LeBron James and The School Principals

  This past week LeBron James unveiled his revolutionary, incredibly charitable, giveback to the community where he grew up, new school for kids. The “I Promise” School. He totally stole that name from me…actually, no, but you should read the article about it, amazing. Love the name of the school and used it as an example when speaking to 150 Principals in Utah recently for their annual back to school conference. The question was posed: “How can you be a Promise School this year instead of anything less?” This seemed to pique their brain cells, as they shifted in their
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Warning: The E.R. Visit with our Son

    Your Business is Your Promise. Remember that as you read this story –   A month ago we were celebrating the holidays with our extended family and cousins at our historic ranch east of Park City, UT in the beautiful Uintah mountains.  We dam up a south fork of the Provo River annually to create a swimming hole where we gather, laugh, have a wonderful time in the sun. Fun ensues until our son takes a headfirst spill over the dam, no hands to stop his fall, and lands 6 feet down on the other side in a
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The Promise to Over-Deliver

  Chick-Fil-A makes the news regularly for their standards of excellence and uncompromising values.  I have written about them so many times in the past year its amazing, including this one!   This time they grabbed headlines because this company keeps the promise to “over-deliver” (see what I did there?). Chick-Fil-A was closed.  The employees opened the door for a couple in desperate need of using the bathroom because the mom was going into labor!  (The story would have been way better had it said, “The father was in need of a late night chicken sandwich with extra Polynesian sauce, and while
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The Promise of Being Helpful: Elon Musk and Thailand Soccer Team in Cave

  Reading and watching the news we were horrified to learn about the Thailand boys soccer team trapped in a cave with little possibility of rescue due to rising storm waters and a maze of tunnels. Maybe you said a little prayer for them, thought of your own children, and then we went back to our life and work. I know that’s what I did. And then there is Elon Musk. His first thought was, “What can we do to help?” Some have accused Musk of a PR stunt, and the ensuing wreckage that are the accusations and name calling has been quite ugly and
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The Amazing Gifts of Family

  As the crowd stood and cheered for my daughter’s dancing, and then my boys’ ventriloquist act, Mommy and I beamed with true joy. To watch our little ones succeed, be amazing, and appreciated by others for their efforts and willingness to share their talents is quite the thrill. Let’s ask ourselves: How do we, as parents and family, help those in our lives reach their highest potential and discover their greatest gifts? We encourage their innate gifts. We recognize what they are great at and tell them constantly (creating their own Signature Moves). We assist in any way to
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Are You a Legendary Performer?

    I can’t stop laughing and need to breathe! To my right is my wife and her best friend & husband, to my left is Las Vegas Headliner Jeff Civillico and his girlfriend.  We are all gasping for air as the laughter doesn’t come in waves, rather a tsunami. Martin Short is ripping up the stage while Steve Martin plays along.  The entire Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas is screaming, slapping their knee, and clapping. This is what legends do on stage.  They keep a promise to their audience and deliver at the highest level.  This is
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The Promise to Our Nation

  Happy 4th of July and celebration of The Promise to our Country & Nation. What is your promise as a citizen of the United States of America? The other day I cried my eyes out in utter joy watching the new documentary film of my childhood hero, Mr. Rogers, in the movie about his life, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”   I can’t recommend a movie more. It is the perfect film to watch while pondering our responsibility and promise to humanity in making the world a better place. With this in mind, I invite you to put it
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The Olympics of Speaking: MDRT 2018

    “What is the biggest event you can get if you’re a corporate speaker?”, is a question I am often asked by those not in my industry. The answer has always been MDRT, The Million Dollar Round Table.  Their conference is “The Olympics” for a speaker like me. I just came off stage from my MDRT experience as their closing keynote speaker. The standing ovation was my gold medal moment, 15,300 people laughing, cheering, crying, and high-fiving, this was a fulfilling experience to say the least.  To be told by those that have been attending for between 30-50 years
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Scout Camp & Your Work Team

  Prior to the flag ceremony in front of one hundred other scouts, we faced a harsh reality: Our boys weren’t quite sure how to run a flag ceremony this new way Our boys weren’t in the proper uniform, nor were shirts tucked in Our boys hadn’t even practiced the cheer we encouraged them to prep Yes, the daunting task of convincing young men to attempt a new process, to then stick to the rules, and even show any team spirit, had fallen upon the shoulders of us two parents volunteering to help these kids out for a weeklong camp
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The Promise of Innovation: What iPhone, Lady Gaga & LifeTime Fitness Have in Common

“Innovation is seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” ~ Dr. Albert Gyorgyi   As customers of any product we continuously demand greater performance and equally newer innovation. Remember the miracle of the internet?  And then the dial up sound of AOL starting up?  You could pretty much hear the early 1900’s operator cranking a wheel to make this incredible invention work. How rapidly impatient we became as the wheel on the screen spun.  Think of that wheel now on our phones, these miracles in our pocket that connect us to the world, when they don’t
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