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Brigadoon Annapolis | Salon Dinner + Sailing + Lectures

September 20-21, 2018

Annapolis, Maryland

 

You're invited - Join Brigadoon founder Marc Ross and co-host Samuel Logan for a special Brigadoon event in Annapolis, Maryland next week
 

We will gather for a special dinner at Flamant on Thursday, September 20 and enjoy a morning cruise of the Chesapeake Bay on Friday, September 21.

Attendees will partake in a moderated conversation on the trends shaping America's diet and food choices on Thursday evening followed by lectures on the deck of the Liberte schooner during our morning sail Friday covering digital humanism design and triple bottom line investing.

Speakers:

Frederik De Pue 

Executive Chef + Owner
Flamant

Frederik is a notable culinary talent, with an exceptional eye for detail and honest inspiration behind his food and menus. He translates his global culinary experiences into each dish he prepares and endeavors to create satisfying and sophisticated food.

In 2013 Frederik opened Table, a restaurant located in Washington’s Shaw neighborhood. Table earned praise for its thoughtful, French-inspired fare, and was nominated as one of Bon Appetit’s Top 50 New Restaurant in the country. In 2017 he opened restaurant Flamant and has won over local Annapolitans and guests that come from the Baltimore and DC areas. Flamant received 5 stars from the Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Post recently called it the best place to dine in Annapolis. 


Antoine RJ Wright

Director of UX Engagements
Mindboard, Inc.

Called "the Beyonce of UX," or "the guy from the future" during various stops, his skills appear with user/participant design and organizational analysis across multiple fields - occasionally stopping long enough to watch the stars, or draw them for organizations looking to reach to different heights.


Ron Layton

Founder & CEO
Light Years IP

An intellectual property (IP) businessman who draws on his experience in creating retail products based on IP assets and marketing 10m retail units over 15 years in business. He has designed IP business strategies for Africa and has worked in 30 developing countries.

 

Why attend?


✔️ This will be an intimate event - only 4 spots are open - and will allow for an open and frank discussion with all participants.

✔️ Enjoy a discussion with fellow attendees and our special guests on topics shaping business and policy in an informal and relaxed setting.

✔️ Brigadoon gatherings are all powerpoint free and governed by Chatham House rules to ensure maximum conversations.

Cost: $345.00 per ticket

Buy your ticket here: 

Brigadoon Annapolis | Salon Dinner + Lectures
 

Schedule:

Thursday - September 20, 2018

Dinner @ Flamant

Reception
6:30 - 7:15 pm

Dinner
7:15 - 8:15 pm

Dessert
8:15 - 8:45 pm


Friday - September 21, 2018

Chesapeake Bay Cruise @ The Liberte

Sailing + Discussions
9:00 am - 12:00 noon


Suggested Hotel + Room Block

Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection
80 Compromise Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Not all champions win a championship

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Not all champions win a championship

Brigadoon Weekly
September 9, 2018
Curation and commentary from Marc A. Ross

Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia

The Weekly  = Enterprise + Culture + Sport + Policy

Brigadoon is Education + Events + Engagement for Entrepreneurs and Thought Leaders.

Subscribe here: http://thebrigadoon.com/subscribe/


ROSS RANT


Not all champions win a championship

“recognize certain traits that seem to be in every champion: passion, commitment, confidence, pride in performance, high standards of excellence, relentlessness, perseverance, and the ability to perform in adverse circumstances.” ― Nick Saban

As the football season in America formerly kicks-off, many fans, coaches, and pundits will be talking about winning championships when in reality only a handful of teams have a chance to secure the top trophy.

Going back to 1998 in the NFL, only twelve teams have won the Super Bowl, and five of those teams won multiple championships.

It is even worse in college football where 130 schools compete in the first division. Consider in the last twenty years the national championship has gone to only twelve schools, with five schools claiming multiple national championships.

Across the pond in England and Wales, only six clubs have won the Premier League since its inception in 1992. 

See the pattern?

Lots of football games played, but only a handful of champions.

Most of the teams playing this weekend have no chance of winning a championship and frankly are already eliminated from hoisting the silverware.

Yes, the Detroit Lions or the Miami Dolphins could win the next Super Bowl, but it is highly unlikely.

