Mindset champion (champion's mindset): in a dialogue with mark shapiro (president and ceo of the toronto blue jays)

Mark Shapiro wore a lot of hats in his career, but as you read in this interview, he always tried to be the same person underneath. Mark Shapiro is focused on growth and self-improvement, leading him to a new role as president and CEO of The Toronto Blue Jays

We had an opportunity to meet Mark Shapiro and find out about his high school trip

It makes me feel old! It's hard for me to think about what was in my mind. Obviously, I was the one who was very proud to be a student athlete. I was someone who felt that my group of friends was really important to me. In addition, I had the values and foundations that my parents had instilled in me: compassion and tolerance, and the desire to embrace diverse media and cultures While baseball was my first love, and I was playing baseball, football was a driving passion. At this point, I'm getting hired pretty hard to play at the university. He held many of my thoughts, and many of my friends were focused around athletics and competing In general: high competition, strong friendly group, and unbiased I was originally thinking about political science. I took a few classes and was a little more theoretical than I was interested in the 18-year-old. I'm drawn to the historical context, mostly on racial grounds. The race is so widespread in most of the history and much of what I am interested in. Many of the social problems that exist in the US exist in the country's racial history. I think that's probably what attracted me to history I think my parents have instilled me into believing in myself and a great level of confidence. Self-confidence is so fragile when you're young. At that age, most of your identification information is a by-product of strong influence and institutions in your life The first important institution is my family, and perhaps more than anyone, my father. The second was Gilman, my older school, who had a very strong culture based on values. This is due to both the teachers and the general culture that existed in that country. Thanks to the transition to the university, the strong history of Princeton has also influenced me. So, I was at my age when I wasn't fully aware of who I was apart from these things. However, all these things have had a very positive impact on who I've become I lived in a very awkward teenage age and at the beginning of high school, a combination of physically and socially awkward. Everyone has their own steplers out of this insecurity, and for me, sport was the same ladder. The football coach is a huge influence, and on that day, I appreciate everything he did For the most part, the foundation of who I am is sustainability, perseverance and determination-this is my main goal. I'm not the smartest and the most talented, but I can be the toughest. You can knock me out, but I'll go up again. Sport is a real analogy to me. They showed me I could get to work. I can get back when others can't do that. So my strength and confidence came from the real example that sport offered Now I do not want to beleout the idea of a real disadvantage. I don't deal with intense, real adversity in life, but sports gave me micro-splendor. By seeing the microcoscope of obstacles and difficulties, I have the opportunity to learn and understand what is needed to combat these problems In high school and in the summer, I participated in politics, volunteer activities in political campaigns in the city of Baltimore and helped in some of these areas. But the game of sport and the maintenance of the League's educational plan Ivy took up most of my time. However, I was in Big Brother's program, and my younger brother from the program is still part of my life. In this case, I have always realized that the low level for me is not really difficult conditions for all human experience. I'm incredibly lucky I never had real difficulties and real problems. When you look at the entire spectrum of human experience, I am grateful for living Football was such a big part of my post-school flight. I was very disappointed until there was time and opportunity. I was also from a coach who, in my life, was the influence of my life on a coach I'm not connecting to or with whom I had a respectful relationship. This lack of communication was very interesting to me to reflect on how I became involved in sports and leadership in general Then I started looking for my identity out of sport. I never left. I continued to play because it was important to me, but it was much less a part of my experience Looks like it was yesterday I'm very careful to avoid the legend of Caden or Sierra. Nevertheless, I still want to provide them with my experience and allow them to choose and choose how to use them. My general opinion is that young people will be watching what you do more than they will listen to what you say. So, as long as I give advice, I will also write Kaden and the Sierra letter one or two times a year, which reflects their growth. Often, I think about it when I write these letters: " If I'm not going to be around, what would I want them to leave as I watch them live their lives? I think about what I am proud of and where there is room for them to do other things so that they can grow, learn and develop. " I have to keep these physical and digital copies Even beyond that, I'm focused on authenticity. I want to demonstrate