February 28th 2007
Our youngest daughter recently attended a book fair at our local library and insisted to my wife that she needed to buy me a book. She also wanted to pick it out herself.
As my wife tells the story, Kennedy went on her way, but instead of picking out the book herself, she stopped off at the librarian’s desk, where Ms. Joan was sitting, who according Kennedy is her “only adult friend.”
Kennedy asked Ms. Joan if she’d help her find a book. Ms. Joan agreed and off they went as my wife acted if she didn’t see Kennedy asking Ms. Joan for help. (more…)
February 27th 2007
I recently read the guiding principles of a company and thought they were well written and principles any company would be proud to have as their guiding principles. Here they are:
Honesty and integrity first.
Promote a positive attitude.
Move fast, never procrastinate. (more…)
February 26th 2007
While reading a business book this past weekend, I came across 10 things Sam Walton – founder of Wal-Mart, the largest and most profitable company in the world - believed a business needed to do to be successful. Here they are: (more…)
February 23rd 2007
Is there really such a thing as a morning person or a night person, or is this something we choose to be?
Personally, I believe it’s a choice we each make each morning and evening.
We listen to our body and respond accordingly, or we don’t feed our brain the positive thoughts we need to get up early and have a fun and productive day, or stay up late and be in the same positive and productive mode. (more…)
February 22nd 2007
It’s been nearly three decades since I was a youth camper at Camp Timber-lee, but even after all these years, there’s not too many experiences I can’t recall from those summer days at the East Troy, Wisconsin Christian camp.
Just recently my wife and I were discussing summer Christian camp sign-up for our son, and fun memories flooded my head of meeting new friends, swimming at the lake, horseback riding on the trails, participating in morning Bible studies, singing as a group by the camp fires, and the incredible evening speakers.
It was just the experiences and influences I needed during that time in my life. (more…)
February 21st 2007
As stadium suites lose their luster at sporting events, party suites and luxury suites emerge.
Check out this interesting story - “So Long to the Suite Life” - featured in The Wall Street Journal this past weekend.
February 20th 2007
Do you believe in miracles? If not, you just might after reading the story about Khaliq Gant who has been an inspiration to many following a paralyzing injury just over one year ago while playing basketball for Cornell University.
Usually sports are about wins and losses or generating revenue, but this story is much different.
Gant was paralyzed during a collision in practice, rushed to the hospital and following a complex seven-hour surgery, Gant began a long rehabilitation process with no guarantees he’d ever be able to move his legs and arms again. (more…)
February 19th 2007
With today being President’s Day, it’s only fitting I share in today’s blog some wisdom from Abraham Lincoln:
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side. My great concern is to be on God’s side.”
“I am not bound to win but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power.”
February 16th 2007
I recently attended a Saturday morning men’s breakfast at our church and one of the guys shared the following poem by John Hall that I think is terrific: (more…)
February 15th 2007
I was reading the USA Today, as I do every morning, except I picked up the actual paper versus reading online.
I came across a Hertz advertisement featuring 20 percent off a weekend economy-premium rental and 30 percent off a weekend prestige rental.
The offers are attractive, but being the best business practice geek that I am, what I found most interesting was the fact Hertz included promotional codes (PC) for each offer in the ad. (more…)
February 14th 2007
Each year, over one billion Valentine’s are sent worldwide on this day, according to the Greeting Card Association, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending day of the year behind Christmas.
That makes sense to me, but the statistic that surprised me was how many more women than men send cards. I’ve always viewed Valentine’s Day as a mutual exchange of Valentine’s, but that’s hardly the case since the Association reports 85 percent of greeting cards are purchased by women.
Maybe that doesn’t surprise some of you, but I was very surprised. (more…)
February 13th 2007
So what makes grown men dance wildly on the dance floor…repeatedly spelling out the letters to Y.M.C.A., swinging their hips and hands to the Macarena, and literally barking out loud to “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
The annual “Daddy Daughter Valentine’s Dance” of course, and me and our youngest daughter were front and center laughing as we danced to all the songs. (more…)
February 12th 2007
I was recently enjoying our daughter’s youth basketball game when I read a neat message for parents on the back of each coach’s T-shirt – “It’s only a game.”
A great message and reminder to parents…and it is only a game.
February 9th 2007
Kids Who Survived the 70s
For all of you who survived the years prior to the 70s, you may enjoy reading the following email I received this week. Here it is:
To all the kids who survived the 1930’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s: (more…)
February 8th 2007
I received an email that shared this “true love” story:
An 80-year-old woman was arrested for shop lifting. When she went before the judge in Cincinnati he asked her, “What did you steal?” She replied, “A can of peaches.”
The judge then asked her why she had stolen the can of peaches and she replied that she was hungry. The judge then asked her how many peaches were in the can. She replied 6.The judge then said, “I will then give you six days in jail.” Before the judge could actually pronounce the punishment, the woman’s husband spoke up and asked the judge if he could say something. The judge said, “What is it?” The husband said, “She also stole a can of peas.”
February 7th 2007
We all know Dolly Parton for her country singing and her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., but did you know Dolly is donating over 330,000 books each month to youth and hopes to be donating over half a million books each month in the next year? Phenomenal!
The program is called Imagination Library and I encourage you to check out the web site and learn more about the program. It’s a terrific initiative.
February 6th 2007
The Wisconsin State Journal published an interesting article that takes a look at the University of Wisconsin Athletics marketing and promotions and how it has evolved over the years. An interesting look behind the scenes at how college athletics has evolved over the years.
February 5th 2007
As a lifelong Cubs fan, I’m used to saying, “Maybe next year,” and as the Bears kept turning the ball over in the next half of last night’s loss to the Colts, that same phrase started to creep up into my head.
The Bears have made some great improvements the last three years, and although it’s extremely difficult to get back to the Super Bowl in consecutive years, I’ll remain as optimistic as I am for the Cubs this year!
February 2nd 2007
According to Forbes, the Super Bowl is the most valuable brand. When I read the story and how Forbes calculated the brand value, it was clear how the Super Bowl came out on top.
I was surprised to see, however, the Rose Bowl ranked No. 5, the Kentucky Derby No. 8 and the NBA Finals ranked No. 10. Many friends have shared with me their Kentucky Derby experiences and the two-minute race must really be something to be ranked ahead of the World Series and NBA Finals. (more…)