Mr. Brightside: Brandon Flowers and The Killers Teach Me How to Handle Adversity

The lights dim, the band takes the stage to a steady, low-synth baseline against the high screams of 10,000 fans.  And then, they kick into their opening number.  Sound, lights, and rock-n-roll attitude are flying high as The Killers, one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 21st Century, launch into their... Continue Reading →

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That’s Very Canadian of You: What The Tragically Hip Taught Me About Me

My upbringing didn’t include the Tragically Hip.  So how could this band define who I am? The answer came on a warm summer Saturday night in Montreal - all at once. I’ve been playing in cover bands for years now, and among the hundreds of songs we’ve played in those bands, I hadn’t heard or... Continue Reading →

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How Queen Teaches Us About Workplace Relationship Best Practices While Live On-stage

Bombastic and larger than life, live rock and roll in the 1980s may have very little in common with management best practices in the workplace.  But through the lights, the leather and the loud music, I want to share with you one lesson in working relationships that came to life before my eyes as I... Continue Reading →

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Going Back Home. And the 3 Surprises That Blew Me Away

I often stop and laugh when describing my childhood home. It sounds a little idyllic or surreal, even to me: a patchwork of houses scattered across acres of hilly land among stands of trees, a large common meadow, an adjacent pond, a grand log cabin at the edge of the pond, and trails after trails... Continue Reading →

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The Cubs and my Mom Share the Same Winning Approach We Can All Apply in Leadership

Author’s note: I received Tom Verducci’s book, The Cubs Way, as a birthday present last week.  I’m intentionally releasing this blog post, which I’ve been working on for months, before reading the book because I’m sure it covers a lot of the same bases. Though I cite the book once, I encourage you to read... Continue Reading →

Put it There

For the past few weeks, not sure why, I’ve been thinking about my Dad’s hands. I’ve been waking up recently certain that I had touched or held his hand overnight, perhaps in my dreams - even though he passed away 12 years ago.  I can still feel them: a working man’s hands; a craftsmen’s hands;... Continue Reading →

Social Networking Connects, Professional Networking Delivers

At first, I was skeptical about the value of joining professional associations.  so I didn't - for 20+ years.  Then I had little choice because my career took a major shift to a new city - a new country, in fact - and into social media, away from the marketing and internal communications experience I had been building for... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow’s Social Media Marketing: Like Something out of a Movie

Ya’ know those movies that make you think? I’m talking about the ones that, after the popcorn and soda settles, have you pondering, ‘Could that really happen?’ I distinctly remember, after watching Minority Report in 2002, wondering if that was really what the future would be like. Not Tom Cruise’s drama, but the tech. Steven... Continue Reading →

Top 5 Traits of Viral Marketing Initiatives

My search for viral social media marketing campaigns had just begun when I knew I had found a strong candidate. After watching the video for about seven seconds with the sound on, my 11-year-old daughter called from across the room, “You watchin’ Dumb Ways to Die?” “Uh, yeah,” I replied taken a little by surprise.... Continue Reading →

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