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“Papers please.” A John Ray birthday lesson worth remembering

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho once said, Everything will be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end. It’s become one of my favorite inspirational quotes, for a number of reasons. I’m enamored with the

Red Rovers

Top 10 most inspiring moments from robotics in 2015

As follow up to my article on the Top 10 Differences in High School Sports and Robotics – and just home from the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis – I thought I’d share the top 10 most inspiring moments from my


Lead With A Story

Jeff Strong

There isn’t always a ‘next time’

Part of the job of leadership is keeping the team motivated and instilling a sense of urgency. Left to our own devices, it’s easy to become complacent and slow. Is there a story that can inspire your team to face each opportunity as if it were the last, and not accept failures as temporary inevitabilities? Fortunately, there is. In fact, I’m sure there are many. Here is my favorite. The 2004 season was destined to be a rebuilding year for this small-town high school basketball program in [read more]

JP stuck in the mud

What getting stuck in the mud in Taiwan can teach you about prestige branding

This week I got to chat with J.P. Kuehlwein, marketing expert and author of the new book, Rethinking Prestige Branding: Secrets of the Ueber-Brands. He shared an unexpectedly touching experience he had with a brand of soap in the middle of a muddy paddy field in Taiwan. To him, that experience exemplifies much of what prestige branding done right looks like. After sharing his story, JP explained the lessons for marketers, including the importance of: Having a noble and worthy [read more]

Parenting with a Story


Finding curiosity through the gift of discovery

Albert Einstein once said, "I have no special talents. I have only been passionately curious.” Despite the obvious understatement, being passionately curious clearly does something for us as humans by paving a strong path to learning, which often leads to success. It’s akin to necessity being the mother of invention. If you have an insatiable desire to know something, you’ll eventually find a way to learn it. So if you wish to learn anything, start by learning to be curious. So how does one [read more]

Sean Grover

When kids call the shots: how to regain control and enjoy being a parent

My guest today is Sean Grover. He’s a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with 20 years experience working with adults and kids. In fact, he has one of the largest private group practices in the US. His work has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine, NPR and elsewhere. He’s also the author of a new book, titled: When Kids Call the Shots: How to Seize Control from Your Darling Bully and Enjoy Being a Parent Again. Our conversation started with an example of the kind of [read more]