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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The Promise to The One: The Family Pet

  Every. Single. Time. Yes, every single time we come in the door our family dog goes absolutely crazy. Backflips, running uncontrollably in circles, flipping out to see us. I was almost licked to death once. Even if we’ve been gone 10 minutes or 2 weeks, it’s the same reaction and reception. Have you experienced this before with your family pet? Exquisite, beautiful, unbridled joy. I’m pretty sure our dog didn’t ever pen The Promise to The Family that she would react to us this way – it’s just her natural response, and it’s incredibly endearing.     One day
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The Promise of Rock Star Leadership – Appreciating The Team

    Do you remember the last time someone told you that you were great at something? Sitting in my office, the female executive sat wondering what might be her Signature Move.  It had been manifest our entire conversation, yet even in her fifties she couldn’t place it. When she asked me if I could see what makes her unique, I told her she is brilliant at humor, storytelling, a survivor and fighter, and capable of making a normal experience come alive! She began to cry. No one had ever told her before. It was obvious to me but nearly
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Mother’s Day and Mother’s Week

  It seems daily my friends, my age, are posting of the passing of their parents. I’m one of the lucky ones to still have my Mom around. As Mother’s Day is here I ask you how you still celebrate the important person that is your Mother, whether she is still here with us or has passed on. The African Proverb that says: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.” If we change this around a bit, it could also say: “When a mother dies, the village falls to the ground.” In human history there is
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The Mormon and the Jewish Rabbi

  I hadn’t been done 10 minutes with my performance at the Rabbi’s retirement party in Tampa, Florida, when one of the older Jewish congregation members came up to me and asked in her thick New York accent, “Are you really a Mormon from Utah?”   “Yes, ma’am I am,” I smiled in reply. “Well I’ve never seen a Mormon perform at a Jewish Temple, this was quite the unforgettable experience!  Thank you for the laughs, you’re like a throwback to Sammy Davis Jr and you’re a doll.”  As Dr. Seuss said, “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” Nearly 2 years ago,
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In What Ways Are You Like Hemingway?

    Video of this message if you prefer to watch   I’m writing to you from Key West, FL. When people think of Key West they mostly think of key lime pie, which I am sorry to say, I can’t even stomach. However, when I saw on my calendar I was booked to be in Key West I thought of only one name: Hemingway! About a decade ago I first visited Ernest Hemingway’s home here with my wife and our friends.  Today I enjoyed the tour once again and am inspired. He is one of the great prolific writers
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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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