What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Before the start of the draft, Peterson spent some time with Cam Newton, Deion Sanders, Les Miles and the family members he brought as guests for his big moment.Miles, Peterson’s coach at LSU, talked with Peterson and shared that he will be missing him big time come the start of the school’s next season.“I can’t wait to see [Newton] play and I know he can’t wait to see me play as well,” Peterson said on the video after Newton was taken first overall by the Carolina Panthers. Little did he know at the time that if both players become Week 1 starters, they’ll be facing off on the field at University of Phoenix Stadium.Shortly after the Bengals selected A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick, his moment came. Peterson noticed he was receiving a phone call and silently pointed it out to his guests.“Hello?” he answered.“Patrick how you doing?” came Ken Whisenhunt’s voice on the other side.He replied, “Hey, how you doing Coach?”“Good. Well we’re excited that we’re going to get you. I think that obviously you’ll be a good addition to our football team and we’re going to expect a lot out of you.” Top Stories Patrick Peterson walked onto the red carpet leading up to Radio City Music Hall wearing a red tie, red pocket square and red sunglasses.Lots of red.He walked out of the 2011 NFL Draft as an Arizona Cardinal, with the color signifying a whole lot more.As part of an All Access video from the NFL Network and the Cardinals, Peterson was followed around during the draft by cameras, giving fans insight on how his life changed in the span of five draft picks. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Whisenhunt won’t be the only one. After receiving his first of many Arizona Cardinals jerseys, Peterson didn’t hesitate to give NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a bear hug and walked off the stage to cheers and congratulations from fans.The congratulations will soon turn into expectations, but Peterson appears ready. Walking backstage, new jersey in hand, he kept his excitement brief.“I’m a Cardinal!” Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Annual Planning Done

first_imgOpenView completed its annual planning yesterday (I have written about the process previously and I am describing our process in the hopes that it sheds some light on how the annual planning process works so that young entrepreneurs can gather some useful ideas. We put a lot of time against trying to execute our approaches using “best practice”, particularly our management rhythm, where we use agile scrum practices as our guide. As venture capital advisors with strategic consulting services for our portfolio companies, we try to execute what we hope our portfolio companies could use as a model).On Wednesday, our Operating Committee met and hashed through our final annual goals for the firm and for the individual teams (this was phase II of the process). The meetings were messy, as they always are, but we had a great conversation and debate and committed the firm (and each team) to a number of really good SMART Goals that are well aligned with our aspiration (mission, vision, and values) gaps (what we need to achieve to better express our aspirations through results). Our Organizational and Operational team then took the results from the day and produced some templates for the entire firm to further develop on Thursday.On Thursday, at our firmwide meeting, each team reviewed their results from Q4 against the Q4 goals, we presented the firm goals for the year, and then each team took their team goals for the year, validated that they could achieve the goals and were committed to them, prioritized them for the year, and then developed their team goals for the quarter. The final session of the day was each team presenting their goals for the quarter to the entire firm.Overall, the sessions accomplished what we set out to accomplish and I expect that we will wake up Monday morning truly ready for the year ahead, as we have both our annual and our quarterly goals locked and loaded. At this point, we will shift into our weekly/daily rhythm for the quarter, which is all about developing and executing against initiatives that will create results against each of the goals (at some point, I will give more detail about how our weekly/daily management rhythm works).At the end of the quarter, each team will check their results against their goals for the quarter, reflect on quarter (the good, the issues/impediments, and the adjustments that they believe will increase our velocity), compare where they are to the annual goals, and develop their plans for the next quarter. Then, the Operating Committee will review, adjust, and commit to the plans followed by a full firm meeting for each team to present their results from the prior quarter and goals for the following quarter.Why do this type of planning and create this type of management rhythm? Shouldn’t you just focus on creating and selling your product? Frankly, the investment involved in this type of work early in the year is pretty high and there is quarterly/weekly/daily management “overhead” associated with it, but the alignment and energy achieved by having everyone in the firm excited about achieving results, moving in the same direction, and not distracted (by all of the possible goals that we have already discussed and decided not to work on right now) will pay huge returns throughout the year.The process would have been much cleaner if we had information system support for our goal setting process, but we have not yet found a really good software product to help us with the approach (we use VersionOne to help us execute our quarterly, weekly, and daily rhythm once the goals are set and Central Desktop as our collaboration platform [both are portfolio companies, their products work extremely well for us, and I highly recommend them], but we don’t have a great technical support system to help the goal setting process yet.).Overall, I am really satisfied that we are locked and loaded and really happy that the plans are completed…at least for now…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more