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Why Read History?

July 3, 2018

A recent study conducted by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany found that 41% of all respondents (and two-thirds of millennial respondents) could not correctly identify what happened at Auschwitz. Making matters worse, 22% of the Millennial respondents told the same survey that they have NEVER even heard of the Holocaust. This is …

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Half Time

June 22, 2018
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Listen to your gut…and do what is right!

June 19, 2018

Why don’t people — leaders especially — take action when they intuitively know that action needs to be taken? This question was raised again in my mind while reading Daniel Howe’s Pulitzer Prize winning history book What Hath God Wrought. He discusses the escalating slavery problem in the early-nineteenth century. The need for cotton labor in …

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Set the Tone

June 15, 2018

I firmly believe that every team member can set the tone of the organization each day. A smile, a positive attitude, a helpful mindset, all go a long way in determining the tone of the organization.But this is even more true for those of us in a leadership role. We are being watched, whether we …

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Re-Framing the Discussion

June 11, 2018
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Embrace the Pain

June 7, 2018

I had a recent conversation with my trainer, Jimmy, about the counter-intuitive nature of bodybuilding. He was challenging me prior to one of our last sets of the session, “your body is going to be screaming ‘go faster’ and burn through this set, I want you to overpower your natural emotions and continue to work …

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Why the Chicago Bulls Won Six Titles

June 4, 2018

I am from Chicago and grew up in the 1980’s and 1990’s. So, I know more about Michael Jordan, and the Chicago Bulls’ glory years of the 1990’s than I’d like to admit. The championships, celebrations, and fun accompanying them, still reverberate in my mind all these years later. What made the Chicago Bulls great? …

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Make the Choice

May 31, 2018

Occasionally, I get some candid feedback about this blog. Recently, someone told me, “Some of your blog posts are good, others are not so much.” This is not the only time I have heard someone say that. (And let’s be honest, it probably is an accurate assessment!) The choice —and even if you are not …

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John Pinder Jr.

May 28, 2018
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Clarifying What’s Most Important

May 25, 2018