What We Learn from Overcoming: The Power and Pain of Transformation

By |2019-03-18T08:55:49-05:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Learning, Life|Tags: , , , , , |

The beautiful butterfly is our society’s favorite metaphor for total transformations. Nature’s ultimate metamorphosis changes from a tree clinging, 14-legged pest into the regal flying butterfly. The metaphorical story of the caterpillar to the butterfly is both inspiring and positive. What is left [Read More]

Throw Out the Work-Life Scale: A Father of Twins’ Journey to Imbalance

By |2019-03-11T18:05:25-05:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Career, Life|Tags: , , |

Work-life balance is the term used to describe the proportion of time we allocate to our careers versus other aspects of our lives such as personal interests, family, social or leisure activities. Whether you are just beginning your career or a seasoned executive, it’s hard to escape the mantra that [Read More]

The “Now What” Complex: Evaluating Goals for a Life Better Lived

By |2019-07-12T14:59:52-05:00December 18th, 2018|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , , |

In and out of the gym, we live in a goal-oriented culture. Even in our formative years, we're conditioned to set goals, meet them, and repeat an ongoing cycle of achievement. Hit a goal? Good, set another one, and then set a higher one after that. We do this continuously. Sometimes, even before we c [Read More]

We Are All More Capable Than We Realize

By |2019-03-11T18:05:32-05:00November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Leadership, Life|Tags: , , , , |

This Thanksgiving holiday we all have so much to be thankful for. I’m a firm believer that we are masters of our own destiny for the most part, personally and professionally, and there are defining moments in our lives that fundamentally shape who we are and allow us to realize our full potential. S [Read More]

Never Forget

By |2019-03-11T18:05:34-05:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , |

Few will forget where they were, or what they were doing, 17 years ago today. As I was driving to work this morning I reflected on that morning and the years that have passed since. I can remember it in extraordinary detail. I remember who I was with, emotions, sounds, smells, colors, all of it. My [Read More]

Discovering Your Purpose

By |2019-03-11T18:05:39-05:00September 16th, 2016|Categories: Business, Career, Life|Tags: , , |

Below is a speech I gave to the Kelley School of Business MBA Consulting Academy for their induction ceremony on September 16, 2016. The speech is titled "Discovering Your Purpose." Good evening and thank you for being here tonight. It’s always a pleasure returning to campus and spending time with a [Read More]

I Have Seen the Future, and it is Bright!

By |2019-03-11T18:05:43-05:00November 15th, 2015|Categories: Career, Leadership, Learning, Life|Tags: , , , , |

It is the day after the horrific attacks in Paris and the world is in shock. Paris holds a special place in my heart as I lived and worked there for a few months many years ago. I loved my time in Paris; the city oozes beauty, love, and dancing lights. Working in Paris, it was obvious to me that the [Read More]

The Things We Carry

By |2019-03-11T18:05:47-05:00April 28th, 2015|Categories: Career, Life|Tags: , , , |

I have a bit of a reputation as a travel pack-rat. I tend to pack for every possible contingency.  Not so long ago, I couldn't bear the thought of carrying on my luggage for fear I would miss some precious toiletry or outfit combination. After multiple instances of lost luggage and missed meetings, [Read More]

Five Universal Truths of Quality

By |2019-03-11T18:05:54-05:00January 5th, 2015|Categories: Business, Culture, Life|Tags: , , , , |

Quality. That word has so many meanings. To say something “has quality” or is “of good quality” or is “quality made” seems to be, like so many things a function of the trust you place in the person making the claim combined with individual standards we each apply to determine “what is good” and “wha [Read More]

Introducing: #ForkTrick

By |2019-03-11T18:05:57-05:00December 14th, 2014|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , , |

As a kid, I learned an amazing trick from a waiter that I have carried with me for many years. I have performed this trick at bars, restaurants, meetings, conferences, and get-togethers and it always generates a smile, a few bewildered looks and a whole lot of fun.  So, after many years of table-sid [Read More]

Baking Thanks into Thanksgiving

By |2019-03-11T18:05:59-05:00November 26th, 2014|Categories: Life|Tags: , , |

In my family, we have a Thanksgiving tradition but it doesn’t start until the day after Thanksgiving. It’s called T2 which loosely translates to "Thanksgiving, Part 2." You see, we take all our leftovers and make even more delectable dishes out of the scraps of whatever remains after the "day-of" fe [Read More]

Four Things I Learned From My Friend, Brian Kelly

By |2019-03-11T18:06:02-05:00October 9th, 2014|Categories: Leadership, Learning, Life|Tags: , , , |

This week is a bittersweet week for me. My friend, mentor and colleague – Brian Kelly – left EY to assume the role of Chief Security Officer (CSO) at Rackspace in San Antonio, Texas. I am thrilled for Brian at the prospect of new opportunities and conquests. Hands-down, I believe there is no one bet [Read More]

Road Warriors: Don’t be “That Guy”

By |2019-03-11T18:06:03-05:00September 25th, 2014|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Last year I flew nearly 130 segments, spent the majority of my work-week in hotels and drove countless rental car miles. By most definitions I am a road warrior. Now that's a funny term: "road warrior." The words seems to imply some kind of soldier or militant deployed to the business battlefield. T [Read More]

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