And sure, across decades of contests, a team like Leicester City FC (the club won the 2015–16 Premier League with preseason odds of 5000 to 1) will win a major title, but it is more of a magical carpet-ride fluke than a pattern.

So why do thousands of football players suit-up, put on the pads, tie-up the cleats knowing that won't win a championship?

It is more important for them to be a champion than to win a championship.

As the famed golden-headed Fighting Irish of Notre Dame enter their football stadium in South Bend, they are reminded to "play like a champion today."

They are reminded not to win a championship, but to play like a champion.

Steven Pressfield calls this mindset turning pro - or moving from amateur to professional. Moving from the gratification of winning a championship to the satisfaction of being an intentional and consistent champion.

When we decide to play like a champion and be a pro we find our real power and focus.

Winning a championship is impacted by numerous factors, events, situations, and outcomes, that we cannot fully control.

Being a champion and a pro consistently is something we can fully control.

Being a champion and a pro allows us to become who we always were intended to be.

Make the mind-shift this week to embrace professionalism and to live out as a champion.

Lose yourself in your work and in the moment. 

Be a champion. 

-Marc A. Ross | Brigadoon Founder + TLC

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in thought leader communications and event production. Working with doers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, Marc helps them create compelling communications, winning commerce, and powerful connections. 

FIVE ARTICLES TO READ

Ten things I never knew about Las Vegas until I ran a high-roller suite: A stint managing premier client relations at the Cosmopolitan revealed secrets that probably should stay in Vegas. Oh well. https://bloom.bg/2NVtgWB

Richard A. Friedman: The big myth about teenage anxiety: Relax: The digital age is not wrecking your kid's brain. https://nyti.ms/2M60b9d

Unilever confronts the ‘chairdrobe’ as consumers rethink laundry: Reuters reports, on any given day, the chair in Raven Rose’s Ewing, New Jersey, bedroom might be draped with shirts, pants or pyjamas. Marketers at consumer goods giant Unilever are calling it the “chairdrobe” - the heap of lightly worn clothes that often ends up crumpling one’s go-to garments. It’s a familiar sight in the bedrooms of some 60 percent of millennials – 22- to 37-year-olds earning more than a quarter of the world’s income - who approach laundry differently from other age groups, Unilever’s market research shows. For decades, Unilever and Procter & Gamble (PG.N), the industry leader that created the best-selling brand, Tide, have pitched new and improved laundry detergents and fabric softeners, primarily to women using washing machines. But millennials are less loyal to traditional brands and have new demands, including that products save time and be environmentally sustainable. https://reut.rs/2O3J2yK

The new geography of innovation: Why startups are leaving Silicon Valley: The Economist reports, its primacy as a technology hub is on the wane. That is cause for concern. https://econ.st/2PmYKFm

The Bay Area has the 19th-largest economy in the world, ranking above Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.

Haute wheels — could Peloton’s £2,000 exercise bike change the way we work out? https://on.ft.com/2PlhpBq

BRIGADOON EVENTS - FALL 2018

Brigadoon Annapolis | Salon Dinner + Lectures = September 20-21, 2018

Only four spots left.

Brigadoon Detroit | Salon Dinner = October 11, 2018

Only seven spots left.

Brigadoon Cincinnati | Salon Dinner = November 1, 2018

Brigadoon Scotland 2018 = November 11-13, 2018

Brigadoon Sundance 2019 = February 24-26, 2019

33% of the spots are sold.

More details and ticket information @ thebrigadoon.com/events

GEAR

This Austrian machine is the best all-terrain truck you've never heard of http://bit.ly/2oUCXtw

SONG

A Tribe Called Quest - Footprints (Remix) (Audio) ft. CeeLo Green http://bit.ly/2N4XKIw

STAY

The Luxury Travel Intelligence (LTI) top 12 luxury hotel brands for 2018:

1. Aman
2. Oetker Collection
3. Six Senses
4. Belmond
5. Mandarin Oriental
6. Auberge
7. Four Seasons
8. Soho House
9. One & Only
10. St. Regis
11. Rosewood
12. The Luxury Collection


SPORT

The tech generation goes to wilderness therapy: A guide at a wilderness therapy organization observes an increasing number of teens coming in to treat technology addiction. http://bit.ly/2MfKIDg

From zero to trail hero: Whether you are building from scratch, or rebuilding after a break, a few principles can help you set up a fast-and-fun running future. http://bit.ly/2MeheWk

Not all champions win a championship

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“recognize certain traits that seem to be in every champion: passion, commitment, confidence, pride in performance, high standards of excellence, relentlessness, perseverance, and the ability to perform in adverse circumstances.” ― Nick Saban

As the football season in America formerly kicks-off, many fans, coaches, and pundits will be talking about winning championships when in reality only a handful of teams have a chance to secure the top trophy.

