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Yesterday, millions of Americans did something seldom done these days…they said thank you to our government officials. Because President’s Day is a federal holiday we received our first official “day off” of 2013. Presidents’ Day was started by President Nixon, to honor all past presidents of the United States, and set on the day when […]

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be careful what you wish for. My wife used to get jealous when I traveled for business. All she cared about was that I got to fly on airplanes, stay in high-end hotels, eat at fancy restaurants, and entertain customers and team members. Sounds glamorous, right? Maybe it is for the first 100,000 miles on […]

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Leadership Cliff

cri·sis : an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending; especially : one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome < a financial crisis > dangerous or worrying time: a situation or period in which things are very uncertain, difficult, or painful, especially a time […]

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What is your Legacy?

Legacy. How is it that one of the most important things that we control in our life is never thought of until it’s too late? We like to plan for the future….we do it all the time. College. Wedding. Savings. House. Career. Wills. Estate Planning. Retirement. Where and when does legacy come into the mix? […]

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Recognition w/ Swagga

Swagga! Physical! Dynasty! Cocky! Hegemony! These are all words being used to describe the Alabama Crimson Tide football program. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “hegemony” as domination. The Roman Empire in the 4th century and the Genghis Khan’s Mongolian Empire in the 13th century are synonymous with world domination. Alabama football in the 21st century has […]

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Leadership Defined

The definitions of leadership are infinite. If you were to ask 100 people their perspective on leadership you would get an equal amount of responses. We  may have different views on the subject. However, we share a common vision in that leadership must be grounded in ideals, philosophies, values, and principles. Many before us have defined what it […]

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Speak No Evil

How would you react if I started choking you? What would happen if I grabbed you and started screaming at you? What would you do if I spat at you? If you attempted any of these things with me, you would get knocked out cold like Manny Pacquioua did in his last flight. If you were on […]

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You’re Fired

Eighty-sixed. Walking Papers. Canned. Axed. Pink Slip Kiss. Shown the Door. Turn in your playbook. Given the old heave-ho. There are a plethora of euphemisms for the phrase that everyone loves to hear The Donald say to would-be apprentices. While it may be funny when Donald Trump utters the words “You’re Fired” on TV, it […]

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Future State of Mind?

Where do you live? Before you get uncomfortable, I’m not talking about your physical address. Don’t worry, I’m not a stalker. I mean what is your general state of mind in life and in business? Think about that for a minute or two before answering this question. Which choice in the following groups do you associate with the most? […]

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It’s called Talent…..

As much as it pains me to say this I believe Barry Bonds may have knocked the cover off the ball (pun intended) in helping us understand the importance of talent. In an interview several years ago he was asked to explain his performance. His answer, “It’s called talent. I just have it. I can’t explain it. You either have it or you […]

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V for Victory

A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficult. ~ Winston Churchill Are you seen as a pessimistic or optimistic leader? Like it or not leaders have a responsibility to others. Some embrace it willingly. Others shy away from it.  Recent articles suggest Millenials & Generation Z’s don’t want or […]

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Obesity & the red Hot Light?

When the red “Hot Light” is on at any given Krispy Kreme location around this country do obesity rates rise? Krispy Kreme recently launched an app so smartphone users can punch in their zip code and find their nearest location.  You can even receive alerts on your smartphone when the Hot Light is on so you […]

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