When I hear that a hot new show is coming to Broadway, I am all over it, booking tickets for the earliest performance possible. When my wife Stephanie and I saw Dear Evan Hansen, nobody I told had even heard of it. Just goes to show you how fast fortunes can change. Sometimes for the […]
WFO or WFH? That Is the (New) Question
Isn’t it ironic? In our modern Millennial workplace culture, companies go all out to outfit their work places with generous employee amenities — day care, fitness centers, free snacks, game rooms — to keep workers wanting to stay on site as much as possible. Yet, in the midst of the office-as-second-home revolution, those amenities must […]
Who’s the Snowflake Now, Boomer?
I never remember equating what someone wears with what they think. Sure, there might be a message on that t-shirt that lets you know what’s on their mind. Other than that kind of explicit statement, though, the simple act of wearing a piece of clothing doesn’t automatically project a political position. Until now. We live […]
Davids and Goliaths
On Memorial Day 2020 in America, a rogue officer of the law dug his knee into the neck of George Floyd, and the world will never be the same. That single act of knee meeting neck has toppled monuments of historic standing and challenged the status quo across the globe. Yesterday’s enshrined “heroes” overnight turned […]
Pandemic Lessons Past, Present, and Future
Remember the pandemic? If that sounds like a funny question, what’s not so funny is this: if you look around, it feels like a lot of people have already forgotten about it, judging by the growing number of faces no longer behind masks. I’m not about to take off my mask. Not when I wade […]
Can a Virus Vote?
There’s an old adage that “all politics is local.” Lately, though, in the thick of the worst pandemic in a century, it can feel like “all politics is loco.” That’s why I’m asking, “Can a virus vote?” We all know the answer, of course, but you wouldn’t know it from our need to politicize everything—even […]
Wanted: Authentic Leaders, Like You
We are in uncharted territory. We’re like early American pioneers who ventured West to forge a new frontier and had no clue what they would find on their journey. I’ve lived and worked through my share of recessions, and came out okay every time. My parents grew up during the Depression—as did those of other […]
Conquering a Crisis
How do you manage a crisis? A better question is, How do you conquer a crisis?! If you’re a Millennial, the last time a COVID-sized crisis struck, you were anywhere from 5-20 years old. I’m speaking the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on America. As with the current COVID-19 crisis, that devastating attack affected millions of people. The […]
Where Have All the Heroes Gone?
“I’ve never heard the emotion of a crowd responding as greatly as that crowd responded to Willis Reed stepping on the floor,” recalled legendary coach Phil Jackson. “The crowd became our sixth man,” said Reed teammate and Hall of Famer Walt Frazier. “They catapulted us to another level.” To those younger than a Baby Boomer, you […]
Keeping Kobe’s Mamba Mojo Going
In gourmet dining, kobe signifies steak of the rarest, most prized quality. It is coveted and admired. In nature, the Black Mamba snake is renowned for its blazing speed and ferocious aggression. In pop culture, Star Wars guru Obi-Wan Kenobi is a wise mentor who uses otherworldly instincts to guide his proteges and outwit the […]