Going back to 1998 in the NFL, only twelve teams have won the Super Bowl, and five of those teams won multiple championships.

It is even worse in college football where 130 schools compete in the first division. Consider in the last twenty years the national championship has gone to only twelve schools, with five schools claiming multiple national championships.

Across the pond in England and Wales, only six clubs have won the Premier League since its inception in 1992. 

See the pattern?

Lots of football games played, but only a handful of champions.

Most of the teams playing this weekend have no chance of winning a championship and frankly are already eliminated from hoisting the silverware.

Yes, the Detroit Lions or the Miami Dolphins could win the next Super Bowl, but it is highly unlikely.

And sure, across decades of contests, a team like Leicester City FC (the club won the 2015–16 Premier League with preseason odds of 5000 to 1) will win a major title, but it is more of a magical carpet-ride fluke than a pattern.

So why do thousands of football players suit-up, put on the pads, tie-up the cleats knowing that won't win a championship?

It is more important for them to be a champion than to win a championship.

As the famed golden-headed Fighting Irish of Notre Dame enter their football stadium in South Bend, they are reminded to "play like a champion today."

They are reminded not to win a championship, but to play like a champion.

Steven Pressfield calls this mindset turning pro - or moving from amateur to professional. Moving from the gratification of winning a championship to the satisfaction of being an intentional and consistent champion.

When we decide to play like a champion and be a pro we find our real power and focus.

Winning a championship is impacted by numerous factors, events, situations, and outcomes, that we cannot fully control.

Being a champion and a pro consistently is something we can fully control.

Being a champion and a pro allows us to become who we always were intended to be.

Make the mind-shift this week to embrace professionalism and to live out as a champion.

Lose yourself in your work and in the moment. 

Be a champion. 

-Marc A. Ross | Brigadoon Founder + TLC

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in thought leader communications and event production. Working with doers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, Marc helps them create compelling communications, winning commerce, and powerful connections.

Sneak Peek

Here's the menu for Brigadoon Annapolis | Salon Dinner at Flamant on Thursday, September 20:

Cocktail

Maryland Crab Rolls, Gin Dip

Crunchy Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto, Tartar Sauce

1+1+3, Cava, Cygnus, Brut Nature Reserva, Spain

Dinner

Tuna Nicoise, Toasted Brioche, Mustard Dressing, Frisee

Black Bass Roulade, Oyster Jus, Melted Leeks, Thyme, Beurre Blanc

Left Coast Truffle Hill, Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2016

Porchetta Roulade, Wild Fennel, Crispy Layered Potato, Pesto

Chateau Larose – Trintaudon, Bordeaux Blend, Haut Medoc, France 2012

Dessert

Marquise of Belgian Chocolate, Raw Cocoa , Caramel

Book your ticket for this dinner here: www.thebrigadoon.com/events 

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Failure to Communicate, Election Campaign Technology, Cell Phone Attachment, "Biggest Sport in Atlanta"

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Failure to Communicate, Election Campaign Technology, Cell Phone Attachment, "Biggest Sport in Atlanta"

Brigadoon Weekly
August 26, 2018
Curation and commentary from Marc A. Ross

Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia

Brigadoon Weekly  = Enterprise + Culture + Sport + Policy

Brigadoon is Education + Events + Engagement for Entrepreneurs and Thought Leaders.

Subscribe here: http://thebrigadoon.com/subscribe/


ROSS RANT

What we've got here is failure to communicate
 
As an entrepreneur and thought leader, I am guessing one of your most prominent work fails is your failure to communicate.

You've created a work system, process, environment, where you've become too busy to articulate your skills, your expertise, your idea. 

