“Check Please”: The Art of Building Relationships Over A Meal

After completing “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last”, I figured I’d take a break from leadership philosophy books and choose one for personal enrichment… more specifically, how to improve and maintain personal relationships. I’ve always thought the concepts behind the “5 Love Languages” was pretty interesting, so I downloaded Dr. Chapman’s book and started…

So the last will be first…

Immediately following the completion of Sinek’s “Start With Why”, I moved on to his follow up book “Leaders Eat Last”.  Based on the title, I had the assumption that it might have some religious affiliation, but it actually refers to a leadership practice common in the Marines.  It cites the idea that in the military,…

A Non-Academic Look At Communication Theories

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well.” – Albert Einstein Although I enjoyed my undergraduate studies in Communications, I’ve really valued my graduate courses at UTA.  Where it seems the undergraduate studies teach you the tools for success, graduate studies teach you why they work… which gives you an opportunity to…

Start With Why

Last Fall, I was introduced to Simon Sinek’s TED talk “Start With Why” during my Theories of Persuasion class at UTA.  I was fascinated by the concepts and watched the video several times over the following weeks.  When I learned it was the teaser for a book, I added it to the reading list.  …

Get Rich Slow Scheme

A while back I reviewed several lists of “Billionaires’ Favorite Books” and added a few to my reading list. Among them, The Richest Man in Babylon. The chapters are written in parable form and worked well as an audio book; the stories provide enough information to be engaging without so much that it is overwhelming…

Basically The Matrix… FOR YOUR BRAIN

What if I told you that Wayne Gretzky has a perfect birthday for hockey?  How does that make any sense?  How did being born on January 26 as a hockey player in Canada give Gretzky an advantage? Simple, really.  The cutoff date for youth hockey leagues in Canada is December 31.  Therefore, young players who…

Why 5 Stars Isn’t Enough For This Mediocre Netflix Series

Like many, I have a tendency to binge watch new series that come out (currently trying to finish new House of Cards so I can move on to season two of Daredevil before all the Electra and Punisher spoilers start surfacing).  Usually this binge watching is somewhat passive while I do other things, such as…

Book Review: “Getting Things Done” by David Allen

There is no exaggeration in saying that Getting Things Done by David Allen has changed my life.  I cannot recommend this book enough for those who over commit themselves, juggle multiple projects at once, or just want to have a better grasp on their life.  Following the principles in this book, I’m markedly more productive,…

Sports Ball Leadership Insights Pt. Deux

Book Review (Pt.2): “The Score Will Take Care of Itself” by Bill Walsh I’ve completed a third book (Getting Things Done by David Allen) since my intent to finish the follow up review of the second half of this book, so I’ll keep it brief.  Although there are many, many phenomenal quotes to site from…

You Personally Are What Is Wrong With This Country

…If you don’t go vote in local primary elections. Right now. This may not be quite the ludicrous sentiment it seems.  Here’s why. Primary elections have one of the smallest voter turnout of any electoral process, specifically if there aren’t during major elections cycles (i.e. the President).  So who does show up?  People who are…

Sports Ball Leadership Insights with That Guy From The 49ers

Book Review: “The Score Will Take Care of Itself” by Bill Walsh Bill Walsh was the head coach and general manager of the 49ers in the early 80’s that took them from being in last place to winning the Super Bowl in 3 seasons.  I’m not the biggest sportsball fan, so I’m sure many of the…

Chef Bryson’s World Famous Hot Cakes

One of the few childhood memories I have of my granddaddy was his legendary pancakes on Sunday morning. He was the pancake man, my grandmother was the butter lady, and my cousin Jordan and I would fight over who got to be syrup boy when I would visit East Texas. When I got to be about 10,…