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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Happy Thanksgiving! I know it was four days ago but it’s one of my favorite holidays so I’m extending it a little longer in this blog. I hope your holiday was shared with loved ones and friends. In my house it’s a special day to have a fire, drink coffee, watch parades, eat donuts, turkey/ham and tons of sides. We are sharing laughter, hugs, playing and watching foo...

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5 Rules For Successful Meetings

How many times have you been in meetings where you show up because your name was on the invite but you have no idea what the meeting was going to be about? More than I want to admit. How many times did you try to do research or ask someone about the meeting details before showing up? Depending if I feel comfortable shooting from the hip so let's say 50% of the time. I wish!!! I bet ...

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Tis The Season To Give Hope

My parents started a tradition many years ago where they gave each employee a hundred dollars at the CCB Christmas party. This gift was the way my parents wanted to show value and appreciation to the team. Employees could use the money to buy themselves a special gift or use it towards others. I know a hundred dollars doesn’t stretch as it once did. Last year I was told by an empl...

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A Recipe For Empathy & That Time I Got Staples In My Head

You can’t have safety without trust. You can’t have vulnerability without safety. You can’t have empathy without vulnerability.

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No Coffee For 3 Months: Here's What Happened

For June, July, and August, I gave up coffee. This was the most difficult because it tapped into something I didn’t expect—a straight-up drug addiction.

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Prepare For Your Moment In Work & Life

My youngest son was able to play his first year of tackle football last Fall. He loved watching football with me, playing Madden on his game system but this was going to be his first real experience of being tackled. Was I nervous? Yes. Was I excited? Saying I was thrilled would be an understatement! We picked his number to be #16 because he wanted to play quarterback. I went to the University ...

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Rocket Fuel

I fell in love with the idea of space shuttles and outer space after watching the 1986 movie SpaceCamp. The movie is about a group of kids that go to a camp dedicated to training the attendees on what it takes to be an astronaut. This movie caused me to dream about the idea of going into space. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll get to live out that dream but not today. At 44 years old...

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Casting Your 3 Year Vision Plan

Recently, I was asked by our executive business coach to cast a 3-year vision plan for the company. It sounded like an easy task till I realized the deadline for this plan was coming up fast. There were so many questions and doubts in my mind on how to do this well. I started out by doing research on where “the experts” felt the direction of the next 3 years would be going. As I was...

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Leaders Need Time To Rest & Recover

It was probably nine years ago when I realized I was clueless on how to give myself rest and recover from the grind of leadership. I was in my WI CEO group from the MMAC (Metropolitan Milwaukee Area Chamber), listening to owners and leaders share how they look forward to time away from the office with their family. One guy talked about how he went away, ALONE, to Colorado to recharge his mind. ...

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