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Keep Moving Forward

Keep Moving Forward

I first met André Van Hall when I moved to Denver two decades ago. At the time he was the general manager of a major downtown hotel, but soon after he became CEO of the prestigious Denver Athletic Club. André was a legend in the hospitality industry and a dear friend...

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One Million Miles

One Million Miles

Last week I boarded United Airways flight 1131 from Denver, Colorado to San Antonio, Texas. As I settled into seat 7C, I felt bittersweet. I was looking forward to visiting my good friend Bill, who was retiring from his thirty-five-year career in the hospitality...

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Embrace Your Shortcomings

Embrace Your Shortcomings

The other day I had lunch with my good friend and mentor Timmy, an executive at one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the country. He runs a team that mentors thousands of teenagers every year. I’ve known Timmy for decades; he was my first boss out of college,...

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Too Busy

Too Busy

In August, my fourteen-year-old son Tate is leaving for Shattuck-St. Mary’s, the top hockey prep school in the country. It’s been his dream to go there for many years now. Since Shattuck is in Minnesota, it means Tate will be leaving home for good. We’ll see him on...

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Why You Do What You Do

Why You Do What You Do

Like anyone, I have a lot of important files in my office. Taxes, client information, payroll, and so on. But if the building were burning down, there is only one file I would take with me. A file so important I wouldn’t even think about the rest. It’s not marked...

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What’s Your GPA?

What’s Your GPA?

Last year, about 1.3 million high school students took the ACT, a standardized test used for college admissions. The exam, which evaluates English, math, reading, and science, is graded on a scale of 1–36, with the average score being a 20. In 2021, there were just...

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Get Back Up

Get Back Up

I’m a huge fan of the Winter Olympics. My favorite movie of all time is Miracle, about the United States ice hockey team’s stunning victory over the heavily favored Soviet squad at the 1980 Olympics. My fourteen-year-old son Tate is an elite youth hockey...

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Do You Want to Play Butterfly?

Do You Want to Play Butterfly?

My dad is Irish, and my mom is Italian, and after they got married, they wanted nothing more than a big Catholic family. First, they had my sister Lisa, then they had me, but after that, they had a couple of miscarriages and couldn’t have more biological kids. So,...

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Tiptoe Relationships

Tiptoe Relationships

I recently celebrated my 14th year on the speaking circuit. It’s been the honor of my life to speak to audiences and author books about how to build authentic relationships and positively influence the lives of others. Part of the reason I’ve been able to stay on the...

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10 Percent

10 Percent

I’ve been a leadership coach for over twenty-five years, and by far the most common question I get is: “What’s the most important quality in a successful leader?” People usually expect answers like, “confidence,” “innovative,” “fearlessness,” “vision,” and so forth....

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