Category Archives: Business

The Art of the Interview

I only briefly discussed one hiring scenario in Welcome to the Big Leagues, as my focus for the book was on what to do (in business and in life) after you have already nudged a foot in the door of a company. So I will use this forum now to share more of my thoughts…
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Project Post-Mortem

A common protocol for project managers is to hold a post-mortem (after death) session upon completion of the project but before the team disbands. During post-mortems, the facilitator will survey the team for further validation on what did and did not work well throughout the course of the project. Post-mortems serve as a great vehicle for feedback, as…
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The ONE who likes YOU

Many years ago, way back in those memorable first days of attending school at ASU, I had a conversation with a very good friend at the time that all men inevitably have. "So who do you prefer: blondes, brunettes or redheads?" I asked. (I will gladly refrain from delving into any of the other attributes which may have come up at…
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Core Values Exercise

In Welcome to the Big Leagues I discuss the importance of identifying your Core Values. Companies have them and so should you. Making this assessment allows you to pursue life with conviction. Whether making ethical decisions or faced with peer pressure knowing who you are at the core will influence the outcome.  To accompany my piece…
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Success is Mastery

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A few years ago, as part of an employee coaching program I hosted a session on the book Mastery by George Leonard. Despite the fact that Mastery was written more than 20 years ago, I found its teachings to be timeless. I strongly recommend this read for anyone with the dedication to pursue this extremely disciplined path. I reference some of Leonard's material in Chapter 6 of Welcome to the Big Leagues, as the true advocates of mastery will never find themselves in a Slump.

You can find free links to download George Leonard's book online or purchase a physical copy on Amazon. I would post the free link here but do not feel right about giving away an author's copyrighted material. Instead, I will give you a free copy of the slide deck I created on the book to help keep the learning fun. Enjoy!

Mastery Presentation

"Whenever someone is successful in a certain area of life, what that really means is they have mastered the laws of cause and effect in that particular area. For example, if you know someone who is successful financially, it should be pretty clear that they have mastered the 'cause' (what effort is required) to create the 'effect' (the result/outcome). If someone is successful with their health and fitness, they have mastered what it takes to create their body. Success isn’t chance, success is mastery." -George Leonard

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"I've read Welcome to the Big Leagues twice and found it to be just like watching a movie, where you pick up more the second time around. This book is very powerful and packed with real world advice that college students, graduates, and millennials will all benefit from."

Spencer Hughes, Radio Host, The Spencer Hughes Show

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2014-09-25T07:10:06-07:00

Spencer Hughes, Radio Host, The Spencer Hughes Show

"I've read Welcome to the Big Leagues twice and found it to be just like watching a movie, where you pick up more the second time around. This book is very powerful and packed with real world advice that college students, graduates, and millennials will all benefit from."

"Welcome to the Big Leagues is a very enjoyable read that’s packed with many insights on how to succeed in corporate America and life in general. I strongly recommend it for all new college graduates who are now ready to up their game."

Andrew Del Matto, CFO, Fortinet

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2014-03-14T15:40:11-07:00

Andrew Del Matto, CFO, Fortinet

"Welcome to the Big Leagues is a very enjoyable read that’s packed with many insights on how to succeed in corporate America and life in general. I strongly recommend it for all new college graduates who are now ready to up their game."

"Carmine identifies the critical components that are necessary to live, survive and succeed in the corporate world. He does so in a manner that parallels the world of baseball and adds a dash of humor along the way. He is right on the mark and hits home as I relate back to the early part of my career. The corporate world is a very competitive environment that can be loaded with stress, ill feelings towards others as well as being a very unhealthy place to be. It is only those who understand how to identify roadblocks and how to handle them who thrive in such settings. In his book, Carmine has done an excellent job in highlighting all of this and giving some great advice to the corporate rookie, but I will also say that it is a refreshing read for us veterans that have been through it. I found that I was very entertained and recommend it to all."

Peter Gebert, VP Finance, Mannkind Corp

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2014-03-14T15:37:11-07:00

Peter Gebert, VP Finance, Mannkind Corp

"Carmine identifies the critical components that are necessary to live, survive and succeed in the corporate world. He does so in a manner that parallels the world of baseball and adds a dash of humor along the way."

"A positive wake-up call to remind us on how to do things right again. Welcome to the Big Leagues logically details the methodologies needed for building a blue print towards success. I wish I had this when I was entering the working world after my undergraduate degree. Every college graduate with the aspiration of performing at full potential should read this book."

Jay Kaufman, VP Marketing & Strategy, Annai Systems

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2014-03-26T20:14:08-07:00

Jay Kaufman, VP Marketing & Strategy, Annai Systems

"A positive wake-up call to remind us on how to do things right again. Welcome to the Big Leagues logically details the methodologies needed for building a blue print towards success. I wish I had this when I was entering the working world after my undergraduate degree. Every college graduate with the aspiration of performing at full potential should read Continue Reading

"Finally a 'manual' for true professionalism in today's corporate workplace. From my seat, I have witnessed far too many times a recurring theme: Rookies, newcomers, young employees all looking to go from A to Z without any stops in between. This book should be a mandatory read for all job applicants and veterans like us who could surely use a refresher. Carmine Del Sordi knocks it out of the park."

