Beyond the Tweet

Thoughts on leadership, innovation and more.

November 20, 2014 0

The Power of (and Need for) Defining Moments

Not long ago, I was asked by a local non-profit to speak at its yearly fund-raising gala. You see, this organization’s operating model is changing, and the old ways of doing business are simply less relevant today than in the past. And its director noticed how our company has been navigating a similar shift with our operating models. […]

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November 13, 2014 0

How to Learn to Love What You Do

Thanks to everyone for your comments on my last post, where I talked about my two sons and cautioned against holding out to “do what you love.” Instead, I’ve come to believe there’s a real need to learn how to “love what you do.” Early in my career, I constantly looked to see what next […]

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October 30, 2014 0

Love What You Do Instead of Do What You Love

Are you holding out to “do what you love?” Or, are you learning to “love what you do”? Recently, I was talking with my two sons about this topic – one is a college senior, the other is in his first job out of college. They both want to “do what they love” but are […]

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October 23, 2014 0

Determination AND Patience

I recently had major surgery to correct some ongoing back issues. Spine surgery … nothing to take lightly, but the procedure went well. For me – recovery was the most challenging. I’ve always believed with hard work and determination, you can get ahead – both in my professional career and in my personal life. I wanted to […]

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August 7, 2014 0

Become an Everyday Leader

Leaders lead. And they follow. These sentences sound contradictory, right? After all, we’ve all been conditioned to view leaders as … those out in front, those leading change, those making things happen. We have the context of historical leaders with tremendous personal will and courage. I’ve written about leadership and courage before, so it does seem strange to now […]

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May 19, 2014 0

Recognize the unsung heroes among us

I was at a town hall meeting at one of my company’s processing centers recently. A manager gave me some feedback, and it reinforced something I’d been thinking about lately. Basically, the feedback was: We can do a better job recognizing and thanking those around us who, day in and day out, get the “less […]

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April 28, 2014 0

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

In college, I had this great picture of Jim Morrison on my dorm room wall. It spurred lots of conversation with my friends. His wild and often “strange” on-stage presence complemented the Doors’ new type of music. It also gave Morrison a reputation for being provocative … Ed Sullivan looked more than a bit uncomfortable […]

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March 24, 2014 0

March Madness: Reminding Underdogs to Win Their Way

My bracket stinks! My friends say that I’m the consummate “homer,” having most Wisconsin teams and Big Ten conference competitors going deep into the tournament. I still hold out hope for a few of my picks … for now. How are your brackets holding up? I’m amazed, again, seeing the number of underdogs that surprise […]

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March 19, 2014 0

Find your ‘Don’t Say Can’t’

We’re used to businesses that have vision or mission statements, but what about a personal mission statement? Or a family mission statement? That’s what Regan Fackrell and his family make every year. “Fackrells don’t say can’t!” It’s the family theme for 2014, a tradition Regan (who is a sales director at my company) and his wife, Andrea, started in 2011. […]

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January 20, 2014 0

Be a big fish in a little pond of your own making

At an industry meeting a few years ago, my company was compared to our competitors. It was not a flattering comparison. I believe the term used was “runt of the big guys.” Let’s just say I wasn’t too thrilled to hear my company – which has been around more than 85 years – described in such […]

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