Trust is the most valuable commodity of the human heart.  It is the cornerstone of healthy relationships.  Without it, relationships exist, but they're not the stuff of which great partnerships are made.  Without it, two people can be amicable, but the dynamic between them will not approach excellence.  Mediocrity is the best possible outcome.  Without… Continue reading Trust

Simple Life

Life is simple.  We tend to make it complex.  Our main purpose is to love and be loved.  That's why we're here.  Imagine waking up every day and focusing on that simple fact.  Wouldn't life be awesome? Well, what are you waiting for?  I know, I know, let me guess.  You have to go to… Continue reading Simple Life

Chicken Fingers & a Smartphone

At what point did we become so busy and so distracted that we can't afford to spend as much quality time with our family as we'd like?  Since when did chicken fingers and a smartphone become babysitters?  Why are we unknowingly encouraging our kids to become digital zombies? As I write this, I am still… Continue reading Chicken Fingers & a Smartphone

Your Story

Everybody has a story, but here's a fair question to ask yourself, "Is my story working for me?"  If not, then perhaps it's time to write a new story. If your current story, which has been built over time as a function of your circumstances, isn't taking you where you want to go, then what… Continue reading Your Story

Discover Who, Discover You

Everybody has a story. Much of that story is out of our control. However, there is at least one thing within our control, the choice to discover who we want to become. The person we want to be. No matter our circumstances, it is our duty. We owe it to ourselves. We are here for… Continue reading Discover Who, Discover You

Companies are Organisms, not Machines

I am amazed by how many companies today are still run like factories.  This byproduct of the industrial revolution has outlived it's usefulness.  In fact, not only are we past the industrial age, we have blown through the information age and are now in the age of connection.  The connection age is a beneficiary of… Continue reading Companies are Organisms, not Machines

Why is There Evil in the World?

As a parent, I only want good things for my children.  It's in my nature.  Everything I do for my kids is good.  Because of that, my plans for their lives will always be good. When bad things happen to them, I ask, "why"?  After much reflection, I can see the answer is simple.  I… Continue reading Why is There Evil in the World?

Question Mark, or Question, Marc?

I'll never forget hearing Mrs. Melnick, my 7th grade English teacher, ask, "Question, Marc?"  I blurted, "No, Mrs. Melnick, I don't have a question."  I wondered why so many of my classmates chuckled at my response. The humor was in the fact that Mrs. Melnick, while reviewing punctuation, was referring to the punctuation mark indicating… Continue reading Question Mark, or Question, Marc?

Empower People in the Trenches

This week, our team at First National Insurance had a very open, honest and healthy conversation about empowerment.  There is a hunger for it at all levels of our organization, which I am thrilled to see.  At present, too many decisions are made by top leaders.  This has resulted in an unhealthy culture where too… Continue reading Empower People in the Trenches

Little Ditty ‘Bout Jack & Diane

Diane:  "What do you want to do after college?" Jack:  "I think I want to be a football coach." Diane:  "Does coaching football make you happy?" Jack:  "If I could get a coaching job in the NFL, then I'd be happy." Diane:  "But what about when you're actually coaching football?  Are you happy then?" Jack: … Continue reading Little Ditty ‘Bout Jack & Diane