The Value Of Legacy Talent

I couldn’t take another breath. As a skinny ten-year old kid, I would toss rocks into the air, launching them one-by-one into the brilliant Arizona sky using a broom handle, broken stick, or anything else that could substitute for a bat. It was a million miles from the Bronx, New York, but each swing sent … Continue reading The Value Of Legacy Talent

Remembering What Matters Most

It was far from my finest moment. Rather, my behavior from that Sunday in question better resembled the coyote falling into a never-ending chasm, ultimately crashing next to a hastily constructed and freshly painted wooden sign that read “Welcome to Rock Bottom.” While memories from that singular moment continue to define a since unparalleled level … Continue reading Remembering What Matters Most

Change Doesn’t Wait For Tomorrow – Neither Should You

Picture yourself as a parent dropping off your toddler at school for the first time . . . You stand there, fighting back tears as you watch your bundle of joy disappear through the door. You feel powerless, wondering if the incredible bond you had shared would survive your little one’s first taste of independence. … Continue reading Change Doesn’t Wait For Tomorrow – Neither Should You

Three Questions That Empower Equity and Inclusion

Every advancement since the dawn of time is the result of someone questioning the present state of a process or occurrence. Take the wheel for example: “Why did it take you so long to get here?” “Well, I only have two feet . . .” That was the advent of Qualitative Analysis, the desire to … Continue reading Three Questions That Empower Equity and Inclusion

The Undeniable Power Of Community

Small town is in my blood. At least that’s what I carry forward from having grown up in Bisbee, a hidden gem of a city with a population of 4,923 living souls tucked away in the southeastern corner of Arizona. While ambition has fueled a personal odyssey in search of knowledge and awareness, it is … Continue reading The Undeniable Power Of Community

Achieving Excellence Through Culture

The tension was almost palpable. My transition into the role of Human Resources Manager featured a learning curve that made Kilimanjaro look like the Bunny Slope at a local ski resort. That morning, I sat before my team, rowing against a tide of complacency and routine. They sat there, arms and legs crossed in an … Continue reading Achieving Excellence Through Culture

Service Secret #9: Nobody Told You? (There’d Be Days Like These)

I’m here to tell you, there’s gonna be days like these . . . strange days indeed . . . most peculiar. As a leader, human resource professional, and Director of Learning & Development, I cannot begin to recount the number of times I have heard the phrase, “Nobody told me?!” It’s either accompanied by … Continue reading Service Secret #9: Nobody Told You? (There’d Be Days Like These)

Four Keys To Preserving Hope

My fondest memories of professional kitchens, both as a restaurant owner and Pastry Chef, were the times spent in them while they were closed. I loved walking into a kitchen at rest, humbled by remnants of a passionate lucidity, whispered expectations and desires illuminated by the warm, flickering glow of pilot lights on the stove. … Continue reading Four Keys To Preserving Hope

Happiness: The Lens Through Which We View The World

Fallout from the pandemic continues to provide opportunities for incredible personal insight. The most recent example involved a family gathering at our home in Central Florida. This would be the first time in years that my siblings and I would all be together, with our dad, in one place. Like most such gatherings, food featured … Continue reading Happiness: The Lens Through Which We View The World

Gratitude Separates Good Leaders From Great

Let the record show that we have cheered for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a professional American football team, since our arrival in Florida more than two decades ago. So, to say I was as shocked and amazed as anyone when the team signed superstar Quarterback Tom Brady last year would be an understatement of epic … Continue reading Gratitude Separates Good Leaders From Great