Lessons Learned – #1

January 1st, 2017

And here’s the most important thing I learned during 2017: Gift Giving – At this time of year, contributing to a charitable organization is not just about getting a tax break – it’s about sharing your blessings. If you’re seeking a worthy cause, here is a nonprofit where 87% of donations go directly to…

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Lessons Learned – #2

December 31st, 2016

What’s the second most important thing I learned this year? Heartfelt Gratitude – Marshall Goldsmith is the gold standard among executive coaches. This year he wrote about becoming “a connoisseur of gratitude, a virtuoso of thanking” people. I’m a big believer in sending handwritten notes to those I meet in business settings – and…

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Lessons Learned – #3

December 30th, 2016

We’ve made it to the Top 3 of the most important things I learned this year: Ongoing Legacy – When a lifelong friend’s boys were beginning 7th and 9th grades, he wrote each a ‘life’ letter – and continued penning those words of wisdom from a loving father every fall until they married. Lee told…

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Lessons Learned – #4

December 29th, 2016

Here is the fourth most important thing I learned this year: Everybody Helps – When I went to Ft. McMurray, Alberta, in October the visible devastation from May’s wildfire amazed me. My host told me that in three days they safely evacuated 90,000 people from the Oil Sands. (There is one road and you…

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Lessons Learned – #5

December 28th, 2016

Continuing the countdown of the ’10 Things I Learned’ during 2016. Here’s #5 on the list: Softer Voice – In church one Sunday I leaned over to my 18-year-old daughter and quietly made a comment about the sermon. As we pulled out of the parking lot afterward, she told me: “Dad, you’re whispering isn’t really…

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