Todd Kauffmann, Senior VP, UBS Financial Services

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2014-03-14T16:05:40-07:00

Todd Kauffmann, Senior VP, UBS Financial Services

"Finally a 'manual' for true professionalism in today's corporate workplace. From my seat, I have witnessed far too many times a recurring theme: Rookies, newcomers, young employees all looking to go from A to Z without any stops in between. This book should be a mandatory read for all job applicants and veterans like us who could surely use a refresher. Carmine Continue Reading

"In the business world, greatness only comes to those who consistently perform at peak levels and work hard to raise the bar from there. Welcome to the Big Leagues is a profound guide; packed with essential tips and powerful stories to coach rookies on how to achieve all-star performance, while getting the most out of career and life."

Luigi Sciabarrasi, Senior VP, DTZ

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Nine Innings of Essential Tips for the Corporate Rookie
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2014-03-14T16:08:32-07:00

Luigi Sciabarrasi, Senior VP, DTZ

"In the business world, greatness only comes to those who consistently perform at peak levels and work hard to raise the bar from there. Welcome to the Big Leagues is a profound guide; packed with essential tips and powerful stories to coach rookies on how to achieve all-star performance, while getting the most out of career and life."

"As a manager and mentor of recent college graduates throughout my whole career, I have finally found a guide book to recommend to those that want to succeed. Welcome to the Big Leagues gives straight-forward advice to new entrants to the maze that is corporate America. Passionate, practical and with a purpose!"

Jeanne Phares, VP, Group Controller, Macerich

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Nine Innings of Essential Tips for the Corporate Rookie
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2014-03-14T16:10:18-07:00

Jeanne Phares, VP, Group Controller, Macerich

"As a manager and mentor of recent college graduates throughout my whole career, I have finally found a guide book to recommend to those that want to succeed. Welcome to the Big Leagues gives straight-forward advice to new entrants to the maze that is corporate America. Passionate, practical and with a purpose!"

"Welcome to the Big Leagues does a very good job of guiding the corporate rookie through the minefield of joining corporate America and providing a path to a successful career. Having played the game for close to 40 years; which included owning the roles of coach and mentor, I highly recommend this book for rookies and veterans alike."

John Sorci Jr., VP Global Operations, Symantec

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Nine Innings of Essential Tips for the Corporate Rookie
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2014-09-24T16:00:37-07:00

John Sorci Jr., VP Global Operations, Symantec

"Welcome to the Big Leagues does a very good job of guiding the corporate rookie through the minefield of joining corporate America and providing a path to a successful career. Having played the game for close to 40 years; which included owning the roles of coach and mentor, I highly recommend this book for rookies and veterans alike."

"Welcome to the Big Leagues embodies Carmine's passion and commitment towards achieving greatness. The valuable tips and concepts apply throughout all industries and business sectors. With three corporate rookies of my own, I bought each a copy."

David Laverty, COO, Nixon Inc

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Nine Innings of Essential Tips for the Corporate Rookie
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2014-03-14T16:03:36-07:00

David Laverty, COO, Nixon Inc

"Welcome to the Big Leagues embodies Carmine's passion and commitment towards achieving greatness. The valuable tips and concepts apply throughout all industries and business sectors. With three corporate rookies of my own, I bought each a copy."

"Welcome to the Big Leagues offers inspiration, humor, and the much needed insights to overcome the barriers that exist in the business world. It is a very enjoyable read where the author shares his personal stories in a way to help others."

Sally Jenkins, VP Marketing, VMware

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Nine Innings of Essential Tips for the Corporate Rookie
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2015-03-30T12:25:09-07:00

Sally Jenkins, VP Marketing, VMware

"Welcome to the Big Leagues offers inspiration, humor, and the much needed insights to overcome the barriers that exist in the business world. It is a very enjoyable read where the author shares his personal stories in a way to help others."

"Very creative! Welcome to the Big Leagues is a unique thesis on how to make an impact on the corporate environment. Using baseball as the backdrop, the reader is able to easily absorb and remember the lessons, the author, Carmine Del Sordi, is conveying. Very few business books speak to both physical and mental wellbeing; which further makes it essential to read."

David Tu, President, DCL Inc

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Nine Innings of Essential Tips for the Corporate Rookie
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2014-03-14T16:28:33-07:00

David Tu, President, DCL Inc

"Very creative! Welcome to the Big Leagues is a unique thesis on how to make an impact on the corporate environment. Using baseball as the backdrop, the reader is able to easily absorb and remember the lessons, the author, Carmine Del Sordi, is conveying. Very few business books speak to both physical and mental wellbeing; which further makes it essential Continue Reading

"The corporate rookie of today could benefit from additional support, as the demanding and competitive business landscape has become less forgiving of mistakes and poor decisions. Welcome to the Big Leagues emphasizes the importance of actively managing a host of critical success factors like the ability to drive results, strong collaboration and fiscal responsibility. It provides readers with the much needed edge on how to succeed."

