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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Kindness From Prison

  Last week I wrote about Kindness in this article, as schools nationwide are having Kindness Week. Next week I’m speaking to every one of my kid’s classes at school on Kindness. So let’s continue the theme! The article I wrote last week was good, but this one is better, because it’s by my friend and world-famous author, Dave Crenshaw (Myth of Multitasking, The Power of Having Fun, The Result, among others). Dave contacted me months ago with the invitation to go with him to Pelican Bay, the most infamous high security prison in America, where we would be celebrating
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Kindness

  This week I was asked to speak to nearly 1,000 youth about kindness in kicking off “Kindness Week”. The event was in honor of a young man who had been in a severe accident, now in a wheelchair, learning how to walk and talk again, named Garrett Webb.  An inspiration to everyone for his ability to be happy amid life-changing trials, and equally kind to everyone before and following the accident. The kids laughed as I recounted the story of my son, when he was 3 years old, walking up to strangers on the playground and optimistically, innocently asking,
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New Web Site and Videos

  As an annual Promise to myself and client base, we revamp the WEB SITE, logo, images, powerpoint slides, newsletter, and VIDEO – EVERY SINGLE YEAR. If you’ve ever been in search of a Speaker for your events you know this is not a normal industry-wide commitment.  I have some speaker and entertainer friends with web sites that are over 10 years old (eeeh!), and make a video every 5 years. My look is ever-changing – not just from shaven to a beard, 20/20 vision to big glasses – but the whole of what I do, say, entertain, and how
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The Costco Promise

  I’m a fan of Costco. Other than on the Saturday before the Superbowl.  Or really any day the week of a Holiday, as the amount of people that are also fans is insane. Other than that crazy time of the year, Costco is the best. Now they are even more the best. Did you read about this? Some lady literally took her DEAD Christmas Tree back a WEEK AND A HALF AFTER Christmas, testing the true commitment to the promise of a generous return policy Costco has in place for it’s members. This is hilarious and equally disturbing. Hilarious
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OPRAH!

  Wow. Did you see it? Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award at the Golden Globes on January 7, 2018, and brought new meaning to delivering a speech that is relevant, powerful, and inspiring in a very challenging time. Please watch, enjoy, and savor the ability she has to move an audience. This may launch her presidential campaign (you never know!). Seth Meyers did a fantastic job as Host, opening with the line, “Welcome Ladies and remaining Gentlemen”.  Brilliant handling of a very tough topic. Although I don’t like awards shows in general due to the
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