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50 Letters

50 Letters

On Friday, July 12th I woke up to the rock'n Beatles tune, It's Your Birthday, with my wife jumping up and down and dancing on top of our bed holding balloons that said "Happy 50th Birthday".  Half awake I said to Jill, "Today is not my birthday...you're a month off,...

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Dumb T-Shirt

Dumb T-Shirt

Ever been to the Jersey Shore? Myrtle Beach? Las Vegas? Do you know what all these places have in common? They all have tourist trap t-shirt shops that sell the dumbest shirts known to mankind. Many of the t-shirts (or better yet…tank tops) are so foul and offensive...

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The Answer is Yes

The Answer is Yes

Next year, my first book It’s Not Just Who You Know celebrates its 10-year anniversary. For the past decade, I’ve committed to teaching people from all types of organizations from all over the world the power of building deep, authentic, and lasting...

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Mistakes Happen

Mistakes Happen

About six months after Australia released its new 50-dollar bill, and 46 million of the bank notes had been circulated, it was found that there were multiple misspellings and typos on the new bill. A national embarrassment. Granted, the mistakes weren’t too easy to...

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Russ’s Way

Russ’s Way

I have a dear friend named Russ Jefferies. He happens to also to be my HVAC guy. I’ve always wondered what HVAC means. Heating. Ventilation. Air Conditioning. I could write a book about Russ. I’d call it Russ’s Way. It would become a national bestseller. Because,...

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Leadership Changing Lives

Leadership Changing Lives

I have a great mentor, friend and supporter of our youth leadership programs that lives in Texas. Not many successful businessmen in the world are as humble, caring and genuine as my friend. Last month I asked my friend to sponsor an inner-city kid from Dallas to...

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Row 2F

Row 2F

I’m on an airplane a couple hundred times a year. Been doing this most of my career… and I’ve seen it all. Delays, cancelations, medical emergencies, crew no-shows, turbulence, crying babies, mechanical failure… you name it… I’ve experienced it! But what happened on...

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Leaving Well

Leaving Well

I remember the first time that I got fired from a job. It was back in high school. I worked as a lifeguard at the town pool in Suffern, New York. Mrs. Bueno was my boss. She and her husband, Mr. Bueno, were physical education teachers during the school year and ran...

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The Hard Questions

The Hard Questions

My weight has been a yo-yo my entire adult life. Up ten pounds. Down ten pounds. Up fifteen. Down fifteen. Up twenty. Down twenty. Maybe because I’ve spent so much time on airplanes the last twenty-five years of my career. My closet has three sets of suit pants:...

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Who Does That?

Who Does That?

Four years ago, I wrote a BLOG about the general manager of a little Italian restaurant in Toronto, Canada. Little is not an accurate word. Perhaps to describe the size – only 121 total seats. But it does not describe its’ volume – probably the busiest restaurant in...

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