Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I can't decide where to watch the Super Bowl (or what to wear)

Deciding where to watch the Super Bowl, or what to wear, is very difficult for me.

In 2010, I watched the game in three different locations. I saw the first and second quarters at Sam's Boat on Richmond. Then, I went over for tacos at Ninfas. I saw the end of the game at the West Alabama Ice House.

This year I think I'm going to stay in one location, but I'd like some help deciding where that location is.

Also, could y'all help me pick out a shirt to wear? My San Diego Chargers shirt seemed to go over pretty well, I think. You should have seen the look on people's faces!

I was thinking Raiders this year. I heard one of the Texans coaches was lucky enough to get a job with the Raiders recently. I think I'm an honorary member of the Raider Nation or something. I'm going to do everything I can to get out there to watch a game eventually.

I like that whole "Commitment to Excellence" thing. See, John Tyler always commits to excellence, so he likes organizations that commit to excellence as well.

Anyway, back to the topic we're discussing here: the Super Bowl. Someone on the radio said something about the Patriots and the Giants playing this year. That should be an okay game. Those are pretty good teams.

Or I could just come to your place and watch the game with you, Princess. Send me an email and let me know what you think.

I'll tweet my location on Sunday. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed for updates.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Who else wants their business sign on the blog?

Here's a great pizza joint on Richmond Avenue in Houston, Texas.

I saw this sign yesterday and chuckled.

I like to chuckle when I look at signs.

Make me chuckle.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

If Houston is the City of Opportunity, what the hell are we waiting for?

Being a proven winner may not be enough in Houston, Texas, the City of Opportunity.

True, there was a different mayor at the time they rolled out that silly campaign, but someone looking for the right opportunity in this city might be tempted to ask, "What the hell are we waiting for?"

How long would a talented, proven winner, like the one detailed in the past few posts on my blog, have to stay unemployed in a city before he was tempted to call this whole "City of Opportunity" thing BS?

I'm pretty sure that whole City of Opportunity thing was probably dreamed up by someone either running for political office or someone holding a political office. They're usually the folks that come up with that kind of corniness.

I think I'm probably in the wrong city.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A look at John Tyler's career indicates that all he does is win...consistently

After a careful examination of John Tyler's career, I've come to the conclusion that all the guy does is win.

Luckily he doesn't suffer from the "what have you done for me lately" syndrome. Every place he has worked, at every stage of his career, he has thoroughly impressed the people that matter and real leaders that actually practice the principles of integrity, accountability and compassion that they communicate as corporate standards.

Let's take a look at some more examples on this blog post.

Here's another letter given to John by the current superintendent of a Houston-area school district (click to enlarge or right-click "save image as" to download).

One of the things I like most as I look over John's career is a consistency. A quick examination of his career progression below indicates a proven winner at each location:

1) U.S. Marine Corps -- Two Meritorious Masts, the Navy Achievement Medal, and two personal letters from general officers for his public affairs work. Please see previous post if you haven't already read it.

2) University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston -- Promoted from communication specialist to the President's Writer, and the only non-M.D. or Ph.D invited to serve on his Professionalism Board. Called the president's "go-to guy" by the president's executive assistant.

3) Baylor College of Medicine -- Three professional awards in two years from the Public Relations Society of America, the Houston Press Club and the Texas Public Relations Association.

4) The Methodist Hospital in Houston -- Pursued for this position by members of the institution's PR team because they noticed his previous work elsewhere (they called him unsolicited), a work quality that prompted personal recognition from a company vice president (see previous post), and an unsolicited call for a vice president position at Houston's METRO because they heard he'd be a good candidate for the job. He was also told by two different Houston reporters during this period that they believed he was "the best PR person in the Texas Medical Center."

Everything I've examined indicates that John Tyler is exactly the kind of person a real leader looking for a proven winner would want in his or her organization.

Consistency. Excellence. A proven winner. John Tyler.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A special question for employers considering John Tyler, the winner

Are you a powerful leader?

That may seem like an unusual question, but it certainly fits in this context, as we find the right place for John Tyler, the winner, to seek employment (and the right leader for him to report to).

Leadership is much more than a position you hold or the number of folks that report to you. It's the ability make good decisions, and recognize when you have the opportunity to make a huge impact in the quality of your organization. Are you exercising the power you have today to make good decisions?

That's why I highly recommend John Tyler, a winner. John Tyler has been consistently recognized throughout his career by other leaders as a top performer. He's the kind of consistent winner that even after the incredible recognition during his Marine Corps days (as seen in the previous post), continued to win awards and capture the attention of real leaders with the honesty to recognize him.

Just take a look at this unsolicited letter he received from a company Vice President in the inner-office mail at The Methodist Hospital in Houston (click to enlarge or right-click "save image as" to download).

John Tyler, a consistent performer. A winner. The type of person that any powerful leader with a sincere desire to see his organization reach that next level would love to bring on board.

Excellence. Dependability. A winner. John Tyler.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

More exciting news for employers considering John Tyler: He's a proven winner

I probably should have posted this kind of information here before, but a recent look through a old box uncovered some gems from my Marine Corps days that seem very appropriate for posting on a personal blog.

Since I'm currently in pursuit of full-time employment (and potential employers enjoy looking online for information about candidates), I thought I might put some more stuff online that will again confirm they are considering a proven winner. I look forward to our meeting.

(Please click on any image here for a expanded version you can read, or right click and "save image as" to download).

I was lucky enough to travel to Guam for the 50th anniversary of its liberation. After returning to Okinawa, I sat down to put my thoughts on paper regarding what I experienced, and the importance of honoring those veterans that served and sacrificed before us.

I was shocked to get a personal letter from both the III MEF commanding general:

And from Gen. Carl Mundy, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The day I pulled this out of my mailbox was undoubtedly one of the best days of my Marine Corps service.

While serving as a public affairs specialist/combat correspondent at the Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, California, I was nominated by my boss for Serviceperson of the Quarter. I went before a board and was selected. Here is the citation I received at that time:

The Marine Corps also awarded me with the Navy Achievement Medal for my editing, as well as a three-minute news and information radio program I recorded on base that aired daily on three Barstow stations.

During a float on the U.S.S. Belleau Wood from Okinawa to Hong Kong with the 31st Expeditionary Unit (SOC), I promoted the Marines' joint training exercises and received a Meritorious Mast for my electronic and print coverage, as well as for providing "invaluable assistance in furthering training opportunities throughout the Western Pacific."

I came back to Texas and used the G.I. Bill to complete my communication degree. Former White House staffer Peter Roussel put in a good word for me with Time Warner after a meeting at his public relations office, resulting in my first internship and setting me on course for a multi-award-winning PR/writing career that I look forward to continuing soon at your organization.

Are you looking for a proven winner?

Excellent. I look forward to our meeting and joining your exceptional organization.