Don’t Widen Home Plate

Credit this content to Rick Houcek whose free weekly email broadcast has featured this story more than once over the years. It’s worth the read, every time.

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.

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The Fiction of Teenage Rebellion

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”

11,205

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”

Slipping and Sliding

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”

What’s Luck Got To Do With It?

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?”

Look Between the Potholes

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”

Ask For Feedback

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”