The Hype That is Hamilton

  You know you are in for a treat when 10 minutes into a musical you have learned more about American History than you learned in 4 years of high school. Hearing about this production, and unable to get tickets for the past few years, our family finally had the chance to attend Hamilton this week. It lived up to the hype (it has been called the greatest show ever created), even though I wanted it to be proven wrong (how could something be as good as everyone claims?), and made me ponder how often we experience a “Hamilton” in
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A Look Inside My Private Jet

  The $6,330 Promise   When was the last time you had to throw down $6,330 to charter a jet one way to make it to an event you promised you’d be at?   Yes, this happened to me this very week.   2 months ago my wife and I were planning our vacation to Grand Cayman Island, where coincidentally and miraculously, we had landed two events back to back with two different clients between the Westin and the Ritz Carlton, on April 9 and April 11, respectively.  As we were planning our week long trip to scuba and explore
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How Much Do You Give?

  Do you give money to the kid knocking at your door for the band trip, football team, or scout troop? Do you give food to the person asking from the street? Do you give your time when asked to fulfill a calling? Do you give by looking for ways to serve your partner at home that will lighten their burden? Do you give praise to great service, as well as the person who is struggling to make it through their day? Do you give the right of way to the impatient driver looking to enter your lane? Do you
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Making the Best of Life’s Delays

  If you don’t get stuck in an airport at least occasionally then you don’t travel enough. For years I have seen people go from elated and excited for their trip to becoming rabidly ridiculous due to inconvenience interrupting a vacation. For some the imperfect flight connection can ruin your business life, strain relationships, and add extra pounds to the frame. What we must realize is that a majority of the time you are literally unable to do anything about it. So why not promise yourself you’ll make the most of it?  Turn that frown upside down! Recently I had
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Do You Leave a Tip at the Hotel?

  On my last business trip I tipped the Uber and Taxi drivers, the bellman, room service, the shuttle driver, the waiter, the shoe shine guy, the concierge gal. And then I neglected leaving a tip in my hotel room, even though I usually do. What is the difference between everyone else and the hotel housekeeping staff? We interact personally with all of the other people and feel a certain sense of obligation, or opportunity to give something back. As I left my hotel room after a quick visit (only slept a few hours) I am not sure why, and
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When To Stick Your Hand in the Toilet

  This week I received a very troubling email from our son’s teacher. It was addressed to all parents of boys in the classroom. Apparently someone had pulled one of the many handmade paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and stuck it in the toilet of the boys bathroom. This was brought to our teacher’s attention by another teacher, and now the boys were in trouble as a group, not able to go to recess, or continue with class, until someone either came forward to fess up or go fetch the paper snowflake from the toilet. Let me first say
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What is Your Company’s Signature Move?

  I am typing this blog post on an Apple MacBook Pro, even though there is another laptop company with my last name on it. You are wearing NIKE, Reebok, or Adidas shoes because that’s what you’ve worn since you were a kid, but I prefer Altra. I am drinking from a Maverik cup, since that is the only gas station I buy gas and drinks from. I’ll park 200 yards away in a Costco parking lot just to shop there and buy more than I need. Your Under Armor workout clothes make you feel buff, whereas my Lululemon make
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The Broken Promise of the Parkland Tragedy

  Sadly and deservedly so, Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, FL, has been front page news for over a week since an armed gunman took the lives of too many on Valentine’s Day. As devastating as the story is, in the past few days a new aspect has come to light that completely knocks us to our knees. It is the story of a Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy, assigned to the school and armed, who was on property that day, and DIDN’T go in the building when he heard shooting. For 4 minutes.  While people shouted and cried for
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The 11 Mile Walk To Work

  Imagine if you had no choice but to walk, every day, 11 miles to your job? To make matters worse, your shift begins at 4 A.M., and to add to it, you’re a single dad with a 14-month old daughter at home. You keep The Promise to yourself and family and do what must be done. But this post isn’t as much about keeping promises to yourself and family at home, as it is seeing what a Work Family can become. In nearly every office there is that one person, whom everyone goes to with concerns about work, and
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Valentine’s Day Promise

  Hey Fellas, Have you ever woken up on Valentine’s Day, gone to work, laboriously moved about your day, drive home in that zombie-like state, walk in the door, and suddenly you feel the familiar sensation of pit in the stomach meets despair? Yes, most of us have all been there. You forgot it was Valentine’s Day.  And there stands your partner, chocolates and card in hand for you, awaiting the gift you so thoughtfully remembered. You are stuck.  Or you can pretend you saw nothing, back slowly away and through the door, and run to 7-Eleven to grab some
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