Category Archives: Reflection

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Wherever You Go, There You Are

I had coffee recently with Gene. I shared with him my observations over the years that he always seemed restless, always in pursuit of something. While successful on so many levels, he never seemed sated, always on the move toward something new. While restlessness is often a state fed by a destination, mindfulness is a […]

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Climbing the Trees of Business

Climbing the Trees of Business

When I was a young boy I would spend time and energy climbing trees in my back yard. I recall my awe and amazement at the structure, strength and character of each tree. How deeply rooted they were and the enormous power they possessed. As my confidence grew I found myself climbing higher and higher. […]

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How Much Do You Weigh?

How Much Do You Weigh?

Tom was missing. No one had heard from Tom in the days and hours leading up to this key, all-important summit. That in and of itself was troubling as Tom was either early to these meetings, or provided ample notice that he would be delayed or unable to participate. While there were still three minutes […]

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Reflecting on Resolutions

Reflecting on Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions… been there, done that, many times, over too many years to count. I expect each of you reading this can check the same boxes. It is said that fewer than 10% of New Year’s Resolutions are ever achieved. As I consider things I would like to adjust or modify, I recall the […]

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Argumentative Theory & Reasoning

Argumentative Theory & Reasoning

Negotiating with one’s self seldom produces a bar-room brawl    ~Warren Buffett When I first came upon this quotation I was fixated on the word, negotiating. It was clear we cannot negotiate against ourselves. We hold our point of view. We have formed an argumentative basis that supports our reasoning. We cannot find the problems […]

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I Got Nothing

I Got Nothing

Back last fall I was waiting for a friend to arrive for lunch. A senior manager with a large financial services firm, she was running late. When Amy arrived, about twenty minutes past our scheduled time, I compared her entrance to that of the Tasmanian Devil. The door to the restaurant opened and this whirl […]

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Every Breath Counts

Every Breath Counts

On a recent Friday night while I was in Lexington, Virginia, my mobile phone displayed an incoming call from a good friend. “Have you heard about Ed?” Mike asked, querying about one of our high school classmates. I hadn’t spoken with Ed in the 40 years since we graduated, but I had followed his career […]

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Shared Reflections

Shared Reflections

I attended a service in celebration of the life of Rick Sharp, yesterday. Rick retired as CEO of Circuit City Stores and had a profound impact on a number of businesses and people, me included. I found myself nourished, yet humbled, by the many stories shared by the family. To suggest that Rick was quite […]

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Your Wicked Life

Your Wicked Life

I was texting yesterday with a good friend, Bill. Bill is a partner in Centennial Farms, the horse racing syndicate that owns Wicked Strong. While this racehorse finished fourth in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, the memories that were created and added to his life’s journey made it a first. You see, […]

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