We All Need More Simon Cowell

March 20, 2018 admin 0

The three judges on American Idol can be maddening, enlightening, saccharin sweet, or just plain brutal.  The show just wouldn’t work if it didn’t have all three.  And don’t we each have our favorite? This feedback after a performance would be a tremendous asset […]

Don’t Mess With My Chocolate.

March 10, 2018 admin 0

The Chocolate Manufacturer’s Association is lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change the ingredients in what is legally chocolate.  They want to substitute cheaper ingredients for the more expensive cocoa butter. This is not right. Support those that are not going to change quality. We vote […]

But We Can Love. Oh Yes, We Can Love.

February 27, 2018 admin 0

Love: One of those words that can have so much meaning.  Or none at all. Television man is crazy saying we’re juvenile delinquent wrecks Imus is fired.  Duke lacrosse players acquitted.  The US is still in Iraq.  The wage gap is or […]

Thank you, Kurt Vonnegut.

February 20, 2018 admin 0

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. died April 11, 2007. (Click here for the full report from the Financial Times.) I was a senior in high school in spring of 1984.  Part of the required curriculum was classical literature: Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dante, etc. As much as I love reading, this track was […]

C is for more than just Cookie.

February 10, 2018 admin 0

Who is responsible for the future workforce in our cities?  That question, and other related ones, was the genesis for an exciting initiative, the Itasca Project. My company is partnering with The Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis (MN).  A few of us spent the afternoon yesterday […]

I Got Your Benchmark Right Here…Somewhere…

January 30, 2018 admin 0

“Heaven is totally overrated. It seems boring. Clouds, listening to people play the harp. It should be somewhere you can’t wait to go, like a luxury hotel. Maybe blue skies and soft music were enough to keep people in line in the […]

With a Servant’s Heart

January 20, 2018 admin 0

“Instead of trying to recruit others to help me, I set out to figure out how to recruit myself to help others.” My blogosphere friend Valeria Maltoni recently wrote a spectacular post about “strategic quitting.” You can find it here. She details how […]

Just When You Think You Know Somebody…

January 10, 2018 admin 0

I had the good fortune to spend the day yesterday in Dallas, Texas visiting with our restaurant group. I live reasonably close to the airport in Minneapolis and time my departures accordingly. I get to the main terminal to park and find out […]

Are You Serious About Loyalty?

January 1, 2018 admin 0

Most of us over a course of a career have met that charismatic leader, the one you’d follow to the ‘ends of the earth’. Many studies, including the Marcus Buckingham book First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently(Simon […]

John the Saute Guy

December 15, 2017 admin 0

Our company, like many large corporate offices not located in a downtown metro area, has a cafeteria.  It is one of the perks of working in “the Towers” as the building is known. There are the standard options: salad bar, grab-n-go sandwiches, […]