This Is What Effective Leadership Looks Like, Part 2

I was prepping for my summer classes today, and one of the topics I will be teaching about is the importance of organizational culture. I try to bring in real-life examples as best I can, and while searching on Google I came across an article about Mark Cuban, one of the sharks on Shark Tank … Continue reading This Is What Effective Leadership Looks Like, Part 2

Just Watching the Jordan Doc, Having a Bud

Way back in 1999, Budweiser came out with one of its classic commercials - the "WASSUP!!" commercial. It featured a bunch of friends just calling each other and asking what they were up to, to which they replied, "watching the game, having a Bud". The ad debuted on Monday Night Football in December 1999 and … Continue reading Just Watching the Jordan Doc, Having a Bud

This May Not Be the Best Headline Ever, But Here Are Some That Might Be

If I worked for a newspaper, I'd want to be the guy who writes headlines. If I worked for an ad agency, I'd want to be the guy who comes up with a slogan or a jingle. So perhaps it's no surprise that my favorite part of writing my blog is coming up with the … Continue reading This May Not Be the Best Headline Ever, But Here Are Some That Might Be

What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?

Earlier this week, Seth Godin had a post about lifelong fans, and the importance we place on being a fan. He writes: This instinct (of being a fan) is so strong that we suspend disbelief (and create belief) based on something as shallow as what logo is on the box. We confuse our rational understanding … Continue reading What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?

Life Finds a Way, and So Do Gamblers

It's one of my favorite scenes from Jurassic Park, when Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) utters the classic phrase, "Life Finds a Way". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oijEsqT2QKQ I thought of that line while reading a recent Wall Street Journal story by Andrew Beaton and Jared Diamond about sports betting. Apparently, it's been a difficult time for some hard-core … Continue reading Life Finds a Way, and So Do Gamblers

My Phone and I Are Lost Without the World of Sports…

A few days ago I did some organizing on my cell phone, trying to reduce both the number of apps I have as well as consolidate similar apps into groups to cut down on the number of screens I have. I was able to go from six screens to two, and I only left a … Continue reading My Phone and I Are Lost Without the World of Sports…

If a Sports Game Were Played, and There Were No Fans There to See It, Did It Really Happen?

A recent Wall Street Journal article looked at the impact the coronavirus is having on the world of sports. As more American sports leagues prepare for the possibility of games without fans, which has become reality across Europe and Asia over the past month, there is one basketball player who says that sort of disruption would be … Continue reading If a Sports Game Were Played, and There Were No Fans There to See It, Did It Really Happen?

Decisions, Decisions…

As a teenager, Spencer Haywood joined forces with future American Basketball Association All-Star Ralph Simpson in guiding Detroit Pershing high school to a Michigan state title in 1967. In 1968, Haywood was a leading player for the United States team which won a gold medal at the Olympics. He then played one year for Detroit Mercy. … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions…

There’s Just Something About Competition

I've loved to compete my whole life. It didn't matter what it was - sports, academics, who could hold their breath the longest. I wasn't good at most sports, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the thrill of competition, whether it was against another team or against myself. These days, most of my competition … Continue reading There’s Just Something About Competition

No $35,000 Jockstraps: This Is Why I Love Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is the gym for the common man - the average Joe. It might have some odd rules, like no grunting and no judgment, but at its heart, it's a gym for everyone. You can work out as hard, or as easy as you want. It's completely your call. And you can dress any … Continue reading No $35,000 Jockstraps: This Is Why I Love Planet Fitness