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Ring Hand

Ring Hand

When my children Caroline and Tate were growing up, we would hold hands everywhere we went. As soon as we got out of the car, they would race to see who could grab my left hand first. “I got the ring hand!”the winner would boast. They loved feeling my wedding...

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I Told You So

I Told You So

Last week I traveled with my family to Germany for an incredibly special trip. In the Bavarian town of Oberammergau, we saw the Passion Play, which has been staged there every ten years since 1634. We paid our respects at Dachau Concentration Camp, where the Nazis...

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Commitments

Commitments

Twelve years ago, I was talking with my mother about her bucket list. She said she had been blessed to travel to Europe and other exotic places, but there was one thing she still wanted to do above everything else. “Have you heard of the Passion Play?” she asked me. I...

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Secret Sauce

Secret Sauce

Coca Cola was invented by an Atlanta pharmacist way back in 1886. Even now, over 130 years later, the recipe remains a secret. The only written copy is kept in a vault deep inside Coke’s headquarters in Atlanta. Dr. Pepper, meanwhile, split its secret “23 flavors”...

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High Road

High Road

Last week I got a call from a young man named Jeff. I’ve known and mentored him for many years as he rose the ranks to become second in command of a major tech company on the West Coast. But when I picked up the phone, I could tell that Jeff was in distress. “What’s...

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You’ve Changed My Life

You’ve Changed My Life

Like billions around the globe, I found out last Friday that Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister of Japan, had been assassinated. Many regarded him as the most transformative leader in Japan since World War II, striving to restore his country’s technological edge...

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Heartprints

Heartprints

This past week, my wife, Jill, and I took a vacation with our longtime friends Lisa and Byron Haselden. We travel every year together, and this time we had the honor of staying at Blackberry Farm, located about thirty miles south of Knoxville, Tennessee. Situated on...

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Get Better

Get Better

Last month, my son, Tate, was invited to participate in the Western Regional Hockey Combine at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He got to skate against some of the best fourteen-year-old hockey players in the country. It was a big opportunity for Tate,...

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The Dash

The Dash

Like millions of Americans, the Covid-19 pandemic prevented me from working for many months. I was no longer crisscrossing the country working with business leaders and organizations. I was no longer giving speeches to big crowds in auditoriums and convention centers....

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It Matters to This One

It Matters to This One

Once upon a time there was an old man who walked on the beach every day before breakfast. One morning he was strolling along the shore after a big storm had passed. The beach was littered with starfish that had been washed onto the sand by the roiling seas. In the...

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