Star City Six – Jason Korn
48 Bowl, Inc. (www.48Bowl.com) has two Lincoln locations, Hollywood Bowl and Parkway Lanes, where you can go for bowling, arcade gaming, music, company meetings, food and fun. Jason Korn is the general manager of 48 Bowl, Inc.
How did you get started in the business?
I originally started in the bowling business at the age of 18. I’ve bowled since the age of four in leagues and fell in love with the sport so it seemed like a natural fit. I managed the bowling center in North Platte, NE. I also ran the pro shop before moving to Lincoln.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Being the leader that I want to be. Which is to come from a caring and compassionate place rather than an authoritarian place, while at the same time doing what is best for the business.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Hiring my Reflection Coach, Tim Matacio. He challenges me in ways that have not only helped broaden my perspective on life but also in ways that have helped me grow as a person in all aspects of my life.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Honestly? Bowl. Of course with the amount of time that I spend in each of our centers, I also have to balance my days off by spending time with my family and that usually involves a movie, game, or mini-golf.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
E + R = O. Which means (an) EVENT + (your) RESPONSE = (the) OUTCOME. And the only thing you can directly control in that equation is your response.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
To have endless energy. I’m so grateful to be in a career that I am absolutely passionate about. There is so much to do in running two bowling centers and I want to do it all. Unfortunately, there’s that necessary element called sleep that gets in the way.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Music. Or at least the ability to play an instrument. I’ve had a passion for listening to music all my life. However, I am not skilled in the art.
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
That’s easy. I’d choose to be a professional bowler. I’ve wanted to do that since I was 12 years old.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I read a lot of books. I can’t pick a favorite so I will pick a recent book that has changed my perspective on work/life and that would be Quiet Leadership by David Rock. I’d encourage anyone who is a leader or strives to be a leader to read it. It is leadership advice backed by neuroscience and it’s fascinating.
What is your favorite movie?
Rocky. I can’t pick just one. The entire series is great!
What is your favorite TV show?
My all-time favorite TV show has to be Airwolf. The 80’s kids will know what that is. Still to this day I think the main character had the coolest name, Stringfellow Hawke.
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