Insights Through the Rearview Mirror, February 19, 2021
Insights Through the Rearview Mirror with Jon Kramer and Paul Kramer
Today’s episode is a wrap-up of season one. Over the past four months, Jon and Paul have been interviewing six influential people, including Hollywood directors, politicians, business executives, and life and executive coaches.
What are the differences in making life-defining decisions versus career-defining decisions?
How can I apply the framework of objectives, strategies, and tactics when making decisions?
Once I’ve made a big decision, how do I stay focused on following through with it without regrets?
Insights Through the Rearview Mirror has been a journey for the two brothers. Paul notes that, prior to starting the podcast, he and Jon had been estranged for years due to a decision Paul made that allowed his career to get in the way of his family. He and Jon had been treating their level of professional success as a competition, and that competition, until recently, defined their relationship. Today, Jon and Paul reflect back on lessons learned throughout season one and their takeaways to continue to move forward in a positive direction.
3 MAJOR POINTS DISCUSSED
No decision before it’s time. Don’t make snap decisions, especially if the decision at hand brings with it a lot of anxiety. Take a step back and consider all of your options. If you let things ruminate and take time to think about them, you usually end up with better decisions.
Build and assiduously manage a network of resources. Your network, whether it’s made of friends or business associates, is your lifeline when making decisions. It’s critically important to build, manage, and care for that network.
Understand your goals and objectives. You’ve got to have a direction. You’ve got to understand where you’re going. When it comes to your career, you must first define your brand. Everything you do should in some way go toward polishing and projecting that brand.
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE
The podcast as a journey for Jon and Paul [02:10]
Jon’s takeaways from speaking with previous guests [04:17]
Paul’s takeaways from speaking with previous guests [06:10]
Does Jon believe that the framework of objectives, strategies, and tactics still applies? [11:45]
Guest comments that left an impact on Jon [13:42]
Guest comments that left an impact on Paul [15:51]
Living at PACE (Passion, Action, Conviction, and Execution) after making a decision [18:01]
Closing thoughts on season one [19:38]
“If I Knew Then What I Know Now – Insights Through the Rearview Mirror”
During the height of the Covid-19 Pandemic, marketing executives, and brothers, Jon and Paul Kramer were discussing the decisions each had made in their lives. The good, bad, big and small and how each of these decisions had informed and transformed their lives.
Out of these heartfelt conversations came the idea of helping others make more considered decision in their lives. And, while there are literally thousands of books on decision making, they started to discuss how to improve on these “how-to” text books to make the art of better decision making easier and more gratifying.
An ongoing theme was “If I knew then what I know now…”
“If I Knew Then What I Know Now – Insights Through the Rearview Mirror” is a journey through the decision-making process of interesting people. The question we will attempt to answer is there a decision-making framework that can lead to a more successful process? A way that will help you make better decisions.
In each episode, we will talk to interesting and intriguing guests about the decisions they have made in their lives, exploring the constructs they may have used and the learning that they have found in their very own “If I Knew Then What I Know Now” journey. Through these discussions, we will illuminate and amplify better ways to approach decisions and help you avoid deciding for the wrong reasons.