Golden Opportunity for Family

For those of us who have children or are in a home with children, the pandemic is a golden opportunity! For the first time ever…no soccer practice, no coming home from work late, piano lessons, community meetings, business travel, school [...]

Everyday Heroes

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a daily dive into a new vocabulary for example: lockdown, shelter-in-place, PPE, social distancing, ventilators, flattening the curve, toilet paper shortage, Tiger King, the new normal and essential workers. The 911 tragedy woke us up [...]

The Toughest Goodbye

My heart goes out to all of the families who are losing loved ones to COVID-19.  We were so fortunate to say goodbye to our 97-year-old mother, “Aggie” in her own bed, in her own home surrounded by family a [...]

Tom, Dick and Harry

Being a postal employee his entire career, my Dad instilled in all of us kids a deep respect for the United States Postal Service.  That deep-seated pride has been tested at times standing in line for twenty minutes as one [...]

Own It. Fix It.

I admire people who take action on a problem versus blaming others or tossing it to someone else.   Don Ness, the former mayor of Duluth, MN shared the matra “Own it-Fix it” with his team every day.  I wish the [...]

Exceptional Nice Bike Hotel Experience

In the speaking profession, I spend roughly 100 nights a year in hotels. I have a soft spot in my heart for the housekeeping professionals who clean on average 15 rooms a day.  I was blown away by all the [...]

Never Forget A Friend Follow Up

“Nice Bike” is about acknowledging others by being fully present, honoring others by creating memorable experiences and connecting with others by making it personal.  No one does it better than my friend, Bonnie Blackman. Bonnie is one of the top [...]

The Value of Connecting

“Nice Bike…” is the metaphor I share on how we interact with others by acknowledging, honoring and connecting.  I love hearing stories from audience members and clients as they share their “Nice Bike” experience.  Here is a great one from [...]

Leadership Lessons from the Principal at Hopkins High School

What leadership lessons can businesses learn from a world-class public high school? As a speaker, having had a foot in both worlds - education and business, there are some valuable lessons that business leaders can learn from top performing schools [...]