Saturday, June 30, 2018

Order of the Longleaf Pine

Many hands have been a part of this over many years. It started with a great immigrant in 1964, Luis Gerardo Lobo Avila. In life he was my father.

In the final analysis, your attitude determines your effectiveness in everything, every time! LGL www.LuisLobo.Biz

Friday, May 04, 2018

On Leadership.......

Question 1

- What is the book or books you’ve given most as a gift and why? What are 1 to 3 books that have greatly influenced your life?  How/Why have they influenced your life?


  1. Over time:   A Nation of Immigrants by President JFK – tells the immigrant story we all shared and share.
  2. Many times: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – it was a primer for my immersion into Objectivism.
  3. ALL time:    Get the Best from Yourself by Nido Qubein (1983)


Recently “Brown is the New White” – only distributed to RMBO’s:  Political parties need to focus on the brown population instead of democratic white voters (they are no longer the swing voters); also a great up to date on race in America.


Of course, my book “It IS Your Attitude” has been widely distributed over the last 10 years.  I have gifted the book to YMCA’s  Latino Achiever groups at WSPS and individuals being naturalized when I have given the address.


Question 2

How has a failure, or an apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a "favorite failure" of yours? How did you use it to learn and improve?


My entire life has been to throw myself at the unknown and learn along the way (Failing UP).  DC was very hard, notably after 2007.  I took the chance on my career failing as opposed to my family suffering by not moving into the district (commute 5:30 AM home 8:30 for 6 years). Looking back, I realize that what we built was a BB&T cultured region; after I left came the collapsing of NOVA and FFX into GWDC Region. Huge learning experience that DC was no different than any other market, just bigger; I would have begun dealing with non-performance during year one.


Question 3

- If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it -- metaphorically speaking getting a message out to millions of people -- what would it say and why? 


“Say good morning, or hello, and/or thank you to everyone you come into contact with every day – you will feel more engaged and so will THEY”.


Question 4

- In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life? How has it improved your life?  How did you make time to put it into place in your life?


7 years has been a complete submission to my physical health.  I do not miss a workout, every day first thing in the morning.  It has reduced needless anxiety, proved that I can control something, and allows me to think more clearly, I think….

Question 5

- When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do? (If helpful, what questions do you ask yourself?) How did you discover that this was helpful?


My Dad taught me: 


God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference



In other words:  Smash into the things you can change, now.  Those I can-not change, maybe I can influence….


 Luis G. Lobo

In the final analysis, your attitude determines your effectiveness in everything, every time! LGL www.LuisLobo.Biz

Sunday, March 11, 2018

EVERYTHING worth doing takes a minute....


What a long strange trip it's been.....said the Grateful Dead

The idea entered my mind about 10 years ago.

Values are practical truths that when utilized create better outcomes. i.e. the value of honesty (it is the best policy) is the first step in creating trusting relationships and therefore allows us to interact, integrate and share ideas that ultimately solve big and small problems. Without honesty there can be no trusting relationships and therefore no collaboration.

There are tomes on values, principles, and commandments that span man's existence on this small planet.  An example is the philosophy of Objectivism.  Leonard Peikoff, the high priest of the philosophy of Ayn Rand,  has helped sustain a following with many in the intellectual, business, and natural sciences as advocates.  I also do not think there is much more to add by way of the underlying principles that shape a person's character and virtue (another objectivist principle).

The book by Carnegie: "How to Win Friends an Influence People", is a collection of stories and I learned that people like to read short stories as opposed to tomes on philosophy; therefore I took this as my model.

Thus was born the idea of collaborating with a host of individuals, accomplished in their respective fields, who would make a written contribution, by way of a story, on a value or principle that helped shape their life.

I will describe the experience as like "trying to herd cats".  100 or so were invited to contribute, all known to me throughout my career and various interests. Fifty percent responded to my invitation enthusiastically, with 30 contributing.  There were 20 or so that wanted to do it, but life and priorities, in that moment, made it a lesser goal.

It did not help that along the way I transferred back to NC after 15 years on the road. I was now responsible for an area which required time, ideas and innovation so as to reach more people by which to expand our business.  However, the idea would not perish; even as the flame at times weakened, I believed that the sharing of these short stories would help others.  There has to be a benefit to someone for an idea to "get legs".

In the last year the compilation was complete, until I ran into a buzzsaw!  Then I had to shed contributions and replace these from other individuals, none of which had been in my scope at the start.

Sometimes something may seem like a disaster, but it is really salvation in disguise. I had asked permission to include graphics that clearly spelled out the use of values/principles; which would have made for a wonderful appendix. I am reasonably sure the response, earlier in the project, would have been in the affirmative; but time had "changed things".  Undeterred, over a weekend I made a list of replacement essayists. Viewed from a different time and place, the names came to me quickly, as did the agreements to contribute.  New themes were breathed into the work given the diversity of the new contributions.

Finally, I have had to request a release form from every contributor; none refused but that also took a minute. So here I am, finished again.

I am very enthusiastic about the content of each contribution given the high ethics and behaviors of the authors.  There are some national figures, but for the most part each is an accomplished individual that contributes above and beyond the requirements of their profession, and by doing so has changed reality for many. I am also proud of our friendships.

When I wrote "It IS Your Attitude", published in 2004,  I had probably three years invested in the project.    I am also convinced it is easier to write than to ask others to write. This new one has been a labor of love.

Luis G. Lobo

My Mom looking out at the Mediterranean from Tel Aviv 2011

In the final analysis, your attitude determines your effectiveness in everything, every time! LGL www.LuisLobo.Biz