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, […]

Bullet Points Are Not Nourishing

December 15, 2017 admin 0

Why, oh why, do bad powerpoint presentations persist?  Why do we sit in audiences and accept them?!! I know most presenters don’t get in front of a room with the intent to bore the audience and minimize their own excellent ideas. ‘The […]

It’s a Bahamian ‘Ting!

December 15, 2017 admin 0

I am back, ever so slightly tanner and a bit poorer for my week in the Bahamas. What a beautiful place, people, and experience!   We stayed in our villa, Harborside Resort (part of the Starwood Network), which is somehow fortunately linked to […]

20 Steps to Artistic Immortality

December 15, 2017 admin 0

As part of my 2007 goals, I signed up for a beginner’s art class at a local art academy.  I don’t see myself especially gifted as an artist, so I figured this would be a great way to find out how right I am. Guess what?  […]

Pete the Snowshovel Guy

December 15, 2017 admin 0

My wife Dawn and I are enjoying a quiet Sunday afternoon reading at home.  There is a knock at the front porch door. Standing outside is a man with a shovel, wanting to clear the few inches of snow that have fallen throughout […]

Connection Manifesto

December 15, 2017 admin 0

1.  Allow people their moment. 2.  Smile for a photo, don’t just say ‘cheese’. 3.  When you spend time with someone, remember something personal they told you  and bring it up next time you meet up with them (How IS your grandfather doing?) 4.  […]

Sustainable Change

December 15, 2017 admin 0

I watched an interesting story on CBS Sunday Morning detailing why our Detroit auto manufacturers are trailing the Japanese auto manufacturers in sales. Apparently the data shows the gap is closing (safety, quality, etc), but perception hasn’t changed.   The reporter interviewed workers at Ford Motor Company’s […]