what I'm talking about and live in my daily role. Authentic management is the only type of leadership that is sustainable in any field. You must be the same person-be it father, brother, son, friend or leader That's why I'm no different. Talking to you today, I'm the same guy who talked to my son this morning. And if I'm different now, if I go into the building and say, "It's time to put on my hat," then people here will read unauthentic. If my son sees that I'm a different guy here than I am when I'm home, he won't cut himself with him. I think training is probably the most important thing you can focus on. The only way to stay relevant is to have a newcomers mentality. Being simple and open is the only way to constantly grow and learn Continuous indefinite improvement. I think my north star recognizes that there is no destination because you never did. So, be it your level of fitness, intelligence, curiosity, or standards that you hold as a leader, parent, or friend -- you will never be done. You always start to be better The search for peace with this is my northern star. This thought may be alarming for a large number of people, so great that it can be stunning. But knowing that this is a journey or a process of continuous learning and shooting, be better in all these roles in life-that is. There's nothing more than that. There is no seal, no approval, no purpose Of course, there are surface markers. I want to win the championship and be the best dad I can be. Yes, there are things that I would like to do, but none of these things matter, and for me they will not mean success. It's just a reference on the way Two things. First, two days won't be the same. The nature and cycle of sport means you never know what every day will bring. The loop of events that occurred the day before you pushed and drew you to another area Second, there is an opportunity to help or serve as a resource for other people in the same path. My greatest pride rests with all the people who together play a role in helping them to become the leading organizations associated with baseball and elsewhere. This is a meaningful and lasting legacy The most important is what you surround yourself with. You must be with other people who are also on the road to growth. They feed you information, they participate in a dialogue that puts you in the face of challenges and makes you reflect and grow. The culture in which I and the people I surround is big Then I also have healthy habits, such as fitness and knowledge-oriented. A large number of articles in my desk that can send me to a rabbit hole. I'm on the way when I read something from Angela Duckworth, and she mentions Adam Grant, Erickson, Kade Massey, among many other people who come. There are writers and explorers that I am attracted to and receive weekly updates from. I subscribe to my blogs, read their blogs on a weekly basis, and then send me in different ways We in the MLB-Baseball we understand that the sports industry as a whole needs to adapt to have less time and attract more fans. Therefore, respecting the traditions that make baseball a great one, we focus on where the opportunities are to help the game adapt, because I believe that it is necessary Besides, as people use entertainment, media and sports, they are different from what they were when I joined the game. We'll make different decisions. We continue to fight to remain relevant and understand these aspects of business I think it's true. We have the opportunity to create a community here. And this is something that is always important to remember, but then we also need to integrate with this second screen It's not good enough to play live, and it's your only attraction. When the stadium was built, the alternative was the standard definition of television. There are no sports columns, TV sets with a big screen with sound signal, HD or 4K. Now all these things are real. The reality is that sport flows into many entertaining alternatives that have many places to consume. So your experience in stadiums would be the best. This is one of the biggest problems here, because this stadium was not built for this. You hope that victory is not the only attraction you can provide. In fact, you're hoping that you can offer the best bar in Toronto, the best meal in Toronto, and the overall cool experience. At the moment we are reducing them in these areas, and that is where we need to find out how within this building we must resolve it My father had a price on a wall that was a huge part of what my parents were, and it was built into the fabric of our lives: This means that the service is promoted, but it can also be translated to the way you live. I'm trying to be compassionate and sensitive and to think about what I can do for others. This was widely disseminated in my leadership style and in the way I think about leading people, building organizations and creating a culture

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Hamza Khan is the managing director of Student Life. Several awards-the winner and entrepreneer, as well as the author of The Burnout Gamble, are regularly invited to speak at events around the world. He is a session instructor at the University of Ryerson, training courses in digital marketing and social media. Through his writing, teaching and speech, Hamza enables people to transform ideas into action. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @HamzoK