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Dare to be Great

In March of 2004, I was working for Unilever and was fortunate enough to attend our annual sales meeting. It was held in Kiawah Island, South Carolina that year and the theme was Dare to be Great. I’m not sure who came up with the theme, but remember Mark Bernard...

His name is Mike and he likes computers

When my wife and I were going through premarital counseling, we had to attend a workshop with other engaged couples. On the first night of that workshop in 1998, all of us had to introduce our future spouses to the group. When it was my wife’s turn to introduce...

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

In order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the school system in my town was closed as of the final bell last Thursday. As such, Friday began what my kids are referring to as the great confinement of 2020. We’ve been pretty strict about limiting their social...

Humility ain’t all it’s cracked up to be

Today I ran a 5K and crushed the goal I had set for myself. I wanted to run it in under 27:30 and finished at 26:16. It is by far the best I’ve done in a race since I was 18 and over a minute and a half better than my last 5K a few weeks ago. I don’t mean to boast...

An Aha Moment

Two weeks ago I was interviewing people for a client who has developed a voice activated personal assistant. It was a big project; 100 interviewers split between two interviewers across two weeks. On the second to last day, I thought I had heard everything I was ever...

Something to Believe in (Linus 3:16)

I had a moment of inspiration while listening to a Poison song on my flight from Austin to San Francisco this morning. In my mind’s eye, I see you scratching your head and raising your eyebrow right now—most of you, that is, except my friend Tara D’Onofrio who still...