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    Getting the Big Picture


    From 30,000 Feet

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    Strategy in Action


    Getting From Here to There

Unleashing Potential

I believe the world is full of potential. In people and organizations, potential lies fallow. My greatest satisfaction and happiness is driven unleashing potential.

Look around this site; you’ll find posts driven by this purpose. You can also find me around the web on the social sites below.

Otherwise, I'm Chief Marketing Officer of a financial services firm in Knoxville, TN, college professor with University of Tennessee, and lawyer. Find out more here.

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Success is more than just having the right ingredients.

We don't cook meals by randomly throwing ingredients into the oven, yet we sometimes approach our businesses this way. We need a plan.

No business is the same, so the recipes must be adapted to the unique circumstances. This requires thought, planning, and testing. Sure, that sometimes this means failure, but with each failure comes refinement for success.

I've been tweaking these recipes for a while and leading teams to success.

Every organization has the potential for success. Most fail for lack of planning and measurement.

Just throwing more "stuff" together doesn't make the result better.

  • Discovery of current state
  • Identifying the anticipated outcomes
  • Building the bridge to get there

I'm not perfect by any means, but I've baked a lot of meatball cakes--enough to make the future better

Image used via creative commons license by Enric Martinez.

The Seven. Current Posts from the Blog.

I’m Afraid

We typically don’t say, “I’m afraid.” In my experience in life, I will say, that those that identify their weakness and act are truly the strongest among us. Their vulnerability gives them strength greater than any overcompensation tactic


Everyone seems exasperated these days.

We Are All Designers

We are all designers. We must master the experiences we create.

Dear MacBook, I wanted this to work (A Breakup Letter)

I really wanted my love affair with the New Macbook to work. It just wasn’t meant to be. Here is my breakup letter. Even if you’re not a techie, I hope you’ll enjoy.

What’s Your Calling? Passion vs. Calling in the Pursuit of Happiness

Recently, I realized that a few off-hand comments had a major impact on my journey. More importantly, I realized the power of the spoken words on the lives of those around us.

The clean plate club is killing you(r career)

What is essential? What is important? Nourishing our bodies is no different than nourishing our souls. Sometimes we need to push away.

What Traits in Leadership Do You Admire and Despise?

There are pat answers about what it means to be a leader, but what really matters to you. Here is a list of things that I like and dislike in leadership.

Drop me a line.