What Is Your “IT”?

I had a great conversation today with my 18 year old son Thomas. Next week we take him to Chicago where he will embark on his college experience at DePaul University. He is both excited and nervous, anticipating the unknown and wondering how he will perform and fit in...

Great Relationships – They Are Easier Than You Think

Former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz once told his daughter “You can have as many friends as you want as long as you genuinely like enough other people.” If you examine your best relationships, I bet they are characterized by the following: * you truly like them...

Should You Be Acting Your Age?

Conventional wisdom advises us to act our age. Younger people often hear the message “Be patient, you aren’t ready, you don’t have the experience” when starting a business, getting married, or making a financial investment. Older people frequently hear the message “Be...

There Is Almost Always A Higher Level

Many people are guilty of believing what they do is more special, more difficult, or that they have had to endure more difficult circumstances than others. I include myself in this group. It’s not that I shouldn’t feel proud of my accomplishments because I have worked...

Goal Accomplished – NOT! Now What?

I had a disappointing experience this morning, July 25th and am in the midst of processing my thoughts. In the Quad Cities we have an annual race called the Bix 7. It is our community’s annual signature event and it is GREAT! 15,000 people line up on Brady Street in...

Renewal – Everyone Needs It

  Buying a 15 year old car sounds more like recycling than renewal; however, I felt completely renewed on Monday when I purchased a 2001 Lexus ES 300 with 142,000 miles. It is an older Lexus but it still exudes quality craftsmanship and excellence. For years I...

Stellar Performances Are Byproducts of Gradual Improvements

I had good intentions of posting a blog last week but life sort of happened and I didn’t get it done. No excuses, just an apology. I came across this blog entry (listed at the end of this blog) about kids and sports, thought it offered a really good perspective, and...

Moving Out Of The Comfort Zone

Recently the College of Business at St. Ambrose University embarked on a logistical game of musical chairs, moving faculty in the same department closer together. Prior to the move I was on the 2nd floor, one of my colleagues was on the 3rd floor, and two other...

It’s About Time

The average  American in 2015 lives 78.9 years 947 months 4,102 weeks 28,811 days 691,462 hours 41,487,725 minutes 2,489,263,488 seconds This is an improvement from 1985 of 4.3 years 225 weeks and 1,578 days There are plenty of hours, minutes, and seconds to spare...

Learning From Excellent Role Models – Mom and Dad

                                                               June 5, 2015 marked the 67th year since my parents were married. Dad passed away in 2009 so he and Mom celebrated 61 years of marriage together. Like every marriage, it had ups and downs. Growing up in...