Not-So-Sweet 16

Not-So-Sweet 16

It was my 16th birthday and I’d had my learner’s permit for exactly one year. I had more driving experience than most friends my age and was determined to get the “real thing” on my actual 16th birthday. I even had a tentative date planned for...
“Describe Your Ideal Job”

“Describe Your Ideal Job”

“Describe your ideal job,” said Bob Suttles, the then-vice president of HR for Central Florida’s 5,000-employee Health First organization.Thrilled that a leader in that type of influential role would pose such a question, I described that job on the...
The Summer of Star Wars

The Summer of Star Wars

It was the summer of 1977, I was a 9-year-old day camp dropout, and Star Wars took over my life. The culture-changing movie was playing at the “Daytona 6” theater attached to a mall where my mother worked in retail. For six weeks in a row I convinced her...
The Summer of Star Wars

Storytelling 101

Storytelling, a core career and life strength, is the art and science of influencing others through skillful communication and personal brand; not just telling great stories, but being a great story.   And everyone loves a great story.   Why Storytelling?...
It’s Always the “Right Time” to Talk About Politics

DE&I in the Age of AI

In late 2007, for the first time in my life I was the “minority.” I’d left a job and colleagues I loved at a Central Florida health care organization, and moved to Nashville to work as a leadership development coach and consultant for T-Mobile. My first assignment was...
Not-So-Sweet 16

Simple Life, Cultivated Mind

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s 2011 Oscar-nominated movie, postulates that people living in every era think an earlier time was the “Golden Age.” Midnight’s Gil (played by the lovable Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter who wants to be a novelist in Paris. While visiting...
The Summer of Star Wars

7 Reasons to Tell Stories

One evening, on my way into the kitchen for a snack, I realized that storytelling—consuming and creating stories—was and is the foundation of my life. I consumed and wrote many stories before I really started to love learning, before I became earnest in my spiritual...