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ICU Grandpa: What David Deutchman Reveals About All of Us

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He’s the retired international marketing executive that’s been featured on the Today Show, CNN, USA Today, ABC and Newsweek. Even People and Inside Edition have done a story on David Deutchman. It’s not because of his marketing prowess though. It’s because of his rocking ability. Check it out here. For […]

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Does Your Organization have Staying Power?

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Every February, the truly devoted baseball fans make their way to Florida and Arizona to watch their favorite team in spring training. Spring training is when every team has hopes of winning the championship. Past flaws are forgotten and every young player thinks he’s the next Derek Jeter or Albert […]

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Looking Through the Turn

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At the end of every season my son’s basketball coach used to deliver a simple message: “Do not let high school basketball be the best thing or worst thing that has ever happened to you in your life. If it is, then we’ve failed as coaches.” In other words—enjoy every […]

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The Other Half of the Tree

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“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” —C.S. Lewis I have a friend who ordered a high-end, fake tree for Christmas this year. It was supposed to be their “last tree.” I’m talking a really nice tree that carries a […]

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How do You Get Your Toddler to Sleep?

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Have you ever tried to convince a toddler to go to sleep? It’s been a while for me. If you haven’t experienced this unique privilege, cue up the above video to the 5:20 mark and listen to Jim Gaffigan’s brutally honest description of bedtime, or what he calls a “hostage […]

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Are You Swimming at the Right Beach?

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Have you ever seen photos of the massive waves on Oahu’s famous North Shore? A few years ago I stood on that beach and watched in jaw dropping wonder and amazement at the size, force, and impact of those waves as they crashed into the shoreline. The scene was very moving, very […]

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The 7 Enemies of Thanksgiving

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We all have family Thanksgiving stories that fall on the scale between funny and sad and everything in between. Thanksgiving is pretty easy to mess up. Jimmy Fallon has a traditional segment on Thanksgiving fails, all of which are funny and fairly minor. The true Thanksgiving collapse is when we […]

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A Quick Guide for First Time Managers

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“You’ve really done well here. We’d like to offer you the position of manager.” Or co-manager. It’s an exciting day! Your successes have been recognized and rewarded with extra responsibility (and usually some extra income). You actually get to test the dreams you had about how you’d do things if […]

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