Lessons From the Tank

Humble Confidence: How Do You Do That?

Apr 22nd, 2022

“Pitch me outside, and I will hit .400. Pitch me inside, and you will not find the ball.” -Roberto Clemente Roberto Clemente, who played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates before his untimely death, was one of the greatest baseball players to ever grace the field. Although he was before my time, as a born […]

A Towering Truth About Leadership: It’s the Little Things

Mar 18th, 2022

I am the CEO of my organization, and from keynote speaker to road crew and everything in between – if there’s a need and I’m able to fill it, I will. Now I’m wondering – did one of the following characterize your first thought when you read that sentence? • “That’s a really great way […]

Still Relevant 150 Years Later, Henry Ford Had Leadership Essentials Down to a T

Feb 7th, 2022

He was born to farmers of modest means in 1863, but when he died, Henry Ford’s net worth was equal to that of Elon Musk’s today. As America’s second billionaire, the father of mass production, and the Ford Motor Company founder, Henry Ford has a lot to teach us about determination, ingenuity, leadership, and life. […]

This is What’s Missing from Your Resolutions

Jan 3rd, 2022

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary made history when he and his climbing companion, Tenzing Norgay, planted the very first human footsteps at the top of Mount Everest. If you ask him how he did it, he’ll tell you very simply: he decided to do it and he did – one step at a time. But […]

The Cheeseheads Are on to Something

Nov 9th, 2021

“Excessive, inordinate zeal.” “Entertaining wild and extravagant notions.” “Obsessive enthusiasm.” Did the above descriptions strike you as positive or negative? If you said “positive,” you just might be a fanatic – according to Webster’s dictionary. Whoa, wait a minute. A fanatic? Not you! Or me. Right? Well, that depends. Consider this quote by Ralph Waldo […]

The Real Deal

Oct 14th, 2021

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy—both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” – Michael Scott, The Office Fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company leader, Michael Scott, spent a lot of time accidentally swerving into profound truths. He was so wrong that he was almost right, in some cases. […]

A Conversation and a Mini-Skirt

Sep 7th, 2021

You may be familiar with the analogy about good conversations and mini-skirts: both should be short enough to grab attention but long enough to cover the subject. That’s an easy way to remember one of the golden rules of good conversations: Be brief but thorough. The rest of the guidelines might be a little more difficult […]

To Meet or Not to Meet

Jul 29th, 2021

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen different variations of the meme floating around the internet saying, “Another meeting that could have been an e-mail.” They’re usually followed by a hashtag acronym that stands for choice words of frustration. My recent partnership with Lori Greiner has made me more aware of the need for […]

Make Your Bed. Or Don’t.

Jun 28th, 2021

Mark Cuban doesn’t make his bed. (Someone probably does it for him, but that’s not the point here.) Recently, I saw a product on Shark Tank designed to help people make their beds faster and easier: The Better Bedder. The pitch was barely underway, when Mark weighed in and said that long ago he calculated […]

Got Passion?

Mar 22nd, 2021

I wonder how Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Doorbot, felt in 2013 when he appeared on Shark Tank, was rejected by four out of five Sharks, and offered a less than attractive deal from Kevin O’Leary, which he turned down. That kind of showing would seem to be a pretty reliable indicator that you may want […]

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