When Servant Leadership Pays Off

July 27, 2017

I’ve been a part of many teams and worked in various positions where I’ve encountered a variety of leaders and leadership styles (the good, the bad and the ugly).

There’s so many qualities that make up a great leader, all of which vary, I’m sure. But for me it comes down to three simple things: servant leadership, gratitude and authenticity.

I started working for 3Ci last September where Don Barden welcomed me with open arms when no one else would give me a shot….


Inside the Vault

July 19, 2017

As an economist, I am often asked about the economy…makes sense I guess.

If I were an NBA player, someone would ask about last night’s game.

If I were a lawyer, people would ask about a specific trial or something they heard on TV.

If I were a politician, they would ask about the elections.

These professions have a specific answer to a question that is easy to identify.

I wish my life was that simple….


Process before people…yes, really!

July 14, 2017

A lot of folks think that because we are “nice”, people must come first in our organization.

They think we develop people and put them in the forefront of our corporate creed to serve others.

Many people believe that we care about people and our employees above all things.

Well, they are wrong.

What we really care about is process, and once we have it fine-tuned, then we put the best people in the proper place….


Interesting You Should Ask…

July 6, 2017

Have you ever had a moment, when you said something you wish you could take back?

Most of us have.

The most memorable ones are those that, even as the words are coming out of your mouth in a comically slow distortion of mental mush, you innocently insult everyone around you.

For some of us, it occurs more times than others.

Years ago, when I was a guest on a nationally syndicated radio show, it happened to me….


Frozen in Time

June 29, 2017

Some things never change, and that’s a good thing.

Whether it is a timeless movie, a great book, philosophical words of wisdom, or memories made, when things are done right, it is best to keep it that way.

I was in Toronto with my wife Lisa this past weekend, and we had a blast.

We enjoyed great food, saw some sites, had a Guinness stout and reflected on some wonderful times we have shared over the past 26 years….


God Only Knows What I’d be Without You

June 22, 2017

Could it be true that 8 simple words unlock the secret to our existence?

Can 8 words remind us of who we are, and set us free?

Is it possible that 8 words are all it takes to tell someone how much you really love them?

Best of all, can 8 simple words express eternal gratitude?

Can 8 words truly come together to represent the perfect series, the perfect sequence, and the perfect rhythm?…


A Warriors Win: Luck or Leadership?

June 15, 2017

In just a few short hours, the Golden State Warriors will take to the streets of Oakland to celebrate their Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers amongst friends, family, and millions of devoted fans. Before we get to the well-deserved celebration, let’s talk about how they got there.

The Warriors met the Cavs for a Final series rematch in Oakland with a chip on their shoulder after blowing a 3-1 lead last year and losing the Finals Championship (heartbreaking)….


10 Reasons Why She’s the Greatest Woman I’ve Ever Known

June 8, 2017

This week’s Conversation is more serious than usual, but one that is special to me.

Most of you know, I recently lost my mother-in-law. As sad as it was to see an incredible woman go, it was also a celebration of her life!

Watch this video and start thinking about:

10 Reasons…

10. Loved God. Loved people.

9. Family first.

8. Served people.



Best and Brightest | Who Makes the Cut?

June 1, 2017

There’s a lot companies can do to get recognized as the #BestAndBrightest in their city: from team outings, to happy hours, and to attending sporting events, but what is it that truly makes a company deserving of this title?


Not even a month into my own personal adventure at 3Ci, it was apparent to me that they had their culture so well developed that I could fit right in, right away. You always hear about companies feeling like one big family and everyone getting along, but at the end of the day, is truly lived out?…


Transitions and the Last Monday in May

May 25, 2017

Summer is finally here.

For some of us it came a little early, but for our friends up north; it could not have come soon enough.

Funny thing, it came. It always does, because that’s just how things work.

Seasons are one of the few guarantees we have in life. Spring leads to summer, as does the autumn lead to winter. Days become nights, nights become days, and off we go, one transition after another….