, 2004).

Parents are having a difficult time maintaining a stable environment for their children. Many parents look to community support (church, academic and extracurricular activities, family and friends) for assistance.

Education System’s Response

The education system is facing the burden of providing wholesome learning opportunities for children, as well as fill their time with meaningful activities that keep them out of trouble and moving forward in life (National Collaboration for Youth, 2011). According to a report conducted by Afterschool Alliance in 2009, more than half of the children left alone at home [non-participants in after school programs], are unsupervised normally between the hours of 3-6pm [prime time for juvenile crime, drug use, alcohol and sex] (Fader, 2009). This may be more prominent with students from lower social economic levels.

Unfortunately, due to diminishing budgets and an inability to attract and engage students, many after school programs are unable to provide them with the services they need (Afterschool Alliance, 2012). The real issue is that many after school programs are being launched, only to meet a requirement [prepare children for college or the workforce] or to fill up a student’s time (Fader, 2009). They do not focus on what many parents hope their children will learn by participating in education, which is to learn correct principles that teach them how to be successful in every area and stage of life.

Logic and Leadership Academy: After School Program

students-talkingA new after school program has been developed from over 23 years of industry and academic research at Arizona State University. It has the following characteristics:

  1. Teaches students how to make their life simpler by understanding natural laws and logic.
  2. Explains to students what is reality and how to explain the “whys” in life, and why it is important to become a better person in every area and stage in their life.
  3. Helps students how to find their purpose in life, by figuring out who they are.
  4. Guides students to their unique successful path, which is different then all the other students.
  5. By understanding reality, students have reduced their stress, and by knowing very little, have learned how to accomplish much.
  6. Developing a no tuition financial model to help more students participate and simplify their lives.
  7.  Includes the education of students’ parents, to support their learning experience and provide them with more resources for success.


after school program

The Logic and Leadership Academy was officially launched in 2016, and has had the following successful results:

  • Ran three after school program tests in the Phoenix Valley [North High School, Mountain Pointe High School, and Coronado High School].
  • Taught 85 students.
  • Stress levels reduced by 35%, self-confidence increased by 39%, and belief they control their lives increase by 75%.
  • North and Coronado High Schools are a title 1 schools with the majority students taught from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Mountain Pointe High School was a hub for many students from more affluent backgrounds from across the valley.
  • North HS students volunteered in the after school program, while the majority of the Mountain Pointe HS students were forced by their parents. Coronado HS students were solely football students who volunteered. In all cases, it did not matter from which background or reason the students came, each program delivered positive impact to the students.
  • Additional to the three after school programs, there has been three family conferences, where parents are run through mini workshops on the concepts taught to their children. Parents have identified that they are in full support of the ideas, and see great value in them being taught to their children.
  • Overall, parents and administrators have been satisfied with the after school programs by rating them a 9.8 and 10 out 10. Parents have identified that they have seen their children show positive improvement in their behavior and develop a new appreciation for trying to become a better person.

Impressive Cases

There are three dominant cases of parents being impressed by their children:

  • Case 1: After one week of attending the after school program, one young lady helped her friend from taking his life, by explaining to him the dominant ideas she learned in the class [there are no mistakes in life, everything happens for a reason, nothing happens by chance, we have full control over our lives, by using the expertise of others we can make our life better].
  • Case 2: At the beginning of the program week, a young man’s father provided our team insight that his son has poor behavior and was just removed from another program. At the end of the program, the son received an award for Outstanding Scholar, due to his great behavior and active participation in the course. His father was in shock at the end of the program and was thrilled that the program and its concepts were able to reach his son in a positive way.
  • Case 3: During the second week of the program, administrators notified our team that one young man being taught was so impacted by the concepts he heard, he decided to return home to live with his mother, after staying away for one month. Our team was unaware of this issue, and were pleased to hear of the results. The parent of this young man and the administrators were so grateful.

What is the Takeaway?

If you are a parent, academic institution, or investor who is struggling with finding an after school program that helps engage the youth and teaches them correct and proven principles of success that helps them understand why and how to become a better person in life, you may want to look into the Logic and Leadership Academy. Our mission is to simplify the lives of students, by helping them discover what is unique about them, and use it to their advantage and ticket to live a more happy and successful life.


Afterschool Alliance. (2012). Uncertain Times. Afterschool Program Still Struggling in Today’s Economy. Afterschool Alliance. Web (November 6, 2016). Retrieved from: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/Uncertain_Times/Uncertain-Times-2012.pdf

Education Week. (2004). After-School Programs. Education Week. Web (November 6, 2016). Retrieved from: https://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/after-school-programs/

Fader, L. (2009). U.S. After-School Programs That Make A Difference. Newsweek. Web (November 6, 2016). Retrieved from: http://www.newsweek.com/after-school-programs-make-difference-269102

Miller, G.E. (2016). The U.S. is the Most Overworked Developed Nation in the World – When do we Draw the Line. 20somethingfinance. Web (November 6, 2016). Retrieved from: https://20somethingfinance.com/american-hours-worked-productivity-vacation/

Miller, C. (2015). Stressed, Tired, Rushed: A Portrati of the Modern Family. The Upshot. Web (November 6, 2016). Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/05/upshot/stressed-tired-rushed-a-portrait-of-the-modern-family.html?_r=0

National Collaboration for Youth (2011). The Impact of Youth Development Programs On Student Academic Achievement. National Human Services Assembly. Web (November 6, 2016). Retrieved from: http://nationalassembly.org/Uploads2/Resources/SchoolSuccessBrief.pdf

Schabner, D. (2016). Americans Work More Than Anyone. ABC News. Web (November 6, 2016). Retrieved from: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=93364

Schabner, D. (2016). Americans: Overworked, Overstressed. ABC News. Web (November 6, 2016). Retrieved from: http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=93604

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