Bettina Koblick, CHRO, Symantec

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Nine Innings of Essential Tips for the Corporate Rookie
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2014-03-14T15:43:04-07:00

Bettina Koblick, CHRO, Symantec

"The corporate rookie of today could benefit from additional support, as the demanding and competitive business landscape has become less forgiving of mistakes and poor decisions. Welcome to the Big Leagues emphasizes the importance of actively managing a host of critical success factors like the ability to drive results, strong collaboration and fiscal responsibility. It provides readers with the much needed Continue Reading

"Every business rookie and professional will recognize themselves somewhere in Welcome to the Big Leagues, as it presents thought provoking stories and solutions to the challenges we face in our daily lives. Del Sordi creates a powerful tool that helps readers to align actions with who they want to be and where they want to go in life."

Jack Morgenstern, Global Head, Wipro Technologies

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Nine Innings of Essential Tips for the Corporate Rookie
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2014-03-26T20:17:43-07:00

Jack Morgenstern, Global Head, Wipro Technologies

"Every business rookie and professional will recognize themselves somewhere in Welcome to the Big Leagues, as it presents thought provoking stories and solutions to the challenges we face in our daily lives. Del Sordi creates a powerful tool that helps readers to align actions with who they want to be and where they want to go in life."

"Carmine presents this treatise against the backdrop of professional baseball; it is a highly entertaining read, providing humor and insight to cement his points and advice. Welcome to the Big Leagues is not only a guide for the corporate neophyte, but a useful guide for evaluation at any level in one’s career. After 30 years in technology development, I have found that it brings clarity to events that have affected my own professional career. I strongly recommend the read."

Steve Menchen, Scientific Fellow, ThermoFisher Scientific

Welcome to the Big Leagues: Nine Innings of Essential Tips for the Corporate Rookie
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2014-03-14T15:44:27-07:00

Steve Menchen, Scientific Fellow, ThermoFisher Scientific

"Carmine presents this treatise against the backdrop of professional baseball; it is a highly entertaining read, providing humor and insight to cement his points and advice. Welcome to the Big Leagues is not only a guide for the corporate neophyte, but a useful guide for evaluation at any level in one’s career. After 30 years in technology development, I have found Continue Reading
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Recommended Reading

scienceAt the end of Welcome to the Big Leagues, I recommend 5 additional books to read. These will help to keep the learning streak alive and broaden your perspective on the world, and your role in it. I do not mention When Science Goes Wrong by Simon LeVay, but I will do so now, as it is an easy and enthralling read. In business, quality is everything. Simon's book is full of short, but true examples of great catastrophes and errors made by some of the most educated, if not brilliant. As an individual and as a species, we have all been known to face extreme setbacks on the road to success. The more we learn now, the better chance we have of dodging such bullets in the future.

 

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Colin Powell on Leadership

I came across this presentation 14 years ago while in graduate school at USF. It resonated back then and it is just as relevant now. Powell's views on leadership are timeless. If you have the desire to grow into a business leader then this information is a must ... (Click on text below to download)…
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Return On Investment (ROI)

One of the most important practices in business is to gauge the efficiency of investments. The ROI calculation allows management to measure this performance. The formula is easy to remember:
ROI=(Gains of Investment-Cost of Investment)/Cost of Investment

If that wasn't basic enough, then there are also ROI best practices to follow for almost all types of investments. When considering new mergers or acquisitions, management will typically pay three to five times earnings. In an ideal scenario the rate of return would be approximately 35% per year.
As young business professionals and CEO's of your own careers, managing the ROI on your personal spend is equally as important. This exercise should have already been performed when comparing the costs of your undergraduate degree against your estimated future earnings (despite the fact that only 27% of graduates work in the field of their major). For a little more on the basic concept of ROI, check out this embedded YouTube video.

When writing Welcome to the Big Leagues, I thought of the books costs to the consumer and compared it to the value that it will bring to your career and life. In short the costs were negligible and the wisdom gained, priceless. 🙂

In its rawest form, I designed the blueprint of Welcome to the Big Leagues to consist of 9 innings. Where each would contain five key tips to help new entrants of the business world follow a path of sustained success. The original intent was to have a grand total of 45 key business tips; which would essentially cap the cost of each to roughly 50 cents. Similar to the price of one of those stale, brightly colored and hard as a rock gumballs you find in vending machines at shopping malls.

Welcome to the Big Leagues transformed into something greater than what I had initially intended. Yes, it is still packed with essential tips. The Top 25 Corporate Dos and Don'ts take this intent one step further, but the heightened value comes from the stories. The subject matter is addressed in a way that is digestible to everyone. Real world examples and life experiences make the material very easy and enjoyable to read. Chapter 7: The Stretch, focuses on wellbeing where limiting these tips to only new entrants of the corporate world is truly a disservice. That's fine, as you are the ones putting your best foot forward each day to make a difference. You deserve the insight and awareness on how to proactively avoid the obstacles and pitfalls of the journey ahead.

After reading Welcome to the Big Leagues, I encourage you to utilize this site's Forum to share your story and/or to post questions. Also, know that I view your feedback as a gift and ask that you provide yours on the Contacts Page. Encouraging testimony may be posted for all to see.

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