Lessons From the Tank

Let’s Wrap It Up

Dec 11th, 2023

If you’re a Spotify music listener, you know about their popular year-end wrap-up that breaks down and analyzes your listening habits over the past year into some micrometrics that are always entertaining. And even if you’re not a Spotify listener, you probably still know about the wrap-up because Spotify users are always quick to share […]

Shake That Can

Jun 26th, 2023

Growing up, my grandfather was a superhero to me. I would spend weekends and summers helping him and learning the lessons that can only be taught by quality time spent on a farm with an older and wiser generation. That man was the definition of tough. He could lift enormous tractor tires without breaking a […]

The Biggest Flex Is Being Flexible

Apr 10th, 2023

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw. The official Merriam-Webster dictionary lists change as a transitive verb, and I’m not arguing with the authority, but I think of it more as a noun. Change – like gravity – is a constant “thing” in life and […]

Sticks and Stones

Feb 13th, 2023

“I hope you get nothing but $#!%@ unskilled workers who quit after two weeks.” — Amber B. Wow, Amber B. didn’t hold back, did she? And she’s not alone. “These people are idiots … Maybe they would be more popular if they would take their head out of their butts.” —Brad F. “Shark Tank ain’t […]

Are Your Kids Safe?

Jan 23rd, 2023

It is estimated that roughly 5,000 children fall from windows each year. Studies show that approximately 3,300 of them are treated in emergency rooms for their injuries—many of which are life-altering. Tragically, eight to 10 of these children will die from their injuries. As a window screen inventor and manufacturer, window safety is something I’ve […]

Put Me In, Coach

Jan 9th, 2023

According to a study published in Harvard Business Review, 8.9% of employees feel engaged with tough bosses, while 6.7% feel engaged with nice bosses. But 68% of employees feel engaged with bosses who are both nice and tough. Most of us, at some point in our lives, had a coach—maybe in academics, athletics, talent or […]

The Question that Saved My Business

Nov 18th, 2022

Dissent. Disagreement. Division. Divisiveness. Dog and pony show. Dereliction of Duty. Demonization. (Why do they all start with D?) Raise your hand if you’re sick of hearing those terms repeatedly in the news – ad nauseam around election cycles. And most of them are wrong or harmful all of the time. But one of them […]

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. […]