I am guessing you would respond by saying: "Yes, there is a failure to communicate because I am TOO BUSY building my business."

How many entrepreneurs and thought leaders do we all know who have loads of expertise and compelling things to say who don't take the time to put their thoughts down on paper, on audio, on video?

How many forward-looking, big picture, culture moving ideas are being held hostage because of a failure to communicate?

Based on my experience, being too busy to formulate your ideas and share your thought leadership is probably the most significant tactic holding back your business and your goals.

Frankly, this tactic is a lack of discipline on your part.

The discipline to share your expertise is more important than intelligence or fancy credentials. 

It's the discipline of having the time, the energy, the foresight, and the wherewithal to being committed to communicating that makes the difference long-term and provides the best vehicle to display your skills, your expertise, your idea. 

The discipline of being ruthless with your time, your schedule, and your meetings - being ruthlessly efficient disciplined.

The ability to be comfortable with knowing what not to do and when to say no. 

The best entrepreneurs and thought leaders I engage with prioritize their time, have a high ability to delegate and remove those things, items, tasks, and people that don't help them towards their highest goals.

In our knowledge-based community economy, if you're an expert in anything, you need to be disciplined to take the time to write, record, film your skills, your expertise, your idea.

-Marc A. Ross | Brigadoon Founder + TLC

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in global communications, thought leader management, and event production. Working with doers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, Marc helps them create compelling communications, winning commerce, and powerful connections. 


FIVE ARTICLES TO READ

US election campaign technology from 2008 to 2018, and beyond: The first Obama campaign kicked off a technological revolution in electioneering. Where is it going next? http://bit.ly/2BFQnCS

Is the paleo diet right for you? In the Paleo era, people ran around all day and rarely lived past 40, so their risk of developing the so-called diseases of civilization is unknown. https://nyti.ms/2BEfWnG

What's killing rural Canada: Crime, opioid abuse, boarded-up businesses and fleeing populations are destroying the country's heartland. Can small-town life be saved? http://bit.ly/2OPZjai

Vernon Jordan: ‘It’s not a crime to be close to Wall St’: The White House and Wall St powerbroker on race, his friends the Clintons and being a Beltway insider. https://on.ft.com/2w5Q2nF

WP: This is what the average American looks like in 2018https://wapo.st/2OPY2jw

The average American is a woman. 50.8 percent of Americans are women.

The average American is white and not Hispanic. 60.7 percent of Americans fit that description.

She’s 52 years old.

She has a bachelor’s degree. 

She earns $889.62 a week.

She lives in a city. About 4 in 5 housing units are in urban areas.

The average American has a 26.1-minute commute. 

She’s a political independent — who tends to vote Democratic.

She probably won’t vote. Most Americans don’t vote in midterms.


BRIGADOON EVENTS - FALL 2018

Brigadoon Annapolis | Salon Dinner + Sailing + Lectures = September 20-21, 2018

Brigadoon Detroit | Salon Dinner = October 11, 2018

Brigadoon Cincinnati | Salon Dinner = November 1, 2018

Brigadoon Scotland 2018 = November 11-13, 2018

More details and ticket information @ thebrigadoon.com/events

TRENDS

Plastic: Kroger will phase out all single-use plastic bags by 2025.

Germany's oil consumption(barrels per day)

1997: 2.9 million
2015: 2.3 million


Time suck: The average person spends more than three hours each day on their work email, according to a survey of white-collar workers by Adobe. Adobe also asked which common e-mail phrases were most annoying. "Not sure if you saw my last e-mail" was the most hated, followed by "per my last e-mail."

Cell phone attachment: A new Pew study of mobile phone screentime found 56 percent of teens associated the absence of their cellphone with feelings of loneliness, anxiety or being upset.

Arctic route: Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping company, will send its first freight vessel on an Arctic route this week, traveling over the top of Russia from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg.

Mobile video: The format will account for 78% of all mobile data traffic, or even more if Instagram TV is successful.

Millennials are about to be surpassed by Generation Z: Gen Z will comprise 32 percent of the global population of 7.7 billion in 2019, nudging ahead of millennials, who will account for a 31.5 percent share.

