Virtual Hashtag (#) Community Challenge

I’ve read a few articles about how people are responding to the COVID-19 crisis within the predictable pattern outlined in the 5 Stages of Grief, (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance). Regardless of what stage you fall into today, I want to challenge you to do something special for yourself on Saturday, July 18th, 2020….

A Time to Listen

As a professional speaker, I know how to project my voice. You’ll hear me from across the room. And when I write, I’ve been known to get edgy or even drop the F-bomb to keep your attention from waning. Suffice it to say that during my 50+ years of communicating as an Italian-Irish man, I’ve…

Your Values Today Can Become Your Destiny

Speaking on the power of values, Gandhi famously said these lines: “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” As people across the globe remain on high alert due to the COVID-19 pandemic,…

Three Small Gifts in a Crisis

I’m sure you’ve heard that the optimist looks at the glass as half-full, the pessimist sees it as half-empty, and the pragmatist looks and asks, “What’s in it?” Even when the news seems to be full of half-empty reports these days about the COVID-19 crisis, and we are still preparing for the worst, I remain…

Resilience in Times of Change

When a crisis (like COVID-19) takes over every news story, it’s easy to become full of gloom-n-doom. But don’t stay stuck. Your energy follows your focus. So look for the upside. Because there is always an upside. For example, I’ve been wanting to launch more content using video and podcasts, but I’ve never found the…

COVID-19, Meet James Stockdale

COVID-19 has focused attention of people across the globe. The scary news reminded me of James Stockdale, a nearly-forgotten American hero, and how he approached fear, isolation, and uncertainty. Stockdale Didn’t Lose Hope On September 9, 1965, Stockdales’ A-4 Skyhawk was shot down over Cambodia by friendly fire. Seriously injured, he was taken prisoner by…

We Are ALL Snowflakes!

Snowflakes exist in every generation, gender, and political party. You are one of them, and so am I. If you have found yourself offended, here are 3 tips…

What’s Your Legacy?

My father left me quite a legacy, but it didn’t come in the form of an endowment or a trust fund. His legacy came from how he lived his life, a life that left a mark in the lives of so many others after he left us. Most legacies aren’t financial With all the DNA…

3 Practices of Happy People

How do people become and stay happy—whether or not they have external trappings of what we might consider success? Here are three things happy people do differently…

Leaders at Work: Raise Your Hand if You Need Help!

He should have raised his hand and asked for help. He didn’t. Instead, he shredded thousands of documents in an attempt to destroy the evidence that he was in over his head. How did that work out? The manager went to prison where he died.

Expanding the Team: Orientation and “Fit”

Fit is Everything A few months ago, my wife and business partner, Jocelyn, and I knew we needed to expand our team in the upcoming year. Our top priority was finding the right “fit,” especially since ours is a lifestyle business with periods of frequent travel and a blurred line between work and play. Orientation…