4 Lessons From The Fall And Rise Of The Videophone

I once proposed a simple way to solve an gnawing problem to a group of Leaders.  The answer was summarily dismissed.  I heard a very clear message…”NO”!  The true resistance to the solution was a fear of change and the introduction of some new and uncomfortable accountability. A year and a half later, the very […]

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What I Learned From Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration is the annual Star Wars convention and the geek center of the universe.  At the convention last week, The “Star Wars Force Awakens” trailer debuted and was subsequently viewed 88 million times in the first 24 hours of release.  It basically broke the Internet. Come on. Even if you are not a […]

Reserved Seating

Maybe the problem is not them…or it…or him…or her. Maybe the problem is you and your desperate fight to keep your front row, reserved seat. Not that there is anything wrong with you. You just want to have your needs met. You need to be recognized, preferred, esteemed, increased, remembered, set above others, noticed and […]

Quitting- 5 Reasons to Quit

“Over? It’s not over!  Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”– Bluto. Animal House, 1978 I am a quitter.  There.  I said it. I was a freshman at a small private college 21 years ago.  This college had three or four “fraternities” and a few “sororities”.  These organizations were not the big organized […]

4 Things A Gentile Learned At A Bar Mitzvah

The Jewish religion is rich with tradition, history and meaning.  We all get that.  But I learned quite a bit about the Jewish people that I did not know at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah. Here goes: 1) The Jewish people are exceptionally well educated people.  My nephew stood up in front of his whole congregation […]

Shopping Bags

It happened on June 5th, 1989. The students in China rose up against the communist Chinese government. The government brutally repressed the uprising.  The man standing in front of the tank in this picture is familiar to most of us.  He has been called “Tank Man” or “Unknown Rebel”. The photo above is only one […]

What is Success?

What is success? Most people would say that success is “happiness”.  But what does “happiness” mean? Money? Lots of Stuff? Fame? Achievement?  Education? Health? Love? Success and happiness are not always the same thing.  You can be very successful and be miserable at the same time. We will be tackling the subject of “What is […]

All Good Things- Carpe Diem

We lost Robin Williams yesterday.  He was brilliant and troubled. You and I did not know the man personally, but he has been part of amazing entertainment for most of our lives. I thought I would always see him in great new movies that make me laugh. It reminds me that all good things come […]