Observe * Think * Decide * Act * Rinse & Repeat

I’ve been an entrepreneur my entire life. Since 1995, I have delivered value in the marketplace as a strategic business consultant, i.e. I and the teams I work with help business people have a good time talking with each other. We help them have conversations that lead to timely decisions. Decisions they feel inspired to execute.

Two of the ways I build awareness of my practice are as a public speaker and as a writer.

The Gift of Listening

Socially, I'm a talker. I love stories and everytime I hear someone tell a story it reminds of one I want to share. I think of the stories I share as gifts.

Professionally, I'm a listener. And even though I give speeches and tell stories those are seldom the most important elements of an engagement.

Thoughts on Getting Back in the Game

Lately, I’ve run into a lot of people who are feeling like they’re failures. Not that they’ve just failed at accomplishing a task, but that they are themselves failures. The economy since 2004 has taken a serious toll on America’s workforce. Ironically, we as a nation are incredibly productive; generating greater gross domestic productivity with fewer people in the workforce.

The downside is that our leadership can’t think of things for our workforce to do.

Source Material - Where Do We Get This Stuff?

Last March This I Believe published my essay, The Stories We Tell Ourselves. SInce then I've been asking myself, "Where do my beliefs come from?"

This archaelogical dig inside my head has unearthed a plethora of influences. The most notable of course are my parents. I intend to write about them later.

For now I want to talk about my friend, Sam Marques. Years ago, Sam said something to the effect that "only people who are hurting, hurt others."