Beyond the Tweet

Thoughts on leadership, innovation and more.

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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December 20, 2013 0

Defining your future

I recently met with our company’s Rosenberry Society members – these are young professionals, mostly in their 20s, who are making a difference in their community by supporting the United Way with their time and their talents … and their money. We have around 100 Rosenberry members who are learning together about philanthropy, networking and service. I […]

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November 5, 2013 1

Courage is the most important leadership quality

At our annual sales management conference last month, Michael Riggs (American Family’s fantastic sales director from Georgia) asked my opinion on a simple question: “In one word, what’s the most important leadership trait?” I didn’t hesitate with my response, but I must admit … a number of things flashed through my mind! Things like: The […]

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August 26, 2013 3

Active learners, poised for success

Thanks for the great feedback on my first blog post. I enjoyed the interaction and your thoughts on The Culture You Deserve. One piece of feedback came from an employee of mine. We went back and forth via email about who is best positioned to succeed when a company changes culture and strategy, and moves […]

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August 14, 2013 0

The culture you deserve

I recently had lunch with a few folks in my company’s cafeteria. After some questions about how we’re doing as a company (you know, financials, new projects, etc.), the conversation turned to our long-term plans – and how we could make those strategies happen. That’s when someone made a statement – one I’ve heard a […]

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August 12, 2013 1

Keep the conversation going

Sometimes, 140 characters aren’t enough. I’ve learned so much during my time on Twitter, interacting with many different people. You bring a rich and varying experience to an ongoing and vibrant discussion about innovation, technology, leadership, community and more. You make this journey fun and worthwhile! I want to – and can – offer more. […]

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