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In 1996, at a convention of 4,000 baseball coaches in Nashville, a 78-year old keynote speaker stepped to the stage to a standing ovation. Only 5 years had passed since he retired from a storied college coaching career that began in 1948.
Continue reading “Don’t Widen Home Plate”
I think it’s a common misconception that the teenage years are necessarily ones of rebellion and turmoil. In fact, I believe it’s possible for parents and their children to develop a warm, intimate relationship based on mutual love and respect. Rifts do not need to exist in families, even during the Continue reading “The Fiction of Teenage Rebellion”
I looked at the Actuarial Tables and noticed the life expectancy for someone my age who was born when I was born is, on average, 76.7 years, or 30.7 years from now. That’s 11,205 days. Now, there’s a reasonable chance that I will live longer than that. I’m in good health, etc., but it’s sobering to think of those 11,205 days. What if I were to write a little countdown program that Continue reading “11,205”
Capturing this one for myself, for that day in the future when I need some perspective.
The drive home from work today. Residual blankets of snow from this week’s storm wrapping white vestiges over the shoulders of the mountains. Continue reading “Forlorn Commute”
A few days post-snow storm and the sun is doing it’s duty out on the trails. Shady areas are still snow packed but most of this morning’s running route was either wet mud, or ice, or both. A few hundred yards in I took a tumble as I completely lost my footing. This was not a day for finding purchase.
After that first slip I sensed my body tensing up, becoming rigid, doing what Continue reading “Slipping and Sliding”
In honor of St. Patty’s Day. Sometimes I’ll ask a candidate during an interview, “Tell me about a time you had a positive outcome to a situation, in which you felt luck was part of it. What did you learn from that experience?”
It’s a bit of a trick question because what I’m looking for in the answer is Continue reading “What’s Luck Got To Do With It?”
If a thing comes to my attention and it seems interesting, I may spend time taking a closer look but it depends on what other priorities are tugging at me. If that same thing comes to my attention a second time by a totally different avenue – maybe a friend mentions it or I hear something about it Continue reading “The Rule of Three”
We humans have a remarkable ability to turn happy circumstances into unhappy ones. Have you ever gone on a weekend getaway, and the room wasn’t what you expected, or the weather turned out terrible, or someone in your group was grumpy? So now you find yourself in a situation where the Continue reading “Noticeably Happier”
Skiers and snowboarders know when you’re blazing down the mountain, where you look is where you’ll go. If you focus on the trees, you’re more likely to hit one. Focus on the space between the trees and that’s where your body will point the ski tips, and that’s where you will go. Bicyclists and Continue reading “Look Between the Potholes”
I don’t like paying in cash for something that costs $7.12. Eighty-eight cents in change is not my idea of efficiency. If the total is $7.12 I’ll usually crack out the debit card instead of dealing with change.
So I was excited at the liquor store today when my purchase came to an even Continue reading “Perfect Change”
Another way to stay committed to continuous improvement: ask for feedback. Ask my employees. Ask my band mates and housemates and friends. I can even ask my kids. (You know I want to be the best Dad I can be, right?)
– What should I do more of?
– What should I stop doing?
– What should I start doing?
Then LISTEN to them. People aren’t accustomed to being asked this Continue reading “Ask For Feedback”
If leadership lacks humility, they will rarely admit when they make a mistake. If this happens, employees observe and the result is employees who don’t take risks. This subversively kills companies.