SONG

Afghan Whigs - Brother Woodrow, Closing Prayerhttps://goo.gl/saHB8t

SPORT

Is yoga more beneficial than stretching for NFL players?http://bit.ly/2nXlvUB

@BleacherReport: How soccer became the "biggest sport in Atlanta" thanks to the city's black community — including Waka Flocka Flame and 2 Chainz https://bit.ly/2vWuY2S 

NPR: 1968 created the 'Ultimate' anti-sport porthttps://n.pr/2OQZMZP

"Fifty years later, millions of people play Ultimate, as it's known these days, in college, amateur and professional leagues around the world. The game combines elements of soccer, basketball, and football. Instead of a ball, of course, players use a flying disc gliding through the air. The players aren't allowed to run with the disc, so each team tries to score by passing the disc across a field until they reach the end zone."

What we've got here is failure to communicate

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As an entrepreneur and thought leader, I am guessing one of your most prominent work fails is your failure to communicate.

You've created a work system, process, environment, where you've become too busy to articulate your skills, your expertise, your idea. 

I am guessing you would respond by saying: "Yes, there is a failure to communicate because I am TOO BUSY building my business."

How many entrepreneurs and thought leaders do we all know who have loads of expertise and compelling things to say who don't take the time to put their thoughts down on paper, on audio, on video?

How many forward-looking, big picture, culture moving ideas are being held hostage because of a failure to communicate?

Based on my experience, being too busy to formulate your ideas and share your thought leadership is probably the most significant tactic holding back your business and your goals.

Frankly, this tactic is a lack of discipline on your part.

The discipline to share your expertise is more important than intelligence or fancy credentials. 

It's the discipline of having the time, the energy, the foresight, and the wherewithal to being committed to communicating that makes the difference long-term and provides the best vehicle to display your skills, your expertise, your idea. 

The discipline of being ruthless with your time, your schedule, and your meetings - being ruthlessly efficient disciplined.

The ability to be comfortable with knowing what not to do and when to say no. 

The best entrepreneurs and thought leaders I engage with prioritize their time, have a high ability to delegate and remove those things, items, tasks, and people that don't help them towards their highest goals.

In our knowledge-based community economy, if you're an expert in anything, you need to be disciplined to take the time to write, record, film your skills, your expertise, your idea.

-Marc A. Ross | Brigadoon Founder + TLC

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in global communications, thought leader management, and event production. Working with doers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, Marc helps them create compelling communications, winning commerce, and powerful connections. 

Are you professional?

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Brigadoon Professional added a new member this week. Talented, worldly, forward-thinking. Someone you'd want to spend a few days with sitting by a fire and having a conversation in the Utah mountains or Scottish highlands.

Brigadoon Professional is a platform with the tools and the membership network to help you upgrade your competitive advantage in this fast-changing global business environment. 

Brigadoon Professional provides education, engagements, and experiences to drive new connections and insights that will help you succeed and reach your full potential.

Brigadoon Professional members receive one ticket (event fee for one) to a single Brigadoon tentpole gathering like Scotland or Sundance and a 10% discount on all other Brigadoon events. Plus other tools for success.

Are you professional?

Learn more at http://thebrigadoon.com/professional/.

Did you know?

Blockchain is starting to show real promise amid the hype: Barron's reports, the new technology most associated with cryptocurrencies promises to make transactions faster, cheaper, and more secure, while decentralizing the internet. What investors should know.

One in 10 Airbnb hosts in the US is a teacher.

Mobile video: The format will account for 78% of all mobile data traffic, or even more if Instagram TV is successful.

Seth Godin: There are two paths, really: "I will serve just enough to make the maximum profit" or "I will profit just enough to provide the maximum service."

Trust your customers: 91% of consumers read online reviews and 84% trust them as much as a personal recommendation.

"Culture is greater than Strategy. Execution is greater than Strategy." -- Tom Peters

Millennials are about to be surpassed by Generation Z: Gen Z will comprise 32 percent of the global population of 7.7 billion in 2019, nudging ahead of millennials, who will account for a 31.5 percent share.

So how good do you want to be?

Best in the city?

Best in the county?

Best in the state?

Best in the nation?

Best in the hemisphere?

Best in the world?

Make a choice and execute accordingly.

-Marc A. Ross | Brigadoon Founder + TLC