Relevant Leadership Podcast with Ty Bennett

Ty Bennett is an insightful new voice and author who believes "Partnership is the New Leadership." His core message revolves around the importance of leaders inspiring others through partnership, communication, and connection. I was honored when Ty reached out to [...]

Make a Difference in the Lives of Clients, Coworkers, Family and Friends

Quite by accident, I stumbled onto the Harley-Davidson company’s 100th-year-anniversary celebration in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I flew from my home in Minneapolis to Milwaukee for a speaking engagement.  Once I landed, I rented a Ford Taurus beige car for my trip.  [...]

Leaders Make the Walk

Everything I learned about leadership, I learned in high school. The first part of my speaking career was spent as a motivational speaker for high school students. I spoke in over 3500 high schools about making the most out of [...]

Hot, Clean, Showers Earn the Return

How do you build a business from one gas station in 1958 into the largest operator of travel centers in North America with more than 750 locations and the 14th largest privately held company with annual revenue of more than [...]

Eggs Over Easy to Create Engagement

My bride, Susie and I enjoy traveling for speaking engagements to one of our absolute favorite cities, “The Big Easy” New Orleans. It is real, it’s authentic. It is like no other city. The food, the people, the music, the [...]

Ask the Right Questions to Get the Right Answers

In the restaurant industry, they refer to it as “Two minutes or two bites”. That is when the server circles back to the guest and asks, “How is your meal?” I have made a point of listening to my fellow [...]

Happy Halloween! A Witch’s Welcome

Acknowledging is stepping out, honoring someone with what’s important to them, and creating a connection. One of my favorite examples of this occurred at one of our Halloween celebrations in our home. My wife, Sue, and I love Halloween. We do